Script Development Hothouse

Subject FLTV70046 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 7 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 2, Southbank - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24
Total Time Commitment:

90 Hours

Prerequisites: None
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Ms Sandra Sciberras


Faculty of the VCA and Music Student Centre
Ground Floor, Elisabeth Murdoch Building (Bldg 860)
Southbank Campus
234 St Kilda Road, Southbank, 3006

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

Through working with actors and professional writers, this short intensive workshop enables students to make significant progress in the development of their first draft script. Run intensively over 3-4 days, students learn how to work with actors to workshop a scene from their script. They will also meet one-on-one with professional writers for individual script feedback discussion. Students will be required to be on site during daytimes to write intensively during the hothouse.


This subject will enable students to:
• make accelerated progress in drafting their script;
• gain understanding of ways that working with actors can assist in developing a screenplay;
• have the opportunity to work with industry professionals;
• develop skills in hearing and assimilating critical feedback.


Script development report (2000 words) 80%
Participation 20%

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completing this subject students will gain:
• greater clarity of ‘vision’ and communication;
• heightened writing skills;
• heightened skills of critical analysis, both in giving an receiving criticism;
• logical follow through of thought processes.

Related Course(s): Master of Screenwriting

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