Pictures, Sounds, Words

Subject FLTV10014 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2013:

Semester 1, 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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 41
Total Time Commitment:






Recommended Background Knowledge:


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:


Faculty of the VCA and MCM Student Centre

Ground Floor, Elisabeth Murdoch Building (BLD 860)

Southbank Campus

234 St Kilda Road, Southbank, 3006


Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)


Subject Overview:

This subject asks the student to consider the cinematic effect of the use and juxtaposition of pictures, words and sounds in film. Through a series of workshops and tutorials, students will examine the dramatic possibilities of these screen fundamentals, both as they have been used in the cinemativerse and in their own writing.


On completing this subject students will be able to:

-Demonstrate an awareness of the dramatic possibilities and limitations of film as a visual and aural medium

-Understand that it is possible for screen stories to be effectively told in the absence of words, and how such creative choices may qualitatively affect the audience.

-Improve the cinematic quality of their writing

-Practice evocative, cinematic writing for the screen.


1. Short script (2000 words) (60%)- due: week 11

2. Short script (1000 words) (20%) - due: week 5

3. Critical reflection blog (1000 words) (20%)- due: week 12

Late submission:

*Unless an extension has been granted, for essays/assignments submitted after the due date, the mark a student is awarded for their work will be reduced by 10% for each day the work is late.

*Unless an extension has been granted, assignments submitted later than 5 working days after the due date will not be marked, and will receive no marks.

Hurdle requirements:

Students must attend 80% of all scheduled classes and attempt all elements of assessment to be eligible for a pass in this subject.

Prescribed Texts:


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 be able to:

-Apply theoretical knowledge to practical tasks

-Formulate and present opinions in a group context

-Begin to understand a process of researching, drafting and redrafting documents to a polished outcome

-Develop an ability to work in a self motivated way

-Communicate in oral and written form.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Fine Arts (Screenwriting)

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