ATS3983 - Screen project: From film theory to digital video practice - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Film and Screen Studies

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Therese Davis


Mr Billy Head

Not offered in 2019






This practice-based unit provides students with an opportunity to test and explore theoretical and critical concepts introduced in gateway units through practical application of the following key areas in screen media: editing, point of view, sound and image relationships, graphics and text. Students will acquire the skills to develop and produce a short video project. Time is devoted to looking at a range of videos/short films in order to think through a production's rationale and theoretical relevance. Students are expected to work in small groups and to attain a competence in most but not all of the following aspects of video production: scriptwriting, production planning, filming using digital video cameras and lights, and editing and sound-mixing using computer-based digital video-editing software.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. operate equipment related to the major stages of video production: video cameras, sound equipment (microphones), and lights;
  2. utilise computer based digital video editing and sound mixing systems;
  3. employ production research, script development methods, story boarding techniques, and pre-production planning;
  4. compare a wide range of practical options for screen production;
  5. express their own ideas and viewpoints using video, both individually and in collaboration with others;
  6. critically reflect on their own production work in relation to the key theoretical and critical questions about film and representation discussed in other courses.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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