DGTL12010 - Visual Storytelling
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit builds on the foundation provided by Digital Video and Audio to teach visual storytelling concepts and narrative film-making techniques. You will learn how to write a compelling narrative, employing principles and elements of story design. You will develop practical film making skills related to the camera, lighting, sound and editing, which you will apply to the creation of a narrative short film. Through an exploration of screen culture and history, you will learn how to constructively critique screen production work.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: MMST11009 Digital Video and Audio

Students who have completed DGTL13003 Advanced Media Production may not enrol in this unit.

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Bundaberg
  • Distance
  • Mackay
  • Noosa
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 70%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. write a compelling narrative, employing principles and elements of story design
  2. create a narrative short film through the application of filmmaking principles and skills related to the camera, lighting, sound and editing
  3. constructively critique screen production work within the context of screen culture and history.

Not applicable

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment  
2 - Practical and Written Assessment  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work    
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence
8. Ethical practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment  
2 - Practical and Written Assessment

Prescribed Textbooks

Voice & vision: a creative approach to narrative film and DV production
Author/s: Mick Hurbis-Cherrier Year: 2012
Edition: 2nd edition Publisher: Focal Press
City: Burlington State: Massachusetts
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

Other Resources

These are not compulsory, but may assist you:
Documentary Voice & Vision: A Creative Approach to Non-Fiction Media Production
Author/s: Kelly Anderson and Martin Lucas Year: 2016
Edition: 1 Publisher: CRC Press
City: New York State: NY
Country: USA
Video production 101: Delivering the Message
Author/s: Manriquez, Antonio; McCluskey, Tom Year: 2014
Edition: 1 Publisher: Pearson Higher Ed
Country: USA
Other resources may be available at CQUniversity Library.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Adobe Premiere Pro (Adobe Creative Cloud student subscription recommended)
  • Adobe Audition (Adobe Creative Cloud student subscription recommended)
  • VideoLan VLC Media Player (freely available from www.videolan.org/vlc)
  • Celtx free desktop version (available to download from the course web site)
  • HandBrake, a free open source video transcoder (freely available from http://handbrake.fr/)
  • Video recording equipment. This is available for loan on some campuses. Please consult the course web site or teaching staff for details.
  • Audio recording equipment. This is available for loan on some campuses. Please consult the course web site or teaching staff for details.
  • Audacity, a free open source, cross-platform audio software for multi-track recording and editing available from http://www.audacityteam.org/
  • Microsoft Office, Acrobat Reader, ability to uncompress files (ie. windows or winzip or 7-zip)
  • Vimeo.com (Vimeo is the free video hosting and sharing platform used for peer-reviews in this unit.)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorMerri Randell (m.randell@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

Introduction to the unit

Voice and Vision: Chapter 3 The Visual Language and Aesthetics of Cinema

Week 2 17-07-2017

Assessment #1: Visual Storytelling

Voice and Vision: Chapters 1-7

Week 3 24-07-2017

Assessment #1: Production Planning

Voice and Vision: Chapters 1-7

Week 4 31-07-2017

Assessment #1: Screening, Lecturer and Peer Review

Voice and Vision: Chapters 1-7

Pre-production Due Friday (04 Aug 17) 09:00 PM AEST
Week 5 07-08-2017

Assessment#2A: Production Techniques

Voice and Vision: Chapters 9-14 and 17-18

Vacation Week 14-08-2017

Production

Week 6 21-08-2017

Assessment#2A: Production Techniques

Voice and Vision: Chapters 15 - 16 and 4 (p68)

Week 7 28-08-2017

Assessment#2A: Editing

Voice and Vision: Chapters 20 - 21

Week 8 04-09-2017

Assessment#2A: Screening, Lecturer and Peer Review

Voice and Vision: Chapters 20 - 21

Assessment#2A: Rough-cut discussion (majority of production to be completed)

Week 9 11-09-2017

Assessment#2B: Editing and Corrections

Voice and Vision: Chapters 20 - 21

Week 10 18-09-2017

Assessment#2B: Sound Design

Voice and Vision: Chapters 22 - 23

Week 11 25-09-2017

Assessment#2B: Sweetening and Titles

Voice and Vision: Chapters 24

Week 12 02-10-2017

Assessment#2B: Screening, Lecturer and Peer Review

Production and Post-production Due Friday (06 Oct 17) 09:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Pre-production
Task Description

The ultimate goal for this unit at the end of week 12 is for you to create a 3 minute movie where all of the source material for the movie has been captured by you or your crew specifically for this project. Your 3 minute movie can be either narrative fiction or documentary, but it must respond to the provided list of genres specific to each style of visual storytelling. Movie-making involves 3 specific stages of pre-production, production and post-production. This first assessment task specifically involves the pre-production stage of this process. For this assessment you will need to produce a 2-5 minute video pitch for your final movie which includes the analysis of at least 3 video references to explain the message and vision for your movie. Your video pitch will include an explanation of the following 4 essential topics of pre-production for you final movie:

  • Synopses (Based on Industry-standard guidelines and methods)
  • Production Design / Visual Style
  • Storyboard
  • Breakdown and Production Timeline

Please read the assessment briefs for Assessment #2 before beginning this assessment. As part of this assessment you are required to conduct an online peer review of 3 other student video pitches. Please note that this assessment is NOT a powerpoint presentation.

Assessment Due Date Week 4 Friday (04-Aug-2017) 09:00 PM AEST
Video Pitch to be uploaded to Vimeo for Peer Review prior to deadline
Return Date to Students Vacation Week Friday (18-Aug-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria
  • Video Pitch: Clarity of concept, Scope and scale and Quality of 4 required topics (research, analysis and logical structure.)
  • Technical A/V skills: Demonstration of ability proportional to task completion of your Video Pitch: AV editing, inclusion of still images and text, adherence to technical specifications.
  • Peer review: Adherence to the required discussion topics. Quality and completeness of task.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Do not submit videos directly to Moodle. Upload all videos to Vimeo and submit these URLs to Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. write a compelling narrative, employing principles and elements of story design

3. constructively critique screen production work within the context of screen culture and history.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Production and Post-production
Task Description

This assessment task is divided into 2 parts:

  • Part A of Assessment #2 specifically involves the production stage of the movie-making process and is due in week 8.
  • Part B of Assessment #2 specifically involves the post-production stage of the movie-making process and is due in week 12.

Assessment #2A: For this assessment you are required to complete the production stage of your movie and submit a rough-cut of your 3 minute movie for a meeting with your lecturer during week 8. As part of this assessment you are required to conduct an online peer review of 3 other student rough-cuts.

Assessment #2B: For this assessment you are required to finalise your movie and submit a final-cut of your 3 minute movie (title and credits for the movie must be included within the 3-minute time limit). You are also required to submit a 3-5 minute video essay which discuses ONE specific aspect of the refinement process you used which improved the clarity of your movie's message. Your video essay must include the analysis of at least 3 video references to illustrate your discussion. Please note that the video essay is NOT a powerpoint presentation. As part of this assessment you are required to conduct an online peer review of 3 other student movies.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017) 09:00 PM AEST
Rough-cut to be uploaded to Vimeo for Peer Review prior to deadline (week 8) and Final Movie to be uploaded to Vimeo for Peer Review prior to deadline (week 12)
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (20-Oct-2017)
Weighting 70%
Assessment Criteria
  1. 3-Minute Movie: Clarity of message, Implementation of genre conventions, Quality of iteration and integration of feedback (rough-cut to final-cut), and overall visual style of your movie.
  2. Video Essay: Quality of research, analysis, reflection and logical structure of video essay.
  3. Technical A/V skills: Demonstration of ability proportional to task completion of your Movie AND Video Essay: Production (direction, composition, lighting, cinematography, production design, audio capture) and Post-production (AV editing, sound design, title design, adherence to technical specifications.)
  4. Peer review: Adherence to the required discussion topics. Quality and completeness of task.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Do not submit videos directly to Moodle. Upload all videos to Vimeo and submit these URLs to Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. create a narrative short film through the application of filmmaking principles and skills related to the camera, lighting, sound and editing

3. constructively critique screen production work within the context of screen culture and history.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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