This "authentic learning” exercise involves creativity and role-play. You have an idea for a film or TV show that you want to make. Before you can go any further, you have to convince the studio executives to approve and fund the project. To do this, you need to create a 'pitch'.
Your pitch should include a title, tagline, plot synopsis (very brief), a description of the repertoire of elements, list of characters (and the actors who might play them), and a brief discussion of themes and issues (full details provided on the course website). You may wish to make a 'trailer/ preview', and/or include a sample of the screenplay/memorable quotes. You are invited to be as creative as you want with the 'pitch' (provided you include all the appropriate elements).
The is also a 500-word critical component, in which you account for the creative project using semiotic terms and concepts.
Students might choose to submit their pitch using ONE of the following six formats:
1. A storyboard - @16 - 20 panels max - A sequence of drawings (like a comic), typically with some directions and dialogue, representing each shot.
2. A dramatic script - The written text of your idea for a film/TV show, including directions and dialogue.
3. A WORD document synopsis - A piece of prose, giving the main points of your idea for the film/TV show in a written narrative form.
4. A monologue/dialogue - a voice recording of your idea for a film/TV show as a vocal presentation.
5. A 'trailer' - a digital clip of your pitch including voice-over commentary.
6. A new style - This is a chance for students to break away from the traditional pre-production film/TV show pitch formats and present your idea in another way: using other visual or media arts forms, or alternative performing arts modes, for example.
The only proviso is that whatever format you choose must include all the requirements specified in the The Pitch - Explained and the Assignment Description: "Your pitch should include a title, tagline, plot synopsis (very brief), a description of the repertoire of elements, list of characters (and the actors who might play them), and a brief discussion of themes and issues. You may wish to make a 'trailer/ preview', and/or include a sample of the screenplay/memorable quotes."
Internal students will be expected to work in teams in class. They will present their pitches to the class in weeks 11 & 12.
Distance students will be expected to submit their 'pitch' by week 12, though they may submit earlier if they wish. Distance students may also work in teams if they wish, but they need to advise their course coordinator by email of the members of their group. Group assessment means that the assessment mark will be for the group (i.e. the group will be awarded one mark, and all students in the group will get the same mark as everyone else). If you choose this option, please make sure that your assignment clearly identifies itself as a joint assignment and includes the relevant student names. For distance students, the pitch should be submitted online through Moodle.
Note: Further details about this assessment piece including submission instructions are available on the course website.
Word limit: 2000-2500 words