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SCOM470 Literature Review and Pilot Film

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The process of making a science or natural history documentary from conception (research and proposal) through to execution (shooting script, filming and post-production).

SCOM 470 is a project-based paper that provides an opportunity for you to develop professional skills and networks in a work setting. It is designed to extend the skills and implement the practices and principles that you have learned in your SCOM papers.

Paper title Literature Review and Pilot Film
Paper code SCOM470
Subject Science Communication
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,333.93
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,793.66

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Limited to
PGCertSciComm, PGDipSciComm, MAppSc
May be taken only by students enrolled for Science and Natural History Filmmaking options.

Teaching staff

Jesse Bering

Paper Structure
  • Assignment 1: 10% - Pitching a documentary series
  • Assignment 2: 15% - Write a shooting script
  • Assignment 3: 10% - Write and record a narration
  • Assignment 4: 25% - Write a proposal
  • Assignment 5: 40% - Shoot and edit a 10-minute film. The Director of Filmmaking will usually act as your 'mentor' for the 10-minute film.
Bernard - Documentary Storytelling. Thirkell - C.O.N.F.L.I.C.T. Barbirat and Davis - The Business of Documentary Filmmaking
Course outline
The course outline will be supplied at the beginning of the semester.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
Students will develop professional skills and networks in a work setting.

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Not offered in 2020

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system