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SCOM470 Literature Review and Pilot Film

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 Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,282.09
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,357.07

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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
Ross Johnston
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
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.
Prerequisite SCOM 413. SCOM 411 and SCOM 412 must be taken concurrently or prior to this paper.
Teaching Arrangements
Taught in the second semester. One 3-hour weekly session, normally Monday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm for the first seven weeks of the semester. In weeks 8-13 of the semester the class meets on Wednesday morning at 10:00 am to discuss progress and problems relating to Assignment 5 - the 10 minute film.
Course outline
The course outline will be supplied at the beginning of the semester.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system