Scriptwriting and Directing: Non-Fiction Production

FTV20010 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  •  One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

1 Aug 22 - 30 Oct 22

6 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
14 Aug 22

31 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Sep 22


Admission into BH-FTV2 - Bachelor of Film and Television (Honours)

Aims and objectives

This unit introduces students to the major principles of professional screenwriting and directing for non-fiction film and television. Students will develop independent and collaborative skills in writing and directing short documentary film projects that demonstrate an understanding of documentary/ non-fiction filmmaking principles and production processes.

Students who successfully complete this Unit will be able to:
1. Prepare and pitch a non-fictional film concept drawing from the traditions of documentary filmmaking.
2. Produce treatments and scripts for a non-fiction/ short documentary film.
3. Design storyboards that utilise adequate camera coverage for a short non-fiction/ documentary film
4. Produce and direct a short non-fiction/ documentary film, drawing on documentary and non-fictional modes of representation
5. Evaluate the impact of the production process on the social and natural environment.