Scriptwriting and Directing: Short Film Production

FTV20011 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent 
    This unit will be delivered both on-line and on-campus in Semester 2 2020.
    Please check your timetable for on campus locatio

Contact hours

  • 36

2020 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2 HOL Study Period 4

3 Aug 20 - 1 Nov 20

8 Dec 20

Last self enrolment:
16 Aug 20

31 Aug 20

30 Nov 20 - 28 Feb 21

30 Mar 21

Last self enrolment:
13 Dec 20

21 Dec 20


FTV10004 Scriptwriting and Directing: Short Narrative Film
Admission into BH-FTV2 Bachelor of Film and Television (Honours) or BA-FTV3 Bachelor of Film and Television

Aims and objectives

This unit applies theoretical frameworks to the major principles of professional screenwriting and directing for film and television. In working in a major crew role on the production of a short narrative film, students will develop an understanding of screenwriting, directing and film production as a collaborative process. They will further develop effective skills in communication, negotiation, project management and resilience to see their film projects through to a best possible outcome.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Develop and pitch a well-structured and engaging script concept for a short narrative film.
2. Apply creative writing and critical thinking skills in collaboratively crafting a screenplay for a short narrative film.
3. Apply constructive feedback to review and edit a screenplay for a short film production.
4. Develop effective communication and negotiation skills in the direction and production of a short film project.
5. Apply effective project management and team-work skills within a major crew role in the production and postproduction of a short narrative film.
6. Apply theoretical principles to critically evaluate and analyse the effectiveness of screenwriting and directing techniques and production strategies.