Scriptwriting and Directing: Short Film Production

FTV20011 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


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.