Scriptwriting and Directing: Short Narrative Film

FTV10004 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One semester

Contact hours

  • 36

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

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

28 Feb 22 - 29 May 22

5 Jul 22

Last self enrolment:
13 Mar 22

31 Mar 22

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Apr 22


Admission into BH-FTV2 Bachelor of Film & Television (Honours)
Concurrent pre-requisites 
FTV10008 Production Techniques
FTV10007 Postproduction and Editing

Aims and objectives

This unit introduces students to methods and techniques that are used in the writing and directing of short films. The unit will explore narrative film and the roles of the writer and director in creating, understanding and conveying meaning. This introductory unit provides students with an understanding of the working methods of scriptwriting and directing that can be applied to their own filmmaking.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Reflect on themes, subtext, meanings in writing and directing short films
2. Analyse narrative story ideas in short films
3. Apply industry standard formatting to the development of short documents, drafts and director’s statements
4. Use key script writing techniques on initial idea development, pitching, character development, structure, and short documents
5. Prepare director's statement reflecting an aesthetic approach to the script
6. Prepare a “directorial” vision based on interpretation of the written text in order to convey meaning
7. Identify film production methods in terms of impact on the social and natural environment

Courses with unit

BH-FTV2 Bachelor of Film & Television (Honours)