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57154 Writing Television Drama

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This subject offers postgraduate students a comprehensive overview of, and active participation in, the practical processes involved in developing and writing long form television character-based drama and comedy, from initial idea through to script production. The subject is project-based, taking students from the basic elements of screenwriting, through the particular collaborative process of television series and serial writing, and acquainting them with the idiosyncrasies of dealing with producers, story liners, editors and directors. Students view and critically analyse a wide range television drama and comedy, and hybrid forms, from Australia and overseas. Working in groups, each student generates an idea for a television series which is then developed into a formal, 'series outline', or 'production bible', This includes a complete draft of a sample episode. Students learn how to pitch an idea to producers/directors and from it produce the type of follow-up document that has currency within the industry. Students are assessed on both group and individual work.

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Spring session, City campus

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