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Get Into Film and Television: Scripts, Screenwriting & TV Producing


The Australian College Get into Film and Television: Scripts, Screenwriting & TV Producing course is written by one of Australia’s most successful television producers, Sandra Fulloon, and provides you with opportunities to pursue roles within the expanding world of network television. With over 100 channels, and more launching all the time, there is an increasing need for people to work behind the scenes.

This course takes you through every possible aspect of entry level television, from getting a job as a TV extra or show runner to starting a lucrative career as a producer, director or on-camera presenter.

You then explore the world of scriptwriting, learning how to write for television, film and video. You will actually develop your own screenplay and even learn how to market it.

The author – Sandra Fulloon

Sandra Fulloon has an exciting and successful career that has, over the years, included TV producing, video production, news reporting and worldwide current affair.

Currently Sandra is a Television Executive Consultant providing a range of television producing and development services for Australian and international television companies. In the past she has been responsible for the production of Australian Idol (the highest rating series in Australian TV history), Big Brother, Big Brother 2, documentaries and series for the BBC and Discovery Channel, and storey editing Big Brother 3. Prior to this Sandra was a Senior Reporter for Channel Nine News and ABC Radio and Television. Sandra has led a star-studded career to date and there’s more to come.

“Television is a great career,” Sandra says. “If you can handle the place, the pressure and the lifestyle, it’s a fabulous industry to be working in.”

Career opportunities include: Television Producer/Director, Field Producer, Production Assistant, Television Presenter, TV/Movie Extra, Runner, Screenwriter, Scriptwriter for TV/Film/Video*.

*Note: Many people ask what the difference is between scriptwriting and screenwriting.

Scriptwriting involves many areas. A scriptwriter can write scripts for television, radio, political speeches, VIP presentations, film, video stage, music even games. Scriptwriting is not limited to just writing scripts for the movies.

A script is the text or manuscript (dialogue, instructions, etc.) for a movie, television program, radio program, and so on. ‘Script’ comes from the word ‘manuscript’ so it’s a bit like the manuscript for a book except that it’s for a different form of media.

Screenwriting is actually writing a script for the screen (movie screen, television screen, video screen, even a computer screen). This is the difference between scriptwriting and screenwriting. This course focuses on writing scripts for television, film and video’s screenwriting.

When you successfully complete your course you will be awarded the Australian College Diploma of Media (Film Scripts, Screenwriting and Television Producing).

Course Fee and Duration

Module 1: Introduction to the Television Industry

Reading 1: The World of Television – The TV Scene
Topic 1: Introduction to Your Course
Topic 2: The Television Industry in Australia
Topic 3: Working in TV
Topic 4: TV Basics
Topic 5: Getting the Most from Your Course

Reading 2: Selling the Dream – The Image Makers
Topic 1: The TV Audience
Topic 2: Collecting Audience Data
Topic 3: Comparing Audiences
Topic 4: Meeting Audience Expectations
Topic 5: Marketing TV in Australia

Reading 3: Behind the Scenes – Breaking into the industry
Topic 1: The TV Business
Topic 2: In Training
Topic 3: Staffing a Typical TV Show
Topic 4: A Typical TV Work Day
Topic 5: Moving On Up
Topic 6: Useful Resources

Reading 4: Pre-Production
Topic 1: Preparing A Pitch Document
Topic 2: Setting Up a Production Office
Topic 3: Contracting Cast and Crew
Topic 4: Budgeting A TV Show
Topic 5: Locations and Schedules

Reading 5: Media Research
Topic 1: Gathering The Facts
Topic 2: Approaching Information Sources
Topic 3: Location Surveys
Topic 4: The Pre-Interview
Topic 5: Writing A Research Brief

Reading 6: Writing for Television
Topic 1: News, Sport and Current Affairs
Topic 2: Lifestyle and Reality TV
Topic 3: Light Entertainment
Topic 4: Documentary
Topic 5: Drama

Module 2: Television Product Skills and Screenwriting

Reading 1: Television Camera and Filming
Topic 1: Broadcast Technology
Topic 2: Directing TV
Topic 3: TV Camera Operation
Topic 4: The Multicamera Studio
Topic 5: Lighting

Reading 2: Television Sound Recording
Topic 1: What Is Sound?
Topic 2: Basic Microphone Types
Topic 3: Studio and Location Sound Recording
Topic 4: Recording Voice Over
Topic 5: Music and Audio Mixing

Reading 3: Writing the Screenplay
Topic 1: Introduction to Screenwriting
Topic 2: Structure in Screenwriting
Topic 3: Point Of View
Topic 4: Characterisation
Topic 5: Dialogue
Topic 6: Screen Devices
Topic 7: Developing a Screenplay
Topic 8: Research
Topic 9: The Synopsis
Topic 10: Treatment
Topic 11: The Scene Breakdown
Topic 12: Resources
Topic 13: Check Your Progress

Reading 4: Scriptwriting for the Screen 1
Topic 1: Markets for Scripts
Topic 2: Developing the Script
Topic 3: Writing the Script
Topic 4: Resources

Reading 5: Screenwriting for Film, Television and Video
Topic 1: Analysing a Screenplay
Topic 2: Developing a Screenplay
Topic 3: Marketing a Screenplay
Topic 4: Resources

Reading 6: Scriptwriting for the Screen 2
Topic 1: Developing Your Script
Topic 2: Writing the Script
Topic 3: Resources

Module 3: Marketing and Producing for Television

Reading 1: Television Producing
Topic 1: What Producers Do
Topic 2: Producers in Pre-Production
Topic 3: Producers in Production
Topic 4: Producers in Post-Production
Topic 5: Resources for Producers

Reading 2: Television Presenting Skills
Topic 1: Screen Presence
Topic 2: On-Camera Skills
Topic 3: Vocal Skills
Topic 4: Taking Direction
Topic 5: Image Control

Reading 3: Digital TV
Topic 1: Digital and Web TV
Topic 2: Producing for a TV Website
Topic 3: Web Glossary

Reading 4: Launching a TV Show
Topic 1: TV Editing — The Basics
Topic 2: Editing Techniques
Topic 3: Promoting a New TV Program
Topic 4: TV Publicity

Reading 5: TV Genres: Reality TV, Lifestyle, Current Affairs, Drama
Topic 1: Starting Your Film and TV Career
Topic 2: The Industry in Australia
Topic 3: News/Sport/Current Affairs
Topic 4: Lifestyle/Reality/ Entertainment
Topic 5: Drama and Soap
Topic 6: The Main Producers of TV in Australia
Topic 7: Federal and State Agencies
Topic 8: Working in TV
Topic 9: Getting Your First TV Job

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