This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to write scripts for TV, film and theatre, and for a range of other media.  A writer of scripts must draw on a range of experiences, observations and research. The process involves conception, form, drafting, redrafting and consideration of the requirements of the media or performance platform.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - communication and literacy skills sufficient to: apply correct grammar, spelling and punctuation; - use correct script formatting for intended purpose; - ability to take part in workshopping and critique works by other writers; - technical skills sufficient to use word-processing applications and produce a range of scripts to industry expectations; - self-management and planning skills sufficient to: prioritise work tasks, meet deadlines, develop clear goals and outcomes, seek out and participate in professional development activities; - learning skills sufficient to improve written drafts and final product through self-reflection and redrafting after feedback, and; - initiative and enterprise skills.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - issues and challenges involved in writing scripts, knowledge of standards of literacy skills required for publication; - intended audiences for scripts, and ways in which works can be performed or published; - communication and inter-personal techniques required for workshopping; - organisational and legislative OHS standards as they relate to working for periods of time on computers, and; - copyright and intellectual property requirements as they relate to writing, performing and publishing works.

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