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MPM772 - An Act of Leadership

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Not offered in 2018

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

J Billsberry 





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The unit will be taught in intensive mode at Burwood (Melbourne)


This is an experiential unit with the main learning activity being the conceptualisation, scripting, shooting, editing, and screening of two versions of the same original short film. Using the same screenplay on both occasions, in one version, students manipulate one of the characters so that he or she is perceived as a leader by the audience. In the other version, the same character must come over to the audience as someone who is not a leader. The intensive unit begins with a day of theory about the social construction of leadership, perceptions, and an introduction to filmmaking. During the second day, the students complete all pre-production work including writing their scripts. Days three and four are devoted to production, i.e., filming. Day five is dedicated to editing and other aspects of post-production. Day six is dedicated to the screening and discussion of the films. Students critically reflect on their learning experience after the intensive week and must submit an exegesis.


Assessment 1 (Group of 2-3 students): Written Assignment (Screenplay and explanatory note) 1000 words, 20%

Assessment 2

  • Option 1 (for pairs) Video activity, 60%
  • Option 2 (for trios) Video activity 1, 40%, Video activity 2, 20%

Assessment 3 (Individual): Open format assignment (3000 words), 20%

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