Movie Making-what’s the difference?

MM1 Originality Guidelines

We require students to devise their own original story ideas in Making Movies. Potential plagiarism (a
serious breach of academic integrity) occurs, in regard to ideas and stories as well as actual text.
However, stories come from everywhere, and there are few truly new stories. We all take inspiration,
consciously or not. Please see our subject-specific guidelines below, for what may happen in each
circumstance.
Do NOT under any circumstances include text or paraphrasing from any other uncited sources
including: books, articles, web pages, Google, Baidu, Grammar.ly corrections or any translations of
sources in other languages, or other student’s papers. This may result in severe penalties.
Distinct plagiarism must be referred to the faculty for appropriate review, but we may also penalise
marks for less clear cases of deliberate plagiarism when it comes to copying ideas/stories.
The university’s guidelines on maintaining academic integrity are available here:
https://academicintegrity.unimelb.edu.au/plagiarism-investigation-and-penalties
Detailed policy is viewable here: https://policy.unimelb.edu.au/MPF1310

1. Story has vague similarities to another film or story:
– do NOT mark down
2. Story has notable similarities to another film or story
– mark down 5/100
3. Story has unmistakable similarities to another film or story – yet there are substantial changes to the plot,
characters, world etc.:
– mark down 15/100
4. Story has unmistakable and detailed similarities to another film or story – with only some changes to plot,
characters, world etc.:
– mark down 30/100
5. Story uses at least FOUR of the same: cast, locations, characters, world, title, directorial strategies etc. from
another film or story:
– refer student for academic integrity review
6. Any part of the assessment uses text from another source:
– refer student for academic integrity review

 

MM1 Directors Statement

Guidelines

Write a Director’s Statement outlining how you would direct a film based on one of your own original stories.
This can be either the same idea you used for your visual sequence or another original idea you may have.
We assess the story, but mainly you are assessed on the ability to communicate your vision of a film,
encompassing its key elements, from a director’s point of view. You must use what you learned in the
lectures about genre, camera, lighting, sound, editing and more to illuminate a story on the cinema screen.

Simplified Rubric

 Story: creativity, thematic sophistication and narrative cohesion: 30%
 Director’s vision: use of FIVE of casting, locations, production design, camera, lighting, sound,
music, editing, special and visual FX: 50%
 Engagement and effort: 10%
 Presentation incl. spelling and grammar: 10%
Assessment Form (ensure you fill out STORY and DIRECTORS VISION below)
Story NAME: STUDENT NUMBER:
Title (10 words max – may be between 1 and 10 words):

Logline/Tagline (30 words max – may be between 5 and 30 words):

Synopsis – include target audience/demographic (200 words limit – must be within 10%):
Director’s Vision
Choose FIVE of the following elements and comment upon how you will use these

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elements to tell your story, to bring your film to life: casting, genre, locations, production
design, camera, lighting, sound, music, editing, special and visual FX (1400 words limit –
must be within 10% in total):
You may include reference to your inspirations/influences, to help the reader “see” and
“hear” your film (if so, include a bibliography as footnotes at the bottom), you may cast
anyone at any stage of their career, and your budget can be as large as your vision!

 

Story
Creativity, thematic sophistication and narrative
cohesion: 30%

The title is intriguing. The log-line is
oustandingly engaging and clear. The
synopsis is novel, inventive and
coherent. The themes are complex,
mature and compelling.

The title is engaging. The log-line
is engaging and clear. The
synopsis is inventive and
coherent. The themes are
mature and compelling.

The title is apt. The log-line is
appropriate and clear. The synopsis
is engaging and coherent. The
themes are clear and relatively
mature.

The title is appropriate. The log-line is
appropriate. The synopsis is coherent. The
themes are clear.

The title is somewhat appropriate. The log-
line is somewhat appropriate. The synopsis is

not totally coherent and/or the themes are
unclear or immature.

The title is somewhat
appropriate, if
confusing. The log-line
is somewhat
appropriate, if
confusing. The synopsis
lacks coherence, and
the themes are
immature.

The title is
inappropriate or
absent. The log-line
is inappropriate or
absent. The synopsis
is wholly confusing,
inappropriate or
absent.

Direction
Use of FIVE of casting, genre, locations,
production design, camera, lighting, sound,
music, editing, special and visual FX: 50%

Use of each element is ingenious, and
brilliantly expressed.

Use of nearly all elements is
skillful and inventive, and
intelligently expressed.

Use of most elements is able, and
well expressed.

Use of most elements is appropriate, and
decently expressed.

Use of more than half of the elements is
appropriate, if some are flawed.

Use of less than half the
elements is appropriate,
if flawed.

Use of all or nearly all
elements is entirely
inappropriate or
absent.

Engagement
Engagement & Effort: 10%

Effort overall is outstanding, with
elements expressed at a professional
level.

Effort overall is excellent, and it is
obvious that the student has
engaged deeply with the task.

Effort overall is very good, and it is
evident that the student has
engaged thoroughly with the task.

Effort overall is good, and it is evident that
the student has engaged creditably with the
task.

Effort overall is very fair, and it is evident that
the student has engaged reasonably well with
the task.

Effort overall is
adequate, and it is clear
that the student has
engaged to some
degree with the task.

Effort overall is poor,
and it is evident that
the student has not
engaged adequately
with the task.

Presentation
Presentation inc. spelling and grammar: 10%

The spelling and grammar is
impeccable, and the text is engagingly
constructed throughout.

The spelling and grammar is
excellent and the text is well
constructed throughout.

The spelling and grammar is very
good and the text is ably
constructed throughout.

The spelling and grammar is good and the
text is decently constructed.

The spelling and grammar has flaws, and
there are some errors in expression.

The spelling, grammar
and expression needs
significant review.

The spelling,
grammar and
expression is very
poor.