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2nd Semester Commences
Monday the 21st July

Review of 1st Semester Minor Projects: Monday 21st of July,
10:00 am

This will be an informal session where your peers and staff will review all first semester work. This is a chance to relate the challenges, triumphs, lessons and pain arising from your production and to think about what you've learned from these experiences and how you might integrate this knowlege into the development and prduction of your Major Projects.

Concept Development Session: Tuesday 22nd of July, 9:30 am

As in first semester, this will be an optional, full day session where you will bring major project ideas, in whatever form they exist, for discussion with your peers.

Submission Requirements for
Major Project (COMM2347)
MCM(AIM) Coursework Students

The following is a brief run down of key second semester dates. Due to the importance of sorting out problems at the pre-production stage we have allocated 20% of marks for this semester to the assessment of your use of pre-production tools and processes to help realise your vision. The remaining 80% of your Major Project marks will be allocated by external assessors who will come to your work fresh. The 20% of your pre-production marks are drawn from five assessment points;

-1 Pitch
-2 Script or Treatment
-3 Storyboard or Flowchart
-4 Animatic or EPOC
-5 Production Plan and Schedule

Submission requirements for linear and interactive projects vary at each assessment point. Refer to the schedule following for futher information on pre-production assessement.

We recommend that in choosing your projects, you work within an area that caught your imagination in first semester. Games projects and collaborative works between two or more students are completely viable within second semester. If you think that your project sits outside of what has traditionally been created at AIM, come and talk to us - we are open to and enthusiastic about new ideas.

1) Major Project Pitch: Monday 28th of July, 9:30 am

As in first semester, you will pitch to staff and peers. We would ask that you stay for the duration of all of the pitches in your group to offer feedback and support.

You will be assessed on the following:

    1. A verbal presentation of your concept to staff and peers.
    2. A typed story synopsis, outline or concept proposal.
    3. Any additional materials you feel will assist you in communicating your concept to others.

Additional materials might include a first draft of your script or treatment, rough storyboard or flowchart, reference images, reference sound, mime or the provision of freshly baked cup cakes. It’s up to you.

2) Script/Interactive Treatment Submission Deadline: Monday 4th of August, 10:00am

Please email your script or treatment to (as you did in semester 1). All scripts must be submitted by 10:00am on Monday. Feedback will be returned to your student email address on Wednesday the 6th of August.

As always, please submit all scripts in AFC format, you will find a template here.

Interactive Treatments should include a game/story/experience overview, as well as a detailed description of the user experience. Refer to the Notes on Form on the Storytelling website for further detail.

3) Storyboard or Flowchart and screen layout and Sound Statement Presentation: Tuesday 12th August (Rescheduled from Monday)

Storyboards, flow charts and screen layouts will be reviewed by AIM staff. A booking sheet will be provided for you to reserve a time with staff. Students' work will be reviewed individually. You will be given verbal feedback only at this submission point. It is recommended that you take comprehensive notes during these sessions.

Pleases provide digital copies of your sound statement and Storyboard/flowchats/screen layouts.

You will be assessed on the following:

    1. A working storyboard for linear concepts and for interactives, a flow chart and screen layouts. Your storyboard must contain notes on action, sound and dialogue where applicable.
    2. A statement about sound design, including voice characterisation and music where applicable.

4) Animatic/EPOC Presentation, Monday the18th August

Animatics and EPOCs will be assessed by staff today. A booking sheet will be provided for you to reserve a time with a staff member. Students' work will be reviewed individually. You will be given verbal feedback only at this submission point. It is recommended that you take comprehensive notes during these sessions.

You will be assessed on the following:

Linear Work
A precisely timed animatic. The animatic should include key framing of more complex shots in oder to explain events and actions. If your concept includes dialogue, please provide a rough recording within your animatic. Draft sound effects, music and atmospherics should also be included.

Interactive Work
A detailed EPOC that includes;

  • navigation/site architecture
  • Rough animation that communicates the user experience within each screen/space
  • a rough code mock up with place holder graphics.
  • a rough approximation of sounnd

    5) Production Plan, Production Still + Synposis and Schedule Presentation: Monday 25th August

    This submission is the same for both linear and interactive works. Today you'll present a production still and a brief, typed summary of your anticipated production process. You will also present a detailed production schedule. You will also be required to submit a production still and 25 word synopsis. The production still, submitted as a 120x90, 300dpi thumbnail and synposis, will represent your work on the  screening poster.

    Progress Reviews:

    Week starting Monday the 8th of September

    Week starting Monady the 6th of October

    These reviews provide an opportunity for staff to keep in touch with the progress of your individual projects. With each of these reveiw points, if you have not met with a staff member in the two weeks prior to these dates, you need to make a time with with either David, Kate or Matt this this week to talk about and reveiw your progress. If you have been in regular contact with staff, then you do not need to book a reveiw time.

    Final submission date of Major Projects: Friday 14th November, 5pm

    All projects will be submitted to a Major Projects box outside of the staff office with a signed submission form. Linear submissions are to published to SP Beta tape, interactive works to CD and real time works to a PC with the appropriate editor.

    Screening: Wednesday the 26th of November, 7pm

    Clean up the AIM studio for the screening event. Then frock up, sit back and watch your audiovisual creations with your public

    Clean Up: Thursday the 27th of November, at an appropriate hour decided by student consensus.

    Come in, clean up, pack up and then, well…… leave.

    Staff Consultation Times, Second Semester:

    Matt Riley Wednesday/Thursday 10am-1pm
    Kate Cawley Monday/Tuesday 10am-1pm
    David Atkinson Wednesday 10am-12pm
    Jeremy Parker On leave for Semester 2, 2008
    John Power via email apointment:

    Please book times with John Power via the email address provided.       


    Other Important Second Semester Dates/Events

    Student Rep/Staff meetings  TBA

    RMIT's Academic Calendar 2008


    In second semester, a number of industry visits will be organised for AIM's coursework and research students. These visits will allow you to see inside a number of animation, multimedia/interactive, computer games, production and post-production companies, to ask questions of practitioners and establish valuable contacts with key industry figures. These tours will commence next Wednesday on the 13th August. Each Wednesday will include visits two or three different locations. We will give you a clearer indication of the tour schedule as dates are confirmed.