COS760 - Production Work and Script Analysis

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Subject Title
Production Work and Script Analysis

Subject Description
Knowing how to read a script is necessary in organizing make-up needs, assessing the time required for a film or television series, preparing a budget, and scheduling make-up call times. Human relations requirements for success in dealing with an employer and the performing artists are studied, as well as the business practices essential for a career as a freelance make-up artist.  Students will be required to bring a live model of three of the assignments and for the practical exam.

Credit Status
This is a required credit in the Special Effects Makeup Artistry Certificate Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Articulate the arrangements of make-up call times, call sheets and continuity.

2. Conduct a script analysis and breakdown.

3. Explain film unions, budgeting and supplies, and the business of being self employed.

4. Ventilate a facial hair piece.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

COS710 - Make-up Basics
COS715 - Fashion Make-up
COS720 - Character Make-up
COS730 - Theatre Make-up
COS750 - Film and TV Make-up 

Topic Outline
Available in evening classes - 7 Week Lecture Schedule

- Script analysis / breakdown
- Shooting schedules
- Cast List
- Budgets for crew and materials
- Ventilate moustache
- Script projects
- Resumes
- Portfolios
- Business cards
- Agencies
- Unions
- Employment
- Bookeeping
- Business for Freelance Artists
- Production crew and set protocol

** A detailed weekly addendum with due dates will be posted on Blackboard.

Mode of Instruction
Classroom lecture, demonstrations, practical applications in class and tours of local studios. 

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material

Required Supplies
Students are required to supply the following:   

-  Basic Make-up  Kit (COS710), (COS715), (COS720), (COS730) and (COS750)
- Colored Piece of Paper - 3" x 5"
-  Comb
-  Small piece of smooth, softwood (about 4"x6" and 1/2" thick)
-  Felt tipped marker
-  Knotting hook - medium size - #4 to #8
-  Knotting hook holder - metal or plastic
-  Measuring tape
-  Needle nose pliers
-  Scissors
-  Scotch tape
-  Small hammer   
-  Stage lace - 4"x 6"
-  Ruler

-  Human Hair
-  Spirit Gum
-  Spirit Gum Remover

** Students are required to have all their tools and products for the first day of class**

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
As stated in Academic Policy, a student must successfully complete all major segments of a subject in order to earn a passing grade. Students who have not passed the term work may not be permitted to write the final examination. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of Academic Policy, available at Seneca registration offices.

# Project Description Value
1 Script Breakdown Project 40%
2 Ventilated Moustache 30%
3 Examination - Written 30%

Late projects WILL NOT be accepted for marking
All homework is to be completed before class time.

Due to the nature of this course, attendance in all classes is mandatory in order to achieve the learning outcomes.  Any absences must be supported by a Doctor's note or a legal document, within one week.  Any student who fails to attend more than 2 three hour classes or 1 six hour class will not pass the subject.

No student will be eligible to graduate with a Seneca College certificate or diploma if, in more than 30% of the subjects required for graduation, the student has received a "D" grade.

 **Please retain this document for future educational / employment use.

Approved by: Lisa Harfield