Course Title: Shoot screen content in a multi-camera environment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: VART6424C

Course Title: Shoot screen content in a multi-camera environment

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4374 - Certificate IV in Screen and Media

Course Contact: Progam Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 60

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This course describes the skills and knowledge required by camera operators to shoot in multi-camera screen productions including television and film.  The programs may be studio-based or outside broadcasts.  Cameras may be in fixed positions, on pedestals or hand-held.

Camera operators work collaboratively and creatively with other members of a production team, including producers, directors, technical producers and talent. They can be employed by television networks or production houses, or work as freelancers on assignment.

This is the designated Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course for C4374 Certificate IV in Screen and Media. This course includes a WIL experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUACAM402 Shoot screen content in a multi-camera environment


1. Plan shoots and camera movements.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Contribute to discussions about visual interpretation, locations and resources in pre-production meetings

1.2 Liaise with production personnel to confirm planned shots and camera movements meet technical and script criteria

1.3 Rehearse own camera shots and moves to ensure they align with overall camera plan

1.4 Create shot lists for use during rehearsals, recordings or live transmissions

1.5 Appraise ideas for shots, taking into account impact on schedules, technical feasibility and production requirements

1.6 Anticipate work health and safety (WHS) requirements as they apply to preparation and implementation of shoots


2. Set up for shoots.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Assemble camera equipment and accessories to meet predetermined camera positions and movements

2.2 Position camera for shots to ensure safety of production personnel, talent and general public

2.3 Check camera cables run from outlet points do not impede camera movements required for productions

2.4 Confirm with relevant personnel that cameras are lined up and matched to meet production requirements

2.5 Charge and install headsets and check talkback function is operational to allow communication with production personnel

2.6 Liaise with other production personnel and talent to maximise creative outcomes


3. Shoot content.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Participate in rehearsals and adjust shot lists and schedules as required

3.2 Re-create camera shots and movements during recording, as established in rehearsal

3.3 Communicate any variations to predetermined plan to production personnel

3.4 Respond promptly to cues from production personnel

3.5 Consider shots and angles from other camera operators when assessing effectiveness of cuts and dissolves between shots

3.6 Move cameras without impeding operation of other crew members

3.7 Apply safe work practices at all times


4. Wrap up shoots

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Dismantle, pack and store equipment and accessories as required

4.2 Check locations are left in original state

4.3 Participate in production debriefings and reflect on own performance, noting areas for future improvement

4.4 Complete necessary documentation

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate:

• the ability to work within production deadlines and to shoot television content in a multi-camera environment
• the ability to contribute creative interpretations and ideas in the context of planning shots to meet production requirements
• a collaborative approach to work, including ability to work under direction
• knowledge and application of photographic principles.

Details of Learning Activities

In class activities will include a range of teacher directed group activities, projects, class exercises, review discussions/lectures and independent project based work.


Out-of-class activities include completion of individual design and pre-production work, preparation for class presentations and location excursions/production work. Online research and occasional outside of class time group discussions will be required to maintain project work.

Teaching Schedule

 Note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

VE Week

Planned Activities & Key dates 2017


6th February Studio basics introduction. Studio passes. Plan shots and camera movements.

SWMS Safe operation of studio facilities including lights and cameras.

Vision Mixing Intro/studio plans/pedestals/camera basics/videos. Roles/scripts/control room/sound/vision mixer/CCU/Router Program/Run In.doc  Tech Specs – RMIT & C31. Key Roles of Floor Manager [FM], Audio Director [AD], Lighting Director [LD] and Technical Director [TD]


The Camera chain. Understanding and operating the Sony/Panasonic camera chain.

Grey scale, white balance, basic CCU operation. Dollying Camera’s, Cable issues.

Camera Checklist Brief. Set up for shoots

Share ‘Picture Me’ assessment brief (Multicam1of2).


Vision Mixer, EVS and Technical direction. Shot sizes and types.

Setting Lighting, staging, camera positions and Audio equipment for practice runs.

Mixing and TD practice runs


Identify and organise physical element requirements for ‘Picture Me’  project. Can we achieve the desired shots?


Assessment             ‘Picture Me’ Groups 1&2 -Set up for shoots and shoot content


Monday 13th March Labour Day Holiday


Assessment             ‘Picture Me’ Groups 3 & 4 -Set up for shoots and shoot content


Assessment            ‘Picture Me’ Groups 5 & 6  - Set up for shoots and shoot content

De Brief Picture Me productions.


Identify and organise physical element requirements for 'Coming Clean' and '24 Melbourne' projects.

Mixing, Technical and Camera skills. Wrapping up shoots.


Make plans for movement of physical elements for Studio in planning group projects


Monday 17th April Easter Monday holiday


Set up for shoots

Bumping in sets, camera pedestals, microphones and lighting fixtures.


‘Coming Clean’ preparation

Dolly cameras left and right - Plan shots and camera movements

Review assessment brief (Multicam 2of2)


Assessment  Participate in ‘Coming Clean’ productions 8, 9 & 12 May


Assessment  Participate in ‘Coming Clean’ productions 15, 16 & 19 May


Assessment  Participate in ‘Coming Clean’ productions 22, 23 & 26 May


Feedback and review of ‘Coming Clean’ camera work shots and operation

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Mollison, M., 2010, Producing Videos, 'A Complete Guide' 3rd Ed, Allen and Unwin, Sydney



Basic Photography, Michael Langford any edition

Other Resources

You are advised to look at myRMIT for ongoing updated information.


It is recommended that you bring materials to classes to make notes, for example;

a pen and notepaper or a laptop computer. You will need to have either a USB thumb drive or a USB/Thunderbolt Harddrive (or both) to store and manage your media. Your teacher will advise you what to get when classes commence.


The University Library has extensive resources. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies. is available via your Library login.

The Library provides guides and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course will involve demonstration of practical tasks and testing of your knowledge.

Assessment Tasks

[Ungraded Course]

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment tasks to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessments and once you have demonstrated competency you will also receive a result after your final assessment task.


Ungraded assessment tasks

  • Multicam1of2: Camera operator for 'Picture Me' production & camera setup check list. Due week 5-8 Semester 1
  • Multicam2of2: Camera operator for 'Coming Clean'.  Productions take place weeks 13, 14, 15 Semester 2


You should refer to the assessment brief which is available on myRMIT for full assessment criteria.

Results that apply to Ungraded courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:

CA      Competency Achieved

NYC   Not Yet Competent

DNS   Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through Program Administration.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

Cover Sheet for Submissions:

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.


Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.

Assessment Feedback:

You will receive spoken and written feedback on all your work.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student Progress:

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.

Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.


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