Course Title: Shoot a wide range of screen content

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: VART6384C

Course Title: Shoot a wide range of screen content

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5349 - Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Rowan Humphrey

Nominal Hours: 70

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

The aim of this course is to enable learners to compose shots, position a camera and microphones, select appropriate lens, and lighting equipment, operate a camera and field mixer. The course aims to develop  the skills and knowledge required by a camera person who usually works without supervision to shoot television content using professional video equipment. The person undertakes the preparation and technical aspects of a shoot, including camera, sound and lights.

On occasion, the camera person works with a sound recordist or lighting technician and may coordinate their operations. Other duties may include manipulation of cameras, e.g. on dolly tracks and cable control.

Program styles covered by this unit include news and current affairs, corporate videos, coverage of events and relatively complex documentary materials. Typically the camera person contributes creatively to outcomes and works collaboratively with producers or directors, either as an employee of a production house or as a freelancer on assignment.  

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUACAM401 Shoot a wide range of screen content


1. Prepare for shoots

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Contribute ideas for the visual interpretation of production requirements in pre-production briefings

1.2 Appraise ideas for shots, taking into account the potential impact on costs, timelines, scripts and technical feasibility

1.3 Survey locations prior to shoots as required

1.4 Plan, prepare and pack camera equipment and accessories required for production requirements

1.5 Check equipment is in working order and fix minor faults or arrange to have them fixed

1.6 Select capture media appropriate and sufficient to meet production requirements

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

1.8 Complete documentation in line with enterprise procedures


2. Set up shoots

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Survey sites and determine camera positions to achieve shots and compositions best suited to production requirements

2.2 Liaise with production personnel and talent to generate a range of ideas that offer creative solutions for particular productions

2.3 Appraise ideas for potential impact on costs, timelines, scripts, technical feasibility and suitability to meet production requirements

2.4 Implement lighting plans and install required cables

2.5 Confirm light temperature and exposures are sufficient for production requirements

2.6 Position microphones and conduct audio checks

2.7 Rehearse shots as required


3. Shoot content

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Check camera movements for implementing planned and rehearsed shots

3.2 Employ photographic principles and techniques to achieve technical and aesthetic requirements

3.3 Coordinate inputs from other crew members as required to achieve desired images

3.4 Confirm captured shots meet editing and other post-production requirements

3.5 Collaborate with other production personnel and respond to direction as required

3.6 Record audio or coordinate sound operations as required

3.7 Apply safe work practices at all times


4. Wrap up shoots

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Use appropriate manual handling techniques when packing and storing equipment

4.2 Label recorded content ready for post-production

4.3 Check locations are left in original state

4.4 Brief editors and producers on post-production issues

4.5 Complete necessary documentation

4.6 Review and reflect on own performance and note areas for improvement

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

You will be able to:

  • Set up and operate a professional video camera
  • Compose shots/address lighting conditions
  • Select and use corrective filters and lens
  • Coordinate crew to position and operate camera
  • Monitor the quality of the moving image
  • Set up and operate a professional field mixer
  • Operate as a ‘News’ style crew to record short interviews
  • Operate as a crew to produce a television segment

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.



Semester 1 Schedule: Planned Activities (Subject to change)   Shoot and Media courses focus on Electronic News Gathering (ENG) in semester 1 and Shoot focuses on Electronic Field Production(EFP) in semester 2.


Shoot ENG Introduction to small crew ENG style production and broadcast equipment. System drawings and specifications. OB racks and Mediornet.

Maintain Battery Supply. (UHDTV from IBC)Compose shots, position a camera and microphones, select appropriate lens, and lighting equipment, operate a camera and field mixer Analyze the ‘News Rounds’ project, The ‘Producer’s Pitch Interview’ brief and also discuss second semester EFP ‘Sketch Comedy’ concepts. [EFP productions involve no weapons or ‘stunts’] As homework for this course you will need watch:


  • 4 X 1/2 hour News per week with a spread of channels
  • 2 X 1/2 hour Current Affairs
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Cartoons
  • Episodes of Monty Pythons Flying Circus.



Shoot ENG

·      Operating a professional video camera

  • Compose shots/address lighting conditions
  • Select and use corrective filters and lens
  • Coordinate crew to position and operate camera
  • Monitor the quality of the moving image -Media exchange. Running performance tests and checking signal quality. Identification of connections and connectors



Shoot Setting up and operating a professional field mixer. Vision and audio monitor rack. OB rack.



Assessments - Shoot1of3 & Media1of2

ENG ‘News’ exercise field rotations Channel 1 News News Rounds

Operating as a ‘News’ style crew to record short interviews.

  • Operating as a crew to produce a television [News] segment
  • Operating a typical non-linear editing program to produce short news/documentary programs.


ENG ‘News’ exercise field rotations Channel 2 News

Scripting in relation to The ‘Producer’s Pitch’. [Est shot]The sketch I have chosen to produce is …. [Mid shot/MCU] It’s set in a shop/Village and I intend to shoot it in studio with a green screen. [CU] The 2 characters are Ben and Bill who are ‘flower pot’ men. Thunderbirds, Monty Python, The Simpsons, South Park


ENG ‘News’ exercise field rotations Channel 3 News

Development of concepts for EFPSketch Comedy /Bakehouse rehearsal shoots in semester 2.


ENG ‘News’ exercise field rotations Channel 4 News

Presentation of Draft Concepts /Scheduling ENG interview shoots


Assessment - Shoot2of3   Shooting ENG ‘Interview’ [see Details page 4]

In each class (3) groups will shoot Interviews and (1) group will work on a vision mixing system for the EFP ‘Bakehouse’ project.

To enable you to set up and operate equipment in flyaway (outside broadcast) environments such as ‘Bakehouse’. Identify the components of the system, how they are interconnected, set them up for operation in a variety of situations and use test equipment to monitor the correct operation and transmission of the various signals. [You will follow an instruction set as a practice exercise and then complete the worksheets.]


Shoot ‘Interview’ [Install a vision and audio monitor rack – Bakehouse prep]

Media log and load Offline EDIT


Shoot ‘Interview’ [Install a vision and audio monitor rack]

Media log and load Offline EDIT


Shoot ‘Interview’ [Install a vision and audio monitor rack]

Media Offline all footage for the ‘Interview’


Assessment - Shoot2of3 Review ENG LocCheck documents from shoots against footage.

Media Editing adding Metadata in ‘Flow Logger’


Shoot Review camera shots against ENG LocCheck on Flow Logger.

Media Editing and review of metadata.


Shoot Review camera shots against ENG LocCheck on Flow Logger.

Media Editing – finalizing media in Flow and Editshare – export prep.


Shoot Review camera shots against ENG LocCheck on Flow Logger.

 Media ENG Final Edits/ copying to Editshare/ Reviews

Submission of:

Edited video project in the form of a fully self contained MPEG4 movie, Refer also to “Assessment Brief for Students”


Shoot Review camera shots against ENG LocCheck on Flow Logger.

Media Review Final of media files process and edits for feedback



Semester 2 Schedule:- Planned Activities (subject to change)
 1Shoot EFP. Introduction to large crew EFP style production/ Pre-production, Scheduling and Location Management. Review ‘ENG Interviews’ to finalise successful (up to 6) production selections. Each production has 2 half days (may shoot on single day) shooting. Deal with Location issues for single camera drama production including RMIT risk assess.doc and RMIT filming permission process.


 2 Production meeting “Script breakdown”/ Location and Cast scouting. Installing lighting and field monitoring/metering.
Camera Exercises. Light meter with contrast range 5 stops picking exposure stop for face and range below to black and above to peak white. Also set exposure value for meter when on daylight and daylight with ND.
 3 Production meeting “Scheduling”/ Call sheets/ & Sound Exercises - matching analogue and digital meters.
 4 Production meeting for delivery of Pre-production documents and finalisation of shooting schedules etc.
Assessment - Shoot3of3 [will also be assessed at ‘Bakehouse’ events]
 5-9 Shooting Class extended by one hour to facilitate Filming requirements.   (As productions are shot students will begin Logging and loading)
 10-11Class this week not supervised. Lab is available for Logging and editing.
  Two week semester break
 12 Review shots on Flow logger to complete self evaluation
Edit to ‘offline’. Lock off picture edit.
 13 Review shots on Flow logger to complete self evaluation
Editing   Sound edit
14 Review shots on Flow logger to complete self evaluation
Edit titles, credits etc.
15 Shoot EFP Review shots on Flow logger to complete self evaluation

Final Edits/ copying to Editshare/ Reviews

Submission of final part of Shoot3of3 being:

Edited video project in the form of a fully self contained H.264-Mp4 Refer also to “The assessment Brief”
16 Review all production edits and Program for feedback.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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 invovles the demonstration of crew roles and technical camera, lighting and sound recording skills in a range of settings.

Assessment Tasks

[Graded 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 grade for your final assessment task. The graded assessment task will determine your final result for this course. (Refer to myRMIT for grading rubric).


Ungraded assessment tasks

  • Shoot1of3 – Crew for ‘Newsrounds’. Due weeks 4-8
  • Shoot2of3 – Location Interviews. Due week 12


Graded assessment task

  • Shoot3of3 – Shoot EFP films and/or Bakehouse events Due week 15 of Semester 2.

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


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


CHD    Competent with High Distinction

CDI      Competent with Distinction

CC       Competent with Credit

CAG    Competency Achieved - Graded

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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