Course Title: Shoot material for screen productions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: VART6206C

Course Title: Shoot material for screen productions

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4230 - Certificate IV in Audiovisual Technology

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Mark Langley
9925 4815

Nominal Hours: 60

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

In this course you will learn the skills and knowledge required to set up and operate vision / video cameras and lighting for screen based media production. The unit will include preparatory work such as Storyboarding and cable preparation.
This unit is delivered and assessed in conjunction with CUFCAM201A Assist with a basic camera shoot and CUFBRD402A Vision mix television productions, which focus on the skills and knowledge required to participate in teamwork during the production of screen based media contextualized to the focus of the Audiovisual Technology program.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFCAM301A Shoot material for screen productions


1. Prepare for shoot.

Performance Criteria:

1. Participate in pre-production briefings as required to confirm production and post-production requirements
2. Arrange equipment and accessories for shoots as directed, ensuring that everything is clean and operational
3. Safely charge batteries according to manufacturer specifications and ensure sufficient supply of charged batteries to meet the needs of production schedules
4. Select required capture media and ensure sufficient supply for the intended production
5. Prepare and pack lighting equipment, including gels and cables as required
6. Undertake minor repairs on faulty equipment or report significant faults to relevant production personnel
7. Confirm location, shooting schedules and timelines with relevant production personnel
8. Complete appropriate documentation prior to shoots


2. Set up on location

Performance Criteria:

9. Determine camera positions to ensure that composition of shots provides correct visual interpretation of production requirements
10. Liaise and collaborate with crew and talent and contribute ideas to initial concepts
11. Set up equipment and accessories to ensure the safety of personnel on location
12. Consider requirements for repositioning equipment and accessories during shoots taking into account production schedules
13. Ensure cameras and other equipment are safely secured
14. Label and load capture media and check camera functions
15. Position microphones as required and conduct audio check


3. Set up Lighting

Performance Criteria:

16. Assess the quality and quantity of available light and determine the amount of correction required if necessary
17. Mount and position lighting equipment following safety guidelines
18. Run lighting cables and connect safely to power sources
19. Install colour frames and gels in accordance according to requirements for the specific shoot
20. Select lenses and filters appropriate to the prevailing conditions


4. Position and operate camera to capture shots

Performance Criteria:

21. Consider camera shots and angles, where feasible, to ensure cuts between shots produce the desired result
22. Take account of editing or other post-production requirements while shooting
23. Ensure camera set-up meets criteria for shoot
24. Check camera movements to implement planned or rehearsed shots according to direction from relevant production personnel
25. Shoot and record sequences as directed, maintaining focus throughout


5. Manipulate cables and camera positioning

Performance Criteria:

26. Participate in pre-production meetings and rehearsal, if required, and ensure that final camera and cable movements are understood
27. Communicate with relevant production personnel during shoots and position and move camera cabling according to instructions and cues received
28. React consistently to cues received from relevant production personnel and ensure consistency of timing without undue lapses
29. Move cameras and cabling without impeding the operation of camera operators and work in cooperation with other personnel to achieve the desired camera movements
30. Ensure that camera operators do not collide with other elements
31. Complete cabling handling operations without damage to equipment or injury to personnel


6. Wrap up the shoot

Performance Criteria:

32. Check and pack equipment and accessories using safe lifting techniques
33. Ensure recorded material is labelled properly, together with relevant documentation
34. Report equipment faults and complete required documentation
35. Leave locations in original condition to ensure no adverse effect on the site
36. Review and reflect on 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 your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

On successful completion of this unit, you will have the skills and knowledge required to shoot and assist with a shoot for screen material using a single-camera unit.

In class activities may include:

practical screen / studio based work
training on relevant equipment
workplace scenario production
group discussion
teacher directed group activities/projects
class exercises to review discussions/lectures

Out of class activities may include:

independent project based work
teacher directed group activities/projects
‘workshopping’ of student projects

Teaching Schedule

 Teaching schedule
Please 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.


Assist with a Basic Camera Shoot


Shoot Material for Screen Productions


Vision Mix Television Productions

Week    Class contentElementsElementsElements
Week 1Introduction and equipment preparation / setup.
Prep media and check schedules
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.51.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.51.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
Week 2Revise setting up and operating pedestals/Basic camera controls / Revise the control room inc. Sound mixing / vision mixing mixer. Practice runs1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6
2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 2.10, 2.11, 2.12
1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7
2.9, 2.10, 2.11, 2.12, 2.13
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8
Week 3Mixing and practice runs Photo / Storyboard
Block locations against storyboard
1.5, 1.6
2.11, 2.12, 2.13
1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8
2.11, 2.12, 2.13, 2.14, 2.15
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8
Week 4Photo Storyboard. De Brief Photo Storyboards. Review previous work.
Pre planning Interviews and lighting
Using studio plans to set design and planning lighting
 2.11, 2.12, 2.13
3.14, 3.15, 3.16, 3.17, 3.18
 2.11, 2.12, 2.13, 2.14, 2.15
3.16, 3.17, 3.18, 3.19, 3.20
 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5
Week 5Studio planning group projects
Mixing, Technical and Camera skills Rehearsals of projects 1& 2
Inc Lighting, camera, cabling
 3.16, 3.17, 3.18
4.21, 4.22, 4.23
 3.18, 3.19, 3.20
4.21, 4.22, 4.23
 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
Week 6Rehearsals of projects 3& 4
Cabling & camera positioning
 4.19, 4.20, 4.21, 4.22, 4.23 4.22, 4.23, 4.24, 4.25
5.26, 5.27, 5.28
 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5
Week 7Interview shoot 1 Interview shoot 2
Camera Operation / cabling / positioning
 4.19, 4.20, 4.21, 4.22, 4.23
5.24, 5.25, 5.26, 5.27, 5.28
 4.22, 4.23, 4.24, 4.25
5.26, 5.27, 5.28, 5.29, 5.30, 5.31
 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8
Week 8Interview shoot 3 Interview shoot 4
Camera Operation / cabling / positioning
Wrap Up Shoot
 4.19, 4.20, 4.21, 4.22, 4.23
5.24, 5.25, 5.26, 5.27, 5.28
 5.26, 5.27, 5.28, 5.29, 5.30, 5.31
6.32, 6.33, 6.34, 6.35, 6.36
 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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

References (as advised in class)
You are advised to look at the course myRMIT site for ongoing updated information.
Course materials will be stored in Blackboard  

Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this
course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access of the library resources.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment tasks will require you demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills through practical projects and/or written tasks.

Complete pre-production and camera shoot / production for a range of television productions.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative.

Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.

To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

Formative Assessment
1) Production of Storyboard Rundown sheet. Due week 3/4
2) Storyboard including camera blocking. Due week 3/4
3) External media production. Due week 5/6

Summative Assessment
1. You are required to participate as part of a team as part of a camera shoot. You are required to set up equipment for the shoot including camera and lighting equipment, operate equipment during the shoot, pack up equipment. You are required to provide documentation outlining the preproduction and production processes and planning relating to equipment requirements. As part of this exercise you will also be required to work in other roles including camera assistant and vision mixer. An essential part of this assessment will be your ability to operate within health and safety guidelines.

Due week 7/8

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


Grades used in this course

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available from the course contact person (stated above).


Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for each piece of submitted work.

Plagiarism - RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

All students have access to the myRMIT copyright shell. The myRMIT copyright shell contains information on copyright, plus also examples on how to use copyright works as part of your projects and assignments.

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:

Student Progress Committee
This committee promotes the early identification of students who are not achieving acceptable academic performance. The committee provides identified students with assistance and seeks to ensure such students are aware of the range of support services available to them at the University. Student Progress Committee (SPC)

Student Feedback
Students are offered opportunities to provide feedback through a variety of mechanisms including online surveys conducted at the end of each course or semester, student complaints and Student Staff Consultative Committees

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