Course Title: Assist with a basic camera shoot

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: VART6292C

Course Title: Assist with a basic camera shoot

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 Email:mcvet@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Mark Langley
Phone: (03) 9925 4355
Email: mark.langley@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 30

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

‘None.’

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. Camera assistants are expected to work under the direction of a qualified camera operator, and may, on occasions, be responsible for operating cameras.
This unit is delivered and assessed in conjunction with CUFCAM301A Shoot material for screen productions 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:

CUFCAM201A Assist with a basic camera shoot

Element:

1. Prepare for camera shoots.

Performance Criteria:

1.1
Organise and prepare equipment for shoots, taking into account location requirements
1.2
Ensure equipment is clean and operational
1.3
Report equipment faults to relevant personnel
1.4
Safely charge batteries according to manufacturer specifications
1.5
Ensure charged batteries are in sufficient supply to meet the needs of the production schedule
1.6
Select required capture format and ensure

 

Element:

2. Assist with camera set up on location

Performance Criteria:

2.1
Lift camera and other equipment, using safe lifting and handling techniques
2.2
Ensure camera and other equipment is safely secured
2.3
Under direction, assist with positioning the camera to achieve the required shots
2.4
Safely connect cables and camera to power source if required
2.5
Assist with final check of equipment prior to shoot and report faults to relevant personnel
2.6
Label and load capture media
2.7
Check camera tilt and pan functions

 

Element:

3. Set up Lighting

Performance Criteria:

3.1
Mount lighting equipment following safety guidelines
3.2
Run lighting cables and connect safely to power source ensuring they are located securely
3.3
Under direction, position lights to achieve required effect
3.4
Adjust focus and angles of lights as required
3.5
Install colour frames and gels according to lighting requirements for the particular shoot

 

Element:

4. Shoot video

Performance Criteria:

4.1
Adjust and move equipment as required
4.2
Operate clapperboard if needed
4.3
Operate camera according to manufacturer guidelines and instructions
4.4
Shoot and record sequences as directed
4.5
Time-code recording of takes with descriptions as required

 

Element:

5. Wrap up the shoot

Performance Criteria:

5.1
Clean and pack equipment using safe lifting techniques
5.2
Check that all equipment is accounted for and report faults to relevant personnel
5.3
Ensure recordings are labelled properly, together with relevant documentation
5.4
Leave location in original condition to ensure there is no adverse effect on the site
5.5
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 your competency in the above elements.


Details of Learning Activities

Will include a range of
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• independent project based work
• online research
• group discussion

Out-of-class activities include completion of individual design work and preparation of Rundown Sheets.


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.
CUFCAM201A
Assist with a Basic Camera Shoot
CUFCAM301A
Shoot Material for Screen Productions
CUFBRD402A
Vision Mix Television Productions
Class #
 Elements
Elements
Elements
Class 1

Introduction to Vision Mixing /Setting up and operating studio pedestals/Basic camera controls/ Analyse ‘Photo Story Board project from course guide and watch videos of Photo Story Board Productions. Studio Production Roles/ Creating the ‘Rundown’ Sheet and scripts/Introduction to the control room/Introduction to Sound mixing for TV/Introduction to vision mixing/What’s a CCU?/ What does the Router do? How do I call a Television production when I am the Directors assistant? Following a ‘Program Run In.doc’ AAA

Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3
Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.5

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5


 

Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.5

Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6


 

Class 2

Vision Mixing and Technical direction Revise setting up and operating pedestals/Basic camera controls/Revise the control room inc. Sound mixing/vision mixing mixer. Mixing and TD /practice runs/ Phot Storyboard preparation
I

Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5

Element 1
1.4

Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.7
 

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8
Class 3

Mixing and TD /practice runs Photo Storyboard 1&2

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5

Element 4
4.1, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5

Element 5
5.2, 5.4, 5.5


Element 2
2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5

Element 5
5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5
 

Element 1
1.3, 1.4
Class 4

Photo Storyboard 3 & 4

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5

Element 4
4.1, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5

Element 5
5.2, 5.4, 5.5

Element 2
2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5

Element 5
5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5

Element 1
 1.3, 1.4
Class 5

Photo Storyboard Productions continuation

De Brief Photo Storyboards. View Variety interview programs from previous years.
Pre planning Variety Interviews/interview lighting/vision switching live action
Using studio plans for set design and planning lightingStudio planning group projects
Mixing, Technical and Camera skills Rehearsals of projects 1& 2

 

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5

Element 4
4.1, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5

Element 5
5.2, 5.4, 5.5

Element 4
4.1, 4.4, 4.5

Element 5
5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5

Element 6
6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5

Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5,2.6

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8

Class 6

Rehearsals of projects 1& 2

Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5

Element 4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5

Element 5
5.2, 5.4, 5.5

Element 4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5

Element 5
5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5

Element 6
6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5
 

Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5

Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5,2.6

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8

Class 7

Rehearsals of projects 1& 2

Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5

Element 4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5

Element 5
5.2, 5.4, 5.5

Element 1
1.6, 1.7, 1.8

Element 5
5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5

Element 6
6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5
 

Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5

Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5,2.6

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8

Class 8

Variety Interview shoot 1 Variety Interview shoot 2


 

Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5

Element 4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5

Element 5
5.2, 5.4, 5.5

Element 1
1.6, 1.7, 1.8

Element 5
5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5

Element 6
6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5
 

Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5

Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5,2.6

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8

Class 9Variety Interview shoot 2 continued Variety Interview shoot 3Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5

Element 4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5

Element 5
5.2, 5.4, 5.5

Element 1
1.6, 1.7, 1.8

Element 5
5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5

Element 6
6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5

Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5

Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5,2.6

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8

Class 10Variety Interview Shoot 4 and playbacksElement 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5

Element 4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5

Element 5
5.2, 5.4, 5.5

Element 1
1.6, 1.7, 1.8

Element 5
5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5

Element 6
6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5

Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5

Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5,2.6

Element 3
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

You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.


Other Resources

It is recommended that you bring materials to classes to make notes, for example;
• a pen and notepaper
• a laptop computer


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

You must submit all pieces of assessment in order for your competency to be assessed in this course..

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

For further information on the assessments and grading criteria, please refer to the course Blackboard site.

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessments and a grade for the summative assessment.

You will be assessed using the following methods:

Formative Assessment
1. Production of Photo Storyboard Rundown sheet. Due week 3/4/5
2. Set up for & Vision Mix Photo Storyboard. Due week 3/4/5
3. Production of Variety Interview Rundown sheet & Planning documents. (Group work) Due week 8/9/10

Summative Assessment
1. Set up for & Vision Mix Variety Interview. Due week 8/9/10

For further details on the assessments and information on the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course blackboard site.

Grades used in this course are as follows:

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 demonstrated alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.

Other Information

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Attendance
The major learning experience involves theory and practical training and assessment sessions, including individual and group practical exercises. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to achieve competency in this unit.

Feedback - You will receive spoken and written feedback from teachers on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
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Student Progress
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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. You can apply in writing for up to a week’s extension from your course teacher. If you need a longer extension, you wil need to apply for special consideration. Special consideration, appeals and discipline

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 go to Academic Integrity

Work Placement: It is a requirement of this program that all students participate in authentic work related tasks. These may be either simulated or in a real work environment. On occasion, we are approached by industry and given opportunities for students to apply for short term placements. When these placement opportunities arise, students are required to negotiate the specific details with the relevant program coordinator or teacher. All industry placements require students, RMIT staff and host organisations to sign a written agreement prior to the commencement of the placement.

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