Course Title: Implement lighting designs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: PERF5064C

Course Title: Implement lighting designs

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4295 - Certificate IV in Screen and Media

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Rowan Humphrey

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


Course Description

To enable you to address the lighting requirements of Television and video productions in a range of environments including single and multi-camera recording and events.
Senior lighting technicians apply the skills and knowledge outlined in this unit. On large-scale productions, they are most likely to work collaboratively with a lighting designer who has devised the lighting plan.
On smaller productions (including televised outside broadcasts), a senior lighting technician may be required to devise and implement a lighting plan which includes filler lighting and lights for presenters on location.
A significant aspect of the role described in this unit is the need to understand fully the correlation between lighting and the cameras, lenses and stock formats being used in a given film or television production.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFLGT401A Implement lighting designs


1 Clarify design requirements.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Discuss lighting designs/plans with relevant
production personnel to determine overall
production needs.
1.2 Generate a range of ideas for the execution of
lighting that provide creative solutions to technical
and production issues.
1 Clarify design
1.3 Seek feedback on ideas with relevant production
personnel to maximise creative input into lighting
1.4 Confirm availability of lighting equipment and
lighting accessories to implement different options
for lighting effects.
1.5 Use a range of criteria to decide which options are
most feasible and obtain necessary equipment and
accessories according to enterprise procedures.
1.6 Ensure that options selected provide a correct visual
interpretation of the script/production.


2 Set up and test lighting options.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Set up lighting equipment and accessories to test
different options for lighting effects using
appropriate light and exposure meters.
2.2 Interpret information readouts and make necessary
adjustments to achieve desired light quality.
2.3 Ensure lighting equipment and lighting accessories
are adjusted to take account of camera types and
capture media to be used.
2.4 Correct mixed light sources to achieve a uniform
colour balance, using corrective filters to meet
creative and technical requirements.
2.5 Participate in ongoing production meetings and
evaluation of work in progress on lighting effects.


3 Participate in technical rehearsals.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Rehearse technical aspects of a production and
execute changes to the lighting set-up according to
production requirements.
3.2 Modify cue sheets and update preprogrammed
automated systems according to final shooting
3.3 In consultation with relevant production personnel,
amend lighting effects to take account of limitations
imposed by the type of camera or other aspects of
3.4 Check that required changes to lighting operations
are implemented and that relevant documentation is
completed prior to actual production.


4 Monitor lighting operations during productions.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Check operational aspects of lighting equipment
and lighting set-up to ensure they are correctly
prepared for productions.
4.2 Ensure placement of lighting equipment and
accessories is mapped and connections to correct
power sources and consoles are implemented and
4.3 Maintain lighting conditions throughout filming to
ensure that image and light quality meet the stylistic
effect required.
4.4 Identify and rectify basic problems and faults using
appropriate test equipment and according to
enterprise and OHS procedures.
4 Monitor lighting
operations during
4.5 Ensure that technical quality is consistent with
editing and post-production requirements.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to.
•    Use technical jargon/terms to describe, the quality and quantity of light, typical lighting equipment and photographic and other principles
•    Use industry techniques and practical methods to solve common location lighting issues and problems with Key, Fill and Backlighting.
•    Apply the Power Formula and familiarity with a range of lighting equipment and specifications to safely operate in a range of situations.
•    Apply the Inverse Square law and theories of persistence of vision, visual acuity, colour theory, the electromagnetic spectrum and the properties of light to solve common audiovisual problems.
•    Use filters, meters and camera settings to control colour temperature and exposure.
Use camera lenses to manipulate Depth of Field taking into consideration Focal length, focusing distances, exposure values and f.stops.

Details of Learning Activities

In class 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 and pre-production work, preparation for class presentations and location excursions.

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.

WeekClass contentAssessmentElements
1Lighting Introduction to enable learners to address the lighting requirements of television or video productions in a range of environments including single and multicamera recording. / AFTRS DVD Location Lighting
Transmission and absorption, colour temperature, hard and soft light, f-stops and terminology. Complete Gel table. DOC (AAA)
Home work – Complete a Location plan for a location of your choice. Watch films and TV to develop lighting language.    Read lighting chapters from ‘Martha’
2Check draft location plans
Teacher led three-point lighting demonstration. Key, fill, backlight, bounce, shadow, operation of stands, lanterns and gels. Introduce redheads, 2k’s, Dedo’s, Bambino, HMI, Flourescent and LED. A practical exploration of Depth of field.
and revision for test.       Read location and camera chapters from ‘Martha’
3Three point lighting practical exercises. (3) Groups of (5-7) students to set up lighting for a talking head addressing three different scenarios.  2,3
4Continuity Lighting Exercise- Using a video camera, record a series of shots from a two person dramatic scene in order to maintain continuity of lighting and other aspects. Whole group exercise. Consolidation of basic three-point lighting, colour temperature, Hard and soft light and introduction to lens issues such as aperture, depth of field and composition.   Homework, look at Study Notes on Blackboard before next class. 1,2,3,4
5Location Plans
Selection of locations for practical sessions in Sem II and
Some theory.
How our eyes work/Basic eye construction, The lens, The Retina, Rods and Cones/Visual Acuity, Persistence of Vision
How light works/The Electromagnetic Spectrum Refraction, reflection, diffusion and transmission
Formative assessment # 11
6Colour Temperature/Colour Theory /Lanterns/Lamps
Polarised light and its role in transmission, illusion and 3D.
7Metering and measuring colour temp and density. C-stands, Cutting and clamps and practice set ups of basic gear.   2,4
8‘Newsline’ Rehearsal  1,2,3
9Crew ‘Newsline’ Participate in crew roles of Lighting and Camera department for Newsline to be shot in Studio A
Practical Location lighting assessments.
Formative assessment # 2
Summative assessment #3
10Crew ‘Newsline’ Participate in crew roles of Lighting and Camera department for Newsline to be shot in Studio A
Practical Location lighting assessments
Formative assessment # 2
Summative assessment #3
11Underpinning knowledge test. Part of Summative assessment # 3 1

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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


Basic Photography, Michael Langford
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

Plan and implement a lighting design on location and complete a written test of underpinning knowledge.

Assessment Tasks

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.

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.

Formative Assessment

1.    Complete a location plan. Due week 5
2.    Crew a studio based Television production in lighting department. In weeks 9 & 10.

Summative Assessment

3.    Implement a lighting design on location as part of a work team & complete an underpinning knowledge test. Will be conducted in weeks 9 & 10 in accordance with the teaching schedule above with the written test to be held in week 11.

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

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

CHD    Competent with High Distinction
CDI     Competent with Distinction
CC     Competent with Credit
CAG    Competence 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 are available through the course contact in Program administration.

Other Information

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.
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