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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: VART6204C

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

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4295 - Certificate IV in Screen and Media

Course Contact : Progam Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Rowan Humphrey

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

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required by camera operators participating in multi-camera productions.Generally they work as members of a team and under the direction of a floor manager or director.The programs may be studio-based or outside broadcasts. Typical productions include drama, comedy, light entertainment, concerts, sport, news and current affairs and audience forums. 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 C4295 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:

CUFCAM402A Shoot television content in a multi-camera environment


1. Plan shots and camera

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Participate in pre-production meetings and briefings to
discuss visual interpretation, requirements and locations
for intended productions.
1.2 Liaise with relevant production personnel to confirm that
planned shots and camera movements meet technical
and script criteria.
1.3 Assess camera plan to ensure individual role is consistent
with overall production needs and plans.
1.4 Interpret camera plan and other documentation to create
shot lists for use during rehearsal, recording or live
1.5 Appraise ideas for shots, taking into account the potential
impact on schedules, technical feasibility and production
1.6 Anticipate occupational and health and safety
requirements as they apply to the 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 camera movements.
2.2 Position camera for shots to ensure the safety of relevant
production personnel, talent and general public.
2.3 Ensure appropriate camera cables are run from correct
outlet points to cameras and do not impede camera
movements involved in productions.
2.4 Ensure that cameras are lined up matched to meet
production requirements.
2.5 Charge and install headsets and ensure talkback function
is operational to allow communication with relevant
production personnel.
2.6 Liaise and collaborate with other relevant production
personnel and talent to maximise creative outcomes.


3. Shoot content.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Participate in rehearsals and adjust shot lists and
schedules according to required changes.
3.2 Re-create camera shots and movements established in
rehearsal during recording or communicate clearly to
production personnel unavoidable variations from the
predetermined plans.
3.3 Respond to cues received from relevant production
personnel in a timely manner.
3.4 Consider shots and angles required of other camera
operators to assess how cuts and dissolves between
shots can produce the required creative outcomes.
3.5 Move camera without impeding the operation of other
team members, including other camera operators and
technical personnel.
3.6 Ensure safe work practices are applied at all times.


4. Wrap up shoots.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Dismantle, pack and store equipment and accessories as
4.2 Participate in post-production debriefings and reflect on
own performance, noting areas for future improvement.
4.3 Ensure locations are left in original state.
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 competency in the above elements.

You will also have demonstrated :

• 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 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.

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SemOne 1 Studio basics introduction. Vision Mixing Intro/studio plans/pedestals/camera basics/videos. Roles/scripts/control room/sound/vision mixer/CCU/Router Program Run In.doc AAA  1
2 The Camera chain. Understanding and operating the Sony camera chain. Grey scale, white balance, basic CCU operation with Barry Shaw. 2
3 Vision Mixer and Technical direction /Mixing and TD /practice runs  2
4 Graphics, Recording to tape, Pipeline & editshare  2
5 Mixing and TD /practice runs Photo Storyboard 1&2Formative assessment # 1 & 2
6 March Labour day Holiday  
7 Productions & Formative assessment Photo Storyboard 3 & 4Formative assessment # 1 & 2 3,4
8 De Brief Photo Storyboards.
Pre planning Variety Interviews/interview lighting
Audio workshop with Barry Shaw
9 Guest Presenter (TBC) Studio planning group projects
Mixing, Technical and Camera skills Rehearsals of projects 1& 2
10 Rehearsals of projects 3& 4 Studio A ‘Newsline’ prep  3,4
11 Studio A ‘Newsline’ rehearsals  
12 Variety Interview shoot 1 Variety Interview shoot 2
Trouble shooting the Control room and signal with Barry Shaw
Summative assessment # 1 2,3,4
13 Formal rehearsal week for ‘Newsline’ Formative assessment # 3

14 ‘Newsline’ production
Summative assessment # 1
15 ‘Newsline’ productionSummative assessment # 1
16 Variety Interview shoot 3 Variety Interview shoot 4Summative assessment # 1 2,3,4
SemTwo 1 Advanced studio operation. Audio, Lighting & Camera refresher  1
2 Master control operations and communication with Barry Shaw  2
3 Guest Presenter (TBC) Operating a production with Master Control reh.  1
4 Operating a production with Master Control  2,3
5 Painting the Picture. Advanced set up and operation of RCP D50 with Barry Shaw  2
6 Studio production with advanced Camera and Graphics rehearsals  1,2,3,4
7 Studio production with advanced Camera and Graphics  2,3,4
8 Planning for Production in an ‘Outside Broadcast’  1
9 Trouble shooting for Outside Broadcast, issues, and a pathway to staying ‘On Air’ with Barry Shaw  2
10 Guest Presenter (TBC) Simulated ‘OB’  3,4
11 Simulated ‘OB’ # 2 ‘The light keeps changing’  2,3,4
12 Simulated ‘OB’ # 3 ‘Everything keeps changing’  2,3,4
13 Complete summative assessment productions & compile show reels Summative assessment # 2
14 Complete summative assessment productions & compile show reels as week 13 1,2,3,4
15 Complete summative assessment productions & compile show reelsas week 13 1,2,3,4
16 Complete summative assessment productions & compile show reelsas week 13

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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Other Resources

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

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through the completion of pre-production and production tasks to shoot a range of television productions. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on My RMIT.

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.    Translation of Photo Storyboard Rundown sheet to Cam Card. Due week 5 Sem I
2.    Set up for & Shoot Photo Storyboard production. Due week 5 Sem I
3.    Translation of Variety Interview Rundown sheet & Planning documents to Cam Cards. Due week 12 Sem I

Summative Assessment
1.    Set up for & Shoot Variety Interview & compile footage to a show reel. Due week 12 Sem I
2.    Set up for & Shoot Variety Interview & compile footage to a show reel. Due week 13 Sem II

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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