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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

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
(03) 99254842

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. Studio passes. 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. 2
3 Vision Mixer and Technical direction /Mixing and TD /practice runs  2,3
4Graphics, Recording to tape, Pipeline & Editshare  1,2,3,4
5Labour day Holiday  
6 Formative assessments # 1
Photo Storyboard 1&2
Show your own Segment rundown for the Photo Storyboard project [Realise Productions] Your segment rundown should be:
• On plain white A4 paper [landscape]
• In the approved format
Participate in production as:-
1. Producer of your production [Realise productions]
2. Vision Mixer/Director/ DA/ Graphics /EVS two takes. [Vision Mix]
3. Camera Operator for one other production. [Multi-cam]
4. FM, TD, Lighting director, Audio Set up and pack up of sets, camera, audio and lighting gear in studio according to studio protocols. [Bump in/out]
 Formative assessment # 1 2,3,4
7Formative assessments # 1
Photo Storyboard 3 & 4
Formative assessment # 1 2,3,4
8 Formative assessments # 1
Photo Storyboard 5 & 6
De Brief Photo Storyboards.
Pre planning Roy Melba Variety Interviews/interview lighting
Audio workshop
 Formative assessment # 12,3,4
9Guest Presenter (TBC) Studio planning group projects
Mixing, Technical and Camera skills Rehearsals of projects .

Formative assessment # 2
Show your Segment Brief for Roy Melba [Realise Productions]
Show your Work Safely AAA pass (JSA or Safe Work methods Statement) [Bump in/out]
Show your Work Smart AAA pass (Signal Flow & Vision Mix Setup) [Vision Mix]
Show your Work Smart AAA pass (Camera set up & operation) [Multi-cam]

 Formative assessment # 2 1

Rehearsals of projects Studio A ‘Newsline’ prep Network 10 News Rundowns

11Studio A ‘Newsline’ rehearsals  1,2,3
12Roy Melba /Variety Interview shoot 1 Variety Interview shoot 2
Trouble shooting the Control room and signal.
13 13 May Formal rehearsal week for ‘Newsline’
Summative assessment # 3
Participate in ‘Newsline’ production as:-
1. Vision Mixer, DA, Graphics, Autocue & VT/EVS Op [Realise productions] & [Vision Mix]
2. Camera Crew Member for at least one production. [Multi-cam]
3. Floor Manager, Lighting Director, Audio Op or Technical Director and Lighting/Staging/audio Crew Member [Bump in/ out]
 Summative assessment # 3
14Summative assessment # 3
20 May ‘Newsline’ production  
Summative assessment # 3
15Summative assessment # 3
27 May ‘Newsline’ production
Summative assessment # 3
16Roy Melba / Variety Interview shoot 3 Variety Interview shoot 4  2,3,4
SemTwo 1 Advanced studio operation. Audio, Lighting & Camera refresher  1,2
2 Master control operations and communication
Roy Melba Productions
Formative assessment # 4
Show your personal original Segment rundown for a Roy Melba segment.
1. Floor plan showing positions of Cast and Cameras
2. Lighting Plan
3. Annotated rundown / Camera Cards
 Formative assessment # 4
3Guest Presenter (TBC) & Roy Melba Productions  1
4 Operating a production with Master Control & Roy Melba Productions  2,3
5Painting the Picture. Advanced set up and operation of RCP D50
Roy Melba Productions
6Studio production with advanced Camera and Graphics rehearsals
Summative assessment # 5
Produce a complete 4 minute segment for Roy Melba including studio links [Realise Productions]
Participate in ‘Roy Melba’ productions as:-
1. Vision Mixer, DA, Graphics & VT/EVS Op [Vision Mix]
2. Camera Crew Member for at least one production. [Multi-cam]
3. Floor Manager, Lighting Director, Audio Op & TD and Lighting/Staging/audio Crew Member [Bump in/out]
 Summative assessment # 5
7Studio production with advanced Camera and Graphics
Summative assessment # 5
Complete summative assessment productions
 Summative assessment # 5
8Planning for Production in an ‘Outside Broadcast’
Summative assessment # 5
Complete summative assessment productions
 Summative assessment # 5
9 Trouble shooting for Outside Broadcast, issues, and a pathway to staying ‘On Air’
Summative assessment # 5
Complete summative assessment productions
 Summative assessment # 5
10Guest Presenter (TBC) Simulated ‘OB’
Summative assessment # 5
Complete summative assessment productions
 Summative assessment # 5
11Simulated ‘OB’ # 2 ‘The light keeps changing’
Summative assessment # 5
Complete summative assessment productions
 Summative assessment # 5
12Summative assessment # 5
Complete summative assessment productions
 Summative assessment # 5
13 Summative assessment # 5
Complete summative assessment productions
 Summative assessment # 5
14Summative assessment # 5
Complete summative assessment productions
 Summative assessment # 5
15 Summative assessment # 5
Complete summative assessment productions
Summative assessment # 5
16 No classSummative assessment # 5
17Reserved for Production Factory  

Learning Resources

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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. Participate in PhotostoryBoard production as Camera Operator for one production. . In week 6,7 & 8 Sem I
2. Show your Work Smart AAA pass (Camera set up & operation). Due week 9 Sem I
4. Show your personal original Segment rundown for a Roy Melba segment & Camera Cards Due week 2 Sem II

Summative Assessment
3. Participate in ‘Newsline’ production as Camera Crew Member for at least one production. In weeks 13, 14 & 15 Sem I
5. Participate in ‘Roy Melba’ productions as Camera Crew Member for at least one production. In weeks 6-15 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

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

Feedback - You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
Student feedback at RMIT

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy

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. Special consideration, appeals and discipline

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.

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


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