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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

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. Participate in pre-production meetings and briefings to discuss visual interpretation, requirements and locations for intended productions
2. Liaise with relevant production personnel to confirm that planned shots and camera movements meet technical and script criteria
3. Assess camera plan to ensure individual role is consistent with overall production needs and plans
4. Interpret camera plan and other documentation to create shot lists for use during rehearsal, recording or live transmission
5. Appraise ideas for shots, taking into account the potential impact on schedules, technical feasibility and production requirements
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:

7. Assemble camera, equipment and accessories to meet predetermined camera positions and camera movements
8. Position camera for shots to ensure the safety of relevant production personnel, talent and general public
9. Ensure appropriate camera cables are run from correct outlet points to cameras and do not impede camera movements involved in productions
10. Ensure that cameras are lined up and matched to meet production requirements
11. Charge and install headsets and ensure talkback function is operational to allow communication with relevant production personnel
12. Liaise and collaborate with other relevant production personnel and talent to maximise creative outcomes


3. Shoot content.

Performance Criteria:

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


4. Wrap up shoots.

Performance Criteria:

19. Dismantle, pack and store equipment and accessories as required
20. Participate in post-production debriefings and reflect on own performance, noting areas for future improvement
21. Ensure locations are left in original state
22. 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

Class ContentAssessment                                    
Week 1

Plan shots and camera movements.

Studio basics introduction. Studio passes. Studio plans/pedestals/camera basics/videos. Roles/scripts/control room/CCU/Router Program Run In.doc AAA. Tech Specs – RMIT & C31.

Week 2

Set up for shoots.

The Camera chain. Understanding and operating the Sony camera chain. Checking Back Focus, Grey scale, white balance, basic CCU operation.

Week 3

Shoot Content

Operating camera for Vision Mixing, EVS and Technical direction /Mixing and TD /practice runs
Wrap up shoots.

Week 4Plan shots and camera movements. Impact of Graphics, EVS and getting shots to Pipeline & Editshare 
Week 5Labour Day Holiday 
Week 6Operate camera as part of a crew in simulated workplace conditions for Assessment task 1 ’Photo Storyboard’. Groups 1&2Task 1 of 3
Week 7Assessments # 1 Photo Storyboard 3 & 4 Task 1 of 3
Week 8Assessments # 1 Photo Storyboard 5 & 6
De Brief Photo Storyboards. Pre planning ’24 Melbourne’ Interviews/interview lighting. Audio workshop
Task 1 of 3
Week 9Plan shots and camera movements. Studio planning group projects
Mixing, Technical and Camera skills Rehearsals of projects .
Assessment # 2
Task 2 of 3
Week 10

Plan shots and camera movements. Rehearsals of projects Studio A ‘Newsline’ prep Network 10 News Rundowns

Set up for shoots. Painting the Picture. Advanced set up and operation of RCP D50

Week 11Studio A/B ‘Newsline’ rehearsals 
Week 12
Trouble shooting from the Control room and signal.
Week 13Formal rehearsal week for ‘Newsline’
Assessment # 3 Simulated workplace production of actual Live to air News
Task 3 of 3
Week 14 ‘Newsline’ productionTask 3 of 3
Week 15 ‘Newsline’ productionTask 3 of 3
Week 16Review all camera work from ’Newsline’ and Plan semester 2 productions based on feedback.

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

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment to a satisfactory standard.
You will receive feedback on all assessment and where indicated, you will receive a grade. Graded assessment tasks are equally weighted and will determine your final result for this course.

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

1. Participate in Photo storyboard production as Camera Operator for one production. Assessed in Week 6,7 & 8 Sem I
2. Show your Camera set up & operation checklist. Due Week 9, Sem I
3. Participate in ‘Newsline’ production as Camera Crew Member for at least one production setting up to checklist from assessment #2. Assessed in Weeks 13, 14 & 15, Sem I

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

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

CA Competency Achieved
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

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:


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.

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.

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (web link)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process through which people can gain entry to, or credit in, recognised courses based on competencies gained. The competencies may have been gained through experience in the workplace, in voluntary work, in social or domestic activities or through informal or formal training or other life experiences. Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) applies if a student has previously successfully completed the requirements of a unit of competency or module and is now required to be reassessed to ensure that the competency has been maintained.

Assessment and Feedback (web link)

You will receive verbal feedback during scheduled class times, and written feedback from teachers on your work . Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student Progress (web link)

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

Special consideration for Late Submission (web link)

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.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism (web link)

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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