Course Title: Compose camera shots and operate a camera

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2007

Course Code: VART5746C

Course ID: 035475

Course Title: Compose camera shots and operate a camera

School: 345T Creative Media

Program Code: C5134 - Diploma of Screen

Course Contact : Adam Lovell

Course Contact Phone: 9924 4976

Course Contact Email: adam.lovell@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 50

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, students will learn the skills and knowledge required to compose shots, position the camera, select the appropriate lens and lighting equipment and operate a camera.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFCAM03A Compose camera shots and operate a camera

Element:

Address lighting conditions

Performance Criteria:

<font size="3" face="Symbol">&middot;  </font><font face="Times" roman="" new="">Assess the quality and quantity of available light and determine the amount of correction required, if necessary</font>

<font size="3" face="Symbol">&middot;  </font><font face="Times" roman="" new="">Confirm that the available light is sufficient for the production requirements by utilising appropriate meters</font>

<font size="3" face="Symbol">&middot;  </font><font face="Times" roman="" new="">Correct mixed light sources to achieve a uniform colour balance</font>

<font size="3" face="Symbol">&middot;  </font><font face="Times" roman="" new="">Ensure corrective actions are taken to address changing or inadequate lighting conditions</font>

<font size="3" face="Symbol">&middot;  </font><font face="Times" roman="" new="">Liaise closely with lighting personnel to achieve the required image and agree to the use of artificial light sources</font>

Element:

Compose shots

Performance Criteria:

<font size="3" face="Symbol">&middot;  </font><font face="Times" roman="" new="">Liaise with the relevant personnel and interpret and confirm the shot requirements so that aesthetic and technical production and script/production requirements are met </font>

<font size="3" face="Symbol">&middot;  </font><font face="Times" roman="" new="">Generate a range of ideas for the composition of shots which provide creative solutions to the production issues</font>

<font size="3" face="Symbol">&middot;  </font><font face="Times" roman="" new="">Discuss ideas and collaborate, as required, with relevant personnel to ensure contribution of ideas to the initial concept</font>

<font size="3" face="Symbol">&middot;  </font><font face="Times" roman="" new="">Reflect on and appraise ideas for implications on cost and time, technical feasibility, and suitability to meet the production requirements</font>

<font size="3" face="Symbol">&middot;  </font><font face="Times" roman="" new="">Devise shots to ensure that correct visual interpretation of the script/production requirements is met through close liaison with relevant personnel</font>

<font size="3" face="Symbol">&middot;  </font><font face="Times" roman="" new="">Ensure that composition of shots meets the aesthetic requirements and provides the correct visual interpretation of the script/production requirements</font>

Element:

Coordinate crew to position camera

Performance Criteria:

<font size="3" face="Symbol">&middot;  </font><font face="Times" roman="" new="">Communicate the start and end of the moving shot clearly to all relevant personnel, as required</font>

<font size="3" face="Symbol">&middot;  </font><font face="Times" roman="" new="">Identify and clearly communicate the route and timing of camera movements</font>

<font size="3" face="Symbol">&middot;  </font><font face="Times" roman="" new="">Identify and discuss problems with relevant personnel and modify movements accordingly</font>

Element:

Monitor the quality of the moving image during filming

Performance Criteria:

<font size="3" face="Symbol">&middot;  </font><font face="Times" roman="" new="">Employ photographic and composition techniques to achieve the aesthetic requirements and to capture well composed and focused shots</font>

<font size="3" face="Symbol">&middot;  </font><font face="Times" roman="" new="">Maintain the desired composition by ensuring that any camera movement is steady and smooth throughout the duration of the shot</font>

<font size="3" face="Symbol">&middot;  </font><font face="Times" roman="" new="">Maintain focus throughout the filming</font>

<font size="3" face="Symbol">&middot;  </font><font face="Times" roman="" new="">Execute zoom movements and focus changes to achieve the required image, and in accordance with any instructions from relevant personnel</font>

<font size="3" face="Symbol">&middot;  </font><font face="Times" roman="" new="">Maintain camera and lighting conditions throughout filming to ensure that image and light quality meet the stylistic effectrequired</font>

<font size="3" face="Symbol">&middot;  </font><font face="Times" roman="" new="">Coordinate the efforts of other personnel to achieve the desired image</font>

Element:

Position and operate camera to capture shots

Performance Criteria:

<font size="3" face="Symbol">&middot;  </font><font face="Times" roman="" new="">Liaise with relevant personnel regarding the shots required and ensure that their sequence is clear and coherent</font>

<font size="3" face="Symbol">&middot;  </font><font face="Times" roman="" new="">Position camera for shots to ensure the safety of all personnel, performers and the general public</font>

<font size="3" face="Symbol">&middot;  </font><font face="Times" roman="" new="">Select camera positions to meet aesthetic and technical requirements and in consultation with the appropriate personnel</font>

<font size="3" face="Symbol">&middot;  </font><font face="Times" roman="" new="">Consider all camera shots and angles to ensure cuts between shots produce the desired result</font>

<font size="3" face="Symbol">&middot;  </font><font face="Times" roman="" new="">Consider editing and other post production requirements whilst filming</font>

<font size="3" face="Symbol">&middot;  </font><font face="Times" roman="" new="">Adjust and move equipment, as required, during the shoot with consideration to the timelines and deadlines of the production schedule </font>

<font size="3" face="Symbol">&middot;  </font><font face="Times" roman="" new="">Move camera to capture planned or rehearsed shots, according to direction received from relevant personnel</font>

Element:

Select and use corrective filters

Performance Criteria:

<font size="3" face="Symbol">&middot;  </font><font face="Times" roman="" new="">Make use of corrective filters to:</font>

<font size="3" face="Symbol">&middot;  </font><font face="Times" roman="" new="">meet the creative/and or technical requirements of the production </font>

<font size="3" face="Symbol">&middot;  </font><font face="Times" roman="" new="">change the effects of available light to the quality required to suit film in use</font>

<font size="3" face="Symbol">&middot;  </font><font face="Times" roman="" new="">ensure that correct colour balance and light conditions are attained</font>

Element:

Select and use lens

Performance Criteria:

<font size="3" face="Symbol">&middot;  </font><font face="Times" roman="" new="">Determine the required focal length, depth of field and select lens according to technical and creative requirements and available light</font>

<font size="3" face="Symbol">&middot;  </font><font face="Times" roman="" new="">Select focal length according to the type and stability of the camera mounting and degree of intended camera movement during the shot</font>

<font size="3" face="Symbol">&middot;  </font><font face="Times" roman="" new="">Control exposure by use of correct aperture</font>


Learning Outcomes


   


Overview of Learning Activities


Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will consist of

  • demonstrations
  • workshops
  • discusions
  • screenings
  • group planning of camera assessments
  • storyboarding
  • camera exercises
  • editing

Students will be responsible for their learning and will be expected to undertake an appropriate amount of independent research, reading, study, practice and screenings.


Teaching Schedule

TAFE week  
topics & activities Required reading
01
  • orientation  
 
02 •    intro
•    view & review previous productions
•    intro to professional cameras & lenses

plan & storyboard camera assessment 1
quiz   
 
03 •    composing shots & constructing a sequence
•    script break down
•    storboard as a planning tool
•    eyelines & directions, reactions
•    staging & consistency
•    location dialogue
•    camera movement
•    1800 rule & 300 rule
Producing Videos, M. Mollison p1-73

Camera manual for JVC DV 500
Camera manual for JVC DV 5101
04•    monitor the quality of moving images during filming
•    camera movements, entrances & exits
•    corrective filters & their uses

plan & storyboard camera assessment 1
 Producing Videos, M. Mollison p74-83
05•    aesthetic and technical production and script requirements
•    develop ideas for composition of shots which provide creative solutions to production issues

plan & storyboard camera assessment 1
 www.hoyafilter.com
06•    shot composition
•    lighting requirements & corrective strategies actions
•    co-ordinate & communicate with crew in re camera movements
•    monitor quality of moving images
shoot camera assessment 1 part 1
Film Directing Shot by Shot, Steven Katz, p3-120
07shoot camera assessment 1 part 2 
08•    lens focal lengths, depth of field, technical and creative requirements

edit camera assessment
 
09•    assessing lighting requirements

view & review camera assessment 1 & production & technical issues arising
compare finished production to storyboard
plan & storyboard camera assessment2
camera assessment 1 due
storyboard assessment 1 due   
 Film Directing Shot by Shot, Steven Katz, p121-158
10•    lighting the shot
•    assessing lighting requirements
•    co-odinating the crew, timing & communication

plan & storyboard camera assessment 2
evaluation assessments 1 due
 Film Directing Shot by Shot, Steven Katz, p159-250
11•    shot composition
•    lighting requirements & corrective strategies actions
•    co-ordinate & communicate with crew in re camera movements
•    monitor quality of moving images

shoot camera assessment 2 part 1
 
12 shoot camera assessment 2 part 2 
13•    chromakey fundamentals
•    shot composition
•    lighting requirements & corrective strategies actions
•    focal length selection
•    corrective filters
•    monitor quality of images

edit camera assessment2
plan camera assessment3

 Producing Videos, M. Mollison p426-429
14view & review camera assessment 2 & production & technical issues arising

camera assessment 2 due
storyboard assessment 2 due   
 
15•    shot composition
•    lighting requirements & corrective strategies actions
•    focal length selection
•    corrective filters
•    monitor quality of images

shoot camera assessment 3
evaluation assessments 2 due
 Film Directing Shot by Shot, Steven Katz, p159-250
16shoot camera assessment 3
edit camera assessment 3
 
17view & review camera assessment 3 & production & technical issues arising
camera assessment 3 due
 
18camera reviews
revision
revision quiz
 

Overview of Learning Resources


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Producing Videos: A Complete Guide
Martha Mollison
AFTRS Allen & Unwin

9781865089164

Film Directing  Shot By Shot – Visualising From Concept To Screen
Steven Katz
Michael Wise Productions

0941188108


References

Film Directing Cinematic Motion – A workshop For Staging Scenes
Steven Katz
Michael Wise Productions

0941188140

Single-camera Video Production
Robert B. Musburger
Publisher: Focal Press

0240807065


Other Resources

Camera manual for JVC DV 5101
Camera manual for JVC DV 500
www.hoyafilter.com


Overview of Assessment

Individual storyboard 20%
Camera exercises 50%
Peer & self evaluation 20%
Production Evaluation 10%


Assessment Tasks

  • Individual storyboards
  • Group productions
  • Peer & self evaluations
  • Evaluations of completed production tasks

All assessments must be submitted no later than the due date. Grades may be lost for late submissions.

Grades
High Distinction    80-100%    HD
Distinction    70-79%    DI
Credit    60-69%    CR
Pass    50-59%%    PA
Fail    00-49%    NN

Other Information

  • Students are required to attend all classes for lectures, demonstrations, workshops, discussions, screenings and activities.
  • All activities/camera assessments will take place in class time, except for editing sessions that will take place at another scheduled time.
  • Camera production assessments and related activities may vary due to facilities availability and other changed circumstances.

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