Course Title: Compose camera shots and operate a camera

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2008

Course Code: VART5746C

Course Title: Compose camera shots and operate a camera

School: 345T Creative Media

Campus: City Campus

Program: 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:

1.1 Liaise with the relevant personnel and interpret and confirm
the shot requirements so that aesthetic and technical
production and script/production requirements are met
1.2 Generate a range of ideas for the composition of shots which
provide creative solutions to the production issues
1.3 Discuss ideas and collaborate, as required, with relevant
personnel to ensure contribution of ideas to the initial
concept
1.4 Reflect on and appraise ideas for implications on cost and
time, technical feasibility, and suitability to meet the
production requirements
1.5 Devise shots to ensure that correct visual interpretation of
the script/production requirements is met through close
liaison with relevant personnel
1.6 Ensure that composition of shots meets the aesthetic
requirements and provides the correct visual interpretation
of the script/production requirements

Element:

Compose shots

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Assess the quality and quantity of available light and
determine the amount of correction required, if necessary
2.2 Confirm that the available light is sufficient for the
production requirements by utilising appropriate meters
2.3 Correct mixed light sources to achieve a uniform colour
balance
2.4 Ensure corrective actions are taken to address changing or
inadequate lighting conditions
2.5 Liaise closely with lighting personnel to achieve the
required image and agree to the use of artificial light sources

Element:

Coordinate crew to position camera

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Make use of corrective filters to:
• meet the creative/and or technical requirements of the
production
• change the effects of available light to the quality
required to suit film in use
• ensure that correct colour balance and light conditions
are attained

Element:

Monitor the quality of the moving image during filming

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Determine the required focal length, depth of field and
select lens according to technical and creative requirements
and available light
4.2 Select focal length according to the type and stability of the
camera mounting and degree of intended camera movement
during the shot
4.3 Control exposure by use of correct aperture

Element:

Position and operate camera to capture shots

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Communicate the start and end of the moving shot clearly to
all relevant personnel, as required
5.2 Identify and clearly communicate the route and timing of
camera movements
5.3 Identify and discuss problems with relevant personnel and
modify movements accordingly

Element:

Select and use corrective filters

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Liaise with relevant personnel regarding the shots required
and ensure that their sequence is clear and coherent
6.2 Position camera for shots to ensure the safety of all
personnel, performers and the general public
6.3 Select camera positions to meet aesthetic and technical
requirements and in consultation with the appropriate
personnel
6.4 Consider all camera shots and angles to ensure cuts between
shots produce the desired result
6.5 Consider editing and other post-production requirements
whilst filming
6.6 Adjust and move equipment, as required, during the shoot
with consideration to the timelines and deadlines of the
production schedule
6.7 Move camera to capture planned or rehearsed shots,
according to direction received from relevant personnel

Element:

Select and use lens

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Employ photographic and composition techniques to
achieve the aesthetic requirements and to capture well
composed and focused shots
7.2 Maintain the desired composition by ensuring that any
camera movement is steady and smooth throughout the
duration of the shot
7.3 Maintain focus throughout the filming
7.4 Execute zoom movements and focus changes to achieve the
required image, and in accordance with any instructions
from relevant personnel
7.5 Maintain camera and lighting conditions throughout filming
to ensure that image and light quality meet the stylistic
effect required
7.6 Coordinate the efforts of other personnel to achieve the
desired image


Learning Outcomes


   


Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will consist of

  • demonstrations
  • workshops
  • discussions
  • 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
 


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


Assessment Matrix

Not applicable.

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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