Course Title: Plan and manage film and media post-production

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: VART5927C

Course Title: Plan and manage film and media post-production

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5198 - Diploma of Creative Industries

Course Contact : Program Administration - Adam Lovell

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 4976

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Tim Johnston
Phone: 03 9925 4325

Nominal Hours: 35

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

There are no pre-requisites or co-requesites for this unit

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to plan and implement post-production processes.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFPPM602A Plan and manage film and media post-production


1Clarify post-production briefs

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Participate in meetings with relevant production personnel to determine required post-production resources assessed against proposed production medium
1.2 Provide ongoing strategic advice to production team to improve efficiency of post-production activities
1.3 Identify and analyse specific technical or creative requirements for post-production
1.4 Identify available budgets and timelines required
1.5 Provide specific advice on costs and operational implications for editing , taking into account required techniques for production


2Develop an operational plan

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Draw up specific schedules to ensure post-production activity meets expected deadlines
2.2 Investigate availability and cost of post-production resources and staff in order to complete post-production plans
2.3 Ensure OHS requirements are established in line with
organisational procedures
2.4 Develop documentation for anticipated stages in post-production process and confirm with relevant production personnel
2.5 Ensure documentation is accessible to all involved with post-production activities as required
2.6 Finalise operational plan in consultation with relevant production personnel and obtain sign-off according to organisational procedures


3Implement post-production processes

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Book and check post-production resources and finalise all contractual arrangements with personnel and suppliers in line with enterprise procedures
3.2 Identify and resolve problems, ensuring proposed solutions are discussed with affected staff prior to implementing changes
3.3 Negotiate provision of any previously unplanned or additional post-production services in conjunction with relevant production personnel
3.4 Monitor and manage post-production activities on a proactive basis and according to agreed operational plan
3.5 Prepare progress reports where applicable and organize appropriate review sessions for relevant production personnel


4Wrap post-production activities

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Attend ongoing post-production evaluation sessions to
ensure final product meets creative, technical and
budgetary requirements of the production
4.2 Obtain lock-off approval for project from relevant
production personnel
4.3 Complete required documentation and arrange for return
of hired post-production resources as applicable
4.4 Evaluate all aspects of completed projects and note areas
for improvement

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit you will have skills and knowledge required to plan and implement post-production processes.

Details of Learning Activities

In class activities may include:
• lectures
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• online research
• independent project based work
• teacher directed group activities/projects

Out of class activities may include:
• online research
• independent project based work

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.

Synchronization-TV/Film formats. Analysis of time code formats, frame rates, clock reference, and synch setups of various industry standard equipment.
Student presentation and class discussion of researched examples

WeekClass contentOtherElements
Week 1Course outline/structure
Detailing of assessment and explanation of Assignments to be undertaken.
Audio for Media exploration. Analysis of key elements, and genres involved within production of audio for commercials. Aspects include music compositions (jingles), Voice Overs, Foley, and SFX .
Student research and acquisition of commercial examples.
Week 2Production Studio Analysis. Breakdown of studio equipment/ hardware/ software involved in the various stages of audio for media productions.
Examples of various studios locally and globally.
Student presentation and class discussion of researched examples
 1, 2
Week 3Synchronization-TV/Film formats. Analysis of time code formats, frame rates, clock reference, and synch setups of various industry standard equipment.
Student presentation and class discussion of researched examples
Week 4Practical demonstration and familiarisation of Studio/Lab Equipment.
Integration of audio and video within Pro Tools/ Logic Audio.
Quicktime movies, spot mode, playlists and loop record.
Student presentation and class discussion of researched examples
 1, 2 ,3
Week 5Breakdown of all parties involved in the production from original idea to final release. Projected budget analysis, and distribution of costs.
Scheduling of resources and available time for Assignments.
Week 6Practical sessions for Assignment 1 1,3
Week 7Practical sessions for Assignment 1 1,3
Week 8Practical sessions for Assignment 1 1,3
Week 9Practical sessions for Assignment 1 1,3
Week 10Class Presentation/Discussion of Assignment 1  1,3,4
Week 11 Practical sessions for Assignment 2 1,3
Week 12Practical sessions for Assignment 2 1,3
Week 13Practical sessions for Assignment 2 1,3
Week 14Practical sessions for Assignment 2 1,3
Week 15Class Presentation/Discussion of Assignment 2 1,3,4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

A set of web based resource links are provided below for this course.
Resource Links: Collection of commercials, realaudio/quicktime/windowsmedia formats available for reviewing. 

Article on the basics of audio for TV advertisements. 
America’s largest and oldest TV Advertising library and resource 
Using Audio Enabled Rich Media Advertising effectively


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information. Students are expected to make full use of the Library facilities.

Other Resources

External firewire/USB hard drive
1 pair of high quality headphones

Overview of Assessment

Course assessment tasks will include class based practical exercises and project work undertaken in the computer lab for submission.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.


1. Class presentation – examples of commercials. To be conducted Weeks 2-6.

2. Synchronisation exercise – Quicktime “spot” to timecode position. To be conducted in Weks 11-15.

3. Schedule elements and studio time for Radio & TV commercial Due TBA.

4. Synchronisation test. To be conducted TBA.

Two fully produced commercials, each worth 50% of final grade.

5. Practical Assignment 1- Radio Commercial – Design all audio elements for a 30 sec radio commercial. Due Week 9.

6. Practical Assignment 2 – TV commercial – Design all audio elements for a 60sec TV commercial. Due Week 14.

The details on these assessments and the grading criteria for this competency can be found on the course blackboard site.

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

80 – 100% HD High Distinction
70 – 79% DI Distinction
60 – 69% CR Credit
50 – 59% PA Pass
Under 50% NN Fail

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrated 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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