Course Title: Shoot a wide range of television content

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: VART5931C

Course Title: Shoot a wide range of television content

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5216 - Diploma of Screen and Media

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:mcvet@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Stephen Skok
Phone: 03 - 9925 4015
Email: stephen.skok@rmit.edu.au

Teacher: Andrew Harrison
Phone: 03 - 9925 4350
Email: andrew.harrison@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 70

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 you will set up, light and shoot content for a range of screen productions.This course is co-delivered with CUVPHI518A (VART6257C) Explore the descriptive and emotive nature of photo lighting.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFCAM401A Shoot a wide range of television content

Element:

1 Prepare for shoots

Performance Criteria:

1. Attend pre-production briefings and contribute creative ideas for the visual interpretation of intended productions
2. Appraise ideas for shots, taking into account the potential impact on costs, timelines, scripts and technical feasibility
3. Survey locations prior to shoots as required
4. Plan, prepare and pack required equipment and accessories for shoots, including special requirements, such as lenses and filters
5. Ensure equipment is in working order and fix minor faults or arrange to have them fixed
6. Select capture media that is appropriate and sufficient to meet production requirements
7. Anticipate OHS requirements as they apply to the preparation and implementation of shoots
8. Complete required documentation
 

Element:

2 Set up shoots

Performance Criteria:

9. Survey sites and determine camera positions to achieve shots and compositions best suited to production requirements
10. Generate a range of ideas that offer creative solutions for particular productions
11. Appraise ideas for potential impact on cost, schedules, technical feasibility and suitability to meet production requirements
12. Set up and implement lighting plans, and install required cables
13. Confirm light temperature and exposures are sufficient for production requirements by utilising appropriate light meters
14. Position microphones and conduct audio checks
15. Liaise and collaborate with other production personnel and talent to maximise creative outcomes
16. Rehearse shots as required
 

Element:

3 Shoot content.

Performance Criteria:

17. Check camera movements to implement planned and rehearsed shots where applicable
18. Ensure captured shots meet editing and other post-production requirements
19. Employ photographic and composition techniques to achieve aesthetic requirements and to capture well-composed and well-focused shots
20. Collaborate with other production personnel where applicable and respond to directions as required
21. Coordinate inputs from other crew members as required to achieve the desired images
22. Ensure safe work practices are applied at all times
23. Record audio using appropriate microphones or coordinate sound operations as required
 

Element:

4 Wrap up shoots.

Performance Criteria:

24. Pack and store equipment using safe lifting practices
25. Ensure recorded content is identified, labelled and available for post-production
26. Ensure locations are left in original state
27. Brief editors and producers on post-production issues as required
28. Complete necessary documentation
29. Review and reflect on own performance and note areas for improvement
 


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this competency, you will be able to set up, light and shoot material for a range of screen productions.


Details of Learning Activities

In-class learning activities include, but are not limited to:
• demonstration and practical application
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• screenings
• online research
• independent project based work
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• group planning & development of camera & lighting assessments.

Out-of-class activities include, but are not limited to,
• reading set texts
• research
• screenings
• production work
• 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 resources.

Semester 1
WeekContentAssessmentElements
1• Overview of the course, assessment and facilities
• OH&S: Risks and Hazards, safety requirements for correct equipment handling and technique, safety requirements for the TV studio (teaching space)
• Crew roles and responsibilities
• Essential knowledge quiz
• Introduction to HD video camera operations and handling: JVC GY-HM700/750
• Introduction to professional lighting for digital video: safety, equipment handling, types of lights, lighting terminology 
 CUFCAM401A:
2,3
CUVPHI518A:
2
 
2• Revision of week 1
• OH&S: Camera, tripod and field monitor Risks and Hazards
• Operation of professional production equipment: HD video camera & tripod
• Recording: SDHC cards, formatting, formats, slate
• Camera shot fundamentals: focus, frame, filters, f-stop
• Aims of lighting and illuminating the subject
• Includes class exercises and discussion
 
 CUFCAM401A:
1,2
CUVPHI518A:
2
 
3• Revision of week 2
• Electrical safety – volts, amps, watts, GPO’s, cables
• OH&S: Risks and Hazards lighting operation: heat, glare, stands, shot bags, liquids, cables, lighting placement, pack up procedure
• Introduction to 3 point lighting: basic set up
• Introduction to Composition and Framing
• Includes class exercises and discussion
 
 CUFCAM401A:
3,4
CUVPHI518A:
1,2
 
4 • Revision of week 3
• Introduction to Sound Recording
• OH&S: Sound recording kit Risks and Hazards
• Introduction to the Sound Recording Kit – connection, operation, handling technique, troubleshooting, cable coiling
• 3 point lighting – illuminating the subject; offside and onside key
• Visual quality of light – hard and soft light sources
• Includes class exercises and discussion
 CUFCAM401A:
2,3,4
CUVPHI518A:
2
 
5 Assessment Task 1 (non-graded) - Essential knowledge written task
• Revision of week 4
• Integrating the sound kit into the production – recording dialogue, atmos track, location sounds and room tone (buzz track)
• Composition and framing – shot selection, camera height, camera angle
• Integrating lighting into the production: a natural style of subject illumination using 3 point lighting
• Includes class exercises and discussion
Assessment Task 1 (non-graded)CUFCAM401A:
1,2,3
CUVPHI518A:
1,2
 
6Assessment Task 2 (non-graded) - Shooting an Interview

• Review and feedback of Assessment Task 2 at conclusion of class
Assessment Task 2 (non-graded)CUFCAM401A:
1,2,3,4
CUVPHI518A:
1,2,3
 
7Assessment Task 2 (non-graded) - Shooting an Interview

• Review and feedback of Assessment Task 2 at conclusion of class
Assessment Task 2 (non -graded)CUFCAM401A:
1,2,3,4
CUVPHI518A:
1,2,3
 
8• Revision of weeks 1 to 7
• Review and feedback of Assessment Tasks 1 and 2
• Preparation for Assessment Task 3 (non-graded) - Interview Production
• Composition and framing: shot selection, camera height, camera angle, pan, tilt
• Focal length and focal distance
• Camera and Lighting plans
• Positioning the Sound Recordist and mic placement
• Lighting an interview using 3 point lighting – offside and onside key
• Visual quality of light – hard and soft light sources
• Includes class exercises and discussion
 
 CUFCAM401A:
1,2
CUVPHI518A:
1,2
9• Revision of week 8
• Preparation for Assessment Task 3 (non-graded) - Interview Production
• Equipment operation and revision:
• Camera – calibration, operation, recording format
• Sound Recording – mixer, mic, boom
• Lighting – fixtures, stands, diffusion
• 3 point lighting – offside key
• Revision – OH&S: Camera, lighting, sound recording
• Finalise camera and lighting plans
 CUFCAM401A:
1,2,4
CUVPHI518A:
2,3
10Assessment Task 3 (non-graded) - Interview Production
Note: Rolling assessments will take place. Please read the Camera-Lighting-Sound Assessment Schedule for your appointment time - handout and on Blackboard
Assessment Task 3 (non-graded)CUFCAM401A:
1,2,3,4
CUVPHI518A:
1,2,3
11Assessment Task 3 (non-graded) - Interview Production
Note: Rolling assessments will take place. Please read the Camera-Lighting-Sound Assessment Schedule for your appointment time - handout and on Blackboard
Assessment Task 3 (non-graded)CUFCAM401A:
1,2,3,4
CUVPHI518A:
1,2,3
12Assessment Task 3 (non-graded) - Interview Production
Note: Rolling assessments will take place. Please read the Camera-Lighting-Sound Assessment Schedule for your appointment time - handout and on Blackboard
Assessment Task 3 (non-graded)CUFCAM401A:
1,2,3,4
CUVPHI518A:
1,2,3
13Assessment Task 3 (non-graded) - Interview Production
Note: Rolling assessments will take place. Please read the Camera-Lighting-Sound Assessment Schedule for your appointment time - handout and on Blackboard
Assessment Task 3 (non-graded)CUFCAM401A:
1,2,3,4
CUVPHI518A:
1,2,3
14• Revision of weeks 1 to 13
• Review and feedback of Assessment Task 3
• Introduction to drama shooting
• Camera movement: tripod mounted pan, tilt, height and framing
• Introduction to lighting for drama
• Lighting for dramatic mood and texture: single point lighting, position, height, visual quality and modelling
• Includes class exercises and discussion
 CUFCAM401A:
2,3,4
CUVPHI518A:
1,2
 
15 • Revision of week 14
• Continuity filming – 2 character shot set up
• Crossing the line and the 180 degree rule
• Shot selection, framing, composition and eye lines
• Lighting the scene – 2 character drama lighting set up
• Visual and textual lighting continuity
• Includes class exercises and discussion
 CUFCAM401A:
1,2,3,4
CUVPHI518A:
1,2,3
 
16 • Revision of week 15
• OH&S: Camera and sound recording Risks and Hazards for hand held and shoulder mounted camera operation
• Camera movement: shoulder mounted and hand held
• Maintaining focus, framing, continuity and composition
• Lighting plans for drama shoots
• Includes class exercises and discussion
 

 

CUFCAM401A:
1,2,3,4
CUVPHI518A:
1


 

Semester 2
WeekContentAssessmentElements
1• Revision of weeks 1 to 16 from Semester 1
• Essential knowledge quiz
• Preparation for Drama Productions
• OH&S: Camera, tripod, field monitor and dolly Risks and Hazards
• Camera movement: shot motivation using a dolly
• Location lighting: interiors
• Includes class exercises and discussion
 CUFCAM401A:
1,2,3
CUVPHI518A:
1,2
 
2• Revision of week 1 (Semester 2)
• Composition and focus pulling
• Depth of field – focus and distance of subject, background and foreground, focal length, filters, exposure, shot selection and composition
• Positioning the Sound Recordist and mic placement
• Location lighting – interiors: Mood, tone & style
• Includes class exercises and discussion
 CUFCAM401A:
1,2,3,4
CUVPHI518A:
1,2,3
 
3• Revision of week 2 (Semester 2)
• Composition, focus pulling and camera movement
• Depth of field – interior and exterior locations
• Positioning the Sound Recordist and mic placement
• Mixed lighting – colour temperature and lighting gels
• Location Lighting – interiors/exteriors, emphasise and subduing elements of the shot
• Includes class exercises and discussion
 CUFCAM401A:
1,2,3,4
CUVPHI518A:
1,2,3
 
4Assessment Task 4 (non-graded) - Camera Movement, Composition and Lighting
• Review and feedback of Assessment Task 4 at conclusion of class
Assessment Task 4 (non-graded)CUFCAM401A:
1,2,3,4
CUVPHI518A:
1,2,3
 
5• Revision of weeks 1 to 4 (Semester 2)
• Review and feedback of Assessment Task 4
• VFX and Blue Screen shooting
• VFX shooting: Interpreting the brief – shot selection, composition, camera movement, exposure and sound recording
• Correcting mixed lighting: colour temperature and lighting gels
• Indirect and diffused lighting
• Includes class exercises and discussion
 CUFCAM401A:
1,2,3,4
CUVPHI518A:
1,2,3
6• Revision of week 5 (Semester 2)
• Equipment operation revision and preparation for Assessment Task 5 (graded) - Major Production
• Troubleshoot production equipment issues
• Includes class exercises and discussion
 CUFCAM401A:
2,3,4
CUVPHI518A:
2,3
 
7

 

Assessment Task 5 (graded) - Major Production
Note: Rolling assessments of your will take place. Please read the Camera-Lighting-Sound Assessment Schedule for your appointment time - handout and on Blackboard

 

Crew roles will change with each production.

 

Assessment Task 5 (graded)CUFCAM401A:
1,2,3,4
CUVPHI518A:
1,2,3
8

Assessment Task 5 (graded) - Major Production
Note: Rolling assessments of your will take place. Please read the Camera-Lighting-Sound Assessment Schedule for your appointment time - handout and on Blackboard

Crew roles will change with each production.

Assessment Task 5 (graded)CUFCAM401A:
1,2,3,4
CUVPHI518A:
1,2,3
9Assessment Task 5 (graded) - Major Production
Note: Rolling assessments of your will take place. Please read the Camera-Lighting-Sound Assessment Schedule for your appointment time - handout and on Blackboard

Crew roles will change with each production.

Assessment Task 5 (graded)CUFCAM401A:
1,2,3,4
CUVPHI518A:
1,2,3
10Assessment Task 5 (graded) - Major Production
Note: Rolling assessments of your camera, lighting and sound recording will take place. Please read the Camera-Lighting-Sound Assessment Schedule for your appointment time - handout and on Blackboard

Crew roles will change with each production.

Assessment Task 5 (graded)CUFCAM401A:
1,2,3,4
CUVPHI518A:
1,2,3
11Assessment Task 5 (graded) - Major Production
Note: Rolling assessments of your camera, lighting and sound recording will take place. Please read the Camera-Lighting-Sound Assessment Schedule for your appointment time - handout and on Blackboard

Crew roles will change with each production.

Assessment Task 5 (graded)CUFCAM401A:
1,2,3,4
CUVPHI518A:
1,2,3
12Assessment Task 5 (graded) - Major Production
Note: Rolling assessments of your camera, lighting and sound recording will take place. Please read the Camera-Lighting-Sound Assessment Schedule for your appointment time - handout and on Blackboard

Crew roles will change with each production.

Assessment Task 5 (graded)CUFCAM401A:
1,2,3,4
CUVPHI518A:
1,2,3
13Assessment Task 5 (graded) - Major Production
Note: Rolling assessments of your camera, lighting and sound recording will take place. Please read the Camera-Lighting-Sound Assessment Schedule for your appointment time - handout and on Blackboard

Crew roles will change with each production.

Assessment Task 5 (graded)CUFCAM401A:
1,2,3,4
CUVPHI518A:
1,2,3
14Assessment Task 5 (graded) - Major Production
Note: Rolling assessments of your camera, lighting and sound recording will take place. Please read the Camera-Lighting-Sound Assessment Schedule for your appointment time - handout and on Blackboard

Crew roles will change with each production.

Assessment Task 5 (graded)CUFCAM401A:
1,2,3,4
CUVPHI518A:
1,2,3
15Assessment Task 5 (graded) - Major Production
Note: Rolling assessments of your camera, lighting and sound recording will take place. Please read the Camera-Lighting-Sound Assessment Schedule for your appointment time - handout and on Blackboard

Crew roles will change with each production.

Assessment Task 5 (graded)CUFCAM401A:
1,2,3,4
CUVPHI518A:
1,2,3
16Assessment Task 5 (graded) - Major Production
Note: Rolling assessments of your camera, lighting and sound recording will take place. Please read the Camera-Lighting-Sound Assessment Schedule for your appointment time - handout and on Blackboard

Crew roles will change with each production.

Assessment Task 5 (graded)CUFCAM401A:
1,2,3,4
CUVPHI518A:
1,2,3


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

VIDEO PRODUCTION HANDBOOK, FifthEdition
Gerald Millerson and Jim Owens, Focal Press

LIGHTING FOR DIGITAL VIDEO AND TELEVISION, Third Edition
John Jackman, Focal Press


References

Musberger, R  Single-camera Video Production (5th Ed) Focal Press 2010 (available in the Library)

Langford, M Langford’s Basic Photography Focal Press 2007 (available in the Library but everyone should own a copy of this reference)

Katz, S Film Directing Shot By Shot: Visualizing From Concept To Screen, Michael Wiese, 1991

Bordwell, D & Thompson, K. Film Art: An Introduction
McGraw-Hill, 2003 Proferes, N. T Film Directing Fundementals. Focal Pres Langford, M Langford’s Basic Photography. Focal Press

You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.


Other Resources

- Camera manual for JVC.GY-HM700E
- Camera manual for JVC.GY-HM750E
- www.hoyafilter.com
- Screen Production Guide 2014/15
- lynda.com
- Production documents on Screen Blackboard
- Manuals & guides on Screen Blackboard


Overview of Assessment

This course will be delivered and assessed in conjunction with CUVPHI518A (VART6257C) Explore the descriptive and emotive nature of photo lighting.


Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge of course content is assessed through participation in practical exercises, knowledge assessment tasks and practical group projects.


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.

Semester 1
ASSESSMENT TASKS (ungraded):
1. Assessment Task 1: Essential knowledge written task (ungraded). This is a short answer written test to be completed in class. Due Date: week 5
2. Assessment Task 2: Shooting an Interview (ungraded). This is a group based practical filming, lighting and location sound recording task completed on campus. Due Date: weeks 6 and 7
3. Assessment Task 3: Interview Production (ungraded). This is the practical filming, lighting and location sound recording for an approved interview. To be completed on campus and on other approved locations. Due Dates: Rolling assessment, please see assessment schedule (on blackboard), weeks 10 to 13.

Assessments to be completed according to the published schedule and to be finalised by no later than end of semester 1 Week 16.
         
Semester 2
ASSESSMENT TASK (ungraded):
4. Assessment Task 4: Camera Movement, Composition and Lighting (ungraded). This is a practical filming and lighting task completed in class. Due Date: week 4

ASSESSMENT TASK (graded):
5. Assessment Task 5: For this assessment, you will be working in teams to shoot a major screen production of 5 to 7 minutes. Each member of the team will be required to perform the roles of camera and lighting person and also sound recordist. You will be assessed and graded individually. Due Date: Rolling assessment, please see assessment schedule (on Blackboard).

Akk assessments to be finalised by no later than end of semester 2 Week, 16.

Grading criteria for the graded assessment can be found on the course Blackboard site.
You will be assessed using the following grades:

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI  Competent with Distinction
CC  Competent with Credit
CAG  Competency Achieved- Graded
NYC Not yet Competent
DNS  Did Not Submit for Assessment


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

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters: www.rmit.edu.au/students

Attendance
The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students 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.


www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n (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 will 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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