Course Title: Record sound on location

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: VART6211C

Course Title: Record sound on location

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5216 - Diploma of Screen and Media

Course Contact : Course Administrator

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Matt Voigt

9925 4815

Nominal Hours: 35

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this course you will learn skills and knowledge required to record sound on location for screen productions.

Sound recordists and boom operators apply the skills and knowledge described in this unit. They are responsible for recording sound effects and location atmosphere. They are also responsible for using boom mounted microphones and radio microphones to record dialogue in both outdoor and indoor locations. The operation of the boom requires precision and some physical stamina to ensure that the optimum quality sound is captured without interfering with camera operation or the movement of actors

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUSSOU406A Record sound on location


1. Prepare for location recording

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Confirm recording requirements in consultation with relevant personnel and with reference to scripts and other production documentation
1.2 Check that sound equipment and accessories are in working order prior to shoots
1.3 Ensure adequate supply of consumables is available for duration of sound recordings


2. Capture dialogue

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Participate in technical run-throughs or rehearsals to determine optimum positioning of boom and microphone for recording shots
2.2 Rig sound equipment and accessories in line with safety, technical and production requirements
2.3 Attach radio or clip microphones to actors' clothing as required
2.4 Ensure run-up time is sufficient and synchronisation codes are referenced to allow stable sound recording
2.5 Move boom according to scripted shots and respond to direction
2.6 Follow the actions and anticipate movements of relevant personnel
2.7 Ensure movement of boom is unobtrusive and sympathetic to actions of relevant personnel and does not generate unwanted noise
2.8 Monitor sound through headphones to ensure unwanted sounds are not being captured
2.9 Communicate with relevant personnel with minimal disruption to operations
2.10 Correct equipment failures with minimal disruption to operations


3. Capture sound effects

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Record background location sound for use in post-production
3.2 Place multiple microphones in different positions to capture sound perspective of effects being recorded
3.3 Listen critically to recorded sound and re-record as required to achieve desired effect



4. Finalise sound-recording operations

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Save recordings in the appropriate format and log/file in line with organisational procedures
4.2 Make safety copies or backups in line with organisational procedures
4.3 De-rig, check and clean sound equipment and accessories
4.4 Leave locations clean and restored to their pre-recording condition
4.5 Evaluate own performance against technical and creative criteria and note areas for improvement.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to record sound on location for screen productions.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in the classrom and on locations where sound will be recorded. Activities will include, but not limited to,

Practical industry style tasks

Teaching Schedule


Week          Class contentAssessment dueElements                                      
Week 2- Introduction to the subject and assessment tasks
- Basics of sound (Sine waves, phase, acoustics)
- Class activity to demonstrate phase the way sound reacts in a room
- Introduction to equipment
 CUSSOU406A - 1
Week 3- Introduction to the recording equipment cont.
- Overview of microphones (Videos on different shotgun mics)
- Difference between mic and line devices / level
- Cables and connectors
- Practice using equipment
  CUSSOU406A -1, 2
Week 4- Getting good recording levels
- Awareness of different noises in the recording and where they could come from
- Class activity – setting up cameras and microphones and recording audio in different locations. Playback and listen to results
  CUSSOU406A -1,2,4
Week 5- Introduction to the concept of Sound Designs (Video’s on Sound Designs and location recording)
- Recording Sound Effects and Atmos
- Discuss the difference between recording sound on location vs in a controlled environment
- listen to the difference between atmosphere tracks and sound effects.
- Practice recording sound effects
 CUSSOU406A -1,2,3,4  
Week 6- Discussion about other recording devices and setups.
- File management and identifying sound recordings
Formative Assessment 01 - Recording Sound Effects and Atmos due CUSSOU406A -1,2,3,4
Week 7- The tricks to Boom operating
- Practice setting up for Mock interview assessment task
  CUSSOU406A -1,2,3,4
Week 8- Simulated interview pracs- Formative Assessment 02 - Simulated interview pracs due CUSSOU406A -1,2,4

Week 9

- Simulated interview pracs- Formative Assessment 02 - Simulated interview pracs due CUSSOU406A -1,2,4
Weeksm10-14Production of location interviews for assessment no classes attendance on location required  
Week 15- Review of completed interview productions including written evaluations - Summative assessment 01 due CUSSOU406A - 4
Week 16- Review of completed interview productionsincluding written evaluations - Summative assessment 01 due CUSSOU406A - 4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Video Production Handbook Jim Owens & Gerald Millerson Focal Press.


Other Resources

Sound recording equipment and camcorders will be supplied.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:

- Practical tasks
- location recording project including a written component.
- direct observation & questionsing.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.

To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.
You must submit all pieces of assessment in order for your competency to be assessed in this course 

- Formative Assessment 01 - Recording Sound Effects and Atmos - Due week 6
- Formative Assessment 02 - Simulated interview practical - Due week 8-9
- Summative assessment 01 - Location interview - Due week 15-16.

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 demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.

Other Information

The major learning experience involves xxx. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to achieve competency in this unit.

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.

Feedback - You will receive spoken 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.
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Student Progress
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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. 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. Special consideration, appeals and discipline;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y

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Work Placement:
It is a requirement of this program that all students participate in authentic work related tasks. These may be either simulated or in a real work environment. On occasion, we are approached by industry and given opportunities for students to apply for short term placements. When these placement opportunities arise, students are required to negotiate the specific details with the relevant program coordinator or teacher. All industry placements require students, RMIT staff and host organisations to sign a written agreement prior to the commencement of the placement.

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