Course Title: Record sound on location
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term1 2015
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 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff
+61 3 9925 4815
Nominal Hours: 35
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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites
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
1.1 Confirm recording requirements in consultation with relevant personnel and with reference to scripts and other production documentation
2. Capture dialogue
2.1 Participate in technical run-throughs or rehearsals to determine optimum positioning of boom and microphone for recording shots
3. Capture sound effects
3.1 Record background location sound for use in post-production
4. Finalise sound-recording operations
4.1 Save recordings in the appropriate format and log/file in line with organisational procedures
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
|Week||Class content||Assessment due|
|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
|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
|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
|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
|Week 6||- Discussion about other recording devices and setups.|
- File management and identifying sound recordings
|Assessment 01 - Recording Sound Effects and Atmos. Ungraded|
|Week 7||- The tricks to Boom operating|
- Practice setting up for Mock interview assessment task
|Week 8||- Simulated interview pracs||Assessment 02 - Simulated interview pracs. Undraded|
|- Simulated interview pracs||Assessment 02 - Simulated interview pracs. Ungraded|
|Weeksm10-14||Production of location interviews for assessment, attendance on location required|
|Week 15||- Review of completed interview productions including written evaluations||Assessment 03 location interview recording. Graded|
|Week 16||- Review of completed interview productionsincluding written evaluations||Assessment 03 location interview recording. Graded|
Video Production Handbook Jim Owens & Gerald Millerson Focal Press.
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.
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.
- Assessment 01 - Recording Sound Effects and Atmos - Due week 6
- Assessment 02 - Simulated location interview recording - Due week 8-9
- Assessment 03 - Location interview recording - 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
The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.
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The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.
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