Course Title: Shoot a wide range of television content

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: VART5931C

Course Title: Shoot a wide range of television content

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5218 - Diploma of Interactive Digital Media

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Peter Kennedy
Phone: 9925 58079

Teacher: Kieran Doolan
Phone: 9925 54110

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


Course Description

This unit of competency is delivered in the class Film 1.

The unit Shoot a wide range of television content CUFCAM401A looks at the skills and knowledge needed to film content for television and video. You will work individually and collaboratively while developing skills in video pre production, production ,and post production techniques.
The course concentrates on video preproduction techniques that generate ideas and create creative solution. You will also learn hand held camera skills, storyboarding and the fundamentals of, lighting, continuity, and camera framing.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFCAM401A Shoot a wide range of television content


1 Prepare for shoots

Performance Criteria:

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


2 Set up shoots.

Performance Criteria:

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


3 Shoot content.

Performance Criteria:

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


4 Wrap up shoots.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Pack and store equipment using safe lifting practices.
4.2 Ensure recorded content is identified, labelled and available for post-production.
4.3 Ensure locations are left in original state.
4.4 Brief editors and producers on post-production issues as required.
4.5 Complete necessary documentation.
4.6 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
• teacher feedback
• 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
independent project based work

Teaching Schedule

Week 1Present course guide
Visit to ACMI held camera Introduction
Week 2Introduction video formats, Story Structure Planning a shoot & shot sizes
Location practical exercise 1 (ungraded) Assessment Task
Camera setup & operation Lenses, tripods, microphones
Hand Out Assessment Task 01 Class Presentation (graded)
Week 3Introduction video formats, Story Structure Planning a shoot , shot sizes
Storyboards/ Shot lists/ location planning
Location practical exercise 2 (ungraded) Assessment Task
3 point lighting ,lighting metres, lighting camera and plans light filters.
microphones, location mixers, pack & store equipment, OH&S & budgeting
Week 4Fundamentals of the shot (camera framing )
Staging & Consistency
Into to FCP Interface
Practical film shot exercise (Pan &Tilt shots)
Week 5Assessment Task 01 due class presentation
Hand out Assessment Task 02 Short film for webcasting (graded)
Week 6Camera Movement
Compositing with FCP, composite modes .
Key framing
Practical film shot exercise (Zoom shots)
Week 7Design elements in film
Pacing in film Speed/ Time Remapping FCP ,
Practical film shot exercise (cutaway, cut in shots)
Week 8Perspective
Masking effects, Text generators FCP.
Practical film shot exercise (Perspective)
Week 9FCP, editing slicing layers, importing sound
Editing sound in FCP
Practical film shot exercise (point of view)
Week 10Studio Class  
Week 11Studio class
Week 11 Hand in Assessment Task 02
Assessment Task 03 presented to class Short Film web festival (graded)
Practical film shot exercise

(Develop Extend Design Skills: Summative assessment concept presentations – Assessment 5 - Elements 1,2,3,4,5)
Week 12Quicktime filters. Keying Effects
Class roughcut storyboard presentations for Assessment task 03
Visit to a TV studio

(Develop Extend Design Skills: Review retouch and repair techniques - Old Man image - Assessment 6 - Elements 1,2,3,4,5 )
Week 13Animated title design in film
Applying split screen, filters
Class exercise title design
Work on Assessment Task 03

(Develop Extend Design Skills: Photoshop vector graphics and vector masks - Elements 1,2,3,4,5)
Week 14Studio Class

(Develop Extend Design Skills: Colour correcting digital photographs - Assessment 7 - Elements 1,2,3,4,5)
Week 15Present work in progress for Assessment task 03

(Develop Extend Design Skills: Studio Class - Elements 1,2,3,4,5)
Week 16Hand in Assessment Task 03

(Develop Extend Design Skills: Summative Assessment - Photo Montage/Collage presentations - Elements 1,2,3,4,5)
Week 17Assessment and Review   

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Video Production Handbook G Millerson Focal Press


Musberger, R 2010 Single-camera Video Production (Focal Press
Exploring Storyboarding Wendy Tumminello Thomson Publishing
Final Cut Pro Quick start guide Peach press Publishing
Full publishing details needed
Students are encouraged to attend film festivals , events , exhibitions , performances as part of their research
and development through out the course.
Stkilda Film Festival
Melbourne Intenational Film Festival
Tropfest short film Festival

Other Resources

Please bring to EVERY class:
(FireWire cable , external hard disk drive, DVD- etc).

Please Note: It is the student’s responsibility to back up their work regularly.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, practical project work and through the application of learned skills.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered as essential building blocks for more substantial summative assessment tasks.
To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete each of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

Assessment Tasks
Three of the assessment tasks will be graded, there will be also practical assessment tasks, based on the course comediennes where student will be deemed competent or not competent There will be class access time to work on two of the graded assessment tasks.

Location practical exercises
Assessment Task 1
Camera setup & operation
Lenses, tripods, tripods, microphones, fliters , lenses,

Assessment Task 2
3 point lighting ,lighting metres, lighting camera and plans. microphones
microphones, OH&S & budgeting , shot lists

Assessment Task 3
Class Presentation - Due date: 8/3/2011
Assessment Task 4
Short Film for web casting - Due date: 13.04.2011
Assessment Task 5
Short Film for web film festival - Due date: 5/6/2011

Students Assessment Files are to have the correct file naming conventions and is to be presented As a .zip file
STV _a01_smith to be placed on the Blackobard Server in the (IRD) Dropbox
STV (module of study) at01 (Assessment Task 01) smith (last name) john (first name).

Grades used in this unit are as follows:
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

For further information on the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course blackboard site.

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

Firearms & Weapons
It is important to note that you are not allowed to shoot video with armoury related objects for example , guns, knives, spears,ect for OH&S reasons students are not to perform dangerous stunts. Refer to Victorian Police Film & Television Office.(

You will receive feedback from teachers on your work. This feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Late Submissions
Please advise teacher in advance if an extension of time or special consideration is required for submission of work. Refer to the course blackboard site for policy information including information on late submissions.

RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

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.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;


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