Course Title: Shoot a wide range of television content

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

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

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:

1.2 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 utilizing appropriate light meters.
2.6 Position microphones and conduct audio checks.
2.7 Liaise and collaborate with other production personnel and talent to maximize 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 crewmembers as required achieving 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, labeled 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

Learning activities will consist of
• Demonstrations
• Out of class activates
• Workshops
• Practical exercises
• Productions
• Discussions
• Screenings
• Reading set texts

Teaching Schedule

WeekClass Content Elements
1Course Guide
Visit to a Gallery
2Camera features & handling ,Planning a shoot & shot sizes
Location practical Test 1 (ungraded) Assessment Task
Camera setup & operation Lenses, tripods, microphones
Hand Out Assessment Task 01 Class Presentation (ungraded)
 1, 2, 3
3Lighting Plans , OH&S Storyboards/ Shot lists/ location planning
Location practical Test 2 (ungraded) Assessment Task
3 point lighting ,lighting metres, lighting & camera and plans light filters.
microphones, location mixers, pack & store equipment, OH&S & budgeting
 1, 2, 3
4Framing People & Objects
Staging & Consistency
Into to FCP Interface
Practical film shoot exercise (Pan &Tilt Background shots)
 1, 2, 3,4
5Assessment Task 01 due class presentation (ungraded)
Hand out Assessment Task 02 Short film for webcasting (graded)
 1, 2, 3
6Camera Movement
Compositing with FCP, composite modes .
Key framing
Practical film shot exercise (Zoom shots)
 1, 2,
7Single & Multiple Camera Interviews
Pacing in film Speed/ Time Remapping FCP ,
Practical film shot exercise (point of view)
Practical film shot exercise (cutaway, cut in shots)
 1, 2, 3, 4
8Masking effects, Text generators FCP.
Practical film shoot exercise (Perspective)
 2, 3, 4
9FCP, editing slicing layers, importing sound
Editing sound in FCP
Practical film shoot exercise (cutaway, cut in shots)
 2, 3,
10Studio class 1, 2
11Hand in Assessment Task 02
Assessment Task 03 presented to class Short Film web festival (graded)
Practical film shoot exercise
Additional delivery by K Doolan:
Photoshop – Perspective editing, gradients and vignettes – A09
Assignment Due Week Commencing:
Element: 1, 2
2, 3, 4
12Filters. Keying Effects FCP
Class roughcut storyboard presentations for Assessment task 03
Visit to a TV studio
Additional delivery by K Doolan:
- Summative assessment concept presentations – Old Man image repair
Element: 1, 2
1, 2
13Animated title design in film
Applying split screen, filters
Class exercise title design
Work on Assessment Task 03
Additional delivery by K Doolan:
- Photoshop – Advanced colour & tone edit – Studio/location composite – A11
Element: 1, 2
1, 2
14Studio classAdditional delivery by K Doolan:
Studio Class - Elements
Element: 1, 2, 3
1, 2, 3
15Present work in progress for Assessment task 03(Additional delivery by K Doolan:
- Studio Class
Element: 2, 3, 4
1, 2, 3, 4
16Hand in Assessment Task 03Additional delivery by K Doolan:
Summative A012 – The Revolution Will Be Posterised

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Video Production Handbook G Millerson Focal Press


Hollywood Camera work DVD

Other Resources

Students are encouraged to attend film festivals , events , exhibitions , performances as part of their research and development through out the course.
St Kilda Film Festival
Melbourne Intenational Film Festival
Tropfest short film Festival

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including technical requirements documentation, homework and in class exercises, practical problem solving exercises and practical tests. Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

Assessment Tasks

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.

For further information on the grading system please refer to the course Blackboard site.

Location practical Tests 1&2 (ungraded)
• Tested in class by practical exercises,
• Knowledge-assessment exercises
• web searches
(Assessment is ongoing)

Assessment Task 01: Class Presentation (ungraded) Due Date Week Commencing: 05.03.2012 Week 5

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).Assessment tasks in this unit are either ungraded or graded. Ungraded tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered as essential building blocks for more substantial (graded) 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 verbal feedback on all assessment.

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

Grades used in this unit are as follows:
Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment:

Assessment Task 02: Short Film for web casting (graded) Due Date Week Commencing: 09.04.2012 Week 11

Assessment Task 03: Short Film for web film festival (graded) Due Date 04. 06.2012 Week 16

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

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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