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: 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


Peter Kennedy
Phone: 9925 58079

Nat Bates

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:

• lectures
• lab work
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• online research
• independent project based work
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• workshopping of students’ own projects

Out-of-class activities include, but are not limited to,

• accessing learning and tutorial resources on
• research
• work shopping
• independent project based work

You are encouraged to engage in independent research, reading, study, practice and screenings.

Teaching Schedule

WeekClass contentAssessment Tasks

Present course guide/ Introduction to DLSR cameras
Visit Technical Services for a equipment loans and a visit to ACMI  & Ian Potter Gallery.

2Camera Operation, shot sizes & (OH&S)
What you can film and cannot film
RMIT Location Agreement
Pan Tilt & Zoom & Focus class exercise
Assessment 1 (Part A) Practical location Task (ungraded)
Pan, tilt, Zoom, & Focus
Camera setup & operation, OH&S
Lenses, gels, & filters, tripods
Camera Operation Microphones & audio checks, lenses , white balance,& exposure class exercise

Assessment 1 (Part B) Practical location Task (ungraded)
Microphones & audio checks, lenses , white balance  lenses ,  balance, exposure & OH&S.

4Introduction to lighting setup & OH&S
Introduction to Premiere Pro Interface & capturing & editing footage

Assessment 2 Practical location Task (ungraded)
Lighting plans, 3 point lighting set up, colour temperatures, & metres, cabling, gels Lighting & OH&S


Introduction to three point editing Splitting clips, using markers with Premier pro

Assessment 3 Three Point editing task with Premier Pro (ungraded)


Hand out Assessment Task 5 (graded) One Minute Short film for film festival
Compositing with Premier Pro , composite modes & effects
Class exercise knowledge based questionnaire

Assessment 4 Production Schedule, shot list & budget, film script & storyboard for the One Minute Short Film (ungraded)

Deep Staging & Depth of Field
Titles & Modifying speed Premiere Pro
Creating a film Script & Script writing formats Class exercise
Work on and finalize & submit Storyboard & Budget for short film

8Camera Blocking hotspot & mirrors
Class exercise develop an OH&S recognize risk report for the short film
Work on Short film present work in progress on screen

Studio class
Present Production schedule to the class
Work on  short film present work in progress on screen


Studio class
Work on Short film present work in progress on screen

11Studio class
Work on Short film present work in progress on screen
12Studio class
Work on one minute  Short film / film ad present work in progress on screen for peer review and feedback
Assessment Task 5 (graded) One Minute short film
13Studio class
Screening of all Students Short Films for feedback & review
Discussion & Review
14Studio class
Discussion & Review

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Learning resources and prescribed texts
Video Production Handbook G Millerson Focal Press
Musberger, R 2010 Single-camera Video Production (Focal Press
Exploring Storyboarding Wendy Tumminello Thomson Publishing
Premier Pro Quick start guide Peach press Publishing
Hollywood Camera work DVD 

Other Resources

elearning online tutorials to be viewed turorials on the RMIT library web link

• Premier Pro CC  Essential Training

• Using a DLSR Camera

• Staging for safety & safety checks

• Creating a Budget

• Lighting for video

• Safety in the workplace

OH&S web link;ID=dy6e9zrzy1zo;STATUS=A

Stkilda Film Festival
Melbourne Intenational Film Festival
Tropfest short film Festival

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

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 once you have demonstrated competency, you will receive a grade for Assessment Task 5 (refer to MyRMIT for grading rubric).

Assessment Tasks (ungraded)
1  (Part 1) Practical location task Pan ,Tilt , Zoom & Focus (week due week 2)
    (Part 2)Web search & Presentation / Practical location exercise microphones & audio checks (due week 3)

2 Practical Location Task three point lighting set up, temperatures & safety (due Week 4)

3 Three Point editing with Premier Pro (Due Wk 5)

4 Production Schedule ,shot list & Budget, film script & storyboard for the short film (Due wk 6)

Assessment Task (Graded)
5 One minute short film for a Film Competition  (Due week 12)

For further information on the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course blackboard site.
Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment:

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

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