Course Title: Manage show control operations

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: PERF5077C

Course Title: Manage show control operations

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5332 - Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:mcvet@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Greg Long
greg.long@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 50

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

None

Course Description

Show control systems are designed to store, play back and control audio, video and digital images as well as other inputs eg. computers or video servers. In this course you will learn the skills and knowledge required to manage the set up and operation of show control systems.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUASTA502 Manage show control operations

Element:

1.Clarify show control brief

Performance Criteria:

 1.1 Analyse documentation and information provided by clients or others about projects or productions that require show control operations
1.2 Discuss with relevant personnel ways of realising creative vision for projects from a show control perspective
1.3 Reflect on issues raised in discussions and develop draft plans for implementing show control that address creative requirements and take into account the capabilities of available show control systems
1.4 Reach agreement on plans after discussion with relevant personnel and revision of draft plans as required
1.5 Build trust and respect through effective use of communication skills and demonstration of professional integrity

Element:

2. Coordinate the implementation of show control

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Brief relevant personnel on implementation issues as required
2.2 Supervise the input of cues into show control systems according to plans and timelines
2.3 Discuss and agree on changes to plans to address problems that arise during set-up and testing phases
2.4 Supervise show control operations during technical run-throughs and fine tune aspects of show control as required
2.5 Ensure that final show control operations meet production, presentation and installation requirements
2.6 Ensure that all work is undertaken according to health and safety requirements

Element:

3. Manage post-show operations

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Supervise maintenance and adjustments to equipment as required
3.2 In consultation with relevant personnel, evaluate effectiveness of show control operations in meeting creative objectives
3.3 Keep up-to-date with trends and technological developments in relation to using show control systems
3.4 In planning for future projects, incorporate new developments in, and innovative approaches to, show control operations


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements. You will be able to:

  • plan and supervise the implementation of show control for a show, presentation or installation.
  • communicate effectively while negotiating solutions
  • work collaboratively


Details of Learning Activities

 Out of-class self-directed learner activities for this course include but are not limited to: additional equipment practice sessions, private research at selected equipment websites and revision of notes to reinforce classroom content. These activities will be monitored during class through question/answer sessions.

Other learning activities may include:
•Practical sessions applying theoretical concepts
•Equipment demonstrations, set-up, operation and practical exercises
•Group discussions
•Class exercises to review discussions/lectures
•Group projects
•Research
 


Teaching Schedule

Class
Planned Activities (subject to change)Assessment
1Course overview and assessment requirements.
Introduction to show controls.
 
2
In the deep end - an introduction to show control software and hardware. Including, but not limited to:
  • MS Powerpoint
  • Ableton Live
  • DMXIS
  • VLC
  • Show Cue Systems
  • Arkaos
  • Venue Magic
  • Medialon
  • Extron

Look at future show control trends and ways to keep up to date such as industry forums: www.crewpass.com.au

Assessment Task 1 Client brief #1: The corporate gig issued
Commence working in pairs develop two briefs. Analyse, clarify and commence planning for show control operations based on the brief. This assessment runs over a period of weeks, through a development period and is executed in a simulated environment..

Assessment Task #2 : The theatre gig issued
 

 

 

3Client Brief #1: The corporate gig
Develop draft plans based on available technology. Back-brief client, simulated pairs of students with client/vendor roles. Reverse roles to assess the second brief. Work towards reaching an agreement on the show and finalise scope.
 
4Client Brief #1: The corporate gig
Further plan the show for execution.
  • Reach agreement on plans for show from discussion with client in role play scenarios;
  • Determine resource requirements - personnel and hardware;
  • Design and draw stage and lighting plots.
 
5Client Brief # 1: The corporate gig
Performance Day:
  • Setup requisite hardware for performance;
  • Perform run-through of performance;
  • Adjust plans and equipment according to any issues identified during the run-through;
  • Perform run through and successfully execute the show in a simulated environment.
 
 
6Client Brief # 2: Theatrical
Read, analyse and interpret a script and video performance of a script that will form the basis for all show control in this assessment.
Ableton Live - An introduction to the software program that will be used for show control in this course.

Assessment Task #1 Due: The corporate gig

7Client Brief # 2: Theatrical
Ableton Live - A deeper dive into the Ableton Live software
 
8Client Brief # 2: Theatrical
Lighting - Incorporating and programming DMX cues into the show using DMXIS.
 
9Client Brief # 2: Theatrical
Using DMXI to trigger lighting cues as a Virtual Studio Plugin (VST) within Ableton Live
 
10Client Brief # 2: Theatrical
Using sound design and lighting cues - look at audio and how it contributes to a performance in terms of
  • Mood
  • Ambience
  • Plot
Research, select and incorporate audio cues into the performance. Input cues into show control systems.

Using video - look at video and how it contributes to a performance in terms of

  • Mood;
  • Ambience;
  • Plot.

Research, select and incorporate audio cues into the performance. Input cues into show control systems.

 
11Client Brief # 2: Theatrical
Further plan the show for execution.
  • Reach agreement on plans for show from discussion with client in role play scenarios;
  • Determine resource requirements - personnel and hardware;
  • Design and draw stage and lighting plots.
 
12 
Client Brief # 2: Theatrical

Performance Day:
  • Setup requisite hardware for performance;
  • Perform run-through of performance;
  • Adjust plans and equipment according to any issues identified during the run-through;
  • Perform run through and successfully execute the show in a simulated environment.
Assessment Task #2 due: The theatre gig
13 
Client Brief # 2: Theatrical
Performance Day:
  • Setup requisite hardware for performance;
  • Perform run-through of performance;
  • Adjust plans and equipment according to any issues identified during the run-through;
  • Perform run through and successfully execute the show in a simulated environment.
Post show operations:
  • Complete shows and pack down equipment.xVIT
  • As a group discuss the effectiveness of the show controls used;
  • As a group discuss improvements that could be made.
Alternative submission date for Assessment Task #2: The theatre gig


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

None prescribed at time of writing.


References

You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information. Students are expected to make full use of University library facilities, in researching about this course.


Other Resources

 You should refer to Blackboard for resources for this course. The teacher may refer you to other resources.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this
course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access of the library resources.
It is recommended that you bring materials to classes and productions to make notes, for example;
• a pen and notepaper
• a laptop computer with word and excel type programs.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course involves both written and practical tasks. These include the development and interpretation of a client brief through to the successful execution of a show control performance for :

  • a corporate style presentation in a simulated environment
  • a mock theatre performance in a simulated environment.


Assessment Tasks

 

This unit of competency is assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment. To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

 

You should refer to the assessment brief which is available on Blackboard for full details of this assessment task.

There are two assessment tasks for this course:

Assessment task #1
The Corporate Gig

To demonstrate competency of the required knowledge evidence for this unit, over the course of four classes, both in and away from class, you will complete a series of tasks and leaning’s to successfully execute a show control performance for a mock corporate presentation in a simulated environment.  
Issued class 2.
Due class 6

Assessment task #2
The Theatre Gig

To demonstrate competency of the required knowledge evidence for this unit, over the course of 8 classes, working both in and away from class, you will complete a series of tasks and learnings to successfully execute a show control performance for short dramatic work using Ableton Live as a show control device. 

Issued class 2.
Due class 12 or 13

The following grades apply to this course:


CA Competency Achieved
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

 Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters: rmit.edu.au/students

Cover Sheet for Submissions:
You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.

Attendance:
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.

Assessment Feedback:
Assessment feedback is used to enable and enhance student learning. You will receive spoken and/or written feedback on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can improve your work. www1.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1

Student Progress:
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. www1.rmit.edu.au/students/acadprogress

Assessment:
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 adjustment to your assessment. To support student success, RMIT University provides a range of adjustments to assessment. www1.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/adjustment

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy. www1.rmit.edu.au/students/academic-integrity

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:
You may be eligible for credit towards this course if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning. You can find out more about this process on the RMIT website. Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

 

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