Course Title: Direct screen production crews

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: VART5926C

Course Title: Direct screen production crews

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6087 - Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teachers/ Supervising Producer:
Barbara Gliddon (9925 4072)

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


Course Description

This course covers the skills and knowledge required to direct film and television production crews. Also, it brings together the skills and knowledge covered in other courses with a focus on the way these must be applied to direct film and television production crews.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFDRT603A Direct screen production crews


1 Brief crew on shoot requirements.

Performance Criteria:

1.1.Brief production crew and discuss proposed vision,
artistic style and technical requirements for
1.2.Engage production crew in the development of
creative or alternative solutions to production
1.3.Assess input from production crew to resolve
difficult or complex shot requirements and adjust as
1.4.Ensure technical requirements that may influence
production outcomes are available or seek
alternatives where necessary.
1.5.Establish clear communication lines between
members of production crew.


2 Rehearse shoots.

Performance Criteria:

2.1.Provide relevant production documentation to all
members of production crew as required.
2.2.Ensure shoot procedures and protocols are planned
and executed according to organisational practices.
2.3.Ensure production crew understands its role in
realising each scenic unit in the context of the overall
required narrative.
2.4.Assist production crew to maximise its technical
expertise in the delivery of desired photographic and
cinematographic (mise en scene effect) outcomes
throughout the production.
2.5.Direct rehearsal of each shot where required and
assess for creative or technical problems as they may
affect members of production crews.


3 Direct shoots.

Performance Criteria:

3.1.Direct performers to ensure they understand their
role in assisting production crew to meet planned
technical and creative requirements.
3.2.Direct retakes where necessary during production
and design innovative and imaginative solutions to
resolve problems in collaboration with production
3.3.Provide clear instructions and commands to
production crew that are both accurate and artistic
where applicable.
3.4.Ensure all required sequences and additional
material are recorded correctly in order to guarantee
completion of production
3.5.Ensure OHS practices are implemented in
accordance with organisational procedures.
3.6.Evaluate all aspects of the shoot from a director's
perspective, including own performance, and note
areas for improvement.
3.7.Provide positive feedback to relevant production
crew members and invite comment on the shoot

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed skills and knowledge for directing screen production crews.

Details of Learning Activities

You will participate in class workshops and work-integrated learning on location that will help equip you with the skills to successfully direct a film/tv production
crew to industry standards

Work Integrated Learning comprises:  Preproduction, production (shoot) and post production.  Schedules will be posted on Blackboard

Teaching Schedule


Preproduction and production issues.

Preproduction and production issues.

Preproduction and production. Work integrated learning (W.I.L.)

 Preproduction and production. WI.L.

 Preproduction and production. WI.L.

 Preproduction and production. WI.L.
 Preproduction and production. WI.L.
 Preproduction and production. WI.L.
 Preproduction and production. WI.L.
 Preproduction and production. WI.L.
 Preproduction and production. WI.L. 
Preproduction and production. WI.L.
 Production. WI.L.
 Production. WI.L.
  Production. WI.L.

 Finalise and submit   3

Regardless of the mode of delivery, the above represents 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.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA)
Screen Productions Association of Australia (SPAA)
Adv.Dip. Screen & Media: Direct Screen Production Crews Course Guide 2010-Sem 2 4
Screen 2010 Production Guide to be found on the Blackboard
Production documents/forms to be found on the Blackboard
Evaluation forms to be found on the Blackboard

Other Resources

Production equipment supplied by the School.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment wil be practical and relate to your major production work. You will each direct a film of up to 12 minutes in duration and complete post production within the scheduled time allocated to you.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.

To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.
You must submit all pieces of assessment in order for your competency to be assessed in this course.
You will receive feedback on all assessment.

ASSESSMENT TASKS (ungraded - formative):

1. Preproduction documentation requirements:
This is to be handed to teacher (supervising producer) 1 week prior to
commencement of filming before an authorisation to release equipment will be given
to you:

Copy of final script, set out in industry-accepted format (marks will be deducted if
script is not properly formatted). Script content is to be same as that previously
sighted and intended for production in this unit.
Copy of shooting plan (this can be a marked up script, a storyboard, or a shot list )
Copy of lighting plan from your camera person
Evidence of preproduction meetings you’ve had with your 1st AD and your crew
Dates of auditions and rehearsals (including ones yet to be done)
Due date: 1 week prior to commencement of filming.

Assessment outcomes for formatives are as follows.

CA Competency Achieved

NYC Not Yet Competent

DNS Did Not Submit Assessment.

ASSESSMENT TASK (Graded - summative):

2. Evaluation of director’s performance by each member of the crew:
This includes preproduction and production. Evaluation forms will be provided for
this assignment on Blackboard.
Due date: 1 week after completion of shoot

3. Self evaluation by director:
Evaluation forms will be provided for this assignment on Blackboard
Due date: 1 week after completion of shoot

4. Evaluation by supervising producer (teacher) of director’s practical
skills and knowledge:

This will be a review of evidence given in assessment items 1, 2, 3 above, and may include visit/s
to location.

5. Copy of completed film
Due date: Upon completion of post production of your film, due no later than week 16.

Your assessment will be assessed using the following grades:

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved - Graded
DNS Did Not Sit
NYC Not Yet Completed

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

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Feedback - You will receive spoken and written feedback from teachers on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
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Student Progress
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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. You can apply in writing for up to a week’s extension from your course teacher. If you need a longer extension, you wil need to apply for special consideration. Special consideration, appeals and discipline;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y

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 go to Academic Integrity;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

Work Placement:
It is a requirement of this program that all students participate in authentic work related tasks. These may be either simulated or in a real work environment. On occasion, we are approached by industry and given opportunities for students to apply for short term placements. When these placement opportunities arise, students are required to negotiate the specific details with the relevant program coordinator or teacher. All industry placements require students, RMIT staff and host organisations to sign a written agreement prior to the commencement of the placement.

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