Course Title: Assist with a basic camera shoot

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: VART6292C

Course Title: Assist with a basic camera shoot

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4230 - Certificate IV in Audiovisual Technology

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Mark Langley

Phone: (03) 9925 4355


Nominal Hours: 30

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

In this course you will learn the skills and knowledge required to set up and operate vision / video cameras and lighting for screen based media production. Camera assistants are expected to work under the direction of a qualified camera operator, and may, on occasions, be responsible for operating cameras.
This unit is delivered and assessed in conjunction with CUFCAM301A Shoot material for screen productions and CUFBRD402A Vision mix television productions, which focus on the skills and knowledge required to participate in teamwork during the production of screen based media contextualized to the focus of the Audiovisual Technology program.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFCAM201A Assist with a basic camera shoot


1. Prepare for camera shoots.

Performance Criteria:

1.Organise and prepare equipment for shoots, taking into account location requirements
2.Ensure equipment is clean and operational
3.Report equipment faults to relevant personnel
4.Safely charge batteries according to manufacturer specifications
5.Ensure charged batteries are in sufficient supply to meet the needs of the production schedule
6.Select required capture format and ensure


2. Assist with camera set up on location

Performance Criteria:

1.Lift camera and other equipment, using safe lifting and handling techniques
2.Ensure camera and other equipment is safely secured
3.Under direction, assist with positioning the camera to achieve the required shots
4.Safely connect cables and camera to power source if required
5.Assist with final check of equipment prior to shoot and report faults to relevant personnel
6.Label and load capture media
7.Check camera tilt and pan functions


3. Set up Lighting

Performance Criteria:

1.Mount lighting equipment following safety guidelines
2.Run lighting cables and connect safely to power source ensuring they are located securely
3.Under direction, position lights to achieve required effect
4.Adjust focus and angles of lights as required
5.Install colour frames and gels according to lighting requirements for the particular shoot


4. Shoot video

Performance Criteria:

1.Adjust and move equipment as required
2.Operate clapperboard if needed
3.Operate camera according to manufacturer guidelines and instructions
4.Shoot and record sequences as directed
5.Time-code recording of takes with descriptions as required


5. Wrap up the shoot

Performance Criteria:

1.Clean and pack equipment using safe lifting techniques
2.Check that all equipment is accounted for and report faults to relevant personnel
3.Ensure recordings are labelled properly, together with relevant documentation
4.Leave location in original condition to ensure there is no adverse effect on the site
5.Review and reflect on own performance and note areas for improvement

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

Will include a range of
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• independent project based work
• online research
• group discussion

Out-of-class activities include completion of individual design work and preparation of Rundown Sheets.

Teaching Schedule

  Teaching schedule
Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.
CUFCAM201A Assist with a Basic Camera Shoot CUFCAM301A Shoot Material for Screen Proiductions CUFBRD402A Vision Mix Television Productions
 Class #
Class 1

Introduction to Vision Mixing /Setting up and operating studio pedestals/Basic camera controls/ Analyse ‘Photo Story Board project from course guide and watch videos of Photo Story Board Productions. Studio Production Roles/ Creating the ‘Rundown’ Sheet and scripts/Introduction to the control room/Introduction to Sound mixing for TV/Introduction to vision mixing/What’s a CCU?/ What does the Router do? How do I call a Television production when I am the Directors assistant? Following a ‘Program Run In.doc’ AAA

1.1, 1.2, 1.3 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.5,
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
1.1, 1.2, 1.5
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
Class 2

Vision Mixing and Technical direction Revise setting up and operating pedestals/Basic camera controls/Revise the control room inc. Sound mixing/vision mixing mixer. Mixing and TD /practice runs
Introduction to Pipeline and editshare.


2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.7,
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8
Class 3

Mixing and TD /practice runs Photo Storyboard 1&2

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 4.1, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 5.2, 5.4, 5.5
2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5
1.3, 1.4,
Class 4

Photo Storyboard 3 & 4 De Brief Photo Storyboards. View Variety interview programs from previous years.
Pre planning Variety Interviews/interview lighting
/ Using studio plans for set design and planning lighting


3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 4.1, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 5.2, 5.4, 5.5

6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5
Class 5

Studio planning group projects
Mixing, Technical and Camera skills Rehearsals of projects 1& 2


3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 4.1, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 5.2, 5.4, 5.5

4.1, 4.4, 4.5 2.1 - 2.6
3.1 - 3.8
Class 6

Rehearsals of projects 3& 4


1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5,
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5,
5.2, 5.4,

4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5
5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5
6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5
1.1 - 1.5
2.1 - 2.6
3.1 - 3.8
Class 7

Variety Interview shoot 1 Variety Interview shoot 2 


1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5,
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5,
5.2, 5.4,

1.6, 1.7, 1.8
5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5
6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5
1.1 - 1.5
2.1 - 2.6
3.1 - 3.8
Class 8

Variety Interview shoot 3 Variety Interview shoot 4



1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5,
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5,
5.2, 5.4,

1.6, 1.7, 1.8
5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5
6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5
1.1 - 1.5
2.1 - 2.6
3.1 - 3.8

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Mollison, M., 2010, Producing Videos, ‘A Complete Guide’ 3rd Ed, Allen and Unwin, Sydney


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

It is recommended that you bring materials to classes to make notes, for example;
• a pen and notepaper
• a laptop computer

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment tasks will require you demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills through practical projects and/or written tasks.
Complete pre-production and camera shoot / production for a range of television productions.


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 the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.

For further information on the assessments and grading criteria, please refer to the course Blackboard site.

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessments and a grade for the summative assessment.

You will be assessed using the following methods:

Formative Assessment
1. Production of Photo Storyboard Rundown sheet. Due week 3/4
2. Set up for & Vision Mix Photo Storyboard. Due week 3/4
3. Production of Variety Interview Rundown sheet & Planning documents. Due week 7/8

Summative Assessment
1. Set up for & Vision Mix Variety Interview. Due week 7/8

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

Grades used in this course 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

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

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
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for each piece of submitted work.
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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. Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:
Student Progress Committee
This committee promotes the early identification of students who are not achieving acceptable academic performance. The committee provides identified students with assistance and seeks to ensure such students are aware of the range of support services available to them at the University. Student Progress Committee (SPC)
Student Feedback
Students are offered opportunities to provide feedback through a variety of mechanisms including online surveys conducted at the end of each course or semester, student complaints and Student Staff Consultative Committees

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