Course Title: Manage locations for film and media productions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: PERF5066C

Course Title: Manage locations for film and media productions

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5231 - Diploma of Audiovisual Technology

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Rowan Humphrey
Phone: (03) 99254345

Nominal Hours: 40

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

No pre-requisites or co-requistes are required.

Course Description

The aim of this course is to enable you to plan, schedule and location manage a television program. It develops the skills and knowledge required to coordinate all aspects of the project in pre-production, on-site at the time of production and post and to effectively communicate with the production team.
This course is run in parallel with Compile Production Schedules VART5973C

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFPPM504A Manage locations for film and media productions


1 Prepare locations for shoots. 

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Ensure required resources are available prior to commencement of shoots and equipment is in full working order.
1.2 Arrange and coordinate safe transport of equipment to locations and provide clear directions for production staff to reach locations.
1.3 Oversee installation and testing of equipment at locations, using safe OHS practices.
1.4 Adapt site to meet creative and technical requirements of productions and prepare contingency plans to resolve potential problems.
1.5 Brief and update production staff, location owners and authorities on changes to production plans, schedules or facilities.
1.6 Plan and implement OHS requirements for all activities and personnel at locations.
1.7 Arrange cast and crew facilities as required and provide clear travel directions to each location.


2 Manage location activities. 

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Ensure all activities comply with production safety plan and organisational policies and procedures, and identify and minimise potential hazards.
2.2 Take appropriate action to minimise disruptions from the public to productions and make alternative arrangements to manage normal traffic and pedestrian movement.
2.3 Arrange safe storage of all equipment and other facilities while on location.
2.4 Resolve creative and technical issues where possible to minimise negative impact on productions.
2.5 Ensure that accidents and incidents are attended to swiftly and decisively, and that emergency services are contactable at all times.
2.6 Take appropriate action if conditions of access to location are breached.
2.7 Supervise activities of location management team as applicable.


3 Finalise location operations. 

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Ensure locations are returned to their original or an improved state.
3.2 Organise removal and labelling of materials and equipment from locations, in compliance with OHS regulations.
3.3 Complete production documentation and reports and finalise outstanding contractual arrangements.
3.4 Report any faults and concerns to relevant production staff.
3.5 If appropriate, confirm creative and technical requirements for the next set-up and advise relevant production staff accordingly.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to Manage locations for short film productions.

Details of Learning Activities

In class 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 and pre-production work, preparation for class presentations and location excursions.

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.


Class Content Elements 
Week 1 Pre-production week one planning EFP
Introduction to large crew EFP style production/ Pre-production, Scheduling and Location Management
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1,6. 1.7
Week 2 Pre-production week two planning EFP
Production meeting “Script breakdown”/ Location and Cast scouting
 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1,6. 1.7
Week 3 Pre-production week three planning EFP
Production meeting “Scheduling”/ Call sheets
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1,6. 1.7
Week 4 Pre-production week four planning EFP
Production meeting “Budgets and copyright or legal issues
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1,6. 1.7
Week 5 Pre-production week five planning EFP Final pre-production meetings and presentation of reports 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1,6. 1.7
Week 6 Principle photography/Shooting EFP films on location running production schedules 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1,6. 1.7
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
Week 7 Principle photography/Shooting EFP films on location running production schedules

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1,6. 1.7
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5

Week 8 Principle photography/Shooting EFP films on location running production schedules 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1,6. 1.7
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
 Week 9 Principle photography/Shooting EFP films on location running production schedules 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1,6. 1.7
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5

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

Complete pre-production documentation and planning as part of a team, present material relevant to your department at production meetings and manage your department for the production on location.

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. Produce pre-production documentation in relation to locations. Due week 5.
2. Present material as Department head at a production meeting .Due week 5.

Summative Assessment
3. Act in the role of Department head for a series of short films for ‘EFP’, ‘MAVIS’ and/or ‘Splendour’. Due on production dates TBA leading up to September 6 2013. Due week 9

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:

CHDCompetent 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

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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