Course Title: Shoot material for screen productions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: VART6206C

Course Title: Shoot material for screen productions

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: (030 9925 4355


Nominal Hours: 60

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. The unit will include preparatory work such as Storyboarding and cable preparation.
This unit is delivered and assessed in conjunction with CUFCAM201A Assist with a basic camera shoot 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:

CUFCAM301A Shoot material for screen productions


1. Prepare for shoot.

Performance Criteria:

1.Participate in pre-production briefings as required to confirm production and post-production requirements
2.Arrange equipment and accessories for shoots as directed, ensuring that everything is clean and operational
3.Safely charge batteries according to manufacturer specifications and ensure sufficient supply of charged batteries to meet the needs of production schedules
4.Select required capture media and ensure sufficient supply for the intended production
5.Prepare and pack lighting equipment, including gels and cables as required
6.Undertake minor repairs on faulty equipment or report significant faults to relevant production personnel
7.Confirm location, shooting schedules and timelines with relevant production personnel
8.Complete appropriate documentation prior to shoots


2. Set up on location

Performance Criteria:

1.Determine camera positions to ensure that composition of shots provides correct visual interpretation of production requirements
2.Liaise and collaborate with crew and talent and contribute ideas to initial concepts
3.Set up equipment and accessories to ensure the safety of personnel on location
4.Consider requirements for repositioning equipment and accessories during shoots taking into account production schedules
5.Ensure cameras and other equipment are safely secured
6.Label and load capture media and check camera functions
7.Position microphones as required and conduct audio check.


3. Set up Lighting

Performance Criteria:

1.Assess the quality and quantity of available light and determine the amount of correction required if necessary
2.Mount and position lighting equipment following safety guidelines
3.Run lighting cables and connect safely to power sources
4.Install colour frames and gels in accordance according to requirements for the specific shoot
5.Select lenses and filters appropriate to the prevailing conditions


4. Position and operate camera to capture shots

Performance Criteria:

1.Consider camera shots and angles, where feasible, to ensure cuts between shots produce the desired result
2.Take account of editing or other post-production requirements while shooting
3.Ensure camera set-up meets criteria for shoot
4.Check camera movements to implement planned or rehearsed shots according to direction from relevant production personnel
5.Shoot and record sequences


5. Manipulate cables and camera positioning

Performance Criteria:

1.Participate in pre-production meetings and rehearsal, if required, and ensure that final camera and cable movements are understood
2.Communicate with relevant production personnel during shoots and position and move camera cabling according to instructions and cues received
3.React consistently to cues received from relevant production personnel and ensure consistency of timing without undue lapses
4.Move cameras and cabling without impeding the operation of camera operators and work in cooperation with other personnel to achieve the desired camera movements
5.Ensure that camera operators do not collide with other elements
6.Complete cabling handling operations without damage to equipment or injury to personnel


6. Wrap up the shoot

Performance Criteria:

1.Check and pack equipment and accessories using safe lifting techniques
2.Ensure recorded material is labelled properly, together with relevant documentation
3.Report equipment faults and complete required documentation
4.Leave locations in original condition to ensure no adverse effect on the site
5.Review and reflect on 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
CUFCAM301A Shoot Material for Screen ProductionsCUFCAM201A Assist with a Basic Camera ShootCUFBRD402A Vision Mix Television Productions
 Class #Class Content
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, 1.5,
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
 1.1, 1.2, 1.31.1, 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, 2.7,
 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5 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


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
 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, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
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


6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.53.1, 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
Class 5

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


4.1, 4.4, 4.5 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
Class 6

 Rehearsals of projects 3& 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, 1.2, 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, 4.4, 4.5

Class 7

 Variety Interview shoot 1 Variety Interview shoot 2


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, 1.2, 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,
 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5
Class 8

 Variety Interview shoot 3 Variety Interview shoot 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, 1.2, 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,
 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5

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

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 

Assessment task: Photo Storyboard Pre-Production
Working out of class, each student is required to take a minimum of fifteen still photos which document a theme. Eg. Old buildings around Melbourne Due weeks # 3/4

Summative Assessment

Assessment task: Insert Vision Clip Production
As part of a group of 4-5 students, working out of class, you are required to shoot vision and sound for a 1-2 minute clip which will be inserted into a live-switched TV studio production. Due weeks 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
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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
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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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