Course Title: Shoot material for screen productions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: VART6426C

Course Title: Shoot material for screen productions

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4374 - Certificate IV in Screen and Media

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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

This course describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to shoot screen material using a single-camera.
Camera operators apply the skills and knowledge described in this course. Their prime responsibility is to capture screen images using a range of video equipment.
Operators in this context generally work under direction but perform all camera, sound and lighting functions. Occasionally they will be assisted by a camera assistant or sound recordist. On occasion, they may be required to assist other camera operators with the movement and handling of cameras and cables.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUACAM301 Shoot material for screen productions


1. Prepare for shoots.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Participate in pre-production briefings to confirm production and post-production requirements

1.2 Arrange equipment and accessories for shoots as directed, checking everything is clean and operational

1.3 Check there are adequate supplies of charged batteries and capture media for shoots

1.4 Prepare and pack lighting equipment

1.5 Undertake minor repairs on faulty equipment and report significant faults to relevant production personnel

1.6 Confirm location, shooting schedules and timelines

1.7 Complete workplace documentation prior to shoots


2. Set up on location.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Contribute ideas to initial concepts in discussion with crew and talent

2.2 Plan camera positions to ensure composition of shots provides correct visual interpretation of material or subject

2.3 Take safety of personnel on location into account when setting up and securing cameras and other equipment

2.4 Plan repositioning of equipment and accessories during shoots in line with production schedules

2.5 Label and load capture media and check camera functions

2.6 Position microphones and conduct audio check


3. Set up lighting.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Assess quality and quantity of available light to determine whether correction is required

3.2 Mount and position lighting equipment following safety guidelines

3.3 Run lighting cables and connect safely to power sources

3.4 Install colour frames and gels according to requirements

3.5 Select lenses and filters appropriate to prevailing weather conditions


4. Position and operate camera to capture shots.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Use camera shots and angles that produce effective cuts between shots in line with production requirements

4.2 Take account of editing or other post-production requirements while shooting

4.3 Check camera movements to implement planned or rehearsed shots according to direction from production personnel

4.4 Shoot and record sequences as directed, maintaining focus throughout


5. Manipulate cables and camera positioning.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Participate in pre-production meetings and rehearsals to confirm final camera and cable movements

5.2 Position and move camera cabling during shoots according to instructions and cues from production personnel

5.3 Respond consistently to cues from production personnel to avoid undue lapses in timing

5.4 Cooperate with other crew members to move cameras and cabling without impeding work of camera operators

5.5 Handle cabling without damaging equipment or causing injury to others


6. Wrap up shoots.

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Use safe lifting techniques when packing equipment and accessories

6.2 Label recorded material and associated documentation correctly

6.3 Report equipment faults and complete required documentation

6.4 Leave locations in original or improved condition

6.5 Review and reflect on own performance and note areas for improvement

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will be able to shoot single camera productions, performing all camera, sound and lighting functions.

Details of Learning Activities

In class activities will include a range of teacher directed group activities, projects, class exercises, review discussions/lectures and independent project based work.

Out-of-class activities include completion of individual design and pre-production work, preparation for class presentations and location excursions/production work. Online research and occasional outside of class time group discussions will be required to maintain project work.

Teaching Schedule

 VE WeekSchedule of Planned Activities (Subject to change)
 1Prepare for shoots Introduction to Cameras & Natural Lighting and the Course guide. Introduction to professional cameras, batteries & tripods. Recording formats. Set up on location Mounting camera to tripod. Position & operate camera to capture shots Framing shots, panning & tilting. Sound. Ambient light Complete Sherpa Roster.doc

Home work- Watch TV to develop screen grammar. Read ‘ENG’ chapters from ‘Martha’. Explore the contents of Blackboard and check out via the RMIT library.

Normalising, manualising. Following the camera check list. Manipulate cables and camera positioning. Basic audio connections. Shooting with available light. Set up lighting Setting up Key, Fill and Backlight. Set up on location A walk in the Lane. ENG style shooting. Setting up for run and gun. What have we forgotten? Shooting off the shoulder & from the hip. Flexifill. Weather. DSLR comparo
3- 5 

SHOOT1of3 Demonstrate set up of a camera onto a tripod for ‘ENG’ style shooting, following your own camera checklist.  [While waiting other candidates Shoot Depth of Field footage. DSLR option for those with their own cameras can use iphone to capture output from a studio camera]

 ‘Shoot’ a short. Engaging with a professional camera to set recording format, exposure, white balance, focus, composition and viewing angle (focal length), depth of field and aligning audio. Analyse ‘C31 & RMIT’ brief, shooting to styles (‘Top gear’ B&W), focus assists, exposure tools, manipulating depth of field, getting truly on mic sound and guaranteeing quality. Shots that start and finish, cutaways, head shots and cut ins. The ‘in camera’ edit. When do we need Pre and Post roll?
7- 10  SHOOT2of3.  Shoot ‘In camera’ edits, prepping Cam/audio, shooting & reviewing pictures and sound. Follow & Complete LocationCheck Production report and copy files to EDITSHARE server.
 11Class time to allow preparation for shoots, review of footage and remedial training.
 BreakStarts Monday 18th  September
 Break Ends Friday 29th  September
 12 - 16

SHOOT3of3   (Many students will have commenced this task before this date)

Meet the quality requirements of a Broadcast Television segment in shooting and recording the vision and audio for a segment of ’24 Melbourne’. Complete LocationCheck Production report and copy files to EDITSHARE server.

Shots to include - Subjects sitting & standing - Int/ext – day/night - LS, MS, MCU & CU.

Class time will also allow for preparation for shoots, review of footage and remedial training.

Deadline for shooting is last week of October 2017 with final viewing and assessment by assessor on 1 November 2017

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Mollison, M., 2010, Producing Videos, 'A Complete Guide' 3rd Ed, Allen and Unwin, Sydne



Basic Photography, Michael Langford any edition

Other Resources

You are advised to look at myRMIT for ongoing updated information.


It is recommended that you bring materials to classes to make notes, for example;

a pen and notepaper or a laptop computer. You will need to have either a USB thumb drive or a USB/Thunderbolt Harddrive (or both) to store and manage your media. Your teacher will advise you what to get when classes commence.


The University Library has extensive resources. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies. is available via your Library login.

The Library provides guides and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course will involve demonstration of practical tasks and testing of your knowledge.

Assessment Tasks

[Graded Course]

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment tasks to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessments and once you have demonstrated competency you will also receive a grade for your final assessment task. The graded assessment task will determine your final result for this course. (Refer to myRMIT for grading rubric).


Ungraded Assessment Tasks

Shoot1of3: Set up a camera on a tripod and record a shot. Due weeks 3, 4, 5 Semester 2

Shoot2of3: Shoot in camera edit. Due by weeks 7, 8, 9, Semester 2

Graded Assessment Task

Shoot3of3: Submit selected shots from '24 Melbourne' and other sources as a show reel. Due by week 16 of Semester 2


You should refer to the assessment brief which is available on myRMIT for full assessment criteria.


Results that apply to Graded courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:


CHD     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 demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through 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:

Cover Sheet for Submissions:

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


Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.

Assessment Feedback:

You will receive spoken and written feedback on all your work.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student Progress:

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.

Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.

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.

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.


Course Overview: Access Course Overview