Compose camera shots and operate a camera

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver CUFCAM03A, 'Compose camera shots and operate a camera'.
Google Links
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Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements and Performance Criteria


Performance Criteria


Compose shots


Liaise with the relevant personnel and interpret and confirm the shot requirements so that aesthetic and technical production and script/production requirements are met


Generate a range of ideas for the composition of shots which provide creative solutions to the production issues


Discuss ideas and collaborate, as required, with relevant personnel to ensure contribution of ideas to the initial concept


Reflect on and appraise ideas for implications on cost and time, technical feasibility, and suitability to meet the production requirements


Devise shots to ensure that correct visual interpretation of the script/production requirements is met through close liaison with relevant personnel


Ensure that composition of shots meets the aesthetic requirements and provides the correct visual interpretation of the script/production requirements


Address lighting conditions


Assess the quality and quantity of available light and determine the amount of correction required, if necessary


Confirm that the available light is sufficient for the production requirements by utilising appropriate meters


Correct mixed light sources to achieve a uniform colour balance


Ensure corrective actions are taken to address changing or inadequate lighting conditions


Liaise closely with lighting personnel to achieve the required image and agree to the use of artificial light sources


Select and use corrective filters


Make use of corrective filters to: ; meet the creative/and or technical requirements of the production ; change the effects of available light to the quality required to suit film in use ; ensure that correct colour balance and light conditions are attained


Select and use lens


Determine the required focal length, depth of field and select lens according to technical and creative requirements and available light


Select focal length according to the type and stability of the camera mounting and degree of intended camera movement during the shot


Control exposure by use of correct aperture


Coordinate crew to position camera


Communicate the start and end of the moving shot clearly to all relevant personnel, as required


Identify and clearly communicate the route and timing of camera movements


Identify and discuss problems with relevant personnel and modify movements accordingly


Position and operate camera to capture shots


Liaise with relevant personnel regarding the shots required and ensure that their sequence is clear and coherent


Position camera for shots to ensure the safety of all personnel, performers and the general public


Select camera positions to meet aesthetic and technical requirements and in consultation with the appropriate personnel


Consider all camera shots and angles to ensure cuts between shots produce the desired result


Consider editing and other post-production requirements whilst filming


Adjust and move equipment, as required, during the shoot with consideration to the timelines and deadlines of the production schedule


Move camera to capture planned or rehearsed shots, according to direction received from relevant personnel


Monitor the quality of the moving image during filming


Employ photographic and composition techniques to achieve the aesthetic requirements and to capture well composed and focused shots


Maintain the desired composition by ensuring that any camera movement is steady and smooth throughout the duration of the shot


Maintain focus throughout the filming


Execute zoom movements and focus changes to achieve the required image, and in accordance with any instructions from relevant personnel


Maintain camera and lighting conditions throughout filming to ensure that image and light quality meet the stylistic effect required


Coordinate the efforts of other personnel to achieve the desired image

Qualifications and Skillsets

CUFCAM03A appears in the following qualifications:

  • ICA50905 - Diploma of Information Technology (Multimedia)
  • ICA40805 - Certificate IV in Information Technology (Multimedia)