Direct cinematography for screen productions

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
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 CUFCAM601A, 'Direct cinematography for screen productions'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



Prepare for shoots

1. Participate in pre-production conferences with relevant production personnel to establish overall production requirements for shoots

2. Undertake comprehensive review of scripts or screenplays to understand fully the required artistic and visual outcomes

3. Conduct appropriate research relevant to needs of productions and contribute creative and technical solutions and ideas as required

4. Develop or refine existing camera plans according to production requirements

5. Negotiate amendments to camera plans and circulate final camera specifications to relevant production personnel

6. Prepare lists of required equipment and accessories, including supplies of stock, and arrange for acquisition in collaboration with relevant production personnel

7. Block shots for use during rehearsals and actual productions in collaboration with relevant production personnel, taking into account impact on overall production requirements

8. Assemble and brief relevant production personnel on production requirements, including equipment and accessories required for shoots

9. Follow OHS requirements as they apply to the preparation and implementation of shoots

Set up for shoots

10. Manage selection and set-up of equipment and accessories to meet planned shots, ensuring safety of relevant production personnel and other participants

11. Ensure cameras are matched correctly and check lighting is appropriate for intended shots and scenes

12. View proposed shots and set-ups through viewfinder or on monitors and make creative and technical adjustments as required

13. Participate in rehearsals, noting required changes and instruct camera and lighting crews accordingly

14. Ensure shots and lighting requirements are marked up and established to reflect artistic and style needs of the shoot

15. Maintain ongoing supervision and collaboration with relevant production personnel to maximise creative outcomes

Shoot content

16. Supervise technical and creative operations of camera shoots during productions consistent with actions devised during rehearsals

17. Monitor output of camera operations to ensure cuts and dissolves between shots produce required technical and creative outcomes

18. Operate camera where applicable while maintaining overview of creative and technical criteria

19. Ensure camera movements are planned to avoid interference with other camera operators, technical personnel or performers

20. Respond to cues received from relevant production personnel in a timely manner

21. Communicate clearly to relevant production personnel unavoidable variations from predetermined plans

22. Attend daily viewings of rushes to assess quality and relevance of recorded material and schedule reshoots where necessary

Wrap up shoot

23. Supervise dismantling, packing and storing of equipment and accessories and complete necessary documentation

24. Ensure locations are left in original or improved state

25. Participate in post-production editing activities as required, including providing additional materials, such as pick-ups

26. Participate in post-production debriefings and reflect on own performance and that of production crews, noting areas for future improvement

Qualifications and Skillsets

CUFCAM601A appears in the following qualifications:

  • CUF50107 - Diploma of Screen and Media
  • CUF60107 - Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media