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Unit of competency details

CUACAM601 - Direct cinematography for screen productions (Release 1)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Current
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to CUFCAM601A - Direct cinematography for screen productionsUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages. Minor edits to elements and performance criteria. 14/Jan/2016

Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 15/Jan/2016


Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 100701 Audio Visual Studies 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 100701 Audio Visual Studies 24/Jun/2016 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 1

This version first released with CUA Creative Arts and Culture Training Package version 2.0.

Application

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to devise and manage single and multi-camera shoots across a wide range of screen, media and entertainment productions.

It applies to individuals responsible for composing shots and lighting scenes to provide screen productions with their unique visual look. They work closely with directors and camera and lighting crews to achieve the required creative outcomes. The final call on the composition of shots and the look of productions rests with directors.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Unit Sector

Media and Entertainment Production – Camera/Cinematography

Elements and Performance Criteria

ELEMENT 

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA 

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Prepare for shoot

1.1 Participate in pre-production meetings with relevant production personnel to establish overall production requirements for shoot

1.2 Analyse scripts or screenplays to determine required artistic and visual outcomes

1.3 Research issues relevant to production needs and propose creative and technically feasible solutions and ideas

1.4 Develop or refine existing camera plans according to production requirements

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

1.6 Prepare lists of required equipment, accessories and supplies, and arrange for acquisition in line with available budgets and timelines

1.7 Block shots for use during rehearsals and shoot in collaboration with production personnel, taking into account impact on overall production requirements

1.8 Brief production personnel on equipment, accessories and other production requirements for shoot

1.9 Follow work health and safety (WHS) requirements as they apply to the preparation and implementation of shoot

2. Manage set up for shoot

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

2.2 Confirm cameras are matched correctly and lighting is appropriate for intended shots and scenes

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

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

2.5 Mark up and establish shots and lighting requirements to reflect artistic and style needs of shoot

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

3. Direct shoot content

3.1 Direct camera and lighting crews to achieve required cinematographic outcomes

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

3.3 Operate camera as required while maintaining overview of creative and technical criteria

3.4 Check camera movements do not obstruct the work of production personnel and talent

3.5 Communicate any variations to predetermined plans to production personnel

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

4. Wrap up shoot

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

4.2 Check locations are left in original or improved state

4.3 Participate in post-production editing activities and provide additional materials as required

4.4 Participate in debriefings and reflect on own performance and that of production crews, noting areas for future improvement

Foundation Skills

This section describes language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills incorporated in the performance criteria that are required for competent performance.

Skill 

Performance 

Criteria 

Description 

Reading

1.2, 1.3, 1.6, 2.4

  • Interprets, comprehends and analyses information from a range of sources to inform planning and decision making

Writing

1.3, 1.5, 1.6, 2.4, 2.5, 4.1

  • Documents research results for personal use
  • Prepares documents to support productions in suitable formats for the use of others
  • Completes production documentation according to requirements

Oral Communication

1.1, 1.5, 1.7, 1.8, 2.1, 2.4, 2.6, 3.1, 3.5, 3.6, 4.4

  • Selects and uses appropriate language to provide information and directions
  • Uses listening and questioning skills to seek and respond to feedback

Numeracy

1.6

  • Extracts, evaluates and compares numerical information to assist with budgetary and resource constraints

Navigate the world of work

1.9, 2.1

  • Takes responsibility for legal and regulatory responsibilities within scope of own role and work context

Interact with others

1.1, 1.5, 1.7, 1.8, 2.1, 2.4, 2.6, 3.1, 3.5, 3.6, 4.4

  • Plays a lead role in situations requiring effective collaborative and negotiation skills

Get the work done

1.2-1.8, 2.1-2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1-3.6, 4.1-4.4

  • Accepts responsibility for planning, sequencing and implementing complex tasks that involve input from various people
  • Recognises and responds to variations in plans and schedules, informing others as required
  • Analyses and evaluates information to make decisions
  • Collaboratively devises innovative approaches to meet production requirements
  • Recognises and responds to problems as they arise

Unit Mapping Information

Code and title  

current version 

Code and title 

previous version 

Comments 

Equivalence status 

CUACAM601 Direct cinematography for screen productions

CUFCAM601A Direct cinematography for screen productions

Updated to meet Standards for Training Packages. Minor edits to elements and performance criteria.

Equivalent unit

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=1db201d9-4006-4430-839f-382ef6b803d5

 

Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 1

This version first released with CUA Creative Arts and Culture Training Package version 2.0.

Performance Evidence

Evidence of the ability to:

  • analyse scripts and undertake research to inform discussions with creative personnel about the visual look of productions
  • finalise camera plans that outline shots and sequences required to achieve desired visual style for productions
  • take account of timelines, budget and resource constraints when preparing for shoots
  • test proposed shots in rehearsals and fine-tune set-up and lighting to optimise quality of shots
  • direct camera and lighting crews in shoots to achieve required technical and creative outcomes
  • view film shot each day and organise to shoot material again if required
  • contribute to post-production editing activities.

Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once.

Knowledge Evidence

To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, the individual must:

  • describe how crew members and production personnel interact with the person directing cinematography
  • identify typical problems that arise in the context of directing cinematography and briefly describe solutions
  • explain how shot lists and camera plans are prepared
  • explain how production scheduling affects the process of planning cinematography
  • outline how artistic and style needs of the shoot are met using lighting and camera techniques
  • describe the role the person directing cinematography plays in the post-production process
  • outline work health and safety procedures that apply to film shoots.

Assessment Conditions

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in creative arts industry environments. The assessment environment must include access to:

  • professional camera and lighting equipment and accessories
  • opportunities to plan and direct cinematography work.

Assessors of this unit must satisfy the requirements for assessors in applicable vocational educational and training legislation, frameworks and/or standards.

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=1db201d9-4006-4430-839f-382ef6b803d5