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updated 23rd Jan 2008
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It is our intention that by the end of their first term, students should be able to easily, quickly and safely:
- Put up a tripod and level it;
- Safely take the camera out of its case and mount it on the tripod;
- Attach the camera to a monitor;
- Effect a suitable white balance;
- Achieve an acceptable exposure;
- Maintain focus;
- Correctly frame a shot to a size named by the tutor; and finally
- Record that image.
This will require much repetitive drilling. But once they have achieved the requirements above, they will be
armed for the Projects to come, as well as having a deeper background for the subsequent classes which will
address the balance of the issues below.

Basic Components of Every Camera Package
- Camera Body
- Lens(es)
- Battery
- Support (tripod, dolly, crane, hand-held, etc.)
- Capture Medium [VT (cassette), Film (magazine), etc.]
Film / Video Basics (compare & contrast):
- Image Capture
- Data Storage
- Manipulation (post-prod. possibilities)
- Delivery
Exposure Basics:
- Gain & Pedestal – chip charts & wave forms
- Colour Temperature
Basics of Light and Lighting:
- Fundamental Theory (wave vs. particle theory, reflectance, opacitance and transmittance, colour temperature)
- How lighting units work / types of lights (fresnel / open face; tungsten / hmi)
- Electricity Fundamentals (wattage, amperage, fuses)
- Intro to Studio 12 system: Dimmers & Grids
- Intro to light quality: hard/soft; direct/bounced; source size & distance
Optics Basics:
- Focal Length (incl. primes vs. zooms)
Field of View
Compression & Space
- Focus
What it is; what’s involved in Pulling Focus
Depth of Field
Perception 100:
- how the brain perceives visuals
Composition Basics:
- The Frame: Formats, Shot Sizes, Frame Architecture: Open/Closed
- Design Elements: Shape, Size, Colour, Line, Mass, Weight, Negative Space, Perspective
- Arrangement: Balance, Directing Attention, FG/MG/BG
- CameraPlay: Intro to developing an internal sense of composition

Learning to See:
- The World in a Frame: “frame card” exercises; “cause of death” exercise
- Watching Light Fall: light study exercises
- Informed Movie Viewing: assignments to watch in lg. groups and report from sm. groups
[issues such as lighting styles, camera movement, lens use, types of coverage, “how they did it”, etc.]

- Parts & pieces of the Panasonic 400: thorough working knowledge
- Safe & Proper Setup, Operation and Wrap procedures
- Menus and Adjustments (incl. timecode, white balancing, proper exposure, etc.)
- Operating (Framing & Composition tricks & tips, dos & don’ts)

Studio: Pre-rigging Roles & relationships On-Set Protocols: essential communication.Clapper-Loading (slating procedure.Housekeeping Habits (gear organization.Portraits: methods of portrayal – angle. track-laying. what they expect of you Navigating through a crowded set . silent set-speak ) .C-Stands – basic conversancy Dolly . lifting. 1998 ISBN: 978-0-240-51398-0 . hydration.The 180° line . bounce 101) . art of dolly-gripping 101) .Professional Attitudes (punctuality. (tricks & tips. Roy Thompson.Matching sizes PROJECT TEACHING . 2 Lights . power routing. hazard-spotting. tape labelling.Light stands .General: Who does what on a set? Knowing your task .Gripping (camera support. can-do. Operation and Wrap procedures . exhaustion. gear organisation) .doc updated 23rd Jan 2008 p. context.The order of CALLS on a set . the light you shed . common sense) . proactivity.Safety (cables. dos & don’ts) Stands . shoes.Lamp Directions. monitor placement) Paperwork .Camera Logs .Blocking: work with frame cards & actor movement – objective or subjective? . cable routing. anticipation.Communication (calling-back. clarity.Safe & Proper Setup. power planning 101.Operating (functional ability to frame a shot. keeping an orderly set) . gear organisation) . pull on a stationary actor fr/ a moving camera) .Gaffing (unit planning 101.Focusing . electricity.dos & don’ts . movement and awareness Snap to frame Focus Light rigging and lamp operation REQUIRED READING Grammar of the Shot.what to expect of others. paperwork [see below].VidSplitting (cable routing. 24910881. negotiation.Equipment Needing Attention Grammar .Track laying & levelling on a flat surface .Conventional Scene Coverage . to pan and tilt with a subject) .Basic dolly gripping TECHNIQUES Professional Practise & Procedure . follow-through) Crew Roles .Rigging (standard & clever) .Lighting Assisting (rigging 101. battery monitoring. cable tidiness. Focal Press.Equipment booking .Focus-Pulling (bring talent from A to B with a static camera.