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Department of Performing and Screen Arts

Bachelor in Performing and

Screen Arts
Course No. Course Name Semester Year
PASA6271 Camera 2a 1 2009
Lecturer (s) Course Co-ordinator
Dan Wagner, Alan Locke Dan Wagner
Marker(s) Moderator(s)
Alan Locke Dan Wagner
Course grade Return
Assignment No. & Title Due Date
% Date
3 In-Class tests: Technical & Operational skills 40% 19th June 13th July

Course Aim:
To enable students to increase understanding of specialised theories, concepts, techniques and technologies for camera
while evolving a personal methodology that will give expression to individual creative development and practice.

Learning outcome(s):
1. Demonstrate understanding of fundamental camera and lighting theory
2. Utilise skill in the handling and operation of specialist camera/lighting equipment and technology.
- Develop operational knowledge of camera and lighting equipment
- Explore basic camera/lighting techniques for a range of environments (location, studio, types of programmes, etc.)
- Camera Operate, Camera Assist, Lighting Assist and Grip to a basic professional standard.

This Assessment addresses your functional understanding of basic principles behind practical film/video Lighting.
There will be six shots executed over a 3.5-hour period (in order to assess all 6 students). Each shot shall take no longer
than 30 minutes.
During each shot, two crew positions will be assessed: DP and GAFFER. [The other (non-assessed) positions will be
Focus Puller, Lighting Assist, Talent and Utility (Lx Assist, Dimmer Op, Vid Split)] Each shot will consist of talent and a
background. The talent will walk from one position to another position.
• The DP will be given 3 f/stops to attain IN EACH POSITION: The talent’s KEY, the talent’s FILL and the
BACKGROUND. The DP will attain these exposure values by reading the light and communicating with the
GAFFER. This communication will encompass where the lights will come from, the specific methods used to
achieve the tutor-specified light quality (hardness or softness) and, naturally, the intensity.
• The GAFFER will set up the specified lights (and use any diffusion or cutting material) specified by the DP, will
run power to those units, and will focus and adjust the lights (plus any diffs or cutters) as specified by the DP.
The GAFFER might also choose to relay light-adjustment instructions to their Lighting Assistant(s).
Attention will be paid to how the DP and GAFFER communicate with one another about the shot, as well as to the speed
and proficiency with which they set up the shot.

Marking Criteria:

DP [52%]
1. Proficiently employ light meter to balance light levels as directed by tutor. (12%)
2. Effectively and purposefully choose placements of lamps, plus any diffusion, cutters or poly, to achieve
the given parameters. (levels, light quality) (15%)
3. Communicate effectively as a Director of Photography (clearly state your requirements to your crew, use
appropriate communications to ensure tasks are executed in furtherance of your visual aims; say when ready ) (15%)
4. Complete your shot in a timely manner. (10%)

GAFFER [48%]
5. Ensure all required units are set up safely (floor units bagged, stands set correctly, grid units safetied, all cables
run in an orderly fashion, all hazards avoided). (15%)

6. Ensure that all lighting equipment is employed accurately as requested by the DP (lamps placed and
focussed; any diffusion, cutters or poly placed). (12%)

7. Communicate effectively as a Gaffer (signal completion of each directed task; offer-up lighting solutions if
appropriate; say when ready) (12%)
8. Complete a series of tasks in a timely manner. (9%)