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ASSESSMENT BRIEF

Department of Performing and Screen Arts

Bachelor in Performing and


Screen Arts
Course No. Course Name Semester Year
PASA6272 Camera 2b 2 2009
Lecturer (s) Course Co-ordinator
Dan Wagner, Alan Locke Dan Wagner
Marker(s) Moderator(s)
Dan Wagner, Alan Locke Larry Justice
Assignment No. & Title Course grade % Due Date Return Date
3 Y2 Short Films - DOP 40% 16th November 7th December
Course aim:
To enable students to extend specific skills, knowledge and practices for camera and specialised camera
technologies needed to achieve standards that enhance creative decisions.

Learning Outcomes Performance Descriptors


1. Employ specialised creative and conceptual - Employ skill in the handling and operation of specialist
skills in camera and lighting. equipment and technology
- Explore associated problem-solving, self-management
and professional practices

Description:
In the role of Director of Photography, plan for and shoot a Short Film. Keep copious, detailed notes
throughout the entirety of the preparation process. These notes will start out as general creative
impressions and get more and more specific as the shoot date approaches. The result of this process
will be a detailed plan book to which you will refer as you shoot. After production has wrapped, you will
visit at least one edit session (on arrangement with the Editor) to study your work with an eye toward
its ultimate cutability. Then, you will write an essay reflecting on your performance as a DP and on the
quality of your work as measured against your pre-shoot concepts and expectations.

Marking Criteria:
1. Create and develop an appropriate Plan/Journal which will enhance the creative aims of the
script. (this is the formulation of your “DP’s Plan”, detailed under separate cover) (25%)
2. Implement the plan to achieve the desired look(s). (your carrying-out of the “DP’s Plan”, including such things
as your lighting, camera strategies, full use of locations, etc. – this criterion looks at how well you achieve your aims creatively)
(20%)
3. Apply theoretical knowledge of cinematography to a high technical standard. (exposures and
contrast ratios; lens choices; framing and composition; camera movement – this criterion looks at the level and consistency of
the work’s technical quality) (20%)
4. Apply safe practices and avoid technical difficulties. (appropriately addressing the many logistical
responsibilities involved in planning and shooting) (10%)
5. Reflect on your performance as a DP and on the quality of your footage as measured
against your pre-production concepts, plans and expectations. (Summarise your concepts going into the
shoot and the results coming out of it. Did the shoot go the way you planned for? Did the footage look the way you expected it to
look? If not, compare and contrast the differences. What did you learn after seeing the editor work to cut it? [This, of course, means
you have to sit in on at least one session.] Did you provide them with the footage necessary to edit it properly? If not, what will you
do differently next time?) [this is your essay – 1000 words] (25%)

SCHEDULE

Final Production Meeting: Initial DP PLAN due.


We’ll look it over, sign the 1st page and give it back to you so that you can refer to it on your shoot.
(dates TBC): DP attends EDIT SESSION(s)

16th November: Final DP PLAN/JOURNAL Due (see #1 & 5)

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