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MEA2001 Location Sound and Image

Semester 2, 2013 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Version produced : 16 April 2014

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Staffing

Examiner: Stuart Thorp
Moderator: Leonie Jones

Requisites

Pre-requisite: MEA1001 and MEA2003
Co-requisite: MEA2006

Other requisites

It is strongly recommended that this course be taken in conjunction with Sound & Mix.

Rationale

Location Sound and Image builds on courses in the Creative Media Major. You will be using and building on fundamental basics from Editing, Cinematic Language, Single Camera Production and Screen Aesthetics. You will also draw on and expand knowledge and practices gained from Through the Lens and Scriptwriting. In this course, you will develop additional skills in location shooting as well as develop ideas, production skills and technics in drama and factual production. You will also develop artistic understanding of the individual artist journey, the creative process as well as the production process. We encourage you to develop an artists “voice”. You will learn by doing, and that means experiencing the production sequence from pre-production to post.

It is strongly recommended that this course be taken in conjunction with Sound & Mix

Synopsis

Students will learn via practical exercises skills such as video composition, manual focus, exposure, white balance, coverage requirements, location survey needs, types of microphones and external audio sources, exterior lighting and camera care. Emphasis will be on achieving industry standard production.

Objectives

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. plan and execute, to an industry standard, the coverage requirements of a single and multi camera production in a location environment;
  2. demonstrate a clear understanding of the relationship between pre-production and production and post-production requirements;
  3. demonstrate interpersonal skills by working equitably with others;
  4. demonstrate management, planning and organizational skills by planning and managing resources to meet deadlines and availability.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Understanding Location requirements and challenges 20.00
2. Framing, Composition and Coverage 30.00
3. Audio (microphone types and external sources) 25.00
4. Location Lighting 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2013&sem=02&subject1=MEA2001)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • Jackman, J 2010, Lighting: for Digital Video and Television, 3rd edn, Focal Press, Sydney.
  • Uve, MG 2010, The Grip Book, Focal Press, Sydney.
  • Wheeler, P 2005, Practical Cinematography, 2nd edn, Focal Press, Sydney.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Braverman, B 2006, Video shooter: storytelling with DV, HD and HDV, CMP Books, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Cury, I 2007, Directing and producing for television: a format approach, 2nd edn, Focal Press, Boston.
  • Katz, S 1991, Film directing shot by shot, Michael Weise Productions, Studio City, Calif.
  • Maier, R G 1994, Location scouting and management handbook, Focal Press, Boston.
  • Mollison, M 2003, Producing videos: a complete guide, 2nd edn, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 60.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 53.00
Tutorials 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 30 24 Aug 2013
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 50 18 Oct 2013
CMA 100 20 25 Oct 2013

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To successfully complete an individual assessment item, a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks .

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade, a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Students may be assigned an "Incomplete" grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded "I" can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of U Connect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Failing grade.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  2. In planning group assignments which involve production, students will be responsible for booking equipment, facilities and studio time for their own assignments.

  3. You are reminded that location production work is a GROUP activity. The success of some of your assignments will, therefore, depend upon your ability to work with, and through, a group of people. The development of that professional/social skill is a part of your training in this subject. In those kinds of assignments, therefore, a GROUP MARK will be awarded. However, it should be clearly understood that a student who, through default, causes a significant disadvantage to a group production, may NOT be awarded the group mark.