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FSP1001 Location Production 1

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: Location Production 1
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 100701 - Audio Visual Studies
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 13 April 2021


Examiner: Simon Van Der Spoel

Other requisites

All students will have free access the University’s Audio-Visual Centres.

Students undertaking this course will require a personal computer and personal storage space (e.g. portable external hard drive, cloud storage). Software required will be Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel Spreadsheet, or non-Microsoft equivalent.

All students will have free access to the University’s Adobe Creative Suite software, so must ensure their computer has capacity to efficiently use the software. Students may incur extra resource costs for printing.

All students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


Integral to a career as a practising filmmaker, is the ability to understand and participate in location production operations. Location Production 1 is a foundational course that develops student's filmmaking ability for practice in a location environment. Students will be introduced to the theory and practical skills required for single camera location production in the context of a working film crew. This includes field lighting, field sound recording, and camera operations associated with the location production environment. Student participate in collaborative activities aimed at developing prototype behaviours of a functional, practicing filmmaker, including teamwork, flexibility, leadership, reliability, interpersonal skills and self-reflection. Students need these basic skills to move into more advanced studies in filmmaking.


As a foundational course, students will be introduced to basic university requirements for the successful academic study of filmmaking. The course is taught by expert staff who possess expertise in this area of filmmaking. Location Production introduces students to the theory and practice of single camera location film production. Students will use key concepts and practices as they apply to camera operations, lighting, sound and audio recording in a location environment. Students will complete a series of authentic assessment tasks based on industry practice in film making that reflect industry aligned skills and current knowledge. Students will be supported by the Audio-Visual Centres at Toowoomba and Springfield. Location Production is a foundation course for FSP1002 Location Production 2 and FSP2001 Documentary Production and Reality TV.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Apply foundational theoretical concepts and technical skills in specific creative contexts as it pertains to camera operations, lighting and audio recording in a location environment.
  2. Respond to the requirements of working in a crew on a location film set.
  3. Plan, problem-solve and make decisions related to professional requirements while working in a location environment.
  4. Use an appropriate selection of location film and ancillary equipment in a production environment.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Theoretical and practical concepts for location single camera 25.00
2. Theoretical and practical concepts for single camera location lighting 25.00
3. Theoretical and practical concepts for single camera location sound recording 25.00
4. Understand and respond to location film crew roles and dynamics. 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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.
Mollison, M 2010, Producing videos: a complete guide, Third edn, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW.
Musburger, R 2014, Single-camera video production, Sixth edn, Focal Press, Oxford.
Nisbett, A 2003, The sound studio: audio techniques for radio, television film and recording, Seventh edn, Focal Press, Amsterdam.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 76.00
Lectures 13.00
Studio Work 50.00
Tutorials 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
FRAMING, MOVMNT & SOUND LOC EX 100 30 02 Apr 2021
FILM LOC GROUP PROD & JOURNAL 100 40 04 Jun 2021

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures and tutorials) 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.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item. Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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 items for the course.

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

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination 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

Date printed 13 April 2021