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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Mount and move cameras 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117531  Mount and move cameras 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Audio-visual Media Production 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 04 - Communication Studies and Language Communication Studies 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04  14 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
2004-12-02  2007-12-02  SAQA 0657/04 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2008-12-02   2011-12-02  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The purpose of the unit standard is to enable learners to specialise in grips assisting by ensuring that learners are able to mount and move cameras and cameramen. This unit standard requires learners to select correct camera mounts for the weight and balance of specific cameras and for the production needs of specific shots, laying track for camera dollies, and moving cameras along static tracks or on suitable surfaces to achieve the artistic, operational and technical requirements of shots.

Credited learners take into consideration the dimensions and weights of cameras and any additional camera accessories. They can assess the suitability of surface on which tracks are used, and the types of track relative to the sizes and weights of the equipment carried, specify, assemble, operate and maintain camera dollies or tracking platforms (not cranes), and understand the weight loadings and any special balances involved. Learners can maintain any required power supplies, and understand and show an active response to, the hazards accompanying the handling, moving and fixing of heavy equipment. Improved competence to mount and move cameras improves safety during film, television and video production, as well as the quality of film, television and video productions by achieving the requirements of shots. By attaining the required competencies, learner employability is improved by ensuring that they are able to contribute to film, television and video productions by means of competent grips assisting.

Credited learners are capable of:
  • Rigging static mounts for film and video cameras to achieve the requirements of specified shots
  • Rigging film and video camera dollies to achieve the requirements of specified shots
  • Tracking film and video cameras
  • Laying flat tracks for film and video cameras 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credits and level assigned to this unit standard is based on the assumption that learners have already attained the following competencies:
  • Using different number bases and measurement units and an awareness of error in the context of relevant calculations (Mathematic Literacy at NQF Level 3)
  • Describing, applying, analysing and calculating shapes and motion in 2- and 3-dimensional space in different contexts (Mathematic Literacy at NQF Level 3) 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Learners are required to attain the specific outcomes in relation to standard static mounts only. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Rig static mounts to achieve requirements of specified shots. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Mounts include tripods, pedestals or elevated support and accessories. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Weight and balance of cameras are assessed accurately 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Provisions are made for deficient surfaces on which mountings are placed 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Mounts are placed in the required positions and levelled through 360 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    All locking devices are functional and in place 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Mounts are assembled in a way which does not endanger others or cause damage 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Reporting of anything that hinders correct safe assembly is to appropriate persons 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Cameras are secured when working at heights or in unstable conditions using appropriate materials 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Materials can include additional ropes or wires
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Mountings are secure when left unattended or in adverse weather conditions 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Environmental protection is adequate and secure 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    Specified occupational health, safety and environment requirements are adhered to at all times 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Requirements include regulations pertaining to safe lifting and handling, and correct prescribed procedures
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
    Safe working loads are observe where gas or hydraulics pressures are used 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 12 
    Deadlines are met 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Rig camera dollies to achieve requirements of shots. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Manufacturers' weight specifications are adhered to 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Combined weight of all mounted equipment, and operators conveyed is calculated correctly 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Weight loadings do not exceed specified manufacturers' safe working loads 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Order of assembly is safe and does not endanger others or cause any damage 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Any pieces of equipment that requires special handling are accurately identified 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The suitability of supporting surfaces or tracks are accurately assessed 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Pressures and pressure safety devices incorporated in equipment are functional 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    All the locking devices are functional and in place 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Unauthorised movement is prevented using locking devices correctly 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    Any occurrences that might damage equipment or make it unsafe are prevented 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
    Environmental protection is safe and secure 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 12 
    Assembly is safe for intended use and free of any obstructions 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 13 
    Cables are not damaged and of adequate length 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 14 
    Appropriate assistance is sought when maintenance and electrical equipment is required 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 15 
    Deadlines are met 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Track cameras in line with camera operation specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Cameras are moved smoothly 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Camera operator requirements are followed 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Movements are timed to suit production requirements 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Moves which are outside the capabilities of equipment or persons available are reported to relevant persons (e.g. camera operators) 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Solutions sought for moves which are outside the capabilities of equipment or persons available are effective 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Notification of intended routes is given explicitly to all relevant persons 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Routes are free from non-essential persons, cables and other obstructions 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Lay flat tracks that are safe and effective in specific contexts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Supporting surfaces for the entire length of the track and to the side of the length of the track are clear of obstructions or dangers 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The probability, and nature, of any circumstances that might affect the stability of the surface are accurately assessed 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Types of floor, frames and boards specified are correct for supporting specific weight 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Tracks are level 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Types of track are used according to supplier recommendations 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Provision is made to prevent accidental tripping 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Tracks are safe from damage by falling objects or moving vehicles 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Cables do not restrict movement 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Track end stops are fitted when required 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    Time available for construction is adhered to 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Assessment of learner achievements takes place at providers accredited by a relevant ETQA (RSA, 1998b) for the provision of programs that result in the outcomes specified for this unit standard.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with a relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with a relevant ETQA.
  • The relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures will oversee moderation of assessment and is responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Credited learners understand and can explain:
  • The right sequence in which to assemble equipment and to avoid damage
  • Positioning and levelling of mounts
  • Locking device functionality and operation
  • Equipment defects, and the correct reporting procedures
  • Ongoing maintenance procedures required
  • Causes of damage to equipment and how to avoid them
  • Environmental protection required for equipment and operators
  • When to apply relevant health and safety legislation
  • Equipment's safe working loads and purpose
  • Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Assembly, camera, accessories and rigs securing when storing, working at heights, in unstable conditions, or in adverse weather conditions
  • Braking or harnesses to prevent overrun
  • Track positioning and length required
  • The correct type of track for specific dollies
  • Risk assessment
  • Weight of tracking devices, all equipment to be mounted, and all persons expected to be conveyed on equipment
  • The suitability of the surface or track used to support equipment
  • Whether any part of equipment or mounts operates on gas or hydraulic pressure, and the manufacturer's specifications for use
  • When to seek specialist advice, and who to seek it from
  • Principles of operating tracking equipment
  • Intended movement and positional limitations of equipment
  • The direction and angle of shots and the path of any action
  • Knowledge of camera and photography 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems where responses to problems show that such critical and creative thinking has been used to make responsible decisions regarding areas of specialisation 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community to share information with the right people and in collaboration with other team members 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively to collect information efficiently in terms of achieving agreed, specified deadlines, and adhering to policies and procedures regarding equipment, materials and tools 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information regarding areas of specialisation, and own strengths and weaknesses, to select appropriate areas of specialisation 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematic and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation when selecting modes of interaction and communication with sources that are appropriate for specific contexts and source requirements 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when using equipment, materials and tools correctly, and adhering to specified safety, health and environment requirements 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation, to identify requirements for delivery towards goal efficiently in terms of specified context requirements 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the learner is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the learner can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent 

  • UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  61450   Further Education and Training Certificate: Film and Television Production Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 
    Elective  49120   Further Education and Training Certificate: Film, Television and Video Production Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2007-12-02  Was MICTS until Last Date for Achievement 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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