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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply editing aesthetics in film and television 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
13792  Apply editing aesthetics in film and television 
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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

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 
People credited with this standard will be able to:
  • Accommodate the effect editing decisions have on audiences
  • Consider the effect of continuity when editing pictures
  • Consider editing techniques
  • Consider other elements which can be used in relation to audience interest. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit value is based on the assumption that people starting to learn towards this unit standard are already competent in:
  • Operating editing equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard will be useful to people who work in the audio-visual production industry and need knowledge on how, where and when to cut pictures.
    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Accommodate the effect editing decisions have on audiences. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Visual story-telling devices are used that is acceptable for the intended audiences. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Every edit decision made allows for expected audience reaction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The story flow of the whole production is consider with every editing decision keeping the audience reactions in mind. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Each type of shot and camera angles used are effective for the audience. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. The viewpoint presented by each type of shot selected is effective for the audience. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Example: objective or subjective 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Consider the effect of continuity when editing pictures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Montaging is used effectively for the production. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The maintaining or breaking of continuity achieve the desired effect. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Persistence of vision is used as an aid in establishing continuity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Problems affecting continuity when combining shots are creatively overcome. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Example: people position, people movement, colour balance, exposure, camera movement, scene elements, props, lighting, sounds, progressive elements such as food, drink, and display of time. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Consider editing techniques. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The effect of various editing techniques is considered when editing of cuts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The effectiveness of applying the editing techniques is considered. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Consider other elements, which can be used in relation to audience interest. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Cinematic time is used in terms of its effect in storytelling and devices available are used effectively to create cinematic time for the audience. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Example: past time, present time, future time, conditional time, flashback, flash forward, condensing time, expanding time, freeze time 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Pace is used effectively in terms of the rate at which a story unfolds, and its relation to audience interest 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Tempo is used effectively in terms of the duration of shots and segments, and its relation to audience interest 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Effects transitions are used effectively in terms of their use to ease the audience into changes 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Example: wipes, dissolves, fades, use of graphics, digital effects 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Providers of learning towards this unit standard will need to meet the accreditation requirements of the relevant ETQA.

    Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the MAPPP SETA ETQA.

    Moderation Option:
    The moderation requirements of MAPPP-SETA`s ETQA must be met in order to award credit to learners for this unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate`s performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard.
    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
    1. Storytelling techniques.
    2. How to build a story.
    3. How to use camera shots and angles in editing.
    4. The uses of montaging.
    5. Continuity and how to overcome continuity problems.
    6. The type of cuts and uses.
    7. Cutting action.
    8. How to use cinematic time.
    9. How to use pace and tempo.
    10. How to use transitions. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve continuity problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking to overcome those. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others (clients and colleagues) as a member of a team, group, organisation to achieve the production requirements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves (on the production) and their activities responsibly and effectively to complete work operations within deadlines. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect an analyse information for editing purposes and critically evaluate the effect of it on the production. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively (clients and colleagues), using visual and / or language skills. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology (editing equipment) effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment (venue) and health of others (clients and colleagues). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding that the production world is a set of related systems and that problem-solving do not exist in isolation. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
    1. 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.
    2. 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 candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate 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.
    6. 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. 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    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  58394   National Certificate: Film and Television Production  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking (Pty) Ltd 
    2. FILM Mentorship & Training 
    3. Footprint Media academy Pty ltd 
    4. South African Film Institute 



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