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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Direct single camera productions 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
243967  Direct single camera productions 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Audio-visual Media Production 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 04 - Communication Studies and Language Media Studies 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  15 
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 
Credited learners are able to direct single camera productions such as actuality and small media productions. They can analyse scripts to determine production requirements, direct actors and crew during productions, ensure that the technical execution of the production meets the requirements of given scripts, while taking into account post production requirements.

Although limited in scope, this entry level directing competence allows small business owners in the film and television industry to direct their own productions, thus opening entrepreneurship opportunities. The role of director is one of leadership, which a transferable competence and improves learner employability. Good directing ensures that products are good, and improved leadership capabilities will impact positively on the industry.

Credited learners are capable of:
  • Analysing script requirements for productions.
  • Directing actors and key crew.
  • Directing technical aspects of productions.
  • Ensuring adherence to post production requirements. 

  • 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:
  • Interpreting productions specifications at NQF Level 5.
  • Communication and language at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Range statements are provided with the specific outcomes and assessment criteria where applicable. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Analyse script requirements for productions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Film or television scripts are interpreted into meaningful action and movement within specific contexts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The dynamics of scenes fit into the context of the entire script. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Script styles are appropriate and consistent to what is intended in specific scripts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Directing style is consistent with production specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Staging is consistent with the style, dynamic and message of specific scripts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The interpretation of scripts is feasible for specific productions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Directing adheres to all applicable legal requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Direct actors and key crew. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Actors and crew are motivated to give their best performance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Communication is clear and terminology used is appropriate for specific contexts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Actions are consistent and do not fall outside expectations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Actor and crew communication is interpreted accurately in the best interest of the production. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Communication includes verbal and non verbal communication.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Actors' and crew's abilities are used to the best advantage of the production. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Appropriate creative performing responses are elicited from actors according to the script for all situations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Vision is explained in a way that is accessible to others. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Direct technical aspects of productions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Technical treatment is appropriate to scripts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Scenes are staged for camera using locations to the best advantage of and in accordance to script requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Shots and shot sizes are selected that are appropriate for scripts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Technical styles employed are appropriate to scripts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Explanations regarding line are justified in terms of film or television usage. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Equipment is used to its fullest capability and application in achieving the aims of productions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Ensure adherence to post production requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Visualization of scenes is correct and evident from shots in final products. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Shooting of scenes takes into account post production processes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Material is shot in such a way that it can be cut together fluently. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Pace, tempo and effects used best accommodate the style of productions and intent of scripts. 


    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 leaners understand and can explain:
  • Film or television scripts, script styles, dynamic, message, and intention.
  • Dynamics of scenes.
  • Directing styles.
  • Production processes.
  • Staging of scenes for camera and visualization of scenes.
  • Shots, shot sizes and line.
  • Legal requirements for film production.
  • Directing terminology and the role of director vision.
  • Creative performing responses and terminology.
  • Technical treatment and styles.
  • Equipment capability and application.
  • Post production processes and fluency, pace, tempo and effects. 

  • 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 when the interpretation of scripts is feasible for specific productions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community to direct actors and key crew. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when directing adheres to all applicable legal requirements and directing style is consistent with production specifications. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information to analyse script requirements for productions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematic and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation when communication with actors and crew is clear and terminology used is appropriate for specific contexts, actor and crew communication is interpreted accurately in the best interest of the production, and vision is explained in a way that is accessible to others. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when scenes are staged for camera using locations to the best advantage of and in accordance to script requirements, shots and shot sizes are selected that are appropriate for scripts and equipment is used to its fullest capability and application in achieving the aims of productions. 

    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 when film or television scripts are interpreted into meaningful action and movement within specific contexts, dynamics of scenes fit into the context of the entire script, script styles are appropriate and consistent to what is intended in specific scripts, staging is consistent with the style, dynamic and message of specific scripts. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Notes to assessors:

    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, 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. 

  • 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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