ACF208 - Cinematography

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Simon Wilmot
Cohort rule:Nil

A351.2 students must complete ACF103

A351.3 students must complete units ACF109 and ACF110

Otherwise, must complete units ACF103 and ALW103

Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 3-hour seminar per week

Students must attend and participate in project-based activities at Burwood campus on the scheduled days during the trimester, commencing in week 1


In this specialist film production unit, students will acquire knowledge and skill in the aesthetic practices and technical processes associated with high-level digital cinematography and in the operation of professional cinema-quality digital camera and lighting equipment.

Acting as a Cinematographer/Director of Photography during in-class exercises and out-of-class assignment work, each student will learn to interpret scripted narrative scenes and design shot sequences for studio and location settings. They will exercise leadership by directing classmate-assistants and solve problems as they use available light and cine lights, decide upon camera angle, lens choice and camera movement. By editing their shots, students will test and evaluate the effectiveness of their sequence design and shot composition and validate or revise the creative, technical and logistic decisions they have made.

By performing the roles of Assistant Camera, Gaffer and Grip for classmates, students will gain further teamwork experience and valuable entry-level professional skills.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Compose and design moving images with attention to the narrative and aesthetic dimensions of lighting, shot and sequence composition

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

Apply technical and creative skill and knowledge to the set-up and use of high level digital film cinematography equipment

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO5: Problem solving


Carry out different camera and lighting crew roles in both a leading and supportive capacity by applying organisational, and interpersonal skills and knowledge

GLO7: Teamwork


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Folio of exercises 1200 words
or equivalent
30% Week 5
Assessment 2 - Cinematographer's show reel and documentation 2000 words
or equivalent
50% Week 8
Assessment 3 - Quizzes 800 words
or equivalent
20% Ongoing

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via ACF208
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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