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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Supervise on-set production for visual effects 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
242543  Supervise on-set production for visual effects 
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 
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 
The purpose of the learning is to be able to ensure that on-set production meet visual effects requirements from scripts. Credited learners can communicate requirements with relevant persons, and this competence articulates with film and video production. Supervisor competence is generic and credited learners can progress to higher levels of management.

Credited learners are capable of:
  • Analysing visual effects requirements from given scripts.
  • Creating shot lists for live action shoots.
  • Supervising shooting of visual effects elements on-set.
  • Preparing visual effects before cuts are locked. 

  • 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:
  • Describe equipment, materials and tools relevant for specific film and video production processes.
  • Describe operations in relation to film and video production processes.
  • Describe, represent, analyse and explain changes in shape and motion in 2- and 3-dimensional space with justification (NLRD ID 7484).
  • Communication and language (NQF Level 4). 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Range statements are provided where relevant with specific outcomes and assessment criteria. Visual effects include moving camera versus locked-off camera, chroma key requirements, plate elements, background elements, sky elements, foreground elements, and texture elements. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Analyse visual effects requirements from given scripts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Scripts are analysed in terms of visual effects requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Scenes requiring visual effects are correctly identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Relevant scenes are translated effectively into visual storyboards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Preliminary time frames are established and are appropriate for specific script requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Reference materials are stylistically made appropriate for specific contexts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Planned effects are stylistically made appropriate within the overall style of specified scripts. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Create shot lists for live action shoots. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Shot lists are adhered to script, budget, and shooting requirements and restrictions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Shot lists are checked for compliance with format limitations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Planned sequence of visual effects elements is arranged in correct order for shooting. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Shot lists are communicated accurately to relevant persons. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Relevant persons can include film directors, DOPs, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Shooting schedules are realistic for the production of visual effects elements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Supervise shooting of visual effects elements on-set. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Equipment prepared and taken on set is correct. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Equipment can include still cameras, point tracking devices, spray paints, gaffer tapes, tape measures, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Shooting elements are broken down for use by on-set continuity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Camera positions are correctly marked on sets according to shot lists. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    On set playback equipment is used correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Each visual effects shot is directed to achieve all required elements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Rough composites are compiled on set from playback elements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Any special instructions for transfer requirements are communicated to the relevant persons. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Elements required are shot using the appropriate equipment. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Prepare visual effects before cuts are locked. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Information about shot length requirements is communicated to relevant editorial teams. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Test composites are confirmed that shots fulfil the requirements of the storyboard. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3D artists are briefed according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Any special grading requirements are communicated to colourists. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Reference materials are checked for appropriateness for specific contexts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Hand-over briefings are ensured that they are comprehensive and include all relevant persons. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Adherence to legal requirements is checked. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Legal requirements include legislation regarding copyright, intellectual property, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Relevant animation principles are adhered to at all times. 


    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:
  • Scripts, scenes and visual storyboards.
  • Reference materials.
  • Style of scripts.
  • Shot lists for live action shoots.
  • Script, budget, and shooting requirements and restrictions.
  • Format limitations.
  • Sequence of visual effects elements.
  • Shooting schedules and shot length requirements.
  • Shooting equipment, functionality and purpose.
  • Shooting elements.
  • On-set roles and responsibilities.
  • Camera positions and marking.
  • On set playback equipment operation, functionality and purpose and playback elements.
  • Transfer requirements.
  • Test composites.
  • Grading requirements.
  • Principles of animation. 

  • 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 shooting schedules are realistic for the production of visual effects elements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community to supervise shooting of visual effects elements on-set. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information to analyse visual effects requirements from given scripts. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematic and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation when any special instructions for transfer requirements are communicated to the relevant persons, information about shot length requirements is communicated to relevant editorial teams, 3D artists are briefed according to specified requirements. Any special grading requirements are communicated to colourists and hand-over briefings are comprehensive and includes all relevant persons. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others. 

    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 shot lists adhere to script, budget, and shooting requirements and restrictions and shot lists meet format limitations. 

    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  57607   National Certificate: 3D Animation and Visual Effects  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. South African Film Institute 



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