Prepare outline and equipment
Given information and diagrams relating to preparing to film uncontrolled and
Demonstrate competency of the task skills and knowledge by correctly responding to 85
percent of the multiplechoice test covering preparation.
Learning Event 1:
Uncontrolled action is usually associated with combat, news, sports, and field
training. Uncontrolled action is any action that you cannot control in any way. The
opposite is controlled action. Controlled action is usually a productiontype situation.
Semicontrolled action is a situation where you have some, but not total control over the
action. Before you can shoot uncontrolled documentation action, you must be well
grounded in the mechanics of television and film making. This includes: basic sequence,
reestablishing, use of cutins and cut aways, screen direction, and continuity. When you
understand how a good film is made, then you can make a good documentation film or a
One of the most difficult assignments a cinematographer has to handle is
uncontrolled action. You must not only be technically correct, but must also think ahead
for the next shot. This can be very difficult. One method of making the job easier is
to use the shooting outline.
a. Unlike a script, the outline is a rough sketch of what the cameraman wishes to
film. Except for spot news, most filming is planned. This planning may take days or it
may take hours. Nevertheless, there is some planning that can be done before a mission