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Stagecraft for Film/TV

Course Code: STGE 2430
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Credits: 2.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Tutorial
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course explores the various crafts of stage technology and applies them to the fields of film and television. The differences between the various technologies will be explored as well as the unique terminology of each. The focus of this course will be on the lighting and grip departments.

Course Content

  1. Film/Television Hierarchy and Positions:  
    • Job descriptions and areas of responsibility for producer, director, PM, location manager, 1st AD, 2nd AD, 3rd AD, DOP, Gaffer, Best boy, genie-op, lamp-op, key grip, dolly grip, production designer, art director, sound mixer, boom-op, sfx, craft service/first aid.
  2. Terminology and Etiquette:
    • on set language and terminology
    • call times and arriving on set
    • working and leaving the set
    • professionalism and attitude
  3. Traffic Control Requirements:
    • working with traffic and the public
    • radio protocol
  4. Lighting and Grip Methods:
    • grip equipment and terminology
    • location power and generators
    • lighting sources and colour temperature
    • lighting theory for camera
    • special effects
    • on set safety

Methods of Instruction

Students will receive three hours of lecture/demonstration per week that includes independent work and one on one instruction. Guest speakers and field trips to film/tv studios, equipment rental shops and shooting locations will be included.

Means of Assessment

Written in class assignments  X 3 15%
Research project  X 1 25%
Written tests  X 2 60%
TOTAL  100%

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the successful student should:

  1. be familiar with the various unions, associations and guilds that are associated with the film and television industry.
  2. understand the role of the lighting and grip departments on set for film and television production.
  3. be familiar with the basic production hierarchy and on set terminology for film and television.
  4. learn the set etiquette and traffic control fundamentals required by the local unions for permittee status.

course prerequisites

Enrolment in the SET Program or permission of the instructor

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.