Syllabus

Course Objectives
• To expose you to elementary aspects of television, film, and video production.
• To help you communicate more effectively with people working in media production.
• To help prepare you to appear in or work behind the scenes on media productions.
• To help you become an informed consumer or critic of TV & film.

Class Projects
We will do four graded projects: an Action Scene, a Dialogue Scene, a TV Spot Announcement, and a Short Narrative Film. You will be graded on your pre-production documents (storyboard, script, or treatment) and on your participation in production and editing of each project. You will also receive a group score for each of these completed projects.

Content will be added to our class website throughout the semester. Links to topic areas will not become active until right before the date on which the content is to be introduced.

Class Schedule (Subject to change)
8/25 – Course Orientation, Stages of Production, Introductions
Assignment: Read Chapter 1 and Chapter 6

8/30 – Cameras and Composition I – Chapter 6
Class Exercise: Mount camera on tripod. Perform white set. Explore zoom, focus, and iris controls.

9/1 – Cameras and Composition II – Chapter 7
Class Exercise: Shoot four shots of a person walking without crossing the line.

9/6 – Cameras and Composition III – Chapter 8
Class Exercise: Shoot two people talking, including a 2 shot, MCUs, and OS shots.

9/8 – Acquiring Sound – & Telling Stories with Media I – Chapter 10
Class Exercise: Record sound using a shotgun microphone on a boom.
Assignment: Prepare a storyboard for your Action Sequence, due 9/15.

9/13 – Telling Stories with Media II – Chapter 14
Class Exercise: shoot a news story.

9/15 – Basic Editing Techniques – Chapter 15
Class Exercise: Edit a News Story. Storyboards due.

9/20 – Writing Dialogue – Chapter 4
Assignment: Write a one minute Dialogue script/Screenplay, due 9/27.
Class Exercise: Groups meet to choose and plan Action Scene production.

9/22 – Action Scene Production – Chapter 2
Class Exercise: Each group produces an Action Scene.

9/27 – Action Scene Editing – Chapter 3
Dialogue/Screenplay due.

9/29 – Review for Midterm Exam

10/4 – Midterm Exam

10/6 – Lighting for TV and Film – Chapter 12
Dialogue/Screenplay revisions due.

10/11 – Write a TV Spot – Chapter 5
Class Exercise: Groups choose which dialogue script to produce and plan production. Assignment: Write a 30 second TV Spot Announcement, due 10/18.

10/13 – Dialogue Scene Production – Chapter 9

10/18 – Dialogue Scene Editing – Chapter 11
TV Spot Scripts Due

10/20 – Let’s Watch A Movie!

10/25 – Writing Treatments and Loglines – Assignment: Write a Logline and Treatment for a three to four minute Narrative Film, due 11/3. Class Exercise: Discuss “Scrambled Films” and TV spot scripts.

10/27 – No class.

11/1 – Microphones and Sound Mixing

11/3 – Graphics & Transitions/Editing Workshop
Logline/Treatment Assignment due.

11/8 – Studio Production Workshop
Get feedback on fine tuning of treatments.

11/10 – Planning for Short Narrative Film Production.
Class Exercise: Groups meet, choose idea, and plan production.

11/15 – Short Narrative Film Production

11/17 – Short Narrative Film Production

11/22 – Short Narrative Film Production

11/24 – Happy Thanksgiving!

11/29 – Narrative Film Editing

12/1 – Narrative Film Editing

12/6 – Narrative Film Editing

12/8 – Review for Final Exam

12/13 – Final Exam – 3:30 p.m. in Studio A

Grading
60 points – Overall Class Participation
30 points – Midterm Exam
30 points – Final Exam
10 points – Individual Score for Storyboard
10 points – Group Score for Edited Action Sequence
10 points – Individual Score for Dialogue Script
10 points – Group Score for Edited Dialogue Sequence
10 points – Individual Score for TV Spot Script
10 points – Group Score for Edited TV Spot
10 points – Individual Score for Treatment
10 points – Group Score for Edited Narrative Film

Extra credit will be given to students who, after we complete our studio production workshops, attend production of a weekday WVUA-7 news production and write a brief report. Seats are limited to 2 at a time and must be scheduled in advance. Productions take place weekdays 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm and 10 pm.

Attendance
In this class the information is imparted through lecture and hands-on production experience. When you miss a class, you miss the information and experience for that day. If you have to miss a class, please inform your instructor in advance by email, phone, or in person. If you provide advance notice and a doctor’s excuse or compelling explanation for an absence, you will not lose all the credit for the missed day, but in most cases missed work cannot be made up.

Diversity Statement
I embrace and respect diversity in all forms, including race, religion, gender, nationality, age, and individual points of view. I expect you to extend the same courtesy to me and your fellow classmates.

Disabilities Statement
Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me privately to discuss your specific needs. It is also recommended that you contact the Office of Disability Services (133B Martha Parham East, 348-4285).

Cell Phone Use
I will have my cell phone in quiet mode during class and answer it only in case of emergency. Please do the same and do not text during the class.

Classroom Computer Use
You are welcome to check your email or Facebook on a computer in our classroom if you arrive early, but the computers should be used only for class related activities during the regular class period. Do not check your email or do your homework for another class during our class period.

How to do well in this class in six easy rules…
1. Attend every class.

2. Think of this class as the probationary period on a job. The employer is evaluating your individual contribution and how you work with others to determine if you will remain in the position after the probationary period.

3. Treat all of your classmates with respect and do everything you can to help them look good. Real world media productions are done by groups of people working together toward a common purpose.

4. Media productions involve very hurried times contrasted with times when all you can do is wait for someone else to complete their work. The same will be true in this class. Work quickly when called upon and wait patiently when necessary.

5. Do not eat, drink, smoke, snort, chew, spit, or spill anything in our classroom editing lab, studio, or control room areas.

6. Don’t break anything.