Course Description: This class provides an in-depth look at video production and video journalism. In this course you will further your study of both the technical and visual concepts involved in successful video production. You will continue to develop your skills through a series of projects, broadcast packages, sports reporting, and interviews.
General Course Objectives Students should be fully aware that just because movies are fun and interesting doesn’t necessarily mean that a class which studies film will necessarily be easy. The study of video—while certainly enjoyable—is a serious academic discipline and students can expect this class to be as rigorous and demanding as any course in English or History would be. This course is designed to introduce you to more advanced tools associated with video production. Special emphasis is placed on broadcasting and camera work along with film editing techniques. Throughout the school year you will learn:
Preproduction, Production, and Post Production skills
Equipment: Respect of the equipment is essential. Equipment is limited and expensive and we need to keep it in excellent working order. The use of school equipment is a privilege not a right. Please use the equipment correctly, or you will lose the privilege of using it, which will severely impact your ability to complete assignments. Equipment can be checked out overnight but must be returned before 1st hour the following day or your right to use equipment may be revoked and you will incur a fine. No equipment will be checked out until you have a signed Equipment Contract on file. (Refer to Equipment Rules sheet) If you break any of the equipment you will no longer be allowed to use school equipment and will be removed from the class and charged to fix and/or replace it.
Assignments: • Late Assignments are accepted for one week after the due date for 20% off. Tests/Quizzes must be taken on the day given, unless you have an excused absence. • Unexcused absences will be treated with the same policy as late assignments (see above). It is YOUR responsibility not MINE to obtain the work missed and make up any missed assignments. Most worksheets or handouts can be found on my website, please check there first before coming to me. • Excused absences will be allowed to make up missed work, with the exceptions of video projects, if you are absent your video project is still due. Be in class, on time, your partner needs you. • Test/quiz make up for excused absences must be scheduled with the teacher before or after school within 5 days of the absence. Again, it is YOUR responsibility to set up a time with me to take a missed test/quiz. After the allotted time you will receive a zero. All late work due to an excused absence must be turned in directly to the teacher and must be marked with the date of the absence. Failure to do so will result in a “0” for that assignment.
Attendance and Tardy Policy: Unexcused absences and tardys are not tolerated. Due to the nature of this class attendance is mandatory. You need to be in the room with all materials ready before the bell rings. Procedure for tardyies is as follows:
1st – 2nd Tardy=Warning
3rd – 4th Tardy= Detention
5th tardy and up=Referral (suspension)
**If you arrive more than 15 minutes and less than 40 minutes late without a pass, I consider that an Unexcused Absence. You will not be allowed to make up any class work or assignments that you missed and you will be written a referral. Work missed due to tardys is the responsibility of the student to obtain after class, not during!
Substitute Teacher Policy: Any misconduct occurring while a substitute is in charge will result in no less than 1 after school detention.
Academic Honesty: It is expected that all work submitted in this class is that of the individual whose name appears on the materials. Violations of academic honesty include but are not limited to copy write infringement, cheating, plagiarism, and receiving help on a test. Copying another person’s assignments will result in both the copied assignment and the original assignment guilty of academic dishonesty. A student found guilty of academic dishonesty is subject to failure for the assignment in question and/or failure in the course.
Grades: Grades will be determined by the following: team work, participation, projects, quizzes. Total points are used in this class. Grading Scale 100-95% = A 76-74% = C 94-90% = A- 73-70% = C- 89-87% = B+ 69-67% = D+ 86-84% = B 66-64% = D 83-80% = B- 63-60% = D- 79-77% = C+ 59 & * = E
All packages need to include:
3 second fade FROM black at the start
3 second fade TO black at end
Script of Intro for the anchor
Person reporting followed by "This has been (your name) reporting for Studio M"
Proper titling of all interviewers (i.e. "Lance Delbridge" "Principal")
Hall Pass Privileges: You will be allowed to leave the classroom to film. To be allowed to leave you must first check and test all equipment to ensure they are ready to go. There is nothing more annoying to the person you're interviewing than having to wait for you to check your equipment while they wait!
You must wear your pass at all times in the hallway! Any teacher or administrator has the right to revoke your out of class pass as they feel necessary. Remember, it is a privilege not a right.
Shooting video can be done outside in any of the common areas. Please be respectful of other students in classrooms and keep your voices down.
Using students in other classes in your film is acceptable ONLY with prior approval from the teacher of the student who is going to be in your film. You CAN NOT take students out of class without prior permission. If I find out you did so, which I always do, it will be considered misuse of your hall pass.
Shooting video is not allowed in or into any classroom with out prior teacher permission, except in the TV Studio and Room 45. People don’t like surprises especially if a camera is involved
Misuse of your pass includes but is not limited to, leaving the room for any reason other than to film, leaving the room and not being able to produce any footage for me to view.
Again, make sure you check your equipment before you leave to see that you have all you need to film. It is not my fault if your battery was dead when you got to your location. It will still count as misuse of pass and will be treated as such.
The first time that misuse of pass occurs, I will call your parents, you will be written a referral, and your pass will be revoked for a minimum of two weeks. That means you will be on room arrest which makes it hard to complete film projects. If a secondary misuse of pass occurs I will call home, you will be written a referral and you may be removed from the class.
Project Guidelines: Guidelines apply to ALL projects in the Digital Media class. Before a cameral can be checked out, you must have all Pre Production completed. This means you will know what shots you will need before you even leave the room because you will have a plan. In Digital Media directors do not just go out and shoot they first have a plan and they stick to that plan. That is what Preproduction is.
You have the opportunity to work with a partner on some assignments. If you choose to do so you must make sure that both of you are actively involved in each assignment and that both of you have creative input. Your group must come to a consensus on any idea. Consensus means you both live with the decision. If there are problems, take a vote. If you cannot collaborate on ideas, you will have a difficult time completing your project and your grades will surely suffer. You will either fly together or you will fall together on group projects, the decision is yours. If you have a problem in your group you must try to solve it. I do not move students from group to group in mid project. If you can’t solve the problem, I will require you to tell me what steps you took to try and solve the problem. Make sure you have tried other ways to resolve the problem before coming to me. Part of film and being successful in real life is learning to work in a group effectively and that includes communication.
All projects are to be completed using school appropriate shots, ideas, music and other components. If you have to ask, it is most likely not appropriate. Any questionable material MUST be cleared and approved ahead of time, no exceptions. Don’t wait for project to be rejected because of a bad decision on your part.
Always over plan! If it can go wrong it will we are working with lots of technology here. Always try to have your assignments completed a day early to accommodate last minute changes, bad edits, tape issues, etc.
Course Expectations Regular and on-time attendance is critical to success in this class not just for you but also for your group, don’t let them down.
You need a positive attitude, a good work ethic and a willingness to push yourself into new areas of your own creativity!
You are responsible for your actions at all times. Do not touch things you are not working on. Others may have work in progress.
If you get it out put it away. If you mess it up, clean it up. The studio/control room/editing lab areas should be kept clean at all times.
The computer editing lab, studio and control room are a NO food and drink area, even water. This is not negotiable. So don’t ask if I see it I will throw it away!
Any unethical, inappropriate, or destructive behavior will not be tolerated and can be grounds for dismissal from this classroom. When you are outside the classroom working on assignments, you are to act maturely, and responsibly. Your actions reflect directly on the course. Failure to act appropriately will be considered misuse of pass (see above punishment)
Take care of the things you are working with. Equipment is state of the art and expensive, if there are problems, you need to report them immediately! If you do not report them, you will be charged for them.
You have the option of working with a partner on some assignments. Once you have chosen your partner that is who you will work with. If you have problems, try to solve them yourself. I do not move members once groups have been established. Do your best, work hard, work together, and have fun!!