Communication 250
Video Studio Processes

Asst. Prof. Chris Richter
119 Pleasants Hall,
Tel: x6358
Office Hrs.: W. 1:30-3:00 p.m. Th. 10:30 a.m. -noon;
and by appointment

 

 

  

Objectives & Description

 

Grading & Other Policies

Assignments

Schedule

 

 

Course Description & Objectives:
This course combines lecture, discussion and laboratory. It introduces you to basic concepts and creative processes of video studio production. Focus is on three interrelated areas: (1) pre-production, including script writing, visualization and planning; (2) production, including use of equipment and live multi-camera directing; (3) critique, including peer critique of completed assignments, and critique of professionally produced videos with an eye to developing your own visualization and writing skills.

In this course you will: (1) learn applied video aesthetics; (2) learn to visualize, write, plan, produce and direct live video productions; (3) gain familiarity with all, and mastery of specific, video studio technologies and practices.

Textbook: Zettl, H. Television production handbook, 6th edition. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Supplies: Digital videotape will be provided for in-class use. However, if you want copies of your productions, you must supply your own vhs or s-vhs videotape.

Course Policies
Attendance:
Much of what you learn in this class will grow out of our discussions, and your experience in the laboratories. Furthermore, in the labs, you will work in teams, and your classmates will depend on you for completion of projects. Thus, regular attendance is important. You are permitted two absences. More than two absences for any reason will result in grade reduction.

Lateness: Showing up late for class on a regular basis is very rude, and will result in grade reduction.

Studio Rules: No food or drink is permitted in the control room or studio. After using the studio, everyone will participate in striking the set. All equipment must be put away, and the studio must be swept. Everyone will participate in crew rotation as indicated on rotation schedules.

Honor Code: As with all your courses at Hollins, you are expected to be familiar with, and abide by, the student honor code, as laid out in the Student Handbook.

Grades: The Grading Scale for each assignment and for the final grade is based on a total of 100%, as follows:

 

90-100%
85-89
80-84
75-79
70-74
65-69
60-64
55-59
50-54
45-49
44 or lower

=A
=A-
=B+
=B
=B-
=C+
=C

=C-
=D+
=D
=Failure

 

 

Assignments
Video project #1: You will produce and direct a thirty second to one minute video piece, live on tape using multiple cameras. Suggestions include a public service announcement, an educational piece or a commercial parody. You must submit a production book in advance of shooting.

Video Project # 2: You will serve as producer, director, or crew member in this group project. The production is a short dramatic/comedic piece (five minutes maximum) shot live on tape using multiple cameras cam production. The team must submit a production book in advance of shooting.

Production Books (see above) must include the following: treatment, shooting script, storyboard, shot sheets, shot justification sheets, floor plan, lighting plot, property list, cast & crew list with phone #s, rehearsal schedule.

Video Critique: A brief (three to five pages) formal analysis of a professional video production.

Midterm & Final exams will consist of multiple choice and short answer questions, and brief analysis of video footage to be shown in class.

Project # 1 (including production book)
Project # 2 (including production book)
Critique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Midterm Exam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Final Exam. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Participation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Failure to turn in any single assignment will result in a failing grade for the entire course

20 %
20%
10%
15%
20%
15%

Course Schedule (subject to change)

Date
Jan 31

Feb. 5
Feb. 7

Feb. 12
Feb. 14

Feb. 19-21

Feb. 26
Feb. 28

Mar. 5
Mar. 7

Mar. 12
Mar. 14

Mar. 19 & 21

Mar. 26 & 28

Apr. 2
Apr. 4

Apr. 9
Apr. 11

Apr. 16-18

Apr. 23
Apr. 25

Apr. 30
May 2

May7

May 10, 2:00 p.m.

Reading Assign. & Lecture Topic
Introduction

Ch. 1 - "The television production process"
Ch. 16 - "Production people"

Ch. 17 - "Producing"
Ch. 18 - "The director in preproduction"

Ch. 19 - "The director in production and postprod."

Ch. 6 - "Camera operation and picture composition"
Ch. 3 - "The television camera"

Ch. 8 - "Techniques of television lighting"
Ch. 7 - "Lighting"

Catch-up, midterm review
Midterm exam

Spring break

Ch.11 - "Switching or instantaneous editing"

Ch. 9 - "Audio: sound pickup"
Ch. 10 - "Audio: sound control"

Ch. 14 - "Visual effects"
Critique due

Ch. 12 - "Video-recording and storage systems"

Ch. 4 - "Lenses"
Ch. 13 - "Postproduction editing"

Ch. 20 - "Field production and big remotes"
Ch. 2 - "Analog and digital television"

Course conclusion & review

Scheduled Final Exam

Lab Activities
Round-Robin

Round-Robin
Round-Robin

Round-Robin; Book 1 due
Round-Robin

Production 1

Production 1
Production 1

Production 1
Production 1

Production 1
Exam

Break

Production 1, Book 2 due

Production 1
Production 1

Production 1
Production 1

Production 1

Production 1
Production 2

Production 2
Production 2