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.
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: