Conrad Weiser High School

Television Production II


Course objectives:


Television Production II will provide students interested in more advanced video production the opportunity to expand and develop beyond the first level course. In this course students will continue to build on the fundamental processes previously learned in Television Production I and expand their production techniques. Students in video production II will be responsible for preproduction, production and post production of live school events, special school production assignments and independent film projects. Students will learn how use a variety of cameras, advanced Final Cut Pro Editing Software and the TriCaster production suites for live events.

Course areas of emphasis:


  • To provide advanced instruction in television and video production
  • To provide students with the opportunity to brainstorm ideas, film and edit video segments, and meet deadlines in the creation of a weekly news magazine broadcast
  • To improve students’ written and verbal communication skills
  • To provide advanced, hands-on experience with video and computer technology
  • To prepare students for real-world work experience by focusing on teamwork, deadlines, and presentation of ideas
  • To introduce students to a variety of career opportunities involving video & television production within the communications, film and media community
  • Emphasis on individual film projects utilizing post-production techniques/non-linear editing

Course Outline:

Television Production is a hands-on, production-oriented course that combines classroom lectures and discussions with hands-on learning projects and activities. Students will proceed through the course outline while at the same time working on a variety of video projects designed to comprise a final video portfolio by the end of the course.

Marking Period One:
  • Project One: Motion Overview and Creation of Production Title. Production title must include: CWTV and team member’s name (50 points)
  • Project Two: Advanced Camera Shots Activity (to review Camera Shots). Students will incorporate a series of advanced camera shots and techniques into a creative project of their choice. A script/storyboard must be approved prior to filming (150 points)
  • Project Three: Video Montage/Highlight Sports Video (to review FCP). The student will record footage of a topic of their choice OR a fall sport, shooting a variety of wide, medium and close up shots of players, crowd reaction shots, fans watching the game, score board, etc. The student will then edit a fast paced, 90-second or more highlight video set to music. Montage videos WILL be shown on Comcast, MPP Friday or MPP Announcements, and may be included in the senior video. (150 points)
  • Project Four: Jump Start Project (to review Storyboarding and Project Planning). Students will choose one of the Jump Start projects from the list provided for submission in a video competition. A script/storyboard must be approved prior to filming (150 points)
    Project Five: Documentary Scripting (informational/documentary research and scriptwriting). Students will work with a small group of no more than three other students to research and write a script that will be turned into a 5-8 minute documentary for entry in the CSpan StudentCam competition. The script will be completed prior to the end of the first marking period. (100 points)
    Project Six: Stop Motion Animation. Students will plan and produce a minimum 30-second stop motion animation piece set to music. Stop motion animation should not exceed ten frames on the timeline and a minimum of two objects/characters must be animated. (150 points)

Marking Period Two:
  • Project One: Creative Experimentation with Cloning and/or Forced Perspective. Students will incorporate cloning and forced perspective techniques into a creative project of their choice. A script/storyboard must be approved prior to filming (100 points)
  • Project Two: Advanced Audio Composition. Students will create their own ADR, sound effects, and foley sound to recreate an assigned silent scene. This is practice in how to capture and recreate crisp sound for video production. Add a 5 second title slide to the beginning of the silent film that includes your name and block. (100 points)
  • Project Three: Advanced Audio Composition. Students will create their own ADR, sound effects, and foley sound to recreate an assigned silent scene. This is practice in how to capture and recreate crisp sound for video production. Add a 5 second title slide to the beginning of the silent film that includes your name and block. (100 points)
    Project Four: Halloween Show Video (October 26). Each student will complete a video for the Halloween MPP Friday special. This can either be a man on the street, a scary skit, a Hollywood movie recreation, a Halloween music video, but be creative. A script/storyboard must be approved prior to filming (150 points)
    Project Five: CSpan Documentary Video. Students will conduct interviews, film b-roll footage, record voice overs from their written script from first marking period, create graphics, and edit a comprehensive 5-8 minute documentary for the CSpan StudentCam video competition (250 points)

Marking Period Three:
  • Project One: Screenwriting. Students will write a screenplay for a 3-5 minute short film. (100 points)
    Project Two: Short Film. Using the script created above, students will produce, film, and edit their short film. Advanced soundtrack, sound effects, storytelling techniques, and advanced editing will be covered. (200 points)
    Project Three: Holiday Show Video (December 21). Each student will complete a video for the Holiday MPP Friday special. This can either be a man on the street, a song recreation, a Holiday music video or a spoof, but be creative. A script/storyboard must be approved prior to filming (150 points)
    Project Four: Jump Start Project (choose a project from a long list of video contests). Students will choose one of the Jump Start projects from the list provided for submission in a video competition. A script/storyboard must be approved prior to filming (150 points)
    Project Five: Music Video. Studcnts will take a popular song and create a complex music video combining good shot composition, camera movements, visual effects, and complex editing. (150 points)

R4 ~ Research, Respond, Reply, Rate
  • ALL students will be required to respond to a minimum of four postings per marking period. Each week Mrs. Schneck will post a theme, topic or video for our group to read and/or view and then respond in an online forum. Each posting is worth 25 points and all students must complete at least four per marking period. All links can be found on the CWTV website: http://cwtv.wikispaces.com.


Final Project/Final Exam
  • ALL students will create a 60-second highlight reel that contains their best work and reflects their strongest talent, whether it is editing, shot composition, creativity, or in front of the camera. Then students will create a DVD project containing the reel and all other projects, and design a DVD cover for a portfolio DVD at the end of the marking period. Using DVD Studio and other software, students will create a video portfolio that contains:a minimum of 10 projects completed this semester, a background image that is either a still image or a motion video (animated or live action), background audio, and a well-designed, full color jewel case cover that will contain their completed DVD.



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