Conrad Weiser High School
Television Production III, IV
Advanced Video Production




Course objectives:


× 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 instruct students in the multitude of aspects involved in the live studio production of a news magazine
× To improve students’ written and verbal communication skills
× To provide advanced, hands-on experience with video 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

Advanced TV Course Outline:

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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:
external image 0clip_image004.pngProject One: Motion Overview and Creation of Production Title. Production title must include: CWTV and team member’s name (100 points)
external image 0clip_image006.pngProject Two: Advanced Camera Shots Activity. 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 (100 points)
external image 0clip_image008.pngProject Three: Video Montage/Highlight Sports Video. The student will record footage of a topic of their choice OR a winter or spring 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)
external image 0clip_image010.pngProject Four: Commercial Recreation. The students will select a favorite commercial and recreate all the shots, camera angles, dialogue, acting, props, music, etc. except use CW students or teachers as the actors! Ex: Verizon, Mastercard, ESPN, Geico, Doritos. (150 points)
external image 0clip_image012.pngProject Five: Hard News and Soft News Features. Each student will complete two news features per marking period, one reporting on a news story at CW and another featuring an aspect of CW. News features should be a minimum of 90 seconds each and contain a reporter stand-up, interviews/talking heads, well-composed b-roll footage, and a tag. All news stories will be shown on MPP announcements and on Comcast We Are Weiser. (150 points each)
external image 0clip_image014.pngProject Six: Multimedia Project. Students will create a multimedia project that combines video, still images/photos, graphics, and music. Suggested topic for the multimedia project is a family member history video. The student will interview a family member, hopefully a person over the age of 65. Ask them questions about their childhood, first date/car, where they lived, childhood, etc. You need to find photos to match your topic and even old film/video clips to use as b-roll over the interview. Finished video should be a minimum of 3-5 minutes. This is something that will be cherished for years by all of your family! Other possible topics: Conrad Weiser or some other famous local figure, the history of our school district.

Marking Period Two:
external image 0clip_image016.pngProject One: Advanced Filters and Special Effects within Final Cut. Students will learn advanced techniques within Final Cut Pro including Travel Matte, Color Correction, Spotlight Effect, Chroma Key, Pleasantville Effect, and more. A minimum of three must be included a short creative project of the student’s choice. A script/storyboard must be approved prior to filming (100 points)
external image 0clip_image018.pngProject Two: Senior Profiles. Students will interview senior classmates about their live at CW and create a profile piece that combines the interview with video and stills. Each student is responsible for two profiles. If two students work together, they need to interview and produce four student profiles. Be creative! All profiles will be shown on MPP announcements and on Comcast We Are Weiser (150 points each)
external image 0clip_image020.pngProject Three: Movie History In-Depth Research Study. Students will select a topic of their choice to research, write a 3-5 page research paper, and then create a project in the style of what they researched. Possible topics include: film noir, Hitchcock, an aspect of film history, or even animation. Students will film a brief explanation of project which will accompany the showing on Comcast We Are Weiser. (200 points each)
external image 0clip_image022.pngProject Four: Stop Motion Animation OR Music Video OR a combination of both. This is your chance to be creative. A storyboard/shot listing must be approved prior to filming (150 points)

Marking Period Three:
external image 0clip_image024.pngProject One: Screenwriting. Students will write a screenplay for a 3-5 minute short film. (100 points)
external image 0clip_image026.pngProject Two: Senior Video. Students will produce some component of the senior video, which may include a 30-60 second video highlighting CW seniors. Included on the senior DVD are photos, video clips, interviews, sports highlights, trends of this year, etc. Your piece will be included on the multi-disk senior video DVD set available for purchase to all graduating seniors. Additional possible topics include: the senior goodbye, a photo montage/slideshow of “old” pictures of seniors. Be creative! (150 points)
external image 0clip_image028.pngProject Three: 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)
external image 0clip_image030.pngProject Four: Hollywood Movie Scene Recreation. Students may work together to recreate a 30-second to five-minute scene from your favorite movie. Recreate all the shots, scenes, camera angles, dialogue, acting, props, sound effects, etc. using CW students and teachers as the actors. You may use parts of the real movie to enhance your recreation and/or chroma key yourself into the scenes. (150 points)
external image 0clip_image032.pngProject Five: Hard News and Soft News Features. Each student will complete two news features per marking period, one reporting on a news story at CW and another featuring an aspect of CW. News features should be a minimum of 90 seconds each and contain a reporter stand-up, interviews/talking heads, well-composed b-roll footage, and a tag. All news stories will be shown on MPP announcements and on Comcast We Are Weiser. (150 points each)

Additional classroom requirements:
external image 0clip_image034.pngMPP Friday responsibilities include: intro, trivia question of the week, any thematic shows
external image 0clip_image036.pngPortions of the weekly show will be uploaded onto School Tube & run on Comcast Cable We are Weiser Channel 22 Show.
external image 0clip_image038.pngAdvanced television production students will also be responsible for the monthly taping of the half hour long Comcast We Are Weiser Channel 22 Show. Students will assume live production roles for the taping of the broadcast.
external image 0clip_image040.pngAdditional classroom assignments will include outside the classroom responses to advanced tutorials, short films, and additional movie-making video clips that students will be required to watch as homework assignments.

Final Project/Final Exam
external image 0clip_image042.pngALL students will design a DVD cover and burn all required projects to 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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