Syllabus

TVRA 3871 Single Camera Production Fall 2020

1-hour lecture 4 hours laboratory; 3 credits

Instructor                                                   Professor Irina Patkanian

Office                                                            Whitehead Hall, Room 405

E-mail                                                            ipatkanian@brooklyn.cuny.edu

Phone                                                           (718) 951-5000 ext. 2795

Class meets                                                Tuesdays 2:15-6:45PM

Classroom                                                   Zoom https://brooklyncollege.zoom.us/j/99553053027

Prerequisite                                               Television and Radio 16.5 and 20; or

English 18.17 and permission of the chairperson.

Required text                                            The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide: A Down & Dirty DV Production by Anthony Q. Artis

Suggested reading                                   Michael Rabiger, Developing Story Ideas

Chris Kenworthy Digital Video Production Cookbook

 

Undergraduate Programs College Bulletin Course Description:

Aspects of production of television segments and programs in nonstudio locations. Selection and use of portable cameras, recorders, lighting, and sound equipment. Aesthetic considerations necessary for effective post-production editing. Comparison of requirements for recording scripted and spontaneous events. Producer’s role in creating and distributing such programs. Collaborative production of finished material suitable for telecasting.

Overview and Course Objectives:

TVRA 3871 is a single camera production course designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the aesthetic and technical aspects of digital media production “on location.” You will translate YOUR (Who are you? / What do you want? Why are you here?) IDEA (What pleases/angers/disturbs/surprises you about the world?) into the AUDIO-VISUAL FORM (What is audio visual language? / How do movies work? How do you compose a shot, find characters and/or actors, block and light the scene, shoot it and edit it?), using PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT (cameras, lighting and sound recording equipment) and PREMIERE or FINAL CUT PRO editing software. You will then compress your movie for Vimeo or YouTube and finally, you will present and discuss it in class to see the IMPACT of your work in the specific socio-cultural context.

Departmental Objectives addressed in this course:

Departmental Objective 3: Students will be able to understand the basic aesthetic and technical  principles of electronic media productions and their broader social implications.

Department Objective 4: Students will be able to employ proficiently and creatively the basic personnel, equipment, and software necessary to translate ideas into electronic media programs in the areas of radio, multimedia, single camera, multi-camera studio and remote productions.

Departmental Objective 5: Students will be able to research and write proposals, treatments, scripts and promotional materials meeting professional standards.

Specific Course Objectives for this section of TVR 3871, and the Departmental Objectives to which they are related:

  1. Students will deepen their aesthetic understanding and appreciation of fiction and non fiction short digital movies (DO3)
  2. Students will learn how to research, analyze and visualize an idea from page to screen (DO5)
  3. Students will learn how to create and produce a short movie: How to write a script, research and develop you’re an idea; set up, light, shoot and edit interviews and B-roll; design and manipulate image in post production, create interesting sound tracks and finally burn DVDs with their projects (DO4)
  4. Students will learn how to critique and analyze visual language through screening and discussion of contemporary media and the work of their classmates (DO3)
  5. Students will acquire knowledge of basic sound and moving image terminology. (DO3)

Outcomes Assessment

  • Your analytical skills will be evaluated through research and written assignments and your participation in the discussion of screened material;
  • Your ability to synthesize course material with your individual research will be measured through your final project proposal;
  • Your directing, creative and technical skills will be measured through all production exercises and your final project;
  • Your ability to work in a team and develop and sharpen skills in one specific production position will be evaluated through your performance in in-class exercises
  • Your comprehension of reading assignments and lectures as well as your knowledge of media production vocabulary and software will be measured through Field Video Equipment & Final Cut Pro Production Quizzes

University’s Policy on Academic Integrity:

The faculty and administration of Brooklyn College support an environment free from cheating and plagiarism. Each student is responsible for being aware of what constitutes cheating and plagiarism and for avoiding both.  The complete text of the CUNY Academic Integrity Policy and the Brooklyn College procedure for implementing that policy can be found at this site:  http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/bc/policies.  If a faculty member suspects a violation of academic integrity and, upon investigation, confirms that violation, or if the student admits the violation, the faculty member MUST report the violation.

Grade Breakdown:

Attendance/Participation 100
Character Exercise 50
Somos Cuba Editing Exercise 100
Sound Design Exercise 50
Other Production ex 100
Mid Term (Self Portrait ) 200
Final Project 300
Quizzes 100
Total 1000

In Class Exercises will be graded at 25 points max:

Aesthetics 10% and Technical skills 15% (Visual Vocabulary, Editing, Lighting, Sound)

Production Exercises will be graded at 100 points max:

Content & Image (production and post production) – 50%, Aesthetics – 25%, Technical – 25%

Midterm & Final Project will be graded at 200-300 points maximum:

25% – Content (original concept, how informative and engaging the project is, do we learn new information, evidence of research & development, storytelling, respect for audience)

25% – Aesthetics (how good (or intentionally bad) the project looks –color, light and set design, production design, choice of location, image system, B-roll or mise-en-scene)

25% – Technical Skills (camera angles and movement, exposure and white balance, sound recording and mixing, editing and color correction)

25% – Producing (production proposal, script, storyboard, interview questions, locations, rough cuts are submitted on time, DVD is working properly)

 

Assessment Rubrics

 

Activity Exceeds Expectations Meets Expectations Does Not Meet Expectations
In Class Exercises Exercise is submitted on time, all requirements are fulfilled, lighting and sound design are creative and original, outstanding production value, exercise tells a story Exercise is submitted on time, all requirements are fulfilled, shots are adequately lit, sound is clean, good production value Exercise is not submitted on time (half points off), not all requirements are fulfilled, poor production value
Production exercises Exercise is submitted on time, all requirements are fulfilled, lighting and sound design are creative and original, outstanding production value, exercise tells a story, significant evidence of research, development and pre-production Exercise is submitted on time, all requirements are fulfilled, shots are adequately lit, sound is clean, good production value, some evidence of research, development and pre-production Exercise is not submitted on time (half points off), not all requirements are fulfilled, poor production value, no evidence of research, development and pre-production
Exam All questions are answered clearly in full sentences, correct vocabulary is used, all answers are supported by examples from work watched outside of class, when relevant, neatly typed All questions are answered clearly in full sentences, correct vocabulary is used, all answers are supported by examples, neatly typed Not all questions are answered clearly in full sentences, vocabulary used is not always specific, not all answers are supported by examples
Final Projects Production exceeds basic standards in terms of Production meets basic standards in terms of Production does not meet basic standards in terms of
  story, research, concept development, genre story, research, concept development, genre story, research, concept development,
  lighting, sound, image system, shot composition lighting, sound, image system, shot composition lighting, sound, image system, shot composition
  production value, exposure, sound mix production value, exposure, sound mix production value, exposure, sound mix
  proposal, pre-production, schedule, screening proposal, pre-production, schedule, screening proposal, pre-production, schedule, screening
  Project is original, creative and produced on schedule Project is well made and produced on schedule Project’s production value is poor, some deadlines are missed
Partici-pation No unexcused absences, all assignments are submitted on time, active participation in class discussions No unexcused absences, all assignments are submitted on time, participation in class discussions Some unexcused absences, not all assignments are submitted on time, poor participation