TVRA 3871 Single Camera Production Fall 2019
1-hour lecture 4 hours laboratory; 3 credits
Instructor Professor Irina Patkanian
Office Whitehead Hall, Room 405
Phone (718) 951-5000 ext. 2795
Office Hours Tuesdays 2.00-4.00 and TH 3.00-4.00 or by appointment
Class meets Thursdays 2:15-6:45PM
Classroom 007 Whitehead
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 PREMIEREor FINAL CUT PROediting software. You will then compress your movie for Vimeo or YouTube and finally, you will present and discuss it in class to see the IMPACTof 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:
- Students will deepen their aesthetic understanding and appreciation of fiction and non fiction short digital movies (DO3)
- Students will learn how to research, analyze and visualize an idea from page to screen (DO5)
- 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)
- Students will learn how to critique and analyze visual language through screening and discussion of contemporary media and the work of their classmates (DO3)
- Students will acquire knowledge of basic sound and moving image terminology. (DO3)
- 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.
|Attendance / Participation||100|
|Character (19 FEMO shots)||100|
|Déjeuner du Matin (Mid Term)||200|
|Dramatic Portrait (Final)||300|
|Sound Design Exercise (in-class)||100|
|Somos Cuba Editing Exercise (in-class)||100|
In Class Exerciseswill be graded at 25 points max:
Aesthetics 10% and Technical skills 15% (Visual Vocabulary, Editing, Lighting, Sound)
Production Exerciseswill be graded at 100 -200 points max:
Content & Image (production and post production) – 50%, Aesthetics – 25%, Technical – 25%
Final Projectswill be graded at 300 points maximum:
75 – Content(original concept, how informative and engaging the project is, do we learn new information, evidence of research & development, storytelling, respect for audience)
75 – 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)
75 – Technical Skills(camera angles and movement, exposure and white balance, sound recording and mixing, editing and color correction)
75 – Producing(production proposal, script, storyboard, interview questions, locations, rough cuts are submitted on time, DVD is working properly)
|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|