Media Technology I

Fall 2018 Assignment List
MT Syllabus
MT Rules & Procedures

1st 9 Weeks
Unit I - Production Basics
Final Video - Student Spotlight

Week 1 - Introduction to Digital Video Production

Due Date - 8/24
Assignment - Syllabus + Procedures + Video Basics
Description - Students will learn about the program, as well as the basics of exposure and operating a camera, best safety practices, common vocabulary encountered in the filmmaking world, and the basics of writing a script and creating a storyboard from a script.

Week 2 - Pre-Production Basics

Due Date - 8/31
Assignment - Script and Storyboard
Description - Students will study the basics of writing a script and creating basic storyboards from their scripts. Students will create a script for a 30-second “Student Spotlight” video about one of their classmates in Media Technology.

Week 3 - Production Basics

Due Date - 9/7
Assignment - A & B Roll (Dailies)
Description - Students will learn about the difference between A-Roll and B-Roll, and will create both for their Student Spotlight video, as well as submitting “dailies” which are clips from the day’s shooting.

Week 4 - Post-Production Basics

Due Date - 9/14
Assignment -
Student Spotlight Rough Cut
Description - Students will explore the basics of video editing using Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Students will create a “Rough Cut” of their Student Spotlight video by assembling and editing down the dailies from the prior week.

Unit 2 - The Grammar of Video
Final Video - Montage

Week 5 - Composition I

Due Date - 9/21
Assignment 5 & 5.5 - Montage S & SB +  Centered & Symmetrical Scene
Description - Students will study basics of compositional theory in cinematography, here specifically studying and then creating a centered and symmetrical scene to be incorporated into montage. Students should also submit the script & storyboard for their montage.

Week 6 - Composition II

Due Date - 9/28
Assignment 6 - The Rule of Thirds
Description - Students will continue their study of composition in video, this week focusing on the Rule of Thirds and just how common it is in cinematography. Students will create a scene to incorporate into their montage that demonstrates their understanding of the Rule of Thirds

Week 7 - Basic Shots I

Due Date - 10/5
Assignment 7 - Camera Angles & Movement
Description - Students will study basic camera angles and movements, creating a short scene that demonstrates their understanding of how and why certain angles and movements are used by filmmakers.

Week 8 - Basic Shots II

Due Date - 10/5
Assignment 8 - Cuts & Transitions
Description - Students will study cuts and transitions, creating a short scene that demonstrates their understanding of how and why certain when and why they are used by filmmakers.

Week 9 - Compressing Time

Due Date - 10/19
Assignment 9 - Montage FC
Description - Students will study the art of the montage and how it’s used in cinematography to compress time. Students will assemble and edit footage from weeks 5-8 to create a montage.

1st 9 Weeks Out-of-Class Assignments
Due Date - By Friday 10/19
Assignment 10 - Film (1) FAC or Sporting Event
Students are required to help film (1) after school event. Students will coordinate with
Mr. McDowell or Coach Whitt to film either Fine Arts Center events or sporting events.

2nd 9 Weeks
Unit 3 -Beyond Basics
Final Video - Action Sequence

Week 10 - Audio Basics

Due Date - 10/26
Assignment 11 - Capturing & Syncing External Audio
Description - Students will submit a 30-second video (the content is up to them) using either the Tascam DR-40 or the Zoom H1n to record their audio and video separately, and then sync it in post-production.  

Week 11 - Intro to Lighting

Due Date - 11/2
Assignment 12 - Three-Point Lighting + Video Analysis
Description - Students will choose their favorite YouTuber and create a brief analysis video. In the analysis video, the student should analyze the YouTuber and their channel if four different areas: their content, target audience, style, and what sets them apart from other content creators, e.g. their je ne sais quoi. The video should incorporate a three-point lighting setup, as well as short clips from the filmmaker/YouTuber that illustrate their points. Students should film themselves discussing their choice; in that footage, they should incorporate a three-point lighting setup.   

Week 12 - Directing and Choreography

Due Date - 11/9
Assignment 13 - Action Sequence S & SB
Description - Students will study the basics of directing and choreographing a scene. Students will develop a script and storyboard for a 30-second action sequence. Ideally, students will finish the script & storyboard and begin shooting before the end of the week.

Week 13 - Editing for Style

Due Date - 11/16
Assignment 14- Action Sequence RC
Description - Students will finish shooting and assembling a rough cut of their action sequence. Students will study and apply various editing techniques to achieve a definite look and “feel” in post-production. To complete the assignment, students will submit a rough cut of their action sequence.

Week 14 - Post-Production Techniques

Due Date - 11/23
Assignment 15 - Action Sequence FC
Description - Students will continue polishing their action sequence into a final cut, adding additional sound/music/color grading/etc.  Students will submit the FC of their action sequence.

Assignment 16 - Silent Film Script

Description - Students will study the silent film genre, and begin pre-production on a script and storyboard for their own silent film (that fits within the entry requirements for the IYSFF’s (International Youth Silent Film Festival) yearly competition.

Unit 4 - Bringing it All Together
Final Video - Silent Film

Week 15 - Pre-Production / Principal Production

Due Date - 11/30
Assignment 16.5 - Silent Film SB, Shot List, Shooting Schedule

Description - Students will develop and submit a storyboard, shot list and shooting schedule for their silent film. Students are encouraged to begin principal production on their silent film.  

Week 16 - Principal Production

Due Date - 12/7
Assignment 17 - Short Film Dailies

Description - Students will continue principal production of their silent film according to the shooting schedule the developed assignment 16.5. Students should submit 5 minutes of dailies from principal production.

Week 17 - Post-Production

Due Date - 12/14
Assignment 18 - Silent Film RC
Description - Students will assemble (and submit) a silent film rough cut from the previous week’s dailies.

Week 18 - Delivering the Final Product

Due Date - 12/21
Assignment 19 - Silent Film FC & Sizzle Reel (Exam)
Description - Students will finish editing and polishing before submitting a silent film final cut. Students will also create a (2) minute “sizzle reel” created from clips from their student spotlight, montage, action sequence, and silent film final cuts.

Assignment 20 - Sizzle Reel (Exam)
Description - Students are to cut together and submit a 2 minute “sizzle reel” created from clips from all of their finished videos from this semester.  

2nd 9 Weeks Out-of-Class Assignments
Due Date - By Wednesday 12/19
Assignment - Film (1) FAC or Sporting Event
Students are required to help film (1) after school events. Students will coordinate with
Mr. McDowell or Coach Whitt to film either Fine Arts Center events or sporting events.

Abbreviations:

S- Script
SB - Storyboard
RC - Rough Cut
FC - Final Cut
RD - Rough Draft