Media Technology II

Fall 2018 Assignment List
MTII Syllabus
MT II Rules & Procedures

1st 9 Weeks
Unit I - Better Storytelling

Week 1 - Better Pre-Production

Due Date - 8/24
Assignment 1 - Untranslatable S & SB
Description - Students will explore various aspects of improving development and pre-production, including better scriptwriting and storyboards. Students will begin create a script and storyboard for a “untranslatable” video where they take a foreign word and “translate” it through audio and visuals.

Week 2 - Advanced Visual Grammar

Due Date - 8/31
Assignment 2 - Quadrant Scene
Description - Students will study advanced compositional techniques, including scene composition using quadrants. A portion of their Untranslatable video should include a scene composed using quadrants.

Week 3 - Stylistic Choices

Due Date - 9/7
Assignment 3 -  Mood Scene
Description - Students will study ways to convey mood in their videos through composition, sound, color, and lighting.

Week 4 - Showing, not Telling

Due Date - 9/14
Assignment 4 - Untranslatable FC
Description - Students will study ways filmmakers “show, not tell” a story and will assemble and polish a finished piece that translates, visually, a foreign word with no direct English translation.

Unit 2 - Learning From Others

Week 5 - The Art of the Video Essay I

Due Date - 9/21
Assignment 5 - Movie Review
Description - Students will learn the basics of watching movies like a filmmaker, and how to write and edit a movie review.

Week 6 - Critique, Commentary, & Fair Use

Due Date - 9/28
Assignment 6 - Film/Director/Technique Analysis Video Essay
Description - Students will study what constitutes critic and commentary, and how to compose a video issue using copyrighted content in such a way as to fall under “Fair Use” copyright law protection.

Week 7 - “Less is More”

Due Date - 10/5
Assignment 7 - 60-Second Plot Synopsis S & SB
Description - Students will take the favorite movie and condense it down into a 60 second, one-take video script.  

Week 8 - Better Planning and Execution

Due Date - 10/12
Assignment 8 - 60-Second Plot Synopsis - FC
Description - Students will study tips and tricks for making the most of their principal photography timeframe.

Week 9 - Exploring & Utilizing Trends

Due Date - 10/19
Assignment 9 - Parody S/SB
Description - Students will study the difference between parody, satire, and pastiche, and then create their own parody of a movie, TV show, music video, etc. Students will also explore copyright law and how it pertains to a project such as this.  

1st 9 Weeks Out-of-Class Assignments
Due Date - By Friday 10/19
Assignment 10 - Film FAC or Sporting Event 1 
Assignment 11 - Film FAC or Sporting Event 2 
Students are required to help film (2) after school events. 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

Week 10 - Using Creativity to Solve Problems

Due Date - 10/26
Assignment 12 - Parody FC
Description - Students will finish shooting and editing the the final cut of their parody video.

Week 11 - The Art of the Music Video

Due Date - 11/2
Assignment 13 - Music Video S & SB 
Description - Students will create an original music video to accompany an audio track of their choice.  

Week 12 - Cutting to the Beat

Due Date 14 - 11/9
Assignment - Music Video FC
Description - Students will study and apply editing trends to create a polished final cut of their music video.

Week 13 - Writing Better Dialogue

Due Date - 11/16
Assignment 15 - Dialogue Scene S & SB
Description - Students will study how to write organic, realistic, and interesting dialogue scenes, and will then create a script and storyboard for a one-location dialogue scene.

Week 14 - Making the Mundane Interesting

Due Date - 11/23
Assignment 16 - Dialogue Scene FC
Description - Students will study techniques and concepts for shooting and editing a final cut of their dialogue scene.

Unit 4 - Bringing it All Together

Week 15 - Open Project - Part I

Due Date - 11/30
Assignment 17 - Open Project S/SB
Description -  Students will create a video of their choice, starting with the script and storyboard. Students should also begin working on the script for the MTIII short film.

Week 16 - Open Project - Part II

Due Date - 12/7
Assignment 18 - Open Project RC
Description - Students will submit a RC of their open project along with a preliminary draft of their short film.

Week 17 - Open Project - Part III

Due Date - 12/14
Assignment 19 - Open Project FC
Assignment 20 - Short Film Script RD
Description - Students will submit the FC of their open project and continue work on their short film script.

Week 18 - Final

Due Date - 12/21
Assignment 21 - Screenplay RD 2
Assignment 22 - Sizzle Reel (Exam)
Description - Students will submit the final cut of their open project, the rough draft of their

2nd 9 Weeks Out-of-Class Assignments
Due Date - 12/21
Assignment 22 - FAC or Sporting Event Coverage 3
Assignment 24 - FAC or Sporting Event Coverage 4
Students are required to help film (2) 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