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Sites taught: El Diamante

Visalia Unified School District

Course Outline

Course Title: Television Production

Grade Level: 11-12

Elective/Required: Elective

Length/Credits: Year / 10 credits

Prerequisites: Intro to Video and/or Instructor approval

Course Number & CBEDS Codes:

Replaces: N/A

I.         Course Description:

This is a year-long course covering the language of television.  Concepts of Broadcast, Cable, and Satellite will be covered, in addition to commercials and promotions.  This is an inter-active, project based course culminating with the production of a weekly television program highlighting the events and stories from El Diamante campus and beyond.    Students will learn to write scripts, work in groups, time management skills while learning the job skills necessary to enter the television work place.

II.        Instructional Materials

  1. Software:         
  1. Final Cut Pro, and other video editing software
  2. Microsoft Word
  3. Soundtrack Pro and Motion2

B.        Hardware:         

  1. DV Cameras
  2. Tripods
  3. Apple G5

C.        Required Text:  

a.        Video Basics 4 by Herbert Zettl (ISBN: 0-05-3461245-8)

E.        Supplementary Texts:

        a.        Teacher developed handouts

        b.        Hitchcock by Francois Truffaut (ISBN: 0-671-52601-4)

        c.        Making Movies by Sidney Lumet (ISBN: 0-679-43709-6)

  1. Course Outline
  1. Exploring History of Television
  1. Television Pioneers
  2. Impact on Society
  1. Understanding the Language of Television
  1. Shot Framing
  2. Basic Camera Movements
  3. Basic Editing Concepts
  4. Genre
  1. Media Awareness
  1. Determining Audience
  2. Media Literacy
  3. How media influences culture and vice-versa.
  1. Analyzing the Staples of Current Television
  1. Reality programming
  2. Drama v. Comedy
  3. The fusion of genres – Lost, The Office
  4. Recognizing trends
  1. Understanding the Stages of Production
  1. Pre-production
  2. Production
  3. Post-production
  4. Peer Evaluation        
  1. The Interview
  1. Research
  2. Scheduling
  3. Shooting
  4. Editing
  5. Developing a Script
  1. The Business of Television
  1. Broadcast v. Cable v. Satellite
  2. Network v. Affiliate
  3. Market, Reach, and Ratings
  4. Nielson Sweeps
  5. Your Target Audience
  6. Tivo and V.O.D.
  7. Predicting the Future of Television
  1. Copyright
  1. Intellectual Property
  2. Fair Use
  3. Royalty Free
  4. Famous Cases

IV.         Expectations for Student Learning

        Students will:

        A.        Create a weekly television show that will promote school pride, highlight                         school activities, and encourage student involvement.

B.         Acquire knowledge of historical television and the people who shaped it.                         Use the information to evaluate, critique, and compare their own works to                         those of current and historical filmmakers.

C.        Organize and implement video projects that have educational and/or                         instructional value in their core classes and on campus.

D.        Acquire vocabulary and key concepts in order to express ideas                                 with video.

E.        Enhance problem solving and planning skills by researching and                                 organizing subject matter during the         preproduction process.  Demonstrate                         their knowledge of subject matter by creating outlines, script drafts and                         edits and develop storyboards.

F.        Follow schedules and production plans and enhance team building and                         collaborative skills in order to acquire needed video and other media

G.        Organize video and media acquired in production and construct a video in                         the post production stage that adheres to the original concept        

H.         Understand and apply responsible and ethical uses of technology

I.        Assess the current trends in the industry and determine what skills are                         necessary in the marketplace.

J.        Acquire the skills that the industry is looking for in potential new hires.

K.        Meet the following Tech Standards:

                1. Practice care and responsible use with all equipment.

                1.1 Apply strategies for identifying and solving routine hardware/software                         problems.

                1.3 Organize work into a meaningful folder structure.

                1.5 Appropriately apply a variety of electronic tools to accomplish a given                 task.

                2.2 Use a presentation application to communicate an idea before a live                         audience.

                3.3 Apply a mapping or outlining application during the writing process.

                3.4 Collaborate with classmates to explore abstract concepts using a                         simulation.

                4.1 Evaluate the accuracy, relevance, appropriateness, and bias of                                 electronic information sources.

                4.2 Use online tools to collaborate with peers, experts, and others to a                         compile, synthesize, and produce a definitive reference on a chosen                         subject.

                5. Discuss copyright, email etiquette, Web site viewing, and privacy issues                 related to responsible use of technology and describe personal                                 consequences of inappropriate use.

        L.        Meet the following Information Technology standards:

                B1.0 Students understand the effective use of tools for media production,                         development, and project management.

                B2.0 Students understand the effective use of communication software to                         access and transmit information.

                B3.0 Students understand the use of different types of peripherals and                         hardware appropriate to media and technology.

                B4.0 Students apply technical and interpersonal skills and knowledge to                         support the user.

        M.        Meet the following English Standards:

                1.1 Understand words and their derivations

                1.2 Understanding denotative and connotative meanings of                                         words

                2.4 Synthesize content, paraphrase and connect ideas

                2.5 Extend ideas

                2.6 Follow technical directions

        N.        Meet the following Mathematics Standards:

                10.0 Add, subtract, multiply, and divide to solve multi-step                                         problems using these techniques.

                13.0 Add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational                                                 expressions/functions solving both computationally and                                         conceptually challenging problems.

  1. Instructional Methods        
  1. Lecture
  2. Demonstration
  3. Evaluation of published works
  4. Guided and Independent Practice
  5. Cooperative Learning
  6. Discussion

  1. Assessment and Evaluations
  1. Individual Assignments
  2. Discussions
  3. Homework
  4. Tests and Quizzes
  5. Group Projects
  6. Final Portfolio

  1. Grading Policy

All final grades will follow Visalia Unified School District Board Policy, including adhering to the approved grading scale below.

        A        90%-100%

        B        80%-89%

        C        70%-79%

        D        60%-69%

        F         0%-59%