Media Communications

Weekly Shows Guidelines

The Weekly Show is the primary activity done in this class, and as such, is plays a major role determining each student’s grade.  The purpose of this show is to enlighten and entertain all Moline High School personnel; therefore, it is important that each groups attempt to make each show appealing in a general sense.  The show should be 8 to 10 minutes.

THE WEEKLY SHOWS SHOULD BE BASED ON THE FOLLOWING PARAMETERS:

WEEKLY SHOW RESPONSIBILITIES

PRODUCERS

The producer has overall responsibility for the entire production; this person has final decision-making authority.

Effective delegation of authority

Fair and equitable distribution of assignments.

Clearly identifies expectations to other students.

Has final say for appropriate site location for all segments.

Has final say for all camera angles during show.

Ensures proper sound and lighting for each segment.

Obtain approval of all segments prior to filming.

Responsible for turning in the following written work to the instructor:

Outline of complete show

This is to be typed in and should be turned in before any actual filing begins.  Remember, all segments need instructor approval.

Identify segments that will be shown with brief explanation.

Include approximate time for each.

Personnel Assignment List 

A list of who is doing what in the show.  

Grades are based on what these lists identify as individual responsibilities.

Production Form Sheet

Also known as Real Time Sheets

These sheets must be completed prior to any editing.

Journal/Notes –

Records problems, especially relating to a lack of cooperation or failure of personnel to complete assignments.

Should be turned in after the completion of the project.

SCRIPTWRITERS

Produce a well-written, typed script (using appropriate language) by the date assigned.

Provide as many copies as requested by the producer; one copy must be turned in to the instructor by the producer.  

CAMERA PERSONNEL

Check to make sure all cameras needed are in good working condition and if additional cameras are needed get them checked out.

Procure all essential equipment, including tapes, microphone(s), tripod(s), clacker (if needed) power source, lights (if needed), extension cords, and duct tape (to secure cords for safety purposes)

Actual taping is steady and focused throughout.

ANCHORS

Dress appropriately for the occasion.  In order to earn an ‘A’, all on camera personnel are to be dressed in semi-formal attire.

Become totally familiar with the script; need to practice enough so that the script is not seen during final filming (the more direct eye contact the anchor has with the camera the better the grade).

INTERVIEWERS

Dress appropriately for the interview. In order to earn an ‘A’, all on camera personnel are to be dressed in semi-formal attire.

Research the person you are interviewing.

Make appointment for the interview.

Write all interview questions and anticipate possible follow up questions.

Supply producer and interviewee with the questions prior to filming.

Make sure question are not yes or no questions.

WEEKLY SHOW FORMAT

NOTE:  THIS IS THIS THE FORMAT WHICH WILL BE USED UNLESS PRIOR PERMISSION HAS BEEN OBTAINED TO ALTER THE SHOW.

Introduction

25-30 seconds in length

Video Portion – collage, may relate to the show

Do not use to highlight members of the group.

Maybe identical for each show

Use your imagination – this is where you need to grab the viewer’s attention.

Welcome

40-60 seconds in length

Anchors preview show

Locations may vary.  Good lighting – aesthetically pleasing

Introduces student spotlight or alternative first segment

Student Spotlight

2:15-2:30 minutes in length

May concern hobbies, activities either in or out of school.

Vary selections so that the entire student body is represented; focus on those who do not normally receive attention.

May do two of these

Narrate back to anchor or introduce next segment

School Happenings

2:15-2:30 minutes in length

Suggestions – dances, organizations, sports, classroom activities, drama, boosters.

Open Segment(s)

2:45-3:30 minutes in length

Suggestions – commercials, parodies, editorial comments.

Closure

25-30 seconds in length

Anchors wrap up show

Credits will be shown – emphasis on originality