Television Production I

CRS 110171                        Grade 9-12                                    CR ½                        Q                     1 block

In this introductory level course students will be exposed to the world of television and media production through a series of hands-on projects that, at the discretion of the instructor, may be broadcast on RTV (Metrocast Channel 25) or distributed through YouTube or other media outlets. Topics will include a brief history of broadcast television; the basic parts of the video camera and their functions; the essential rules of camera framing, screen dynamics, and camera movement; and the concepts involved in basic non-linear editing and digital delivery. This class may require some after school and evening participation for certain projects.


1)   COMMUNICATION - Students will understand the persuasive and communicative nature of broadcast media and how it has been, and is still today used to influence actions and decisions. (30%)

2)   PROCESS - Students will understand that if a story is to be both effective and influential it must pass through three phases of production, each requiring its own specific layers of organizational skill.  (35%)

3)   TECHNIQUE - Students will understand that using broadcast media to tell or document a story requires an in-depth knowledge of both technical elements and creative techniques.  (35%)


Performance Indicators:

C-1) Demonstrate knowledge of landmarks and personalities in the history of television and film production that helped         to define the medium
Develop an understanding of the influential and even manipulative  nature of product advertising, political                        advertising, public service announcements, talk shows, reality television, etc.
Demonstrate a command of the basic “grammar” of television and film production as it pertains to communicating         psychological messages to the viewer

Demonstrate knowledge of, and willingness to abide by, the basic laws governing media production and                        distribution
Develop and demonstrate the ability to execute the preproduction concepts of research, storyboarding, scripting,            interview preparation, location scouting, obtaining permissions, etc.
Demonstrate knowledge of the hierarchy of technical positions required during different types of broadcast                    productions as well as the responsibilities of each
Develop and demonstrate the ability to execute the post-production concepts of logging, script adjustment,                    acquisition of royalty-free media, development of graphic information, etc.

Demonstrate knowledge of the elements and functionality of the video cameras, lighting kit, editing software,                    microphones, etc. as well as proper care for each
Demonstrate the ability to apply the rules of composition, camera movement, screen dynamics, and transition                throughout all phases of the production
Demonstrate an understanding of proper on-camera etiquette for various styles of television productions
Demonstrate knowledge of the concepts involved in basic editing and digital delivery as well as the ability to apply         them