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Beginning Video


Prerequisites:

None

Class Fee:

$10 per semester (Includes miniDV videotapes, 3-ring binder, notebook, blank DVDs, storyboards, etc.)

Recommended Courses:


Description

Beginning Video Production is a year long introductory course stressing the basic elements of professional vdeo production. Students learn proper camera operation techniques, basic video editing skills, basic screenwriting techniques including story development and screenplay format, and basic live studio operations.

Through a combination of readings, direct instruction, examples and projects students quickly move beyond amateur video production and enter the world of professionalism. No previous experience is necessary.

During the first semester students are introduced to many different types of videos and are guided through the process of producting their own videos. The basic elements of composition are demonstrated and stressed throughout the course as a tradmark of professionals.

The second semester sees the students move into the live television studio where they learn all of the positions necessary to produce a live news program. They rotate through each position and learn everything from how to operate a studio camera to how to direct a live television production.

Students with a passion for live production have the opportunity to work alongside some advanced students on some of our live sports broadcasts.

During the year students will grapple with the following questions:

  1. What makes a good story?
  2. What are my strengths and weaknesses in a team environment?
  3. How can I use video to communicate my ideas effectively?


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ADVANCED VIDEO


Prerequisites:

Beginning Video with "B" or better

Class Fee:

$10 per semester (Includes miniDV videotapes, 3-ring binder, notebook, blank DVD's, storyboards, etc.)
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Recommended Courses:


Description

Advanced Video Production is a year long 2-hour block class intended to build on the foundations from the beginning course. Students are introduced to more advanced concepts relating to camera operation, lighting techniques, screenwriting, editing and studio production.

A primary responsibilty of the advanced class is to produce the Morning Announcements for the school every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday including commercials for school events and PSA's on relevant topics. Throughout the week assigned students produce minute long stories related to happenings on campus and off that are relevant to our high school community.

Along with the Morning Announcements the class is also responsible for all programming on BGTV, our local cable channel on Comcast channel 27. Students produce live broadcasts of football and basketball games, wrestling matches, band and choir concerts as well as other programs decided upon by the class. All advanced students are required to complete a certain amount of hours each semester outside of class time on broadcast projects.

The advanced class is primarily a project-based class but will also benefit from selected readings, direct instruction and examples throughout the year to supplement their own exploration of video production.

A strong emphasis is placed on teamwork, professionalism and time management throughout the course. Students are encouraged to solve problems of both technical and interpersonal natures. They learn to help other's in their weaknesses and appreciate each other's strengths.

During the year students will grapple with the following questions:

  1. What makes a story compelling to watch?
  2. What are my strengths and weaknesses in a team environment?
  3. How can I use video to communicate other's ideas effectively?

Software/Hardware Note

All beginning and advanced students use the latest version of Apple's industry standard editing software Final Cut Pro on Macintosh computers as well as miniDV digital cameras. Advanced students will have the opportunity to shoot footage in high-definition using our newly acquired Panansonic HVX200a camera.