Video Productions Syllabus



Fall Semester - 2014




SCOPE:                Video productions class is designed to teach you the use of video equipment,

and to produce video programs in several formats.  Incorporated within the class is use of camera equipment, lighting, graphics, sound, lenses and visualization,

                                recording, editing and other production system components.  Script writing and

                                public speaking is a vital component to the class.  Also included is the production

                                of news broadcast, special projects and a video yearbook.


OBJECTIVES:  Upon completion of the class the student will be able to:


                        1.         Operate all facets of a video camera including the use of microphones

                                    and tripods

                        2.         Develop skills using Final Cut Pro including special effects, dissolving,

                                    and sound dubbing

                        3.         Develop and improve writing skills including news reporting, scripting,

                                    and technical descriptions.

                        4.         Develop limited theatrical skills as required.

                        5.         Plan, design, and create several projects requiring the knowledge and

                                    skills of video productions.


REQUIREMENTS:         These are the things you must bring to class everyday:


                        1.         Paper

                        2.         Pencil

                        3.         Pen

                        4.                   A positive attitude & Adhere to the 3 R’s

                        5    .                    

Respect for Self

                        Respect for Others

Responsibility for all you actions!


EXPECTATIONS:          To assure a positive and meaningful learning environment the following

                                    will be expected and enforced:


                                1.             Be on time - this class will be taught and conducted much like a small

                                                production company.  Therefore, lateness will not be tolerated.  You are

                                                required to be in the room when the final bell rings or if the door is

                                                still open.

                                2.             Students will ask first to use equipment. 

3.              Students are to respect school property and equipment.  We are dealing very expensive equipment throughout the district.  Therefore, it is imperative      that everyone takes the greatest care        and caution when handling equipment, and conducting class projects around the district.     

4.         Students will be expected to work in teams using team concepts. 

this will be explained in detail later.

                        8.         Students must use classroom pass and also receive instructors permission

                                    before leaving class. 

                        9.         Students are to clean up after themselves.  A general rule of success: 

                                    Leave areas cleaner than you found them.

                        10.        Above all, act like adults and respect your own space and those of your


                        11.        No use of cell phones and/or I-Pods during class -


GRADES:         Grades based on points under the following criteria:








ASSIGNMENTS:           More than likely you will have some type of assignment or quiz to turn in

                                    daily.  If you are absent you have 1 day for every day of absences to make

                                    up.  You are responsible to get notes from your neighbor and all

                                    assignments, handouts, notes and quizzes.


OUTSIDE SHOOTS:      There are times you will need to make a shoot outside of the classroom.

                                    This may be on the campus, at the grade school or middle school.  When

                                    preparing a shoot in a classroom it is important that you check with the

                                    teacher in advance before you make a shoot.  Whenever out of the class-

                                    room you are to present yourself as professionals and should not interfere

                                    in any way with the normal operations of the school or any class.


EDITING SUITE:           The editing computers are the most expensive piece of equipment utilized In the lab.  The editing computer allows the user to cut, use special effects, dissolves and sound dubbing to your video production.


CAMERAS:                   There are three types of cameras used in the class.  You will learn to use

                                    all of them along with the use of microphones and tripods.


VIDEO TAPES:             Each one of you will be given a video  tape for you own private use, assign-

                                    ments and special projects.  It is important that you catalog your tapes

                                    so that it will be easy to access the video clip you want.  When cataloging

                                    tapes, always use pencil to mark with in the event you erase some of its



WRITING:                     This class will require more writing then you would think:  Writing will

                                    include news reporting, scripting for how to video, story boards,

                                    commercials, and creative script writing.  You will also be required to

                                    write technically in how to use equipment.


THEATRICAL:               Not only will you learn to work behind the camera, you will learn skills

                                    in front of a camera.  This can be a rather nerve breaking experience,

                                    however we are in the same boat and over time, it will become more

                                    natural to you.  The important thing is that we are here to encourage

                                    one another and promote each ones improvement.  Put downs and

                                    negativism will not be tolerate.


ADDITIONAL NOTES:   We as a class will be asked from time to time to produce a video

                                                for school use.  These projects will become part of your

                                                assignment and grade when needed.  There may be projects that

                                                you may not be interested in doing, however, you will continue to

                                                develop skills in these projects about yourself and the art of this

                                                class.  This class will also maintain and create for Digital Sports.






Week 1 & 2                           Camcorder and Video Basics

·         Shooting Preliminaries

·         Camera Operations

·         Videotape Standards

·         Vocabulary  1-10

·         writing an article for Digital Sports


Week 3 & 4                           Basic Video-making

·         Directing the Shoot

·         How to Edit

·         Storyboard and Writing a Script

·         Vocabulary  11 - 20

·         Creating a Video Segment for Digital Sports


Week 4 & 5                           Photography and Lighting

·         Video Photography

·         Video Lighting

·         Family Videos

·         Vocabulary 21 - 30


Week 6 & 7                           Audio Techniques

·         About Sound

·         Microphones

·         Creating a Soundtrack

·         Post- Production Audio

·         Travel Videos

·         Vocabulary 31 - 40


Week 7  - 9                            More Editing Techniques

·         Instructional Video

·         More on Editing

·         Advanced Editing

·         Advanced Equipment

·         Desktop Editing

·         Multimedia

·         Vocabulary 41 - 50 - (Midterm Testing)


Week 10 - 13                                    News and Documentary

·         News Event & PSA

·         The Documentary – Pre & Post Production

·         Vocabulary 51 - 60


Week 13 - 15                                    Shooting an Event

·         Shooting an Event

·         Shoot a Wedding

·         Comedy Video

·         Vocabulary 61 - 70


Week 15 – 18                       Final Projects - Tests