RTV 332 Weekly Outline                        

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Your indication of what to study comes from your own notes taken while doing the assigned reading and from notes you should take from what is covered in class. That also means you must pay attention to instructions in class.  For questions regarding anything you miss in class, you must meet with the professor during regular office hours. LINKS indicated in the hard copy of this document below are found in this online outline.  Immediately email the instructor if you discover a dead link.  You should not expect responses to emails outside normal work hours. Most class-related communication must occur individually between the student and the instructor during scheduled office hours.  No grade discussions via email nor around or during class.

Week 1       (1/16-19)       Production Overview – Read Chap. 1. 

Overview of Video Production. Studio training.   Syllabus overview.   Course overview. 
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TAKE NOTES IN EVERY CLASS.  PPTs with main chapter content will guide you toward much of the content of exams.  PPT files are not provided, so be sure to use notes from class and reading plus what's on the outline for test review.

ASSIGNMENT:  Major production 1 (due by 3 pm 2/9): :90 ‘prescription drug’ video for an imagined product, containing voice over, b-roll, on-camera speaker, graphics and testimonial content. Write your own script in this styleAnd this.
Script will look like this.

Week 2   (1/22-26 )             Reading:  Chapter 2

MON:  Class meets at 5:00 in ART 202.    WED:  Class meets at 4:00 in ART 111 or 202

Read Chap. 2. Understanding media content, shot composition, Production Crew.  Project 1 script due at start of Wednesday class. Multiple pages must be stapled; unstapled pages cause significant grade reduction.

WORD BANK:  associate producer, above-the-line, below-the-line, cinematographer (DP?), engineer, graphic designer, graphics operator, production assistant (PA), audio assistant, director , 1st AD, floor manager, lighting director, assistant director, audio mixer (board, console, board op), camera operator, editor, freelancers, technical director (TD), producer

PRODUCTION WORK:  You must use approved cameras and edit stations and be able to show all your work.

Overview / review of video production terms: 
Shot composition--rule of thirds, screen space, essential area, WS / MS / CU / MCU, XCU, etc.;head room, cut off lines, eye line, eye level shot, balanced / symmetrical, low angle, high angle, look space, POV, canted / dutch angle, depth of field, selective focus, rack focus, recall issues of art in composing shots  (Good composition 1, Composition 2, Composition 3
Camera movements:  pan, tilt, truck, dolly, arc, boom (pedestal), zoom, crane, dolly, platform, tracking, follow, snap zoom, swish pan, steadicam, jib, robotics, drone, follow me, Segway
Transitions:  cut, fade, dissolve (lap), wipe, DVE, 'natural transition' (invisible, defocus, swishpan, follow shot)

Week 3    (1/29-2/2)      
Reading:   Chapter 3   

Pre-production due.  Organizing the Production.  Studio / Non talking head shows. Directing.    

pre-production, stages of production, planned production method, target audience, emperical production method, objectives, shot selection, shooting out of sequence, concept, treatment, remote survey / location survey, shot sheet / shot list, storyboard

'Directing Script' (looks like this).  You may also benefit in practice by thinking through this basic content that is typical of what goes on during a multi-cam interview show.  This second item is NOT a script and NOT something you may use while directing.  We will talk about basics of this before the test--review it, plan to come do your own practice as needed. Future directing: the Directing Script will be due for your show segment.  You will then show up on your directing day, having confirmed all your video is ready, with interview scripts and note cards and your directing script.  Be ready to hand the CG operator your name keys--those will be typed on a single page of paper.

Week 4     (2/5-9)          
Reading:  Chapter 4

Production Techniques.   
TAKE NOTES IN EVERY CLASS.  PPTs with main chapter content will guide you toward much of the content of exams.  PPT files are not provided. 
WORD BANK:   continuity, ISO, clapboard, fade, cut, dissolve, wipe, switcher, pan, truck dolly, zoom, arc, intercom/PL,  objective / subjective / presentational / reportorial points of view, POV shot, live on tape / live to tape, CCU

Exam 1 Wednesday (Chaps. 1-4 AND be able to define all standard terms as listed above and in class regarding shot composition, video transitions and camera movements ).       Project 1 due by 3 pm Friday.     Cinematography

Major Production 2:  4:00 – 5:00 training video for an approved client containing voice over, b-roll, on-camera speaker, and other content as needed by the demonstration.     Behind the scenes: how to make a training video.
5 steps to making a training video.   Making training videos.   Great Learning Videos: 4 key elements

Week 5     (2/12-16)      
READING:  Chapter 5   

Writing for Video.   First TV studio shows may start.  Project 2 script due at start of Wednesday class.
Project 2 script due now.  You cannot pass the class if you cannot meet deadlines. 

WORD BANK: full script, rehearsal script, camera script, outline script, effect cue, pace / pacing, cue cards (idiot cards), scene, one column (film style) script, 2-column script, dialogue, location action.

Week 6   (2/19-23)           READING:   Chapter 12  

Directing.    TV Studio shows may begin this week.   Project 2 completed pre-production due by 2/26 start of class.

REVIEW ISSUES OF MEETING ALL DEADLINES--completed Project 2 raw materials due now.  You cannot pass the class if you cannot meet deadlines.

Chap. 12:  3-point lighting (formula lighting), key light, fill light, back light (hair light), kicker, gaffer, lighting director, fresnel, scoop, pan / broad, ellipsoidal (leko), softbox, spotlight / floodlight, scrim / diffusion material, gels, barn doors, flags, blackwrap, camera light, limbo lighting, cameo lighting, silhouette lighting, Rembrandt lighting, side lighting, broad lighting, short lighting, invisible lighting, color temperature, LED, quartz, HSF, HMI, cyc / cyclorama, specular, catch lights, light meter, incident, reflected meter, spot meter, color temperature, intensity (brightness), available light, contrast ratio, shader, two main lighting objectives, reflector / bouncing light

Week 7   (2/26-3/2)           READING:  Chapter 7

The camera.   Demonstration, Variety shows, other studio productions.  Project 2 production due by next Thursday.

WORD BANK:   CMOS, CCD, dolly (device), f-stop, aperture, optical zoom, digital zoom, depth of field, DSLR, focal length, iris, image sensor, variable focal length, prime lens, fixed focal length, camera mounts, focal length related to angle, white balance, f-stop and depth of field, ENG, EFP, ENG/EFP viewfinder, quick release, jib, normal lens, telephoto lens, wide-angle lens

Week 8    (3/5-9)      READING:  Chapter 8

Exam 2 Monday at 3:30.  (5, 12, 7, 8 and notes).   4:15 Monday: TV newscast practice.

Wednesday at 3:30 -- Newscast in the TV studio.

WORD BANK: follow focus, long shot, action line, headroom, medium shot, close up, leading lines, tilt, pan, aspect ratio, CU, MS, LS, WS, depth of field, x-axis, y-axis, z-axis, exposure, action line, proscenium line, 180 line, crossing the line, reverse action, manual vs. autofocus, overexposure, underexposure, rule of thirds, waveform monitor, vectorsope, SD, HD

Project 2 due by Thursday. 
Studio Proficiency Exams scheduled outside class time.

MID SEMESTER / Spring Break

Week 9:      (3/19-23)        Reading:  Chap. 9 & 10

Using the camera.  Reference to masterclass.com and Ron Howard, Annie Leibovitz, Martin Scorsese and more.

Working with talent; above the line / below the line.   Producing & Directing;   TV Newscast Practice Wednesday.

Show Producing Guidelines.

Chap. 9:  diagonal movement, formal, informal, visual variety, arranged groups, distortion, framing
subject movement, frontal shot, eye line, shooting interviews, walking interviews, reaction shot, framing, three-point lighting, instructional video, subject movement, motivated pans, motivated cuts, effective shooting, contrasting tones
Chap. 10:  live program, live on tape / live to tape, talent, recorded program,
professional performers,
amateur talent, teleprompter, standup, skills of good hosts, people in scenes, best
clothing color on TV, off-camera hosts,

Week 10:     (3/26-30)     READING:  Chapter 11

Show Production in TV studio Monday:  Allie's Campus Smarts.  

Wednesday----Overview of audio and audio equipment.  Sound Design. Multitrack recording

Chap. 11:  moving coil / condenser / ribbon mics, PZM mics, frequency, amplitude, sound frequency spectrum, mono vs. stereo, surround, Dolby, directional / omnidirectional / bidirectional mics, dynamic mic, phantom power, mic +48v, lavaliere, handheld mic, shotgun mic, boom pole, close vs, distant miking, VU meter, preamp, acoustics, SFX, live surrounding, dead surrounding, (live room / dead room), echo, reverberation, dry sound, natural sound, nat sound, gain control, AGC, Foley, mixer / board / console, fader, cue, foldback, monitor

Newscast production planning; Producing & Directing 2

Week 11:           (4/2-6)    READING:  Chap.  6         Director's Vision, 'Author' of a film

Show Production in TV studio Monday--Elizabeth's show.    Test Three Review

Chap. 6 creative visualization, director's vision, focusing viewer attention, directing skills, directing multiple camera productions, shader, remote production truck, brightest area of the screen, sharpest part of the image, movement, continuity

Week 12:          (4/9-13)        READING:  Chap. 13 & 14       Graphics and Sets

TV studio show Monday:  TOTT :  DIRECTING: Seg 1, Lauryn,  Seg 2, Maria       

3 on Wednesday (Chaps. 9-11, 6 and notes) -- to be done online. Check your email.  Must complete before 5:00 pm.  Plan is to be at a computer in a quiet location at 4:00 pm Wednesday.  It will be a timed test.  There will be one discussion question included in the test--the content of that question will also be added here late Wednesday afternoon, and the response will be due by Thursday via email to the instructor.   
The test discussion question:  Take the main ideas of Chapter 6 plus the elements we have discussed about producing and directing so far this semester.  Write 500+ words (but no more than a page and a half typed) that describes the major issues, procedures and guidelines that lead to 'effective directing' of film and single and multi-camera video productions.  This is due as an email attachment to the instructor no later than Thursday. 

Chap. 13:       set design, production designer, art director, floor treatment, riser (platform), cyc, set dressing, chromakey, hand properties, props, stage props, hanging unit, modular, set components, virtual sets, permanent sets, swing set, locations, location scout, location shoot, illusion of reality, limbo, cameo, neutral background, back lot, partial settiing, HDTV, aspect ratio, open set   (this chapter again erroneously refers to aspect ratio for standard definition [SD] television)
Chap. 14:  credits, safe area / safe title area, essentially area, CG, lower third, FSS / FSG, crawl, roll, best kind of typefaces , opening graphics / credits / titles, best types of backgrounds, subtitles, animated graphics

Week 13           (4/16-20)      READING:  Chapters 15 & 16

Show Production in TV studio Monday.   TV Newscast:  Sidnee Bacy producer. 

Chap. 15:  LCD, LED, OLED, projection, receiver vs. monitor, interlaced / progressive scan, analog vs. digital, flash memory / SSD, three American digital TV picture resolution options, Ultra HD / 4 K, 4K vs 8K TV, server / video sever / hard drive server recorder

Chap. 16:  DVE, linear editing, fade, cut, wipe, dissolve, clip, bin, nonlinear editing, timeline, VO, jump cut, pop cut, continuity error, flash frame, parallel action, incoming sound / sound overlap / L-cut / J-cut, shooting ratio, time code, logging, EDL, trimming, screen direction, cut-in/insert, cutaway, cat in the window shot, pacing, cinematic time, master shot, cover shot, Master Shot Method, coverage, shooting out of sequence

Week 14           (4/23-27)        READING:  Chapter 17

Show Production in TV studio Monday:  Tubeular

Chap. 17:  IPTV, streaming, video-sharing site, network shows (pitching, greenlighting, show runner, concept, treatment, pilot, scheduling, deficit financing), syndication, DVD vs. Blu-ray (not Blu-Ray: use of capital R is incorrect), traditional broadcast, satellite TV vs. cable or IPTV, cord cutting, multicasting ATSC 3.0 impact, bonded cellular, binge watching

Clips:  Elizabeth, Allie, Sidnee ,


(Casey talks about storytelling and cinematography)

Production Design, Sound Design, Cinematography 101, 10 Minute Film School

High End Cinematography Coverage

Week 15          (4/30-5/4)          READING:  Online reading to be linked.

Show Production in TV studio Monday.    Test 4 Review.

Exam 4 Wednesday (Chapters 13-17); Final Exam--see questions-prep and sign up requirement for Monday's class.

Studio Proficiency Exams scheduled outside class time this week or next

Finals Week, 5/7-11

Comprehensive Final Exam Monday May 7th, 4:00  pm