RTV 332 Weekly Outline                        

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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 interviewshow.  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).       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.

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 scipt, dialogue, location action,

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

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

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 3/5 start of class.

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

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

(the book says the aspect ratio of SD TV is 4:3 -- that is inaccurate.  NTSC TV was 4:3 and was SD, but digital TV has SD and HD that are all 16:9.

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

Exam 2 Wednesday (5, 12, 7, 8 and notes). 
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

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

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

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

Final newscast production planning; Producing & Directing 2, Show Production in TV studio Wednesday.

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

Show Production in TV studio Wednesday.

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

Exam 3 on Monday (Chaps. 9-11, 6 and notes); TV studio show 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 Wednesday.

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 Wednesday.

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

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

Show Production in TV studio Wednesday.

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