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BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF TRADITIONAL VIDEO & FILM CLASS CURRICULUM

 

106 CAMERA BASICS (Course I)

This class concentrates on the video and motion picture camera and how to create pleasing and professional pictures whether shooting for video or film.  Class covers all the basics of camera operation including: Camera basics, composition, sequence shooting, screen direction, camera moves, basic lighting, and planning a shoot.

 

205 VIDEO BASICS (Course I)

This class is an overview of the entire video production process (Pre-production, Production, and Post-production) divided into four parts.  A) Takes a look at production processes and people and at how to generate ideas.  B) Deals with analog and digital image creation and control.  It explains the tools and processes necessary to create effective pictures and sound.  C) Concentrates on video recording, switching, and editing.  D) Discusses talent as well as the studio and field production environments.

 

107 EDITING BASICS (Course II)

This class concentrates on basic video editing techniques for making your home movies "watchable" and fun!  Must have your own DIGITAL video (MDV, HDD, mDVD, D8) camcorder, or access to one, and computer (preferable an Apple (Mac) since that is what all the demonstrations will be on, or access to one.

 

302 POSTPRODUCTION ADVANCED (Course II & III)

Here the students will learn the most important part of any production.  No matter how good a production is, if it is not -posted- correctly, it will not work.  Its emphasis is on the -art- of Editing, Sound, and Animation.  The students will post News, Documentary, Feature, Music Video, NewsMagazines, Commercials, PSA's etc.

 

304 VIDEO PRODUCTION ADVANCED (Course II & III)

This is a very in-depth experience in the art of pre-production.  Students will write, storyboard, budget, cast produce, light, direct, shoot, and market the programs to be posted in "302"   

 

108 HOW TO WATCH TV (Course IV)

This educational opportunity will demonstrate -how to- watch television, whether it be a drama, comedy, documentary, or news program through -new eyes- and develop a better understanding of how the media effects us and how we can more responsibly use the ever-changing media.

I.  INTRODUCTION TO FILM & VIDEO - REQUIRED CLASS

 

- Basics

The Camera ? How it works

Exposure

Color Temperature

Setting Exposure on a TV Camera

Setting Exposure on a Film Camera

                        ISO

                        Color Temperature

                        Light Meters

                        Using a Light Meter

Lenses

            Focus

                        Zoom Lenses

Depth of Field

 

- Composition

The Camera • A tool for selective Vision

Use a Tripod

Rule of Thirds

Balance

            Leading Looks

            Masses

            Colors

Angles

Frames within the frame

Leading Lines

Backgrounds

In search of a good composition

- Basic Sequence

How a basic sequence works

Shooting a basic sequence

Cutting on the action

Clean Entrance • Clean Exit

Final words on basic sequence

 

 

- Screen Direction

Screen direction and crossing the line

Using screen direction to solve shooting problems

 

- Camera Moves

Why camera moves

Making camera moves

 

- Montages

 

- Lighting

Exterior Lighting

Interior Lighting

Basic lighting set-up

 

- Doing it

Planning and shooting a sequence

Shooting scripts and storyboards

Shooting out of sequence

Communicating

Working in uncontrolled situations

CLASSES AVAILABLE & TEXT BOOKS

COURSE I

(5 week course $125) Begins TBA

INTRODUCTION TO FILM & VIDEO REQUIRED FOR ALL STUDENTS

The Bare Bones Camera Course for Film and Video                                                             $8.95


 

COURSE II

(8 week course $200) Begins TBA

INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED

1. COURSE FOR ?ON THE AIR? iNet shows

Video Basics 4 with Workbook            63.95

or

Video Basics 4 with Workbook & ?Zettl?s Video Lab Interactive CD ROM?            $96.95

 

COURSE III

(10 week course $250) Begins TBA

EXPERT AND PROFESSIONAL COURSE

2. COURSE FOR ?ON THE AIR? iNet shows

Television Production Handbook            $64.95

 

COURSE IV

(9 week course $225) Begins TBA

APPLIED MEDIA AESTHETICS - THE ART OF ?SEEING?

3. COURSE FOR ?ON THE AIR? iNet shows

Sight Sound Motion                                    $88.95

 

Class dates, specifications, and tuition subject to change without notice.  Class size is limited and based on availability, continuity, and application forms submitted.

eMail completed form to info@teenTVusa.com

II.  INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED COURSE FOR

*ON THE AIR*  iNet SHOW

 

Part 1

Production Processes and People

 

- The Production Process

THE EFFECT-TO-CAUSE PRODUCTION MODEL

Basic Idea

Desired Effect: Defined Process Message

Cause:  Medium Requirements

Script Formats

Real Effect: Actual Process Message

Evaluation

GENERATING IDEAS

Clustering

Brainstorming

- The Production Team: Who Does What When?

TEAM MEMBERS

Preproduction Team

Production Team

Postproduction Team

PASSING THE BUCK

TAKING AND SHARING RESPONSIBILITY

PRODUCTION SCHEDULE

Interview Time Line

Production Schedule: -Interview (Studio 1)

 

Part II

Image Creation and Control

 

- Digital Video

BASIC IMAGE FORMATION

Scanning Process

Digital Television Scanning Systems

PRIMARY COLORS OF VIDEO

WHAT IS DIGITAL?

The difference between analog and digital

WHY DIGITAL?

Quality

Compression and signal transport

- The Video Camera

BASIC CAMERA FUNCTION AND ELEMENTS

Function

The lens

Beam Splitter

Imaging Device

Viewfinder

TYPES OF CAMERAS

Studio Cameras

HDTV Cameras

ENG/EFP Cameras

Consumer Cameras

What?s the Difference?

- Looking Through the Viewfinder

FRAMING A SHOT

Aspect Ration

Field of View

Vectors

Composition

Psychological Closure

MANIPULATING PICTURE DEPTH

Defining the Z-axis

Lenses and Z-axis?s Length

Lenses and Depth of Field

Lenses and Z-axis Speed

CONTROLLING CAMERA AND OBJECT MOTION

Controlling Camera Movement and Zooms

Controlling Object Motion

- Operating the Camera

BASIC CAMERA MOVEMENTS

CAMERA MOUNTS AND HOW TO USE THEM

The Handheld and Shoulder-Mounted Camera

The Tripod-Supported Camera

The Studio Pedestal

Special Camera Mounts

OPERATIONAL FEATURES

White-balancing

Focusing

Zooming

GENERAL GUIDELINES

Checklist: Camcorders and ENG/EFP Cameras

Checklist:  Studio Cameras

- Light, Color, Lighting

LIGHT

Types of Light

Light Intensity

Contrast

SHADOWS

Attached shadows

Cast Shadows

Falloff

COLOR

Additive and Subtractive Color Mixing

The Color Television Receiver and Generated Colors

Color Temperature and White-Balancing

LIGHTING INSTRUMENTS

Spotlights

Floodlights

LIGHTING TECHNIQUES

Operation of Lights

Checklist:  Lighting Safety

Studio Lighting

Field Lighting

Guidelines:  field Lighting

Measuring Illumination

- Audio and Sound Control

SOUND PICKUP PRINCIPLE

MICROPHONES

How Well They Can Hear

Sound Pickup

How They Are Made

How They Are Used

SOUND CONTROL

The Audio Mixer

The Audio Console

Cables and Patch Panel

SOUND RECORDING

Analog Recording Equipment

Digital Recording Equipment

SYNTHESIZED SOUND

SOUND AESTHETICS

Environment

Figure-Ground

Perspective

Continuity

Energy

- Video Effects

STANDARD ELECTRONIC VIDEO EFFECTS

Superimposition

Key

Wipe

DIGITAL EFFECTS

Digital Image Manipulation Equipment

Common Digital Video Effects

Synthetic Image Creation

Animation

 

PART III

Video Recording, Switching, and Editing

 

- Video Recording

VIDEOTAPE-RECORDING SYSTEMS

Tape-and Disk-Based Recording Systems

Basic Videotape Tracks

Composite, Y/C Component, and RGB Component systems

Types of Videotape Recorders

Time Base Corrector

Tape Formats

VIDEOTAPE-RECORDING PROCESS

The ?Before? checklist

The ?During? checklist

The ?After? Checklist

NONLINEAR STORAGE SYSTEMS

Computer Disks

Electronic Still Store Systems

Read/Write Optical Discs

CD-ROMs and DVDs

USE OF VIDEO RECORDING

Interactive Video

Multimedia

- Switching and Postproduction Editing

SWITCHING, OR INSTANTANEOUS EDITING

Basic Switcher Layout

Multifunction Switchers

Switcher Operation

POSTPRODUCTION EDITING

Linear Editing Systems

Nonlinear Editing Systems

Editing Preparations

Production tips to make postproduction easier

Off-line and On-line Editing

- Editing Principles

EDITING PURPOSE

EDITING FUNCTIONS

Combine

Condense

Correct

Build

AESTHETIC PRINCIPLES OF CONTINUITY EDITING

Mental Map

Vectors

On-and Off-screen Positions

AESTHETIC PRINCIPLES OF COMPLEXITY EDITING

Intensifying the Event

Supplying Meaning

 

Part IV

Talent and the Production Environment

 

- Talent, Clothing, and Makeup

PERFORMING TECHNIQUES

Performer and Camera

Audio and Lighting

Timing and Prompting

ACTING TECHNIQUES

Environment and audience

Small Screen and close-ups

Repeating Action

AUDITIONS

CLOTHING

Texture and Detail

Color

MAKEUP

Technical Requirements

Close-ups

Materials

 

- Production Environment: The Studio

THE VIDEO PRODUCTION STUDIO

Physical Layout

Major Installations

THE STUDIO CONTROL ROOM

Image Control
Sound Control

MASTER CONTROL

STUDIO SUPPORT AREAS

Scenery and Property Storage

Makeup

SCENERY, PROPERTIES, AND SET DRESSINGS

Scenery

Properties

Set Dressings

SET DESIGN

Process Message

Floor Plan

Prop List

Using the Floor Plan for Setup

Evaluating the Floor Plan

- Field Production and Synthetic Environments

ELECTRONIC NEWS GATHERING

News Gathering

Transmission

ELECTRONIC FIELD PRODUCTION

EFP Preproduction: Remote Survey

Production

Checklist: Field Production Equipment

Postproduction:  Wrap-up

BIG REMOTES

SYNTHETIC ENVIRONMENTS

Computer-Generated Settings

Virtual Reality

Interactive video