BRD 316 Television Production Fall 1996

Syllabus

  1. Objectives
  2. Policies
  3. Productions
  4. Instructor
  5. Required in-class productions

Schedules

Email: gjohnson@papa.uncp.edu

1. Objectives

Instructional Objectives

a. To introduce the student to the basic aspects of television production
b. To familiarize the student with general television studio equipment and more specialized field equipment
c. To introduce the student to basic television production terminology and technology
d. To familiarize the student with studio and remote or location production techniques and operations
e. To introduce the student to the artistic as well as the technological aspects of television or video production

Performance objectives

a. To enable the student to identify the major components of a television facility
b. To enable the student to operate the major components of a television facility
c. To enable the student to read and utilize technological aides to production
e. To enable the student to write, produce, and direct a television production
f. To allow the student to gain practical experience in a functioning television facility

2. Policies

Attendance

Attendance at all class meetings is required. Absences from the classroom portion of the course will result in one point being removed from your final grade.
Attendance at productions scheduled for your section is also required. Absence from a scheduled production, either your's or that of another student where you have a crew assignment, can result in a full letter reduction in you final grade.
Failure to participate in the productions scheduled outside regular class section without having obtained prior permission from the instructor earns you no credit for that assignment. Failure to receive credit will adversely impact on your final grade.
Attendance at the final exam is required!!!

Grading

Twenty-five percent of your final grade will be determined by your tests and the final exam.
Seventy-five percent of your course grade will be determined by your two productions, your participation in other class productio ns, and your participation in the on-going operation of WNCP-TV.

Text

Television Production: Disciplines & Techniques by Burrows, Wood, & Gross

3. Productions

Each student will produce two commercials or PSAs or "fillers" during class time. Your first production is to be exactly 60 seconds in length (give or take one second) and your second production is to be 90 seconds in length (give or take one second). You will be furnished with studio time and equipment, crew, actors, tape, and so forth. You must furnish the creativity, direction, and scripting. All scripts should be approved by the instructor no less than one full class session prior to production.

You will need to furnish scripts (one copy for each class member and two for the instructor), props, costumes, and setting.

You will direct your production and serve as crew/actor on other productions , as scheduled. Your production grade will be determined by your participation in all in-class work.

4. Instructor

George Johnson

Old Main, Rm. 143

Office Hours: 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri

Phone 521-6499

Email: gjohnson@papa.uncp.edu

Home Page

5. Required in-class productions

a. Each student will produce one 60-second PSA or commercial, and one 90-second PSA or commercial
60 sec. production - 59,60, or 61 sec.
90 sec. production - 89,90. or 91 sec.
Productions that do not meet time requirements receive a reduced grade.

b. Each section will provide the crews for PEMBROKE FORUM, IMPACT, FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT'S OFFICE, RCC TODAY, and ROBESON WATCH. Crew assignments will rotate and you will be graded on your participation in this portion of the project. Dates are noted ON THE PRODUCTION SCHEDULE.

On a rotating basis and as required, each section will provide crews for other programs and series. To the extent possible, these programs will be scheduled for taping during class time.

Production requirements (grading criteria)

1. Productions will be within one second either way of the stated time length. Sixty-second productions may be 59,60,or 61 seconds in length. Ninety-second productions may be 89,91,or 91 seconds in length.
2. Each production will be original. While you may refer to existing works, you may not copy them.
3. All scripts must be TYPED and in the proper format.
4. Scripts will be graded on content, format, style, and grammar.
5. ALL SCRIPTS SHOULD BE APPROVED FOR PRODUCTION IN ADVANCE BY THE INSTRUCTOR.
6. You may bring talent from outside the class for your production. This is dangerous, however, and extremely careful consideration should be given to such an action.
7. The use of graphics is strongly recommended. Video tapes, charts, and computer graphics enhance productions. You must produce your own, however, and have them camera-ready on your production day.
8. You MUST use music/sound effects. You will be responsible for converting sound to cassette or reel-to-reel for use in your production.
9. During productions:
a. scripts should be memorized
b. productions should be rehearsed
c. cue-cards should not be used
d. you will produce on your assigned date and time unless a postponement is mandated by
a 30-minute production e. you will be in the studio sufficiently early (before the schedule starting time) to be sure the studio is ready for work
f. you will have exactly one (1) hour and fifteen (15) minutes of studio time to complete your production
g. after the shot is completed you will have one minute to decide if you want to keep it or reshoot
h. you will direct from the control booth using the camera monitors and your floor crew
I. when the taping is completed for the day, the class is responsible for shutting the studio down

10. During your 60-second production you will include the following YOU ARE GRADED BASED UPON THESE ITEMS! SEE ATTACHED PRODUCTION CHECKLIST.
a. one camera movement: truck, dolly, pan, tilt, etc.
b. five or more shots
c. three or more different transition devices: cut, wipe, fade, dissolve
d. two or more speaking characters
e. one graphic and/or CG
f. music or sound effects or both
g. appropriate set, costumes, props

During your 90-second production you will include the following

a. one camera movement: truck, dolly, pan, etc.
b. one camera movement: pan, tilt, etc.
c. one change of focus
d. seven or more shots
e. three or more different transition devices
f. two or more speaking characters
g. music
h. props, costumes, set
I. two graphics or CGs
j. keyer

You may also use the chroma-keyer, the computer, or any other equipment available in the studio.

11. You are graded based on improvement. You are expected to note errors made by other students who produce before you do and not make those errors in your production
12. Only one "take" is allowed. When you get your production "on tape" you will have 60 seconds to decide to keep it or re-take it. If you elect to re-take, the prior copy will be erased.
13. Only one copy of the production tape is made. You may obtain a copy on 1/2" VHS tape by bringing a tape to the exam and requesting a copy of the class tape. This is a good way to start a video resume.

PRODUCTION CHECK LIST

Each item must be included in your production. Failure to any item will reduce your project grade.

60-SECOND PRODUCTION MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

_____ ONE CAMERA MOVEMENT: TRUCK, DOLLY, PAN, TILT
_____ FIVE OR MORE SHOTS
_____ THREE OR MORE DIFFERENT TRANSITION DEVICES: CUTS, FADES
_____ TWO SPEAKING CHARACTERS
_____ ONE GRAPHIC OR CG
_____ SOUND--MUSIC, EFFECTS, ETC.
_____ APPROPRIATE SET
_____ APPROPRIATE COSTUMES
_____ SCRIPT CONTENT
_____ SCRIPT FORMAT



				BRD 316-01
			     Class Schedule
			    Monday/Wednesday
			    2:30PM - 5:30PM

Date		Topic				Chapter

Aug 26		PF (2:30)/Intro to class
    28		TV Production			1, 2, 3
Spt  2		Holiday (Labor Day)
     4		Camera Structure & Operation	 5, 6
     9		Switching & Recording		4, 7, 8
    11		Scripting & Pictures		8, 9, 10
    16		Super's Office (2:30, 3:45)
    18		Test 1
    23		Preproduction for student productions
    25		Super's Office (2:30, 3:45)
    30		RCC Today (2:30, 3:45)
Oct  2		Impact (12:30)	
     7		Impact (2:30, 3:30)	
     9		|	1, 2				|
    14		|	3, 4				|
    16		|	5, 6				|
    21		Super's Office (2:30, 3:45)
    23		|_______7, 8____________________________|
    28		Super's Office (2:30, 3:45)
    30		RCC Today (2:30, 3:45)
Nov  4		|	2, 5				|
     6		|	1, 2				|
    11		|	3, 4				|
    13		|	6, 7				|
    18		Super's Office (2:30, 3:45)
    20		|_______8_______________________________|
    25		Super's Office (2:30, 3:45)
    27
Dec  2		Super's Office (2:30, 3:45)
     4		Super's Office (2:30, 3:45)
     9		RCC Today (2:30, 3:45)
    10		Reading day
    FINAL EXAM AS SCHEDULED

BRD 316-02 Class Schedule Tuesday/Thursday 12:30PM - 3:30PM Date Topic Chapter Aug 22 First day/Intro to class 27 TV Production 1, 2, 3 29 Camera Structure & Operation 5, 6 Spt 3 Switching & Recording 4, 7, 8 5 Impact (12:30, 2:00) 10 Scripting & Pictures 8, 9, 10 12 Preproduction for student productions 17 Robeson Watch (12:30, 2:00) 19 Test 1 24 Robeson Watch (12:30, 2:00) 26 Robeson Watch (12:30, 2:00) Oct 1 Preproduction for student productions 3 | 1, 2 | 8 | 3, 4 | 10 | 5, 6 | 15 | 7, 8 | 17 Mid-semester break 22 Robeson Watch (12:30, 2:00) 24 Robeson Watch (12:30, 2:00) 29 Robeson Watch (12:30, 2:00) 31 Pembroke Forum (12:30) Nov 5 | 1, 2 | 7 | 3, 4 | 12 Pembroke Forum (12:30) 14 | 5, 6 | 19 | 7, 8 | 21 |_______________________________________| 26 RCC Today (12:30, 2:00) 28 Holiday (Thanksgiving) Dec 3 Robeson Watch (12:30, 2:00) 5 Robeson Watch (12:30, 2:00) 10 Reading day FINAL EXAM AS SCHEDULED


		Student Production Assignments

Mon/Wed

				Productions
Student 	        1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8
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1. Hayes, Karen	   |   Dir   Tal   Tal   Cam   Cam   Aud   CG    Sw
2. Adame, Rey	   |   Sw    Dir   Tal   Tal   Cam   Cam   Aud   CG
3. Ham, Brian	   |   CG    Sw    Dir   Tal   Tal   Cam   Cam   Aud
4. Ingle, Don	   |   Aud   CG    Sw    Dir   Tal   Tal   Cam   Cam
5. Lewis, Amanda   |   Cam   Aud   CG    Sw    Dir   Tal   Tal   Cam
6. Locklear, Royce |   Cam   Cam   Aud   CG    Sw    Dir   Tal   Tal
7. McKeel, Kandle  |   Tal   Cam   Cam   Aud   CG    Sw    Dir   Tal
8. Hamann, Jessica |   Tal   Tal   Cam   Cam   Aud   CG    Sw    Dir



Tues/Thurs

				  Productions
Student 	           1    2     3     4     5     6     7     8
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1. Falcone, Bianca    |   Dir   Tal   Tal   Cam   Cam   Aud   CG    Sw
2. Bonilla, Victor    |   Sw    Dir   Tal   Tal   Cam   Cam   Aud   CG
3. Carpenter, Kristi  |   CG    Sw    Dir   Tal   Tal   Cam   Cam   Aud
4. Conner, Jonathan   |   Aud   CG    Sw    Dir   Tal   Tal   Cam   Cam
5. Eaton, Stephanie   |   Cam   Aud   CG    Sw    Dir   Tal   Tal   Cam
6. Winchester, Johnnie|   Cam   Cam   Aud   CG    Sw    Dir   Tal   Tal
7. Winston, Winifred  |   Tal   Cam   Cam   Aud   CG    Sw    Dir   Tal
8. Woolston, Amy      |   Tal   Tal   Cam   Cam   Aud   CG    Sw    Dir

Email: gjohnson@papa.uncp.edu