As preparation for working world, please consider inviolable assignment deadlines published in the course calendar.  The class attendance expectation is the same as for any job.


This course in professional film, video and computer art production emphasizes double-system shooting, traditional and computer-based editing, computer-based sound mixing, special effects, title work, computer imaging, and electronic cinematography. Students produce major projects with film, video, and computer. Prerequisite: ART367.


Through the project-based work of this course, the student will articulate principles governing and practice skills related to:

  • Pre-Production
    • fundraising, budgeting, scheduling
    • screenwriting, analysis, interpretation
    • storyboarding
    • auditioning and casting
    • production design and location scouting
  • Production
    • casting, directing actors for screen performances
    • lighting and cinematography
    • recording dialogue on-location
  • Post-Production
    • cinema grammar, continuity editing
    • motion graphics for integrated credit sequences
    • original scoring, sound effects, atmospheres/ambience
    • color grading
  • Distribution
    • storage and exporting
    • planning and managing festival entry and competition
    • press kits and other promotional materials
    • workplace readiness
  • the safety, protocols, and etiquette supporting creative collaboration in the studio and on-location.
  • directing and responding to the direction of others.

Instruction will offer cultural and historical context for course assignments through lectures, presentations, and group discussions.


Coursework will be weighted as indicated:

Assignments 70%
Final Exam10%

Assignment grades will be based on the following scale:

77-79C+< 60F


The majority of Video Production coursework will take the form of practical performance and projects.   If you are not present in class when your name is called to undertake a task, your work will be considered late.  If your work is submitted incomplete or otherwise outside the assignment’s specified format parameters, it will be returned to you for correction.  Upon resubmission, it will be considered late work.

Late work can earn no more than a maximum of 60 points. Work is considered late if it is submitted (or, in the case of e-mail, time-stamped) after lecture begins on the due date. If, because of extreme and prolonged sickness, you miss a deadline and are able to substantiate a claim of incapacitation with a note from a reputable doctor or College Health Services, the grades of your remaining assignments will be given greater weight to compensate. Otherwise, you will receive a zero for the assignment. Examinations must be taken when scheduled.


Syllabus deadlines are the date and time an assignment is due in its final version. The nature of filmmaking is such, however, that you should plan on soliciting your professor’s feedback on at least two intermediate versions of each project. While this is not a requirement, you ignore the Academy’s proven “draft-and-revise” rhythm at significant peril to your grade.

Responding to students’ desire for the most immediate feedback on their project work, grades and comments are typically reported online, usually within seven days of submission. It is therefore the responsibility of students to regularly consult D2L for the most current report of their grades.


Quizzes may be given without warning to encourage attendance and affirm content competency throughout the term.

Participation will be evaluated throughout the semester by professor and peers based on student contribution to class community. Assigning the grade, I am chiefly concerned with the following questions:

  1. To what degree and in what ways does the student demonstrate respect for his/her audience and co-laborers?
  2. To what degree and in what ways does the student model dependability and responsibility?
  3. In what ways has the student participated in work load, idea generation, and leadership — apart from the work necessary to complete his/her individual assignments?
  4. To what degree are the student’s criticism and suggestions for improvement valued by his/her peers?


Substantiating paperwork (storyboards, lighting plots, scripts, talent releases) tends to be rewarded with higher grades if presented professionally (i.e., typed in easily-navigable folders or binders).  Written work submitted by e-mail should be formatted as .pdf files.


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Where’s Brian when we need him?  Is it really okay to call him at home in the middle of the night?

The classroom setting is such that not all needs can be met within it.  I encourage you, therefore, to visit my office often.  It is my pleasure to discuss grades, attendance, notes, lectures, or anything else which will make you a better student.   Your grades can only benefit from regular communication with your professors.  I will gladly work with you to arrange meeting times convenient to us both. Feel free to contact me:

  • by e-mail at [good].
  • by phone or voicemail at 616.498.4336 (49.VIDEO) [better].  A phone call is generally preferable to text messages.
  • in person [best].  My office is Doucette G3-M, but I will often be found wandering the ground and first floors of the building.

I will respond to most messages within 12 hours.


Can I leave early to get to my next class across campus?  What happens when I miss a class?

If you write a good essay or fail a math exam, you do so as an individual.  But the success of a video production is often a collaborative endeavor that begins with attendance.  You jeopardize any group project for which you show up late (or not at all).  Reflecting the emphasis Cinema professors place on collaboration, strict attendance is required.

Students are expected to attend each and every class meeting in its entirety, and will be penalized for late arrivals and early departures.  Class absences are excused for medical reasons, university activities approved by the appropriate vice president or designee, and/or for personal exigencies. University activities appropriate to be considered as an excused absence include but are not limited to: scheduled athletic events, cultural events, academic competitions, etc., in which the student is a participant. Other appropriate situations include: military duties, auto accidents, death in immediate family, medical emergencies. Verification of such absences may be required by the instructor, and the student is responsible for make-up work as required by the instructor.

I’ve got tickets to leave early for spring break.  Can I reschedule work to accommodate my travel plans?

Classes will not be held on holidays officially recognized by the college. All other days of the term are fair game for lectures, quizzes and assignments. Those students who plan to leave early for or return late from holiday breaks may not reschedule exams or other work.

Can I take class notes on my iPad?  Can I film a lecture?  What are the professor’s expectations for electronic etiquette?

You’re encouraged to use smart phones, tablets, and laptops in disciplined ways which accomplish the work of the course.  It’s considered rude, however, to engage in private communiqués (facebook, twitter, IMs, texts) during class.

The classroom is a protected space where together students and faculty rehearse ideas that are often not yet ready to be shared with the wider world.  Effective teachers adapt course content for a narrow audience of students, tailoring discussions on the fly to circumstances of the moment.  Exchanges are necessarily fraught with controversy, challenge, and misunderstanding.  Please safeguard the learning enterprise from surreptitious audio and video surveillance.  Do not film, record, or share, audio or video images of anyone without a signed personal release.

Oops.  My phone started ringing in class.  Probably Mom calling…

The professor reserves the right to answer any cell phone call received by a student during class time.  From a practical standpoint, you’d hate to ruin an otherwise fabulous take on location with a Kanye West ringtone.


I’m dissatisfied with an assignment grade.  Any chance I can have it changed?

Because there are sometimes no “right” and “wrong” answers in this field of study, I am open to a certain amount of discussion with regard to the grade awarded any given assignment. Appeals should be made in a timely fashion, within two class periods of grade notification/posting.  Appeals should be made face to face (not by phone, in writing or by e-mail) and offered with rhetorical and presentational clarity.

Appeals are more likely to be successful if students have solicited the professor’s input on at least two intermediate versions of the project (see “Feedback & Revision,” above).


I downloaded a great new song on iTunes.  Can I use it in the soundtrack of my class film project?

It is expected that all work submitted through this course is the student’s original work, generated for the express purpose of completing the requirements of this course. Students are to be aware that academic dishonesty is not tolerated in this course and should be familiar with the following definitions:
  • Cheating. Behaviors including, but not limited to, use of unauthorized notes or reference materials during examinations; copying answers from another student’s paper during an examination; the unauthorized possession of academic materials, including exams; the unauthorized exchange of course assessment materials, including exams; the unauthorized exchange of information or collaboration regarding tests, or other course assignments; aiding another to engage in cheating; and/or all other acts of academic dishonesty that any member of this academic community would reasonably understand to be a breach of this academic integrity statement will be considered cheating and an act of academic dishonesty.
  • Plagiarism. Plagiarism may be defined as the act of taking the ideas and/or expression of ideas of another person and representing them as one’s own. This includes, but is not limited to, using ideas or passages from a work without properly attributing the source, paraphrasing the work of another without giving proper credit, and/or the sale, purchase, or exchange of papers or research. It is the student’s responsibility to know what plagiarism is and to properly cite the work of others. If a student is in doubt, it is their responsibility to resolve any ambiguity prior to submitting the work. Plagiarism is nothing less than an act of theft, and, as such, is subject to University disciplinary action.
  • Copyright.  While plagiarism involves appropriating someone’s ideas without credit, copyright infringement is taking or altering someone’s original created work without paying.  Copyright enforcement is subject to a number of variables including the lifespan of the creator and his/her heirs as well as corporate ownership of works made for hire.  Fair warning:  burgeoning filmmakers often wrongly believe they must pay other creators for work used only if their film turns a profit.  Not true.

The standards of integrity and the penalties of dishonesty apply equally to

  • ideas, words, and speech
  • visual images, recordings, performances, and files
  • audio recordings, performances, and files
  • all electrochemical means of storage and communication
  • use of computing facilities and resources in violation of copyright laws

I will vigorously pursue prosecution of academic dishonesty to the very limit of sanctions allowed by the college, up to and including failure of the course and expulsion from the college.  I will just as vigorously work with students to prevent even unintended lapses of integrity.

While student media producers retain copyright ownership of their respective work, enrollment in this course constitutes your permission to let the college, the department, the professor, their representatives, and successors, exhibit and distribute for promotional purposes those media projects submitted in fulfillment of course assignments.  Without any effect on your grade you may withhold or limit such permission by indicating your wish to do so in a note to your professor signed, witnessed, and dated, before the course’s drop date.


How can I arrange to work after-hours in campus buildings?

If you need access to Doucette Hall after it has been locked for the night, call the Edinboro Campus Police at (814) 732-2921 (the non-emergency number).

I really like using the editing software on my laptop. Can I edit class projects in my dorm?

To maximize opportunities for collaborative learning, the college offers Cinema production instruction in a pedagogically-informed, server-based post-production environment. When student teams edit video and audio projects from shared files to common workflow standards, they are learning organizational and interpersonal skills that will benefit them in the workplace and in other relational settings. While we understand and support students’ preference for many different hard- and software combinations, project work for Cinema classes should be done on facilities and equipment in the Doucette Hall.

How might a disability affect my performance in this course?

The college offers services to meet the accommodation needs of students with many types of disabilities. The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) provides services to students based upon documentation of a disability and a request for accommodations based on this disability. Please refer to Policy A008 (Reasonable Accommodations for Students with Disabilities) which may be found at this link.


How do I arrange to borrow equipment for this weekend’s shoot?  Can I borrow equipment to shoot my cousin’s wedding?

Cinema lab aides are available in Doucette Hall G-6 (hours posted here) to check out equipment for class projects.  It is often advantageous to alert them to your equipment needs several days in advance.

Governed by the following priorities, equipment and facilities are available to those students currently enrolled in cinema production classes:

  1. Priority shall be given to equipment loans which support class project assignments and faculty scholarship initiatives.
  2. Production equipment will support in-class instruction as well as out-of-class project work. Return deadlines will be carefully monitored.
  3. Certain equipment is designated for use by each class. Thus, cameras, lighting, and grip equipment set aside for advanced instruction may not be available to students in introductory-level courses (and vice versa). Not even cinema production lab aides should assume free access to all equipment.

Students may borrow equipment according to the following schedule.  Equipment should be returned no later than one-half hour before closing time.

Check-Out Return

Equipment due on Labor Day or Reading Day may be returned the following day without fine.  Equipment cannot be checked out over Thanksgiving, Winter, or Spring breaks.

There is one-day waiting period between equipment loans.

Students who return equipment late will be fined at a rate of $10 per day, per piece of equipment.  Loan privileges will be suspended until all fines are paid.  Fines may be paid in person during open hours at the Equipment Room by check or money order made out to Edinboro University.

Instruction, scholarship, and maintenance priorities govern occasional exceptions to the more comprehensive version of these policies found on Film Equipment Rental Data Sheets, available from cinema lab aides.