|T Aug 18||Discuss & Demo: Orientation to Video Conferencing; Required Equipment; Class Aspirations|
|R Aug 20||Discuss & Demo: Formal Analysis of the Moving Image|
|T Aug 25||Discuss & Demo: Human Vision, the Camera, and Exposure; Measuring & Monitoring
Assignment: (0300p) Essay (1000 words max). Formal Analysis of Drag Me To Hell (2009). Submit to D2L as .pdf.
Assignment: (0300p) Study of Photographic Variables + footage log (saved to OneDrive and shared with email@example.com)
• interior still life photos (6 different ISOs, 6 different f-stops, 6 different white balance temperatures);
• exterior (day) still life photos (6 different ISOs, 6 different f-stops, 6 different white balance temperatures);
• exterior (night) photos (6 different ISOs, 6 different f-stops, 6 different white balance temperatures).
|R Aug 27||Discuss & Demo:
Assignment: (0300p) Study of Photographic Variables (Redux) + footage log. Save no fewer than 36 photos (as specified below) and footage logs to OneDrive in a folder named "0827 Photos - bfuller" (please substitute your own first initial and last name). Share your work with the professor and all members of the class.
• 6 interior still life photos : consistent custom white balance, consistent shutter speed of 1/50th - 1/60th sec, consistent f-stop, 6 different ISOs
• 6 interior still life photos : consistent custom white balance, consistent shutter speed of 1/50th - 1/60th sec, consistent ISO, 6 different f-stops
• 6 exterior (day) still life photos: consistent custom white balance, consistent shutter speed of 1/50th - 1/60th sec, consistent f-stop, 6 different ISOs
• 6 exterior (day) still life photos: consistent custom white balance, consistent shutter speed of 1/50th - 1/60th sec, consistent ISO, 6 different f-stops
• 6 exterior (night) still life photos: consistent custom white balance, consistent shutter speed of 1/50th - 1/60th sec, consistent f-stop, 6 different ISOs
• 6 exterior (night) still life photos: consistent custom white balance, consistent shutter speed of 1/50th - 1/60th sec, consistent ISO, 6 different f-stops
|T Sep 01||Discuss & Demo: Volts, Amps, & Watts; Instruments & Controls
Assignment: (0300p) Use Storyboarder to plan the shots for a scene based on the provided script. Export storyboards as .pdfs and submit to D2L.
Assignment: (0300p) Use Storyboarder to light the scene you've planned based on the provided script.
Project: (0300p) Use the trial version of set.a.light 3D to light the same scene. Export lighting plots as .pdfs and submit to D2L.
|R Sep 03||Two months until ELECTION DAY. Are you registered?|
|R Sep 03||Discuss & Demo: Metering
Project: (0300p) Photo Variables (Timeline). A properly formatted Adobe Premiere project and sequence in which you present photos taken for the 0827 assignment, each labeled with a lower-third graphic which specifies f-stop and ISO.
|T Sep 08||Discuss & Demo: Challenges & Low-Budget Improvisation
Group Assignment: Storyboard. Analyze the script provided for your upcoming film. Each script is a conversation via phone or video conference. To broaden your mastery of lighting, half of that conversation should be shot outside; the other half, inside. Start from the moment of greatest emotional intensity and work outward to plan action, shots, and camera moves. Export bird's eye ground plans from Storyboarder's Shot Generator to Photoshop; brainstorm, plan, and improvise lighting set-ups. Each group will submit the storyboard and preliminary lighting plots as a single .pdf binder via D2L.
|R Sep 10||Discuss & Demo: Storyboard Critique. Does your film's action, composition, and mise-en-scène, suggest motive and theme? Does the camera's angle and apparent distance signal changes in the scene's emotional intensity?|
|T Sep 15||Group Project: Storyboard (2nd draft). Incorporate recent class discussions to improve the storyboards for your forthcoming shoot. Each group will submit the revised storyboard as a single .pdf binder via D2L.|
|R Sep 17||Discuss & Demo: Further storyboard revision as necessary.
Discuss & Demo: Intro to the Zoom recorder.
|T Sep 22||Assignment: Workflow Testing. As a way of becoming proficient with the Zoom H1n, make a dual-system recording of yourself delivering at least 15 seconds of dialogue from your assigned script. No less than a 10:1 shooting ratio is expected. Upload a footage log to D2L as a .pdf. Import video and audio into a Premiere timeline to present in class.
Assignment: Table Read. Call the other members of your production team. Record a phone call or video conference in which you deliver the lines of the script. Export the audio file for later use.
|R Sep 24|
T Sep 29
|Workshop: Location Shooting. Instead of the regular group meeting, your professor will be available via Zoom for individual consultation during these workshop class periods.|
|R Oct 01||Discuss & Demo: Sync & Merge, J- and L-Cuts|
|FOLEY, EFFECTS, & ATMOSPHERES|
|S Oct 03||One month until ELECTION DAY. Are you registered?|
|T Oct 06||Assignments & Projects: Video Post-Production (0300p)
Discuss & Demo: Dialogue Sweetening with Adobe's Essential Sound
|R Oct 08||Assignments & Projects: Dialogue Edit (0300p)|
|T Oct 13||Discuss & Demo: Dynamic Links to Adobe Audition|
|R Oct 15||Project: FOLEY (due at the beginning of class)
Project: ROUGH CUT (due at the beginning of class)
|MUSIC & SCORING|
|T Oct 20||Project: Visual Lock (due at the beginning of class). No changes to the duration of individual shots or the film's total running time allowed after this date.
Discuss & Demo: Basic Correction, White Balance, Creative Looks, Matching Skin Tones
|R Oct 22||Project: Color Correction & Grading (due at the beginning of class).
Discuss & Demo: Normalizing, Match Loudness, Speech Volume Leveler
|F Oct 23||Last Day to Withdraw (1159p)|
|T Oct 27||Project: Dialogue Edit (due at the beginning of class).|
|R Oct 29||Project: Foley/FX Edit (due at the beginning of class).|
|M Nov 03||ELECTION DAY|
|T Nov 03||Project: Music & Scoring.|
|EDITING & MIXING|
|R Nov 05||Flex Day/Troubleshooting. As a working producer, I add a buffer of 15% to both the estimated budget and calendar of my films. Something is going to surprise us. Something is going to to go wrong. Here's the intentional wiggle room in our schedule to cushion the blow.|
|T Nov 10||Flex Day/Troubleshooting|
|R Nov 12||Discuss & Demo: Marketing & Distribution
|T Nov 17||Project: Final Mix (due at the beginning of class).|
|R Nov 19||Project: Completed Film (due at the beginning of class). Includes proof of film festival entry.|
|T Nov 24||Thanksgiving Break: No Class|
|R Nov 26||Thanksgiving Break: No Class|
|T Dec 01||Final Exam Review (1230-0230p)|
|R Dec 03||Final Exam (1230-0230p)|
- articulate possibilities and limitations of the moving image as a means for expressing messages.
- identify and employ the pre-production activities that govern digital videomaking—including pitches and fundraising, budgeting, production design, location scouting, scriptwriting, casting, storyboarding, and scheduling.
- identify and employ rudimentary principles of lighting, camera operation, sound recording to capture video and audio.
- identify and employ principles of cinema grammar to edit digital video footage and audio recordings.
- store a finished digital video and prepare it for distribution.
- support creative collaboration with safety, protocols, and etiquette, in the studio and on-location.
- direct and respond to the direction of others.
Instruction will offer cultural and historical context for course assignments through lectures, presentations, and group discussions.
|Quizzes & Assignments||20%|
Assignment grades will be based on the following scale:
Late work can earn no more than a maximum of 60 points. Work is considered late if submitted or time-stamped after deadlines posted in the syllabus (usually specified by date and time). 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 Student 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.
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, Edinboro’s classroom management software, for the most current report of their grades.
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:
- To what degree and in what ways does the student demonstrate respect for his/her audience and co-laborers?
- To what degree and in what ways does the student model dependability and responsibility?
- 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?
- Of what value are the student’s criticism and suggestions for improvement valued by his/her peers?
Information regarding the reporting of sexual violence and the resources that are available to victims of sexual violence is set forth online here or in-person at
Office of Social Equity
Reeder Hall, Third Floor, 219 Meadville Street
Edinboro, PA 16444
- by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org [good].
- by phone or voicemail at 616.498.4336 (49.VIDEO) [better]. Texting? Remember to identify yourself by name and course.
- in person [best]. My office hours are posted with video conferencing links.
I will respond to most messages within 12 hours.
I’ve got tickets to leave early for break. Can I reschedule work to accommodate my travel plans? Classes will not be held on holidays officially recognized by the university. 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. This legal warning applies explicitly to video conferences, class lectures, and studio activities.
Oops. My phone started ringing in class. Probably Mom calling… Silence your phones during class meetings and project work. You’d hate to ruin an otherwise fabulous take on location with a Kanye West ringtone.
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).
- 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 university, up to and including failure of the course and expulsion from the university. 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 university, the department, the professor, their representatives, and successors, exhibit and distribute for promotional purposes those media projects submitted in fulfillment of course assignments. Your enrollment further implies consent to be photographed in class or while working on class projects. 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 university’s last day to drop-add.
How can I arrange to work after-hours in campus buildings? Online offerings of this course do not include access to campus facilities.
How do I arrange to borrow equipment for this weekend’s shoot? Can I borrow equipment to shoot my cousin’s wedding? Equipment loan is not available to students enrolled in online offerings of this course. Students are responsible for access to specified equipment.