Studio Production

Course Description:

This 3-credit introductory course familiarizes students with video production in a studio environment. They will acquire the skills to produce basic video productions for television and the Web. Students will learn to communicate effectively by making class presentations, writing production proposals, and producing videos. (Prerequisite: COMM 100) Lecture: 3 hours


Text: Video Production Handbook, 4th edition
Author: Gerald Millerson and Jim Owens
Publisher: Focal Press, 2008


Sample syllabus - MS document

Course Objectives:

  1. To develop an awareness of the three stages of production
  2. To understand the roles and responsibilities of various personnel involved in the production process
  3. To develop knowledge of and skills with basic video production concepts, equipment, and processes
  4. To develop knowledge of and skills with basic audio production concepts, equipment, and processes
  5. To demonstrate basic understanding of communication production technology by developing projects
  6. To incorporate techniques and practices recommended within the industry
  7. To demonstrate a high level of critical and creative thinking regarding decision making
  8. To encourage students to work as a contributing member of a production team, engaged in processes commonly used within the communication production industry

Student Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Explain the origins of television
  2. Storyboard and script a studio production as part of the pre-production process
  3. Identify the various job descriptions of personnel involved in a video production
  4. Use proper terminology during shoots and post production
  5. Function in all positions of the team during studio productions
  6. Demonstrate the director's role in regard to studio personnel during rehearsals and shooting
  7. Follow the production sequence during production and post-production
  8. Operate studio cameras, switcher, audio, and lighting equipment
  9. Produce a finished studio video

Course Assessments:

  1. Attendance
  2. Class participation
  3. Group collaboration
  4. Chapter tests
  5. Final video project
  6. Written and oral critiques
  7. Written project proposals and treatments
  8. Production journals
  9. Studio productions

Content Outline:

  1. Production processes and people
    1. Production environment
    2. Phases of production
    3. Production team: who does what when?
    4. Production control: talent and directing
  2. Image creation: digital video and camera
    1. Image formation and digital video
    2. Operating the video camera
    3. Framing images
    4. Image creation: light, sound, graphics, and effects
      1. Light and color
      2. Audio and sound control
      3. Graphics and effects
      4. Image control: switching, recording, and editing

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