Tomorrow’s publishers, marketing people, and community leaders will need to know how to use digital media to persuade others and tell new and effective stories. Knowledge of the rules and grammar of movie production, broadcasting, and media presentation is a new powerful literacy.
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Learn terminology associated with the production process.
2. Interpret decisions made by movie makers to deliver information in a story.
3. Choose appropriate camera techniques to communicate information in a scene.
4. Use a mobile device to record, capture, and edit video.
5. Justify your selection of camera shots in a short film project.
6. Develop a definition for creative storytelling.
7. Highlight the essence of a story in order to relate it to the creation of a logo.
8. Manipulate sounds and images as part of the production of a short animation project.
9. Evaluate and critique the work with the entire class in order to select a single logo for your production company.
10. Develop a definition for public service announcement.
11. Understand treatment and outline pieces of the production process.
12. Plan and organize a persuasive PSA storyline.
13. Develop a "Call to Action."
14. Perform safe handling of lighting equipment.
15. Design and construct a setup that will demonstrate an understanding in basic fundamentals of lighting techniques.
16. Plan and organize a production.
17. Transfer your understanding of camera techniques to your production.
18. Describe basic techniques and equipment in sound recording during a production.
19. Student will describe what role they would like to take on for the final project.
20. Design a company manifesto.
21. Create a production company that will produce a documentary film project.
Students need to come prepared each day with the following supplies:
USB flash drive (32GB min)
1080P HD Digital Camera (strongly recommended)
Home Internet Connectivity (recommended)
Students are required to participate in all class activities and assignments. Students are expected to be prompt, prepared for class, and respectful of classmates and staff. Students are expected to follow the rules of the “digital classroom” and utilize school technology with care and respect. Students are required to bring their USB flash drives, any available personal technology, and writing utensils to class each day.
Students will participate in a variety of meaningful learning experiences designed to provide a technological foundation that will allow them meet and exceed the desired learning outcomes. Instruction will vary between teacher centered lessons and group discussions; large and small group work, videos, and research projects/paper will also be used to meet learning objectives.
EVALUATION AND GRADING POLICY
Student progress and comprehension will be assessed through a variety of methods,including group and individual projects, presentations, reading comprehension checks, written assignments, classwork and online assignments. Grading will be conducted on a total point system with the following approximate percentage breakdown per quarter: 25% Classwork Assignments, 25% Homework (blogs, forums, surveys, research, etc.), 40% Individual and Group Projects, 10% Class Participation. This formula encompasses 90% of the total grade, and the midterm and final examination will count for 10% of the total grade.