Bavideo 3rd Term 09 10 Syllabus
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  • 1. DE LA SALLE-COLLEGE OF ST. BENILDE SCHOOL OF DESIGN AND ARTS COURSE SYLLABUS 3rd Term 2009-2010 COURSE CODE: BAVIDEO COURSE TITLE: BASIC VIDEO PRODUCTION CREDIT: 3 units PRE-REQUISITE (S) / TO: None TYPE OF COURSE: Design Foundation FACULTY: Nestor S. Abrogena Jr. nestorabrogena@gmail.com +(63) 916 724 5153 CONSULTATION: Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:45-6PM For inquiries, concerns and scheduling of special consultation, please email me or contact me through my mobile phone number. Email add for the class: basicvideoproduction@gmail.com COURSE DESCRIPTION: A workshop in the basics of video production, seeking to introduce the student to the disciplines and techniques of creative visualization and execution of ideas into a motion picture medium for use in various applications COURSE OBJECTIVES: At the end of the course, the students should be able to: 1. Learn the art and technique of visual storytelling 2. Learn the fundamentals of digital video production 3. Understand the roles and responsibilities in various stages of production. 4. Develop concepts, and produce their own video production 5. Appreciate the art and science of video production and evaluate their work and the work of others. CLASS REQUIREMENTS: 1. A filler notebook for use as a production journal 2. Mini-DV blank tapes for use in shooting exercises (I’m encouraging you to buy SONY tapes since we will be using Sony Video Camera most of the time 3. Access to a Video Camera (you can borrow the following cameras at the department: Sony VX2000 / Sony VX2001 / Canon XL1 or feel free to bring your own if you have one). 4. Access to computer/editing system (most of the time we will be using the Adobe Premiere CS2 / CS3 / CS4 editing software) 5. DVD’s (where your works should be encoded) 6. Membership to class website: Facebook Page Basic Video Production ASSESSMENT/EVALUATION: Grading system will be based on the average of the following criteria, given each item corresponds to 100% 1. Attendance and Class Participation 2. Assignment 3. Exercises 4. Midterms Project 5. Finals Project
  • 2. COURSE OUTLINE: WEEK 1 Introduction to the Course TUESDAY: JANUARY 19, 2010 Prior Knowledge Survey THURSDAY: JANUARY 21, 2010 Overview of the Syllabus Discussion of Expectations, Deadlines, and House Rules Groupings / Briefing for Midterms Project- Music Video Film / Video Showing ASSIGNMENT: 1. Membership to class website 2. Read assigned readings WEEK 2 Introduction to Filmic Language / Video Technology TUESDAY: JANUARY 26, 2010 Basic Parts of the Video Camera and intro to basic equipment THURSDAY: JANUARY 28, 2010 Film /video showing ASSIGNMENT: 1. Read assigned readings 2. Bring Mini-DV tape 3. Secure Camera and tripod for next meeting WEEK 3 Stages of Production: Preproduction, Production, Postproduction TUESDAY: FEBRUARY 2, 2010 Introduction to Visual Composition: Shot sizes, camera composition, camera THURSDAY: FERUARY 4, 2010 placement and movement Film /video showing EXERCISE: Shoot a scene of transaction. Use available light only. Use different angles and shot sizes. The objective is for the students to familiarize themselves with the video camera and show the transaction visually through shot sizes, placement, angle and movement. GROUP ASSIGNMENT: 1. Shoot a 1 min video showing a transaction scene. Rushes only, no editing. Be prepared to show it next meeting 2. Read assigned readings WEEK 4 Showing of 1-minute video assignment TUESDAY: FEBRUARY 9, 2010 Briefing and Lecture on Midterms: Music Video THURSDAY: FEBRUARY 11, 2010 Discussion on The Elements of Mise-En-Scene: Production Design, Direction, Acting, Cinematography Film Showing Lecture on Continuity: Narrative, Temporal (matching actions, entrances & exits) and Spatial (eyelines, 180 degree rule) EXERCISE: Shoot a 1-min conversation scene. The objective is for the students to be familiar with the aesthetics of a frame and continuity. GROUP ASSIGNMENT: 1. Shoot a 2-min video showing a conversation scene. Rushes only, no editing. Be prepared to show it next meeting Showing of 2-minute video assignment WEEK 5 Film / Video Showing TUESDAY: FEBRUARY 16, 2010 Familiarization with lights (natural/ambient/artificial), lighting equipment THURSDAY: FEBRUARY 18, 2010 Basic Lighting: 3-point lighting: key, fill, backlight, kicker, eye lights, hard and soft, bounce and diffusion. Alternative lighting” use of practicals EXERCISE: Shoot a 1-minute performance video using lights. The objective of this exercise is for the students to familiarize themselves to the basics of lighting GROUP ASSIGNMENT: Concept for Music Video + planning stage Further Discussions on Lighting WEEK 6 Lighting aesthetics: Painting with light, creating mood, style, effects TUESDAY: FEBRUARY 23, 2010 EXERCISE: Lighting exercise- shooting in a contained set THURSDAY: FEBRUARY 25, 2010 Discussions on Midterms Project: MUSIC VIDEO
  • 3. Deadline of Midterms Project: MUSIC VIDEO WEEK 7 Regrouping for Finals Project- Short Film TUESDAY: MARCH 2, 2010 Introduction to film sound, sound recording, microphones and placement THURSDAY: MARCH 4, 2010 Introduction to Conceptualization/ Storytelling Format of a script EXERCISE: Shoot a 1-minute transaction scene with dialogue. The objective of the exercise is for the students to be able to shoot with audio recording. Film / Video Showing WEEK 8 Scriptwriting: Developing a story TUESDAY: MARCH 9, 2010 - 3-act structure THURSDAY: MARCH 11, 2010 - Narrative continuity: Character continuity - Plant and Pay-off / Cause and effect Format of a Script Introduction to Post-Production: Principles of Editing (montage) Transitions: Cut-To, Fade in/Fade out INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT: Write a 3-minute worth of script based on topic that will be given to you Introduction to Post-Production: Principles of Editing WEEK 9 Familiarization with the editing software TUESDAY: MARCH 16, 2010 EXERCISE: Edit a 1-minute clip using basic editing skills THURSDAY: MARCH 18, 2010 Preparations for finals: Short Film (solo or group) Further Discussion and Hands-on on Editing WEEK 10 Editing music video style TUESDAY: MARCH 23, 2010 EXERCISE: Edit a 3-minute music video using movie clips THURSDAY: MARCH 25, 2010 Submission of editing exercise WEEK 11 Further Discussion on Editing TUESDAY: MARCH 30, 2010 Introduction to Sound designing and Musical Score THURSDAY: APRIL 1, 2010 EXERCISE: Scoring of previous exercises GROUP ASSIGNMENT: Submission of edited MUSIC VIDEO Lecture on TVC WEEK 12 Shooting Exercise: 30-seconder TVC. The objective for this exercise is to apply all TUESDAY: APRIL 6, 2010 the principles and techniques of visual storytelling THURSDAY: APRIL 8, 2010 Group meeting: conceptualization for finals Editing of 30-seconder TVC: putting together of shots and audio clips and burning it into a DVD WEEK 13 Screening of Music Video TUESDAY: APRIL 13, 2010 Short films and its aesthetics THURSDAY: APRIL 15, 2010 Consultations on finals project GROUP EXERCISE: Recap of exercises on camera handling WEEK 14 Deadline of Submission of the Finals Project TUESDAY: APRIL 20, 2010 ( 2 DVD COPIES; DVD PLAYER-TESTED) THURSDAY: APRIL 22, 2010 FINALS Public Screening of works / Panel Defense (APRIL 26-30, 2010) If time permits, we might have: *SPECIAL DAYS 1. IN-SCHOOL DEMONTRATION OF A LIVE SHOOTING STAGED IN ONE OF OUR STUDIOS 2. OUT-OF-SCHOOL FIELD TRIP TO A SHOOTING LOCATION AND OR SHOOTING/ FILM FACILITIES
  • 4. OUR ARRANGEMENT I will try to keep our classes interesting and fun if you promise to be interested. This is a two-way street. I enjoy lively discussions that are not strictly limited to textbook information. I detest being the only one speaking during our sessions. Learning is an interactive enterprise. And, I am the type of teacher who considers every situation an opportunity to learn. My responsibility to you goes beyond our lesson plan. You will get along with me if you: 1. ATTEND CLASSES AND SPECIAL EVENTS ON TIME. We both need to see and hear each other for learning to happen. It is your job to make me remember you. The class will start at exactly 11:30am / 2:45pm. I will give a 15- min allowance for you to come to my class but at exactly 11:45am / 3pm, if a student is not present at roll-call, the student will be given an “absence” mark. The university standard “3-absence rule” will be implemented for the duration of the trimester. Students with excess absences will be given a grade of 0.0. 2. RESPECT DEADLINES. Plan ahead if you must. Failure to submit the final project at the prescribed deadline will merit an immediate 0%. This is non-negotiable. 3. BE RESPONSIBLE ENOUGH TO SECURE EQUIPMENT AND POST PRODUCTION FACILITIES FOR CLASS USE. DF students may have only no or limited access to MMA video production facilities; as such it is your responsibility to secure the equipment/facilities that will be used for the class. 4. BE MINDFUL OF ACADEMIC ETHICS. Plagiarism is unforgivable. Respect works of others, and acknowledge authors whenever you borrow their ideas/materials. Cite them. 5. ASK FOR HELP WHEN YOU FEEL YOU NEED GUIDANCE. You know where to reach me. 6. BE BRAVE ENOUGH TO CHALLENGE ME WHENEVER YOU FEEL I HAVE SAID SOMETHING WRONG. I attend classes also to learn. Teach me. 7. OPEN YOURSELF UP TO NEW IDEAS AND EXPERIENCES. You are design and arts students and should be informed and opinionated. I cannot perform magic (though I wish I could), so you have to build on whatever curiosity you currently have. Read. Watch. Experience! 8. COME TO CLASS WITH THE WILLINGNESS TO LEARN. Again. I am no magician. Every class is composed of different people who, collectively, determine its spirit. You can choose to enjoy this class or hate it. Help me make it a mind-blowing experience for all of us. REFERENCES Ascher, Steven and Pincus, Edward, THE FILMMAKERS’ HANDBOOK. New York: Penguin Group, 1999. Bordwell, David, FILM ART: AN INTRODUCTION (8TH ED.). New York: The McGraw-Hill Companies Inc., 2008 Campbell, Drew, TECHNICAL FILM AND TV FOR NONTECHNICAL PEOPLE. New York: Allworth Press, 2002 Video Lectures from the American Film Institute Video Lectures from the New York Film Academy