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  • 1. University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) Media Studies and Journalism Department COURSE SYLLABUS SPRING 2011 VIDEO COMMUNICATION 01 MSJ 301  
  • 2. 2 MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01   Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)  Course Code: MSJ 301Course Title: Video Communications 01Course Overview: The course is one of the ten major concentration courses in Digital Production underMedia Studies and Journalism Department. This course aims to provide students with theknowledge of aesthetics of video as well as technical tools used in video communication. Wewill explore how video is used in various social settings to communicate a message.
  • 3. 3 MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01   Course Objective: - Understand the process of making a short digital movie - Create an experimental, short fiction, or music video. - Operate a camera (including setting manual exposure, white balance, and focus) and put footage onto a computer - Write a short script - Learn and use the language of cinema (shot sizes, composition, camera movements, audio, and lighting) - Edit with beats, rhythm, reaction shots, intercutting, visual logic, and style - Work in teams—the entire professional world is about working with other people in teams; projects will provide you with professional team-work skills that can be applied to all aspects of the professional world. This will be assessed through peer review of your team members in the creation of your film projects. Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)  
  • 4. 4 MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01  GRADINGATTENDANCE 10%Attendance in this course is a mandatory requirement. You are expected to attend every classand stay for the entire duration. Tardiness, early departures, lack of being prepared, or lackof awareness or attention during class will count as absences--two incidents of any ofpreviously stated will equal one absence. A student may be absent from class maximum offive times during the semester with the deduction of his or her attendance marks. There are noexcused absences beyond those five. Any further absences (without the permission ofDepartment Head) – the 6th absence the student will receive a failing grade.***An attendance includes the classes and seminars related to the course curriculum integrationprograms.TEAM WORK 10%Filmmaking is about teamwork. Working in the professional world is about teamwork. If oneperson fails to do their job or does it poorly, the film will suffer. You will be graded on thequality of the specific tasks in the role you are assigned. You will perform different roles in thefiction project. With that said, the film must get done, so if someone isn’t doing their work orfails to show up, you will need to cover for each other. Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)  QUIZZES 5%There will be several reading quizzes to prove your knowledge of course content.EXERCISES 10%There will be several exercises to prove your knowledge of course content.ASSIGNMENTS 10%There will be one written assignment to prove your knowledge of video production analysis.MID TERM EXAMINATION 20%There will be MCQ questions for Mid Term to recall your knowledge of video technology.ORAL REPORT 10%There will be several oral reports to prove your knowledge about the course.
  • 5. 5 MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01  FINAL PROJECT Short FICTION Film 25%In a team of 3-4, create a 3-5 minute short with multiple scenes (3-5 page script; 30-50shots).Each person will write a script and then pitch that script to the class. Teams will be selectedand each team will choose one script to produce.The script must reveal a character’s discovery, some form of revelation—however minor—thatchanges the character. That discovery requires a decision. The story must not be imitative—itmust come from you—your life experiences and vision of the world. If any of these threeelements are missing, then the project will not be considered for production.Production Book must include: - Names of each team member and their role on the film - Vision or artist statement about the film - Script - Character descriptions and their objectives (what does each want) Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)   and casting needs - Description of the discoveries and decisions in the script for your main character - Scout out a location and draw floor plan of each scene, include blocking notes as well as lighting plot (camera and lighting placements for each shot) - Storyboard - Shot list that includes: - camera angle, shot size - camera movement - blocking (movement of performers) that tells the story visually - Schedule of the shoot: noting cast and crew, scene to be shot, location, and times - Release contracts for locations and performersYou cannot shoot until I have approved the Production Book.When the project is completed, each person must write a self-evaluation of their work on thefilm as well as a peer evaluation of their teammates. Your grade will be dependent onyourself and peer evaluations.
  • 6. 6 MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01   Grade Chart ATTENDANCE 10% TEAM WORK 10% QUIZZES 5% EXERCISES 10% ASSIGNMENTS 10% MID TERM EXAMINATION 20% ORAL REPORT 10% FINAL PROJECT Short FICTION Film 25% Total marks 100TEAMSFilmmaking is about teamwork. Working in the professional world is about teamwork. If oneperson fails to do their job or does it poorly, the film will suffer. You will be graded on thequality of the specific tasks in the role you are assigned. You will perform different roles in thefiction and documentary projects. With that said, the film must get done, so if someone isn’tdoing their work or fails to show up, you will need to cover for each other. Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)  Teams of four must have the following assignments:1) Producer/post-production supervisor. Work with the director and cinematographer on theproduction book. Working with the other producers, hold auditions; schedule actors and crew;draw up contracts; get location permissions; attain music rights; market the film; work with theother producers in the class and put together and announce a public screening; put together afestival package (with the director); working with the cinematographer (who will log shots)schedule re-shoots; write daily production and post-production reports—must be emailed tothe entire team and the professor; make sure that DVDs and webfilm is delivered (one DVDper team member, one to professor; coordinate with other producers to create one DVD withall class movies on it).2) Director. With the assistance of the producer and cinematographer, write the productionbook; Work with the cinematographer to develop the look of the film; check out equipment;direct the film; reshoot any shots or scenes requested by the producer; working with the editor,deliver a final cut of the film; create a festival package (work with the producer).3) Editor/Boom op/Sound designer (boom operator during production; picture and soundeditor; post-production sound design). Responsible for holding boom mic and getting goodsound; edit rough cut; work with director on final cut; sound design; final sound mix; renderand create a DVD and web film.4) Cinematographer/assistant editor (lighting and camera op). Post-production color correction;light all scenes, operate camera on shoots; responsible for logging shots the day after each
  • 7. 7 MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01  shoot; also responsible for color correction during post production; create website for film(coordinating with the director and producer with a festival package).GENERAL INFORMATIONEquipmentThe use of all ULAB equipment, outside classroom exercises, will require a signed request andpolicy form. You are responsible for replacement and repair costs of all damaged or lostequipment.EmailsCommunication will occur through email. Be sure to check your email daily. You are responsiblefor emails sent by the faculty.Late AssignmentsPlan ahead for this intensive class, there will be no late assignments accepted (unless I havegiven you permission beforehand).PlagiarismPlagiarism is the intended or unintended use of someone elses language and/or ideas withoutrevealing the source of that material, leading the audience to believe that the work is original.So attribute all your sources. Minimum penalty for plagiarism is a zero on the assignment (andpossible course failure); I will also follow University rules and report any instances ofplagiarism to the administration. Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)  AccommodationsIf you need course adaptation or accommodation because of a disability (physical, learning,psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.), please make an appointment with me as soon as possible.
  • 8. 8 MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01  Course Content: The content of the course will be as follow: 1. Introduction to the Course: What is Video Communication? 2. Moving Image: Breaking the line (Shot, Scene, Sequence & Story) 1. Film to Video: Technological Transformation 2. Characteristics of Video: • Electrical Capturing (Analog and Digital signal) • Recording and Storing formats (Tape and Digit) • Aspect Ratio • Video Display Standards (PAL-NTSC-SECAM) 3. Understanding the Camera: • The CCD Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)   • Shutter, Aperture, Focus, Lens & View Finder • White Balance • Camera Movements • Camera Angles (180 degree rules) 4. Aesthetics of Video • Compositions & Framings • The human Eye & the picture • The use of color, light & shape 5. Light And Lighting 6. Editing Theory • Manipulating the flow of time • The Art of Story telling • The Use & Effects of Transition • Editing jargon
  • 9. 9 MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01   • The Audio   7. The Production Processes • Pre Production • Production • Post Production 8. The Final Project • Developing the Idea • The Team • Script Writing • Structuring the Idea • Developing the Project: Set, Light, Actors, Scheduling. • Filming the Term Project • Editing the Term Project Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)                  
  • 10. 10 MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01  Introduction to the Course   SESSION METHODOLOGY: Active Learning Drawing  in  a   team   Class  1   Story  Making   Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)   Film  Screening   IN THIS SESSION:   Ø Course Overview   Ø Course Objective   Ø Grading Criteria   Ø General Information   Ø Team  
  • 11. 11 MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01     Th e   P o w er   o f   V id eo   SESSION METHODOLOGY: Ø Short quizzes Ø Film Show Ø Discussion Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)   IN  THIS  SESSION:     Ø TVC  screening   Ø PSA  screening   Ø Short  movie  screening   Ø Home  video  screening   Ø And  the  use  of  video  technology  
  • 12. 12 MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01   Video as a technology: How Video Works?   SESSION METHODOLOGY: Class  3   Ø Lecture Ø Film Show Ø Discussion Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)   IN  THIS  SESSION:   Video is the technology of electronically capturing, recording, processing, storing, transmitting, and reconstructing a sequence of still images representing scenes in motion. Ø History  and  development  of  Video  Technology   Ø Characteristics  and  formats   Ø Bit  rate  and  frame  rate   Ø Analog  Vs  Digital      
  • 13. 13 MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01  Characteristics of Video Understanding the Camera SESSION METHODOLOGY: Ø Practical Demonstrations Ø Film Show Class  4   Ø Discussion Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)   IN  THIS  SESSION:   : • Electrical Capturing (Analog and Digital signal) • Recording and Storing formats (Tape and Digit) • Aspect Ratio • Video Display Standards (PAL-NTSC-SECAM) • The CCD • Shutter, Aperture, Focus, Lens & View Finder • White Balance • Camera Movements • Camera Angles (180 degree rules)  
  • 14. 14 MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01  Understanding the Camera     SESSION METHODOLOGY: Ø Students Practical exercise Ø Discussion Class  5   Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)   IN  THIS  SESSION:   • The CCD • Shutter, Aperture, Focus, Lens & View Finder • White Balance • Camera Movements • Camera Angles (180 degree rules)  
  • 15. 15 MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01   Aesthetics of Video SESSION METHODOLOGY: ACTIVE LEARNING Ø IMAGINARY DRAWING Class  6   Ø STORY MAKING Ø Discussion Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)   IN  THIS  SESSION:   • Compositions & Framings • The human Eye & the picture • The use of color, light & shape
  • 16. 16 MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01   Light and Lighting SESSION METHODOLOGY: ACTIVE LEARNING Ø Practical Demonstrations Class  7   Ø Film show Ø Discussion Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)   IN  THIS  SESSION:   • Quality of light • Quantity of Light • Direction of Light • Distributions of Light
  • 17. 17 MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01   Editing Theory   SESSION METHODOLOGY: ACTIVE LEARNING Ø Practical Exercise Ø Film Show Class  8   Ø Discussion IN  THIS  SESSION:   Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)   • Manipulating the flow of time • The Art of Story telling • The Use & Effects of Transition • Editing jargon • The Audio
  • 18. 18 MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01  The Production Processes SESSION METHODOLOGY: Active Learning Ø Games Ø Student’s Oral Presentations Class  9   Ø Film Show Ø Discussion Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)   IN  THIS  SESSION:   • Pre Production • Production • Post Production
  • 19. 19 MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01   The Final Project SESSION METHODOLOGY: Ø Group Presentation Ø Film Show Ø Discussion Class  10   Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)   IN  THIS  SESSION:   • Developing the Idea • The Team
  • 20. 20 MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01   The Final Project SESSION METHODOLOGY: Ø Group Presentation Ø Film Show Ø Discussion Class  11   Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)   IN  THIS  SESSION:   • Script writing • Structuring the Idea
  • 21. 21 MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01   The Final Project SESSION METHODOLOGY: Ø Group Presentation Ø Film Show Class  12   Ø Discussion Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)   IN  THIS  SESSION: Developing the Project   • Set • Light • Actors • Scheduling
  • 22. 22 MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01   The Final Project SESSION METHODOLOGY: Ø Group Presentation Ø Film Show Class  13   Ø Discussion Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)   IN  THIS  SESSION: Developing the Project   • Short Division • Shooting Script • Filming techniques
  • 23. 23 MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01  The Final Project SESSION METHODOLOGY: Ø Group Presentation Ø Film Show Ø Discussion Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)   IN THIS SESSION: Submission of Production Book - Names of each team member and their role on the film - Vision or artist statement about the film - Script - Character descriptions and their objectives (what does each want) and casting needs - Description of the discoveries and decisions in the script for your main character - Scout out a location and draw floor plan of each scene, include blocking notes as well as lighting plot (camera and lighting placements for each shot) - Storyboard - Shot list that includes: - camera angle, shot size - camera movement - blocking (movement of performers) that tells the story visually - Schedule of the shoot: noting cast and crew, scene to be shot, location, and times - Release contracts for locations and performers
  • 24. 24 MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01   SHOOTING   Class  14   Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)   ONE DAY
  • 25. 25 MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01   The Final Project EDITING 3days (half shift each: either morning of evening) Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)   1 day (half shift For subtitle)
  • 26. 26 MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01  Submission of Film   Ø DVD Ø Quick Time / AVI Ø Self Evolution Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)  
  • 27. 27 MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01  Book of References: 1. Video Production Handbook by Gerald Millarson and Jim Owens 2. Writing the Short Film by Pat Cooper and Ken Dancyger 3. The Five C’s of Cinematography by Joseph V. Masscelli 4. Film Makings for Dummies by Bryan Mishael Stoller 5. THE DIGITAL WORLD BY ANANDA MITRA Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)  FacultyRazibul Hossain KhondokerSenior LecturerMedia Studies and Journalism DepartmentUniversity of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB)
  • 28. 28 MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01  Video Communications 01 (MSJ 301) Course GoalsThe Video Communications 01 Course designed to be an exciting, hands-on, professionalexperience in the Video productions. The students are important representatives of theUniversity of Liberal Arts Bangladesh on the campus and in the community. To participate inthis course, students must demonstrate vital employability skills that apply to all workenvironments, i.e. public relations, teamwork, time management, problem solving. Studentsshould be actively involved in classroom activities and video production at all times. Theexpectations outlined in this course syllabus are a guide to help create a safe, productive, andcreative environment for all students. Feel free to contact me at any time if you have any ndquestions. Please turn this sheet in with the signed student and parent agreements the 2 dayof class. I look forward to working with you to create some amazing productions in the classes.  Sincerely,Razibul Hossain, Senior LecturerMedia Studies and JournalismUniversity of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB).Student AgreementBy signing the following, you are agreeing that you have read and understand all before Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)  stated classroom guidelines and policies, and that you will behave accordingly while inAdvanced TV Production class.Your Name Your Signature DateParent AgreementBy signing the following, you are agreeing that you have read and understand all beforestated classroom guidelines and policies to which your student will be accountable. In addition,you are agreeing that you are aware that by taking this course, your student will be exposedto TV with a wide variety of content including that, which was previously described. (seeabove)___________________________________________________________________________Guardian Name Guardian Signature Date