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Studio Syllabus

Studio Syllabus

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Syllabus MEDA – 320 Studio Video
Tues/ Thurs: 1:00pm to 2:15pm (2:35pm) Walter B4A – Studio – Edit LabInstructor: Erik FauskeOffice Hours: by appointmentContact: 503- 701-3084 (cell)Campus Email:erikfauske@pacificu.edu Email:erikfauske@hotmail.com  Websites: www.erikfauske.com 
Course Description:
This class will focus on advancing foundation video production techniques, with theend goal of completing a Narrative Independent project. Students will build their skillsin directing, camera work, lighting, audio recording, production design, and editing, asit pertains to the creation of scene-work. Students will further develop visualaesthetics and effective storytelling skills.
Required Text:
“Single Camera Video Production” – 4
2005 Author: Robert MusburgerFocal Press PublishingISBN-10: 0240807065 (available at Pacific bookstore)
Recommended Texts:
“On Film-making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director” Author: Alexander MackendrickFaber & Faber - 1
Ed 2005ISBN-10: 0571211258 (available at Pacific bookstore and Library)“The Focal Easy Guide To Final Cut Pro 6” – (2007) Author: Rick Young Focal Press PublishingISBN: 0240810096 (available at Amazon.com)
Instructional Approach:
This is a studio course with an emphasized approach to ‘learn by doing’. Class will bedivided between lecture, screenings, demonstration and discussion. Segments of class time will be allocated to production and editing workshops. Demonstrations anddiscussion may be inserted during studio work time at any point during the class.Critiques will occur during Rough Cut and Final Cut stages.
Outcomes/ Objectives:
This course will give the students the opportunity to do the following:- The Art of Directing: translating script to production, working with actors, leading acrew- Set etiquette and professional production techniques- Production coordinating- Develop skills in preproduction planning: shot listing, location scouting, scheduling- Cinematography- Field audio recording, dialog recording- Location lighting, dramatic lighting- Shooting coverage- Editing for a Narrative- Exploring Compositing – Chroma Keying- Crafting a production for film festival submission.
Grade Breakdown:
Narrative Production – 30%Shooting Assignment (Production Design/ Cinematography) – 15%Special FX Assignment – 10%Crewing – 10% Attendance – 10%Class Exercises/ Participation – 10%Exam – 15%
***************************************************************The Work:Narrative Production Assignment:
The bulk of your grade will derive from the planning, shoot execution and editing of  your Final project, enabling students to build skills in all phases of the production process. This assignment will focus on short story preparation, preproduction planning, directing, working with talent and assembling a crew. Students will work within a specific genre.
Preproduction Materials:
Students will be required to prepare and turn in preproduction materials. Treatments,scripts, location photos, location contacts, shot lists, storyboards, shooting schedules,equipment, crew lists, and talent lists will be expected.
Shooting Assignment:
Students will shoot and edit short vignettes that will build skills in Production Designand Cinematography. This project will be completed early in the term and will allowstudents to brush up on planning, shooting, and editing skills.
In Class FX Assignment:
Students will experiment with a special effect of their choosing. We will look atChroma Key, editing tricks, and adding graphic layers to video. This will be filmed andedited within class.
In Class Scene Work:
Students will work on short production exercises to build skills in shooting, lighting,audio recording, and editing for scene work.
Students will complete a mid point exam covering all the production techniquesreviewed throughout term.
Students will be required to crew on a Final production, other than their own, throughout the final production weeks. Students will earn grade points as a supportcrewmember (i.e. Audio Mixer, Gaffer, Grip, Art Director, etc). “Crewing” also refers to your responsibility to return and check out equipment efficiently, such as properstorage of equipment and returning gear at posted times.
***************************************************************** Attendance:
 Attendance is extremely important. For the first unexcused absence you will lose 3 points from your total grade. For any additional absences you will lose 5 points off  your total grade per absence. Call or email ahead of time if you anticipate an absence.
I expect students to be vocally and mentally engaged in class. As a group we willreview and critique projects. I expect thoughtful and professional feedback fromstudents.
Rough Cuts/ Deadlines:
Projects will consist of various due dates such as Treatments, Preproduction materials,and Rough cuts. Meeting these deadlines is a big part of the class and heavily factorinto the grading of those assignments. These specific dates will be announced throughout the term.
 You will be expected to work in groups. Teamwork is an essential attribute in video/film production. Be careful of ‘too many cooks in the kitchen’ as well as thedictator director. Working together in the preproduction planning stage, thenseparating roles in the production phase is the key.

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