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Instructor: Erik Fauske E-Mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Website: erikfauske.com Cell Phone: (503) 701-3084 Helpful Contact Info: Chelsea Sprauer – Media Assist – (503) 951-9630 / email@example.com Beth Fitzgerald – Multimedia – (503) 978 – 5672 / firstname.lastname@example.org Greg Walters – Multimedia – (503) 978 – 5398 / email@example.com Michael Annus – Video Producer – (503) 977-4276 / firstname.lastname@example.org Mark Cole – Master Control Tech – (503) 977- 4950/ email@example.com Public Safety – 503 -977 – 4902/ firstname.lastname@example.org Sylvania Facilities – 503 – 977 – 4543/ email@example.com
This class will review the various approaches to the non-fiction video production process. This class is a project-based class and you will be expected to participate on 3 production assignments. We will review A-Roll B-Roll techniques, Observational storytelling, and the Creative approach to the Documentary project (that I call the Narrimentary). Students will build skills in Interviewing and small unit ‘field’ production set-up, including further development in digital video camera operation, field audio recording, lighting and editing. Recommended Textbook: Directing The Documentary – 5th Edition ©2009 Author: Michael Rabiger Focal Press Publishing ISBN: 0240810899 The Bare Bones Camera Course For Film And Video – Tom Schroeppel Second Edition, Revised 2006 – ISBN: 0-9603718-1-8
This is a studio course with an emphasized approach to ‘learn by doing’. Class will be divided among lecture, screenings, demonstration and discussion. Segments of class time will be allocated to production workshops. Demonstrations and discussion may be inserted during studio work time at any point during the class. Critiques will occur during Rough Cut and Final Cut stages.
This course will give the students the opportunity to do the following: - Explore ‘Documentary’ approaches to video storytelling including Client Video, Direct Cinema and the Narrative Influence - Develop Interviewing techniques and production - Build on DV Camera operation - Build on Field Audio Recording techniques - Set up 3 point Lighting & Outdoor location Lighting - Further develop skills in Non linear editing (Final Cut Pro) - Investigate Production opportunities – Develop Bios and Resumes - Begin to develop and use personal and universal vocabulary for critical discussion - Develop Industry standard workflow. - Explore and develop personal expression through video production storytelling
When Assignments are distributed you will need to get started early. This class is all about the ‘effort’, staying prepared, and meeting deadlines. Preproduction planning is an important element to my class assignments. I expect preproduction materials for all assignments. Feel free to contact me anytime between the hours of 9am to 8pm, concerning production questions. Treat your fellow classmates with respect and professionalism. You will be working together on a variety of projects. As a class, we will review Rough Cuts and you will develop skills in critiquing each other’s work.
Production Assignments 50% Crewing 20% Attendance/ Participation 10% Research Paper 10% Facility Report 5% Bio/Resume 5%
A= 90-100% - B= 80-89% - C= 70-79% - D= 60-69% - F= 0-59% Audits must be determined by week 3. *************************************************************************** The Work: Production Assignments: - A Roll B Roll: Students will produce a short profile of someone in the PCC community. This project will build skills in the industry workflow of A –Roll (Interview), B-Roll (Cutaways) filming. We will shoot segments of this project during actual class time. Students will develop skills in Interviewing and recording compelling cutaways.
- Observational: Students will have an opportunity to explore the ‘fly on the wall’ shooting style of the Cinema Verite movement. This assignment will tackle the techniques of creating a project that explores the difficult process of capturing the ‘anticipated’ moment. Students will develop skills in exploring Documentary storytelling without the use of Interviews and traditional expository methods. - Narrimentary: Students will have the opportunity to explore the ‘creative’ influence of Narrative cinema within their Documentary project. We will examine experimental approaches mixed into non-fiction video, including the inclusion of cinematic camera work, alternative editing structures, use of stock footage, as well as a variety of other flourishes. Crewing : Students (student groups) must choose to produce either the Observational or Narrimentary project for their final. However, students will be required to crew at least one time on another production. If students are working in teams they can choose to produce both the Observational and Narrimentary. Research Paper: Students will dissect the visual elements of a non-fiction film of their choice. Studying the visual components of a high quality production is an important step for the up-and-coming filmmaker. Facility Report/ Bios/ Resumes: Students are required to research a production facility or a production professional. We will be looking into various production opportunities and develop bios and resumes. Preproduction Materials: Preproduction work is the most important stage of the production process. Students will be expected to conduct location scouting, draft Interview questions, obtain permission/access of facilities, construct a B Roll shot list, organize crew, and determine a shooting schedule for their projects. Attendance: Your fellow classmates and I will be relying upon you to show up for classes and shoots on time. If you know you will be late or not attending, inform me as soon as possible (via email or phone). Prior notification doesn’t automatically make your absence okay, but simply allows others to plan accordingly. For any unexcused absence you will lose 3 points off your cumulative grade for the first absence. For any additional absences you will lose 5 points off your grade. Participation: What we will be doing requires that you are physically and mentally involved and engaged. You will be expected to be actively and vocally involved in this class. You will be expected to assist on classroom production exercises as well as student projects outside of class time. You will also be expected to provide feedback on your classmates’ projects. Your involvement is expected to be both constructive and professional. ****************************************************************************
Production Quality: We all have high standards and I expect you to strive for the highest production standards. Remember, evaluations and critiques of your work will be based on what we actually see and hear and not on what you meant for us to see and hear. The more preparation and planning you take on, the more rewarding the results. Technical Training: I will instruct you in all the equipment that we will be using and will help you in troubleshooting problems. Learning this technology can be at least initially frustrating and it is not possible to prepare you in advance for all possible problem scenarios. Start each project as soon as possible to give yourself time to prepare for the inevitable and always inconvenient problems. I am aware that technology comes easily to some than others; so if you need assistance on the equipment outside of class, please make an appointment to see me. Feedback and Advice: Learning is a process and a key part of this process is getting feedback from myself, and your colleagues. Part of our class time will be devoted to work-shopping and critiquing your projects, which will give you the opportunity to receive feedback. I will also be available for individual discussion of your ideas and work. Other: MyPcc: All students are encouraged to set up their MyPcc account. Students can log into the MM262 Course page under “My Courses” to access links and forms. Registration: Students who need to override a prerequisite need to contact Greg Walters with the Multimedia department. 503-978-5398 firstname.lastname@example.org Students with Disabilities: Let me know if you have a disability that may require some modification with testing, seating, or other class requirements. Questions or guidance with a disability (learning or physical) can be addressed to The Office of Disabilities: 503–977-4341 Complaints: Please talk to me about any concerns, complaints or problems regarding the class. *****************************************************************************
Access: Certification: Students must be certified on equipment before any production gear can be checked out. Students who showcase competence on equipment during class exercises will be certified to check out gear. Attendance in class is crucial for Certification. Equipment: Cameras, lights, audio equipment and all supports and accessories will be available to you through the Media Assistant. You need to reserve equipment and you need to check out equipment during the times posted. See the Media Assistant about reserving gear. Equipment that comes back damaged will result in a loss of reservation privileges. Not showing up for a reservation or returning equipment late may result in a loss of reservation privileges. Checkout: Reservations will be with the Media Assistant. Check out is after class from 12:20 to 12:45PM. Check in will be before class from 9:45AM to 9:55AM. Mondays and Wednesdays. Some equipment will have limited check out access. Editing Labs: The Cascade Campus Multimedia editing labs will be available for editing projects outside of class. Check with Greg Walters to find out the open lab times. Notes: – Panasonic Brand only in Field Cameras AY-DVM63PQ or AYDVM63AMQ - filmtools.com - Students are encouraged to provide their own external Fire wire Drive Video/Media Production Facilities Access Hours – Sylvania Campus: M-F 6:45 am – 10:00 pm SAT 7:00 am – 9:00 pm SUN 7:00 am – 5:30 pm The TCB building doors will be locked on weekends. You will need to contact Public Safety to be let into the building. Evening closure time is very firm so you will need to start wrapping up and shutting down the facility fifteen minutes before closing so that you are out by the designated time. Public Safety’s number is ext. 4902
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