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Class Schedule and Due Dates


Wed 01/23


  • Orientation, instructor & student expectations, schedule & assignments
  • Individual student self-introductions with ‘meet and greet’ session
  • Form groups
  • The Story

Assignment #1 Issued: Research & Define types of shot composition (text + still pics)

Mon 01/28


  • Scene Coverage -- composition, camera angles, shots, blocking.

Assignment #1 Due: Shot Composition

Assignment #2 Issued: Create video shots as examples of camera movements (zoom, pan, dolly, truck, crane). Cut from static shot to each of these moves; cut from movement to movement.

Wed 01/30


  • Shot lists and story boards—planning & organizing productions

Production groups formed -- sign-ups for crew positions.

Begin preparing storyboards for film project.

Assignment #3 Issued: Continuous vs. Montage video scene

Mon 02/04


  • Pre-production & production workflow

Due: Storyboards and descriptive paragraph for Film Projects

Assignment #2 Due: camera movement

Assignment #4 Issued: Screen Direction

Wed 02/06 Topics:
  • Dramatic structure: conflict, character development and goals

Assignment #3 Due: Continuous vs. Montage video scene

Mon 02/11


  • Bolex camera demo & hands-on: loading, operation & tripod use
  • Motion picture camera functions. Lenses, aperture, d-o-f.
  • Exposure theory & practice, light meters and hands-on usage

Assignment #4 Due: Screen Direction group video sequence

Wed 02/13


  • Lighting
  • Individual Camera/Editing Film Project storyboards discussion

Assignment Issued: Group Video Project concept paragraphs (due Feb. 20)

Mon 02/18


  • 16mm stocks for camera/editing assignment. Lab processing & transfers

Groups meet for story discussion, planning & scheduling

Wed 02/20


  • Lighting continued                 
  • Filmmaking stages: concept-to-screen, production roles

Assignment Due: Group Video Project concept paragraphs and discussion

Mon 02/25


  • Editing theory and techniques   
  • Demo: Editing procedures and equipment

Due: Group Video Project pitch to class

Wed 02/27


  • Editing continued

Group Video Project PP discussions

Mon 03/04

Selected screenings of video assignments

Assignment Due: Group Video Project paragraph rewrites and discussions

Wed 03/06


  • Post-production
  • Sound as storytelling: synch, ambient, and expressive 

Mon 03/11


  • Post-production continued

Selected screenings of Assignment #1 

Wed 03/13 Group Video Project PP discussions

Mon 03/18


Assignment Due: Video Project Rough Scripts

Wed 03/20

Mid-Term Exam results and discussion

Assignment Due: Camera/Editing Film Project raw footage dailies

Mon 03/25

Selected Screenings

Wed 03/27


  • The Role of the Producer

Assignment Due: Group Video Project final scripts, storyboards, production schedules

Mon 04/01 University Holiday: Cesar Chavez Day (no class)

Wed 04/03 Assignment Due: Camera/Editing Film project rough cut screenings

Mon 04/08 Spring Break / NAB Week (no class)

Wed 04/10

Spring Break / NAB Week (no class)

Mon 04/15

Individual/Group conferences as needed

Assignment Due: Camera/Editing Film Project final cut for grade

Wed 04/17

Selected screenings of Camera/Editing Film Project

Mon 04/22


  • The roll of the Production Designer

Assignment Due: Final Video Project raw footage dailies -- all groups

Wed 04/24

Screenings and discussion

Mon 04/29
Assignment Due: Picture Lock of Group Video Project (rough sound)

Wed 05/01

Screenings and discussion continued

Mon 05/06 Assignment Due: Final Cut of Group Video Project (mixed sound)

Wed 05/08

Final Exam Review

Assignment Due: Group Video Project DVD and Production Notebooks

Mon 05/13

FINAL EXAM: 8:00am—10:00am

Production Reports returned with evaluations and grades

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About Us

This website is intended as an educational resource for those interested in video and film production. Our specialty is Production Sound Recording (location sound), although we are also versed in other aspects of production, from pre to post.


Our mission is not to sell you equipment, but to help you to master the complex craft of location audio recording for video and film.

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  • Mailing Address: PO Box 950207
    Mission Hills, CA 91395-0207
  • Tel: 1+ (818) 231-1038
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