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Media Productions I surveys the television and film field and introduces students to basic studio operations.  Students have the opportunity to participate in various aspects of television and film production:  acting, directing, producing, and audio and video techniques.  The beginning focus of the course will be directed at composition of film techniques:  mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing, sound and colour to assess how films encourage audiences to respond in the way they do.  The Media Productions curriculum uses the works listed below for study because of their literary merit.  Although some works may contain strong language and/or sophisticated themes, they develop the powerful ideas of great film and illuminate classical themes even when in a contemporary context.  Their study in the high school English classroom, therefore, enables students to apply critical thinking processes to realistic issues encountered in the world and in widespread contemporary culture and to understand and appreciate mature media in order to enrich and extend experiences of their lives.  The course will be broken up into two large units:  Theory and Practice.  As this is a Basic Technology Credit, students will be compelled to complete several live assessments.  Failure to complete the live assessments will constitute denial of credit

Unit 1: Narrativity:  How Movies Move Us 9 Weeks

 Students will begin an introduction to film and television as a narrative medium.  Topics to include (but not limited to) history of film, commercial propaganda, Mise-en-scene, lighting, framing, camera shots, graphics, scriptwriting and storyboarding.  At the conclusion of the unit, students will submit an original commercial and public service announcement.

 Text:  Understanding Movies by Louis Giannetti

Supplemental:  Casablanca, Citizen Kane, Notorious, and Double Indemnity

 Unit 2:  Production Design:  Practical Film Making 9 Weeks

 While adding to their repertoire of visual strategies, students will complete the technological process of creating a visual production . Topics to include are:  scenery, props, set dressing, camera special effects, directing, location shooting, and rough editing. At the conclusion of this unit, students will submit an original short film for consideration at an open screening a la “Project Greenlight”

 Text: Television Production: A Career Approach by Phillip L. Harris

Supplemental:  Star Wars, Rope, Snow White  and Singin’ in the Rain

Media Productions:  Theory and PracticeClass Policies

III.  Grading and Homework Policy

Warm-ups/Participation                             10%

Homework                                                15%

Test/quiz/Process Papers                         25%                        

Classwork                                                20%

Student Productions                            30%

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