Comm 130 INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA PRODUCTION  Spring 2008 8:00 to 9:15 TR 103 Bingham Hall & 9,10, or 11:00 F 108A Swain Hall
Prof. Kindem's Office Hours: 11:00 to 12:00 TR  Rm 315 Bingham Hall 962-4960
Teaching Assistants
Course purposes and objectives include providing a basic understanding of the principles and equipment used in audio, video, and film production, as well as some of the uses of new communications technologies in media production.

Required Text:
Kindem, Gorham and Musburger, Robert, Introduction to Media Production, The Path to Digital Media Production, Boston: Focal Press, 3rd ed., 2005.

Midterm Examination 30% (Mar 6)
Final Examination 30% (May 1, 8:00 am)
Project Proposal and Treatment 20% (April 22)
Class and Laboratory Attendance and Participation 20% (Labs on every Friday from Jan 18 [in 02 Bingham] through Apr 25, except Mar 7, 14, & 21)

Project proposals and treatments for a dramatic film or documentary video must be typewritten and should be 8 to10 double-spaced pages in length. The proposal should include each of the following items: 1) a film statement, indicating what you hope to say; 2) background and need, indicating your purposes and objectives; 3) your approach, structure, and style; 4) a budget; 5) a shooting schedule; and 6) an equipment list. Your treatment should be written as a third person, present tense narrative and include each of the following: 1) action sequences; 2) main characters; 3) conflicts; and 4) stylistic features that will enhance your piece. A treatment visualizes the story as it will unfold on the screen, and includes all the majors actions and scenes in reduced form. A good treatment adopts a lively prose style that effectively communicates the tone of the piece. Your film or video project should be provocative and insightful. It should have something significant to say, and you should find an effective means of saying it. Project proposals and treatments are due at the beginning of class on April 22 (they are considered one day late at 8:10 am on the 22nd) and drop one letter grade or ten points (92.5+=A; 90to92.5=A-; 87.5to90=B+, etc.) for each day (24 hrs.) they are late. Project proposals/treatments and examination materials submitted in fulfillment of the course requirements listed above must be signed, indicating your familiarity with and adherence to the honor code. Failure to sign any submission will result in zero points and an F grade until that submission is signed.  Attendance is required for all laboratory and class sessions.  You are considered absent from any laboratory or class session if you are more that 10 minutes late for that session.  Each unexcused absence will result in a 10 point or one letter grade reduction for each laboratory session missed and a 5 point or one-half letter grade  for each class session missed on the portion of the overall grade allocated to laboratory and/or class attendance and participation (5% of the overall grade each). Receiving less than 60 points or less than a D grade in either laboratory or class attendance and participation will result in a failure of this course.

Class Schedule:
Jan  10  Introduction: Stages of Production, The Creative Process, and Production Aesthetics
       15  Digital Technologies Used in Media Production
       17 Using the Internet and World Wide Web in Media Production
       22 The Production Team
       24 Producing and Production Management: Mr. David Sontag
       29  Proposals, Treatments, and Scriptwriting Preparation and Formats
       31  Experimental and Multimedia Production: Mr. Ed Rankus
Feb  5  Writing and Structuring Nonfiction
        7  Writing and Structuring Fiction
       12  Directing: Aesthetics
       14 Directing: Production Coordination
       19 Acoustics and Microphone
       21 Sound Signal Control and Audio Recording Mr. Mark Robinson
       26 Lighting
       28 Light Measurement and Control
Mar 4 Review
       11 Spring Break
       13 Spring Break
       18 Optics and Lenses
       20 Analog and Digital Video Recording and Cameras
       25 Film Recording and Cameras
       27 Guest Filmmaker
Apr  1 Camera Operation and Control
        3  Design and Graphics
        8  The Editing Process          
       10 Analog and Digital Audio Editing  Analog and Digital Video Editing
       15 Film Editing
       17 Animation and Special Effects :
       22 Distribution and Exhibition: Mr. Todd Stabley; PROJECT PROPOSAL & TREATMENT DUE
       24 Review
May 1  FINAL EXAMINATION (8:00 am)

REQUIRED READING  Introduction to Media Production  Communication Studies 130

Required Text:

 Kindem, Gorham and Musburger, Robert, Introduction to Media Production, The Path to Digital Media Production, 3rd ed., Boston: Focal Press, 2005.

Required Reading Schedule:

Jan    10              1-3; 22-27
         15                  3-15
         22                16-22
         24           28-33;35-44
         29            33-35;45-51
         31 20-22;60-61;70-71;261-262;269-271
Feb    5                 51-60
          7                61-72
         12               73- 92
         14               92-103
         19              104-123
         21              165-169
         26              124-134
         28               134-144
Mar    4
         18              150-156
         20       156-160;169-176
         25       160-161;176-183
         27     75-114;87-88;145-150;162-164
Apr    1
          3             184-201
          8             202-206       
         10    224-230;231-238;206-213
         15      213-223;230-231
         17             239-254
         22             255-274