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  • 1. University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB)Media Studies and Journalism DepartmentCOURSE SYLLABUSSPRING 2011 VIDEO COMMUNICATION 01MSJ 301

2. 2 MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01 Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ) Course Code: MSJ 301Course Title: Video Communications 01Course Overview:The course is one of the ten major concentration courses in Digital Production underMedia Studies and Journalism Department. This course aims to provide students with theknowledge of aesthetics of video as well as technical tools used in video communication. Wewill explore how video is used in various social settings to communicate a message. 3. 3 MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01 Course Objective: - Understand the process of making a short digital movie- Create an experimental, short fiction, or music video.- Operate a camera (including setting manual exposure, white balance, and focus) and put footage onto a computer- Write a short script- Learn and use the language of cinema (shot sizes, composition, camera movements, audio, and lighting)- Edit with beats, rhythm, reaction shots, intercutting, visual logic, and style- Work in teamsthe entire professional world is about working with other people in teams; projects will provide you with professional team-work skills that can be applied to all aspects of the professional world. This will be assessed through peer review of your team members in the creation of your film projects. Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ) 4. 4 MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01 GRADINGATTENDANCE 10%Attendance in this course is a mandatory requirement. You are expected to attend every classand stay for the entire duration. Tardiness, early departures, lack of being prepared, or lackof awareness or attention during class will count as absences--two incidents of any ofpreviously stated will equal one absence. A student may be absent from class maximum offive times during the semester with the deduction of his or her attendance marks. There are noexcused absences beyond those five. Any further absences (without the permission ofDepartment Head) the 6th absence the student will receive a failing grade.***An attendance includes the classes and seminars related to the course curriculum integrationprograms.TEAM WORK 10%Filmmaking is about teamwork. Working in the professional world is about teamwork. If oneperson fails to do their job or does it poorly, the film will suffer. You will be graded on thequality of the specific tasks in the role you are assigned. You will perform different roles in thefiction project. With that said, the film must get done, so if someone isnt doing their work orfails to show up, you will need to cover for each other.Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ) QUIZZES 5%There will be several reading quizzes to prove your knowledge of course content.EXERCISES 10%There will be several exercises to prove your knowledge of course content.ASSIGNMENTS 10%There will be one written assignment to prove your knowledge of video production analysis.MID TERM EXAMINATION 20%There will be MCQ questions for Mid Term to recall your knowledge of video technology.ORAL REPORT 10%There will be several oral reports to prove your knowledge about the course. 5. 5 MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01 FINAL PROJECT Short FICTION Film 25%In a team of 3-4, create a 3-5 minute short with multiple scenes (3-5 page script; 30-50shots).Each person will write a script and then pitch that script to the class. Teams will be selectedand each team will choose one script to produce.The script must reveal a characters discovery, some form of revelationhowever minorthatchanges the character. That discovery requires a decision. The story must not be imitativeitmust come from youyour life experiences and vision of the world. If any of these threeelements are missing, then the project will not be considered for production.Production Book must include: - Names of each team member and their role on the film - Vision or artist statement about the film - Script - Character descriptions and their objectives (what does each want)Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ) and casting needs - Description of the discoveries and decisions in the script for your main character - Scout out a location and draw floor plan of each scene, include blocking notes as well as lighting plot (camera and lighting placements for each shot) - Storyboard - Shot list that includes: - camera angle, shot size - camera movement - blocking (movement of performers) that tells the story visually - Schedule of the shoot: noting cast and crew, scene to be shot, location, and times - Release contracts for locations and performersYou cannot shoot until I have approved the Production Book.When the project is completed, each person must write a self-evaluation of their work on thefilm as well as a peer evaluation of their teammates. Your grade will be dependent onyourself and peer evaluations. 6. 6 MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01 Grade ChartATTENDANCE 10%TEAM WORK10%QUIZZES 5%EXERCISES10%ASSIGNMENTS10%MID TERM EXAMINATION 20%ORAL REPORT10%FINAL PROJECT Short FICTION Film 25%Total marks100TEAMSFilmmaking is about teamwork. Working in the professional world is about teamwork. If oneperson fails to do their job or does it poorly, the film will suffer. You will be graded on thequality of the specific tasks in the role you are assigned. You will perform different roles in thefiction and documentary projects. With that said, the film must get done, so if someone isntdoing their work or fails to show up, you will need to cover for each other.Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ) Teams of four must have the following assignments:1) Producer/post-production supervisor. Work with the director and cinematographer on theproduction book. Working with the other producers, hold auditions; schedule actors and crew;draw up contracts; get location permissions; attain music rights; market the film; work with theother producers in the class and put together and announce a public screening; put together afestival package (with the director); working with the cinematographer (who will log shots)schedule re-shoots; write daily production and post-production reportsmust be emailed tothe entire team and the professor; make sure that DVDs and webfilm is delivered (one DVDper team member, one to professor; coordinate with other producers to create one DVD withall class movies on it).2) Director. With the assistance of the producer and cinematographer, write the productionbook; Work with the cinematographer to develop the look of the film; check out equipment;direct the film; reshoot any shots or scenes requested by the producer; working with the editor,deliver a final cut of the film; create a festival package (work with the producer).3) Editor/Boom op/Sound designer (boom operator during production; picture and soundeditor; post-production sound design). Responsible for holding boom mic and getting goodsound; edit rough cut; work with director on final cut; sound design; final sound mix; renderand create a DVD and web film.4) Cinematographer/assistant editor (lighting and camera op). Post-production color correction;light all scenes, operate camera on shoots; responsible for logging shots the day after each 7. 7 MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01 shoot; also responsible for color correction during post production; create website for film(coordinating with the director and producer with a festival package).GENERAL INFORMATIONEquipmentThe use of all ULAB equipment, outside classroom exercises, will require a signed request andpolicy form. You are responsible for replacement and repair costs of all damaged or lostequipment.EmailsCommunication will occur through email. Be sure to check your email daily. You are responsiblefor emails sent by the faculty.Late AssignmentsPlan ahead for this intensive class, there will be no late assignments accepted (unless I havegiven you permission beforehand).PlagiarismPlagiarism is the intended or unintended use of someone elses language and/or ideas withoutrevealing the source of that material, leading the audience to believe that the work is original.So attribute all your sources. Minimum penalty for plagiarism is a zero on the assignment (andpossible course failure); I will also follow University rules and report any instances ofplagiarism to the administration.Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ) AccommodationsIf you need course adaptation or accommodation because of a disability (physical, learning,psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.), please make an appointment with me as soon as possible. 8. 8 MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01 Course Content: The content of the course will be as follow: 1. Introduction to the Course: What is Video Communication? 2. Moving Image: Breaking the line (Shot, Scene, Sequence & Story) 1. Film to Video: Technological Transformation 2. Characteristics of Video: Electrical Capturing (Analog and Digital signal) Recording and Storing formats (Tape and Digit) Aspect Ratio Video Display Standards (PAL-NTSC-SECAM) 3. Understanding the Camera: The CCDMedia Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ) Shutter, Aperture, Focus, Lens & View Finder White Balance Camera Movements Camera Angles (180 degree rules) 4. Aesthetics of Video Compositions & Framings The human Eye & the picture The use of color, light & shape 5. Light And Lighting 6. Editing Theory Manipulating the flow of time The Art of Story telling The Use & Effects of Transition Editing jargon 9. 9MSJ 301 VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS 01 The Audio 7. The Production Processes Pre Production Production Post Production 8. The Final Project Developing the Idea The Team Script Writing Structuring the Idea Developing the Project: Set, Light, Actors, Scheduling. Filming the Term Project Editing the Term ProjectMedia Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ) 10. 10 MSJ 301 VIDEO C