Schedule

This is a roadmap of where we want to go and how we intend to get there. As with all roadmaps, we may find that we want to change the route as we go along. I’ll notify you of any changes.

Class Date In-Class Activities Homework
May 20 • Introductions
• Syllabus review
• MediaStorm module: Reporting Track
• View and discuss short documentary videos
• Discuss story ideas
• Write: Pitch document, 1-2 pages
May 22 Due: Pitch document
• Individual pitch presentations
• Produce: Final Project Proposal
• Watch Take Care
• Watch and write one-page synopsis/key points: The Making Of Take Care
• Reading: Herbert Zettl, “Aesthetics Theory”
May 27 NO CLASS – MEMORIAL DAY
May 29 Due: One-page synopsis: The Making of Take Care
• Discuss: The Making of Take Care
• Discuss: “Aesthetics Theory”
Due: Final Project Proposal
• Final Project brainstorm
• Revise Final Project Proposal
• Watch A Thousand More
• Watch and write one-page synopsis/key points: The Making Of A Thousand More
June 3 • Check in: Revised Final Project Proposal
• Individual meetings with professor and groups
Due: One-page synopsis: The Making Of A Thousand More
• Discuss: The Making Of A Thousand More
• Review: Camera, lighting, shooting
• Guest Speaker: Working a longer story
• Begin Shooting
• Produce: Shooting Log
• Read: In the Blink of an Eye, pp. xiii – 20
• Watch The Amazing Amy
• Watch and write one-page synopsis/keypoints: The Making Of The Amazing Amy
June 5 Due: Shooting Log
• Discuss: In the Blink of an Eye
• Due: One-page synopsis: The Making Of The Amazing Amy
• Discuss: The Making Of The Amazing Amy
• Continue Shooting
• Produce: Shooting Log
• Read: In the Blink of an Eye, pp. 21 – 42
June 10 Due: Shooting Log
• MediaStorm module: Editing Track
• Discuss: In the Blink of an Eye
• In-Class Editing Session
• Continue Shooting
• Produce: Shooting Log
• Read: In the Blink of an Eye, pp. 43 – 56
• Produce: Treatment (story narrative)
June 12 • Discuss: In the Blink of an Eye
Due: Treatment
• Treatment Feedback
Due: Shooting Log
• Review Initial footage in small groups
• Guest Speaker: Advanced storytelling
• Finish Shooting
• Complete Shooting Log
• Read: In the Blink of an Eye, pp. 56 – 72
• Produce Script
June 17 DUE: Script and Full Log
• Discuss: In the Blink of an Eye
• Review: Cutting and sequencing
• In-class editing session, troubleshooting
• Rough Cut
June 19 Due: Rough Cut
• Rough-cut review, with coach
• Continue Editing
June 24 • Advanced Color Correction and Audio Mixing in Final Cut Pro/Sound Track Pro
• Compressing Video for the Web
• In-Class Editing Session, troubleshooting
• Final Project
June 26 Due: Final Project
• Final Project Viewing Session
• Guest speaker: State of indie documentary – where it stands, where it’s going
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