Ms. Karen Randle
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Phone: (480) 472-1061


TV Class

GV201/2 Video, TV and Movie Production

Course Syllabus

Fall 2017


Instructor: Ms. Randle


Phone: (480)-472-1061

Students will receive a hard-copy in class to be returned


A syllabus is a contract between teacher and student, and by extension the parent as a co-signer. This allows for a fair relationship of mutual accountability that upholds the mission of East Valley Academy, as an academic institution. Compliance with clear standards establishes trust and avoids confusion of expectations, while non-compliance breaches that trust and challenges reputation. This syllabus functions on the integrity of both parties.


Course Description

During the course of the year, students will engage in a variety of activities designed to increase their knowledge of video production. This class will ask students to express themselves through researching, writing and creating media projects. Hands-on, real-world activities will require students to be creative, responsible and professional. Students will consistently use critical thinking skills and a good work ethic to achieve an advanced level of media literacy. GV201 enhances the knowledge and skills taught in traditional English courses, focusing on those aspects of communication applicable to all types of video based media.


The student will be given the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to:


  • Plan and create video projects.
  • Create video projects with the elements of videography, graphics, multiple audio sources and voiceover narration.
  • Create .m4v’s for school and web use


    Course Requirements

    • Work independently and in small groups.
    • Plan and carry out all phases of a video production project.
    • Assume the role of talent, producer, director, videographer and editor on video projects.
    • Work with and frequently contact members of the community on a variety of video projects.
    • Do regular self-critiques of projects and share ideas for improvement with other members of the class.
    • Regularly use speaking and writing skills.
    • Set firm deadlines and meet them.



    • It is suggested that you supply a 4GB or 8GB SDHC card. There will be some available to share. These cards need to be brought daily and forgetting them can hurt your productivity.
    • Headphones are also suggested to bring during editing or with teacher permission during class projects.


    All students must have a signed

    Computer Ethics/Usage form on file



    The criteria for the final grade in the course is as follows:

    A = outstanding work; a 90% or above average on tests and written material; a demonstration of excellent production and editing skills; an ability to effectively critique the strengths and weakness of other projects; all work turned in on time.

    B = an 80% average on tests and written material; an ability to meet deadlines; a proven ability in production and editing; strong critiques.

    C = a 70% average on tests and written material; an ability to meet most deadlines and an acceptable grasp of editing and production techniques; a basic knowledge of basic critique elements.

    D = a 60% average on tests and written material; however, student has fallen short in one or more major areas: meeting deadlines, an understanding of or the ability to effectively use production or editing equipment.

    F = below a 60% average on tests and written material; student has fallen below the minimally acceptable requirements for the course.


    IN A 10 POINT




    Technical Problems

    • Problems with video and audio equipment are a fact of life in any broadcast or video production facility. However, "technical problems" are actually often "operator problems." If you encounter a significant technical problem in completing your assignment, you will need to indicate this by reporting it to me. When the video is shown to the class, it will be determined if the nature of the problem was (1) totally beyond your control, (2) the result of not fully understanding the equipment or its operation, or (3) potentially salvageable by employing a simple alternate approach.
    • Doing a short audio and video check before leaving the equipment checkout area can identify most camcorder problems. This also protects you. Because you are responsible for equipment, this procedure will uncover problems for which you might otherwise have been held responsible.
    • Students who use equipment in a careless, irresponsible manner may be removed from the class permanently. Any student who abuses on campus privileges may loose those privileges or be removed from class permanently at the teacher’s discretion.



    • I cannot stress enough the importance of safety in video production.
    • Electricity is dangerous, so handle lights, cords etc. with the utmost care!
    • Be aware of your surroundings at all times when shooting.
    • Safety of you and your crew is #1.




    A Few More Things


    • Regular and on-time attendance is critical to success in this class. If you miss a class, YOU are responsible for getting the assignments from a peer.
    • You need a positive attitude, a good work ethic and a willingness to push yourself into

       new areas of your own creativity!

    • You are responsible for your actions at all time. Wandering about the school is unacceptable. This includes the parking lots!
    • If you borrow a camera, it MUST be returned the following day. If not returned, you will lose borrowing privileges.
    • Do not touch things you are not working on.
    • If you get it out, put it away. If you mess it up, clean it up.
    • Any unethical, inappropriate, or destructive behavior will not be tolerated and can be grounds for dismissal from this classroom.
    • When you are outside the classroom working on assignments, you are to act maturely, and responsibly. Your actions reflect directly on the instructor and the course.
    • Take care of the things you are working with. Equipment is state of the art and expensive.
    • If there are problems, you need to report it immediately!
    • The Computer Editing Lab and studio area are a “No food and drink area”. Bottled water will be allowed.
    • Videos will not contain violence, sex, drugs, alcohol, guns, gangs, vulgarity, racism or socially inappropriate material. If you are not sure ask!


    Please sign and return this completed portion of the syllabus/contract.


    I have read over the course syllabus/contract and will abide by Ms. Randle’s expectations and requirements for this class.




    ___________________________________   ________________________

    Student’s printed name                                      Student’s signature






    I have read over Ms. Randle’s syllabus/contract with my child and understood her course expectations and requirements for my child.



    ___________________________________   ________________________

    Parent/Guardian’s printed name                       Parent/Guardian’s signature  






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