• VIDEO PRODUCTION 1

     Course Description

    In today’s marketplace, students need to be prepared to sell themselves and their skills.  Any advantage that students have to help themselves secure a place in a quality work environment is vital.  Video Production 1 will teach students employability skills as applied to the video production field.  This course will also provide an understanding of the TV and Film production industry, which includes aspects of story and script development, pre-production storyboarding, cinematography, sound design, and finally, post production editing and visual effects.

    Grading Policy

    Students will be required to develop a professional portfolio of their work.  This will allow all students to reflect upon past classroom experiences and self-assess their overall progress throughout the course of the semester.  Students will be graded on the quality of their portfolio, production projects, in-class assignments, and test/quiz scores.  Student grades will be updated weekly.  Please check Parent Vue / Student Vue regularly to track student progress.

     Video Projects/Portfolio        50%               

     Tests/Quizzes                     10%                     

     In-Class Assignments          20%                 

     Final Exam & Project           20%                   

    Homework Policy

    Because of the equipment-dependent nature of this course, there will be very few times when homework is given.  All unfinished classwork that is not dependent on course software and equipment must be completed as homework and is due the following day. Projects and assignments that require the use of course software and equipment will be completed during class time.  If a student falls behind, it is their responsibility to schedule time during my office hours to finish their work.  Late projects must be completed within a week of their due date. Late work from unexcused absences will receive a 50% penalty.

    Required for class:

    There is a $12 fee per semester for this course. Fees must be paid in the School bookstore. In addition, a set of earbuds are required for use while editing video productions.  Suggested: 32gb media storage (SD or USB Flash Drive).

    Video Projects

    Students will produce a variety of audio/visual productions.  These projects require the use of a digital video camera.  Equipment is available for classroom use only.  Students wanting to work on projects outside of class must obtain their own equipment (smartphones are a great option when necessary).

    Equipment and Handling

    Students are to use the video equipment and computer lab with care.  Students will be held financially responsible for damaged or lost equipment.  Please see the Computer Lab Use Guidelines and Video Equipment Use and Checkout Agreement forms for additional information.  In addition to this syllabus, each student is required to have both of these signed documents on file before he/she will be permitted to use the equipment and/or computer lab.

    Filming Privileges

    Filming outside of the classroom during school hours is a privilege.  Privileges may be revoked.

    • No student will leave the classroom without properly signing-out.
    • All school rules apply to you wile you are working outside the lab.
    • Absolutely no filming:
      • In Restrooms / locker rooms
      • Parking lot / off school premises
      • In empty rooms. A teacher must always accompany you into any room on campus.

     Remember when you leave the classroom with a video camera; you are representing Mr. Nuttall and the entire HHS Video Production Program.  Please act accordingly so that we can continue to enjoy this fun and exciting program.

    Code of Ethics

    As a public figure and production student of Higley High School, you are held to a certain set of standards.  Video recording anyone or anything deemed inappropriate will result in an automatic failure and removal from the class.  If something is in question then stop recording and see Mr. Nuttall immediately.  Do not let students who are not in video production borrow or use the camera or other production equipment.  You will be held solely responsible for any footage recorded when it is checked out to you.  You are not at liberty to use school equipment for anything that is not school related. This also means that you are to follow all handbook policies and procedures.

    Absences

    An absence is defined as a student’s non-attendance in the student’s assigned classroom during an assigned period. The difference between an excused absence and an unexcused absence is parents have followed procedures to excuse a student by calling the attendance line.  However, the accumulation of excused and unexcused occurrences will result in potential consequences.  All absences accrue towards the limit of 10 per semester.  Higley Unified School District has implemented a limit of ten absences per semester.   If the student acquires ten or more absences during a semester, the student will lose credit in those classes. To earn credit while auditing a class, the student must submit an appeal to administration, attend all classes after the appeal is presented, and pass the semester final exam with a minimum of 75%.

    Attendance Policy

    A student will be considered absent from class if they enter the classroom more than ten minutes after the designated start time.  If the student has a valid reason to be late to class it will be an excused absence. The absence will be considered unexcused if the student is late without being excused by the school administration or the parent signing in the child late.  

    Creating an Optimal Learning Environment

    • Cell phones and other electronic devices will be turned off and put away before entering the classroom.
    • Students will stay on task during class time to avoid becoming a distraction to their classmates; thus giving those individuals who have come to learn, ample opportunity to succeed.
    • No food or drink will be allowed in the computer lab (water with a lid is okay)
    • No hats allowed in classrooms.
    • Students will sit in their assigned seat upon entering the classroom.
    • Earbuds will only be used while editing a video project. AirPods do not work with our computers and need to stay in your backpack during class time.
    • DO NOT ask to use the restroom in the first 10 minutes or last 10 minutes of class.

    Consequences (Behavior and Tardies)

    1. First Infraction: student will be reminded and asked to stop his/her inappropriate behavior.
    2. Second Infraction: one-on-one conference with the student will be held to discuss his/her behavior.  Cell Phones, etc. will be held at my desk until the end of the period.  Parent/Guardian will be contacted.
    3. Third Infraction: Student will be assigned ASD (After School Detention with Teacher). Parent contacted.
    4. Fourth Infraction: Referral for Saturday School. Parent contacted.

  • VIDEO PRODUCTION 2

    Course Description

    Video Production will give students an inside look at what it takes to produce HD digital video content, TV broadcasts, and short films. With an opportunity to develop, shoot, and edit their projects, students will come away with a deeper understanding of the four stages of production: Development, Pre-production, Production, and Post-production. During the second half of this course, students will begin preparation for the final phase within the HHS Video Program; becoming a member of The Studio, Higley High School’s weekly student news broadcast crew. Please understand that not all students will be admitted into the final year of the program (it is extremely competitive).  This year’s course will act as your audition so it is extremely important that you put your best foot forward throughout the year to ensure yourself a spot in next year’s Studio crew.

    Grading Policy

    Students will be required to develop a professional portfolio of their work.  This will allow all students to reflect upon past classroom experiences and self-assess their overall progress throughout the course of the semester.  Students will be graded on the quality of their portfolio, production projects, in-class assignments, and test and quiz scores.  Student grades will be updated weekly.  Please check Parent Vue / Student Vue regularly to track student progress.

     Video Projects/Portfolio       50%              

     Tests/Quizzes                     10%                       

     In-Class Assignments          20%                    

     Final Exam & Project           20%                                           

    Homework Policy

    Because of the equipment-dependent nature of this course, there will be very few times when homework is given.  All unfinished classwork that is not dependent on course software and equipment must be completed as homework and is due the following day. Projects and assignments that require the use of course software and equipment will be completed during class time.  If a student falls behind, it is their responsibility to schedule time during my office hours to finish their work.  Late projects must be completed within a week of their due date. Late work from unexcused absences will receive a 50% penalty.

    Required for class:

    There is a $12 fee per semester for this course. Fees must be paid in the School bookstore. In addition, a set of earbuds are required for use while editing video productions.  Suggested: 32gb media storage (SD or USB Flash Drive).

    Video Projects

    Students will produce a variety of audio/visual productions.  These projects require the use of a digital video camera.  Equipment is available for classroom use only.  Students wanting to work on projects outside of class must obtain their own equipment (smartphones are a great option when necessary).

    Equipment and Handling

    Students are to use the video equipment and computer lab with care.  Students will be held financially responsible for damaged or lost equipment.  Please see the Computer Lab Use Guidelines and Video Equipment Use and Checkout Agreement forms for additional information.  In addition to this syllabus, each student is required to have both of these signed documents on file before he/she will be permitted to use the equipment and/or computer lab.

    Filming Privileges

    Filming outside of the classroom during school hours is a privilege.  Privileges may be revoked.

    • No student will leave the classroom without properly signing-out.
    • All school rules apply to you wile you are working outside the lab.
    • Absolutely no filming:
      • In Restrooms / locker rooms
      • Parking lot / off school premises
      • In empty rooms. A teacher must always accompany you into any room on campus.

    Remember when you leave the classroom with a video camera; you are representing Mr. Nuttall and the entire HHS Video Production Program.  Please act accordingly so that we can continue to enjoy this fun and exciting program.

    Code of Ethics

    As a public figure and production student of Higley High School, you are held to a certain set of standards.  Video recording anyone or anything deemed inappropriate will result in an automatic failure and removal from the class.  If something is in question then stop recording and see Mr. Nuttall immediately.  Do not let students who are not in video production borrow or use the camera or other production equipment.  You will be held solely responsible for any footage recorded when it is checked out to you.  You are not at liberty to use school equipment for anything that is not school related. This also means that you are to follow all handbook policies and procedures.

    Absences

    An absence is defined as a student’s non-attendance in the student’s assigned classroom during an assigned period. The difference between an excused absence and an unexcused absence is parents have followed procedures to excuse a student by calling the attendance line.  However, the accumulation of excused and unexcused occurrences will result in potential consequences.  All absences accrue towards the limit of 10 per semester.  Higley Unified School District has implemented a limit of ten absences per semester.   If the student acquires ten or more absences during a semester, the student will lose credit in those classes. To earn credit while auditing a class, the student must submit an appeal to administration, attend all classes after the appeal is presented, and pass the semester final exam with a minimum of 75%.

    Attendance Policy

    A student will be considered absent from class if they enter the classroom more than ten minutes after the designated start time.  If the student has a valid reason to be late to class it will be an excused absence. The absence will be considered unexcused if the student is late without being excused by the school administration or the parent signing in the child late. 

    Creating an Optimal Learning Environment

    • Cell phones and other electronic devices will be turned off and put away before entering the classroom.
    • Students will stay on task during class time to avoid becoming a distraction to their classmates; thus giving those individuals who have come to learn, ample opportunity to succeed.
    • No food or drink will be allowed in the computer lab (water with a lid is okay)
    • No hats allowed in classrooms.
    • Students will sit in their assigned seat upon entering the classroom.
    • Earbuds will only be used while editing a video project. AirPods do not work with our computers and need to stay in your backpack during class time.
    • DO NOT ask to use the restroom in the first 10 minutes or last 10 minutes of class.

     

    Consequences (Behavior and Tardies)

    1. First Infraction: student will be reminded and asked to stop his/her inappropriate behavior.
    2. Second Infraction: one-on-one conference with the student will be held to discuss his/her behavior.  Cell Phones, etc. will be held at my desk until the end of the period.  Parent/Guardian will be contacted.
    3. Third Infraction: Student will be assigned ASD (After School Detention with Teacher). Parent contacted.
    4. Fourth Infraction: Referral for Saturday School. Parent contacted.

  • TV BROADCASTING

    Course Description

    Students enrolled in this course will build on their production experience by writing, producing, directing, and performing a school-wide television broadcast each week. Students will also produce commercials, public service announcements, highlight reels, news and feature pieces for the weekly TV broadcast. Students will learn advanced editing techniques and graphic skills using software programs such as Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Photoshop.

    Grading Policy

    Students will be required to develop a professional portfolio of their work. This will allow all students to reflect upon past classroom experiences and self-assess their overall progress throughout the course of the semester. Students will be graded on the quality of their video packages, studio work, b-roll camera work, equipment management, in-class assignments, test scores, and class participation. Please check Parent Vue / Student Vue regularly to track student progress.                                            

    Video Projects/Portfolio       50%                

    Tests/Quizzes                     10%              

    In-Class Assignments          20%                

    Final Exam & Project           20%                  

    Required for class

    There is a $12 fee per semester for this course. Fees must be paid in the School bookstore. In addition, a set of headphones or earbuds are required for use while editing video productions.  Suggested: 32gb media storage (SD or Flash).

    Homework and Extracurricular Projects

    Students will be required to attend, and produce news stories on various after school events, including: sporting events, school plays, concerts, club meetings, and other similar functions. Students are required to stay after school for studio production time at least one Wednesday or Thursday every two weeks. 

    Punctuality and Reliability

    Being on time is very important. This class is responsible for producing weekly school news broadcasts. Meeting deadlines is vital to your grade as well as to the overall production process. You must be reliable.

    Deadlines

    Scheduled video packages will be due by the end of the period, one day prior to the broadcast. Video packages not meeting deadline will be penalized 50% and pulled from the production. The classroom editing facilities will be open everyday before school at 6:45AM, after school Wednesdays until 4:00PM, and after school Thursdays until 5:00 PM.

    Equipment and Handling

    Students are to use the video equipment and computer lab with care.  Students will be held financially responsible for damaged or lost equipment.  Please see the Computer Lab Use Guidelines and Video Equipment Use and Checkout Agreement forms for additional information.  In addition to this syllabus, each student is required to have both of these signed documents on file before he/she will be permitted to use the equipment and/or computer lab.

    Filming Privileges

    Filming outside of the classroom during school hours is a privilege.  Privileges may be revoked.

    • No student will leave the classroom without properly signing-out.
    • All school rules apply to you wile you are working outside the studio and Mac lab.
    • Absolutely no filming:
      • In Restrooms / locker rooms
      • Parking lot (must notify security)/ off school premises
      • In empty rooms. A teacher must always accompany you into any room on campus.

    Remember when you leave the classroom with a video camera; you are representing Mr. Nuttall and the entire HHS Video Production Program.  Please act accordingly so that we can continue to enjoy this fun and exciting program.

    Code of Ethics

    As a public figure and production student of Higley High School, you are held to a certain set of standards.  Video recording anyone or anything deemed inappropriate will result in an automatic failure and removal from the class.  If something is in question then stop recording and see Mr. Nuttall immediately.  Do not let students who are not in video production borrow or use the camera or other production equipment.  You will be held solely responsible for any footage recorded when it is checked out to you.  You are not at liberty to use school equipment for anything that is not school related. This also means that you are to follow all handbook policies and procedures.

    Absences

    An absence is defined as a student’s non-attendance in the student’s assigned classroom during an assigned period. The difference between an excused absence and an unexcused absence is parents have followed procedures to excuse a student by calling the attendance line.  However, the accumulation of excused and unexcused occurrences will result in potential consequences.  All absences accrue towards the limit of 10 per semester.  Higley Unified School District has implemented a limit of ten absences per semester.   If the student acquires ten or more absences during a semester, the student will lose credit in those classes. To earn credit while auditing a class, the student must submit an appeal to administration, attend all classes after the appeal is presented, and pass the semester final exam with a minimum of 75%.

    Attendance Policy

    A student will be considered absent from class if they enter the classroom more than ten minutes after the designated start time.  If the student has a valid reason to be late to class it will be an excused absence. The absence will be considered unexcused if the student is late without being excused by the school administration or the parent signing in the child late. 

    Creating an Optimal Learning Environment

    • Cell phones and other electronic devices will be turned off and put away before entering the classroom.
    • No food or drink will be allowed in the computer lab (water with a lid is okay)
    • No hats allowed in classrooms.
    • Students will sit in their assigned seat upon entering the classroom.
    • Earbuds will only be used while editing a video project. AirPods will not work with our computers and will stay in your backpack.
    • DO NOT ask to use the restroom in the first 10 minutes or last 10 minutes of class.

     

    Consequences (Behavior and Tardies)

    1. First Infraction: student will be reminded and asked to stop his/her inappropriate behavior.
    2. Second Infraction: one-on-one conference with the student will be held to discuss his/her behavior.  Cell Phones, etc. will be held at my desk until the end of the period.  Parent/Guardian will be contacted.
    3. Third Infraction: Student will be assigned ASD (After School Detention with Teacher). Parent contacted.
    4. Fourth Infraction: Referral for Saturday School. Parent contacted.