MEDIA204-19T (HAM)

Studio Production

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Arts
Screen and Media Studies

Staff

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Convenor(s)

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Administrator(s)

: vanessa.mclean@waikato.ac.nz

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: anne.ferrier-watson@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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This practical paper is aimed at realizing the creative potential of the moving image studio and will focus on the production of audio/visual art forms and narrative storytelling within a controlled studio environment. The aim of this paper is that students will discover insights into creative practices through participatory manipulation of lighting, sound and movement, whilst also developing useful practical skills in areas such as camera operation, sound design, editing, acting, make-up, costume, prop placement, and crew/time management. Successful solutions to a series of practical assignments will require a demonstration of both creative and technical skills which will be developed throughout the course.
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Paper Structure

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This is a demanding paper requiring attendance, participation and investment by each student during established teaching times as well as during research and rehearsal times and part of the experience is to develop an ethic of professional practice – engaging with this paper as though working for a professional production company. Any student who does not invest completely in this paper by attending on time and regularly will be deemed not contributing to the work required and will be marked down accordingly by the convenor.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • operate a range of technical equipment and software options including aspects of the television studio, mobile digital cameras, audio and lighting equipment, as well as editing software.
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  • learn to work as a team within the television studio and develop an awareness of the requirements that are necessary for personal and collective safety
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  • develop an experience working with images and sound to produce a variety of narrative and/or non-narrative projects
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  • begin to develop an awareness of working with costumes, make-up and props as important elements of a performative story-telling environment
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  • experience alternative approaches to story-telling in a creative environment driven by the utilisation of digital audiovisual technologies
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  • work within groups and experience the politics and dynamics of groups
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  • experience the requirements of a simulated professional production environment understanding its disciplines, pressures and expectations
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  • reflect critically on your own achievement of these learning outcomes
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  • Explore the creative potentials of the TV studio
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Assessment

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Assignment 1: Live recording (30%)

This assessment component is comprised of the following tasks and will be completed during Week 1 and Week 2.

In this first assignment, students will translate a screenplay from page to screen, plan out the scene and execute and capture the scene live in the studio.

From the provided script groups will need to:

1) choose a space in which to set the scene (confined/small/adequate entry & exist points for characters)

2) determine who the characters are and their relationship to one another (close/distant/strangers etc.)

each character from the script will require a designated attributes for a) how they move b) posture c) gestures/mannerisms d) clothing

camera shots and lighting should also be used to distinguish characters.

3) determine how the scene and set will be staged (and how actors will move within the scene)

4) plan movement of actors and cameras

5) plan camera shots (story board)

6) plan lighting

7) plan use of should also include diegetic and non-diegetic sound

8) assign specific roles to each group member and crew

NOTE:

The key light is the main source of illumination, but if used alone it will leave shadows.

Another light is therefore required to fill in these areas of darkness and to soften the shadows the key light has cast. This has become known as the fill light, a secondary light source of slightly less intensity than the key light which is placed at eye level.

The third light source that provides depth is known as the back light, as it is placed above and behind the subject. Used on its own, the back light alone would create a silhouette of the subject. But the triple combination of key, fill and back lights, separates the subject from its environment and creates a feeling of depth.

Assignment 2: Green screen (35%)

This assessment component will be completed during Week 3 and Week 4.

In this assignment you are asked to develop a short film concept primarily using the green screen. The theme of the film will be 'scale'. The idea is you begin to play with backgrounds that change the scale of your actors (i.e. small or giant). The green screen footage can be sourced externally, but some parts of your assignment will also need to utilize primary footage produced by the group. In this assignment you are encouraged to experiment and work creatively to break beyond the physical confines of the studio.

This short film can be constructed in post-production and need not be completed 'live.' You will again be required to plan your assignment and submit that planning.

Assignment 3: One film, two locations (35%)

This assessment component will be completed during Week 5 and Week 6.

In this final assignment it is hoped that students will combine skills and experience learned from completing Assignment 1 and Assignment 2. This short film will involve two sets, which students will have to stage and prepare. Groups are also required to utilize the green screen in this assignment.

A short script might be provided, but it is hoped that students will be motivated to produce their own scripts for this final assignment.

The assignment asks you to purposefully employ, camera composition elements (Mise-en-scène), creative lighting choices, and audio design to communicate and achieve a desired response in the audience. The project will be marked in terms of a demonstrated mastery of technical, creative and aesthetic elements of video making, as well as individual levels of participation and engagement with your allocated within the production team.

This assignment is due at the end of week SIX, together with your planning documentation.

The final assignment is to be handed in on USB or DVD

Please note –unlabelled assignments will not be assessed!

You must include: Names, student ID, and Title of work on all completed assessments

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assignment 1 - Live recording
22 Nov 2019
4:00 PM
30
  • Hand-in: In Workshop
2. Assignment 2 - Green screen
6 Dec 2019
4:00 PM
35
  • Hand-in: In Workshop
3. Assignment 3 - One film, two locations
20 Dec 2019
4:00 PM
35
  • Hand-in: In Workshop
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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Recommended readings will be provided in the workshops.
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Online Support

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There is an online MyPapers and a Moodle community for this course. MyPapers and Moodle can be accessed via iWaikato.
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Workload

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Teaching schedule

Week 1
Monday 11 November, 2019

One-off lecture
10:00am - 12:00pm
ITS.G.56 / ITS.G.62

Tuesday 12 November, 2019Workshop 1 Part 1
9:00am - 12:00pm
ITS.G.56 / ITS.G.62
Workshop 1 Part 2
1:00pm - 4:00pm
ITS.G.56 and ITS.G.62
Wednesday 13 November, 2019Workshop 2 Part 1
9:00am - 12:00pm
ITS.G.56 / ITS.G.62

Workshop 2 Part 2
1:00pm - 4:00pm
ITS.G.56 and ITS.G.62

Week 2
Tuesday 19 November, 2019Workshop 1 Part 1
9:00am - 12:00pm
ITS.G.56 / ITS.G.62
Workshop 1 Part 2
1:00pm - 4:00pm
ITS.G.56 and ITS.G.62
Wednesday 20 November, 2019Workshop 2 Part 1
9:00am - 12:00pm
ITS.G.56 / ITS.G.62

Workshop 2 Part 2
1:00pm - 4:00pm
ITS.G.56 and ITS.G.62

Week 3
Tuesday 26 November, 2019Workshop 1 Part 1
9:00am - 12:00pm
ITS.G.56 / ITS.G.62
Workshop 1 Part 2
1:00pm - 4:00pm
ITS.G.56 and ITS.G.62
Wednesday 27 November, 2019Workshop 2 Part 1
9:00am - 12:00pm
ITS.G.56 / ITS.G.62

Workshop 2 Part 2
1:00pm - 4:00pm
ITS.G.56 and ITS.G.62

Week 4
Tuesday 3 December, 2019Workshop 1 Part 1
9:00am - 12:00pm
ITS.G.56 / ITS.G.62
Workshop 1 Part 2
1:00pm - 4:00pm
ITS.G.56 and ITS.G.62
Wednesday 4 December, 2019Workshop 2 Part 1
9:00am - 12:00pm
ITS.G.56 / ITS.G.62

Workshop 2 Part 2
1:00pm - 4:00pm
ITS.G.56 and ITS.G.62

Week 5
Tuesday 10 December, 2019Workshop 1 Part 1
9:00am - 12:00pm
ITS.G.56 / ITS.G.62
Workshop 1 Part 2
1:00pm - 4:00pm
ITS.G.56 and ITS.G.62
Wednesday 11 December, 2019Workshop 2 Part 1
9:00am - 12:00pm
ITS.G.56 / ITS.G.62

Workshop 2 Part 2
1:00pm - 4:00pm
ITS.G.56 and ITS.G.62

Week 6
Tuesday 17 December, 2019Workshop 1 Part 1
9:00am - 12:00pm
ITS.G.56 / ITS.G.62
Workshop 1 Part 2
1:00pm - 4:00pm
ITS.G.56 and ITS.G.62

Wednesday 18 December, 2019

Workshop 2 Part 1
9:00am - 12:00pm
ITS.G.56 / ITS.G.62

Workshop 2 Part 2
1:00pm - 4:00pm
ITS.G.56 and ITS.G.62

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: MEDIA102 or SMST112

Corequisite(s)

Equivalent(s)

Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: SMST210

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