Introduction to Broadcasting
Introduction to Broadcasting provides Upper School students with in-depth instruction in video production and broadcasting techniques. The course covers all aspects of production, from camera, audio, and lighting to digital video editing, special effects, and more. A variety of media projects will be produced, and most productions will be shared with a global audience via the Internet. The primary focus of the course will be the creation of a video news show covering stories of interest to Hathaway Brown School students. All students involved in this course will be required to fulfill roles in front of the camera and behind the scenes.
Below are some of the projects produced by the 2010-2011 Introduction to Broadcasting students. Click on the link to watch the videos.
Project 1: Camera Shots, Angles & Movements
Students created videos using the following camera shots, angles, and movements:
- Shots = Close-up, Medium Shot, Long Shot
- Angles = High Angle Shot, Low Angle Shot, Eye-level Shot, Reverse Angle Shot
- Movements = Tracking, Panning, Dollying /Zooming, Tilting
Project 2: I'm Late to Class
Students created videos based on the following statement… “I am late for class.” They followed four steps in the creation of this video. Although they worked in groups to plan and capture the video, students worked independently in the editing process.
- PLANNING… Plan each shot on the storyboard. Indicate type of shot and location.
- PITCHING… Present your storyboard to the class. Be able to describe each shot.
- PRODUCTION… Find the desired “shot.” Pre-roll and post-roll the tape 3 seconds.
- POST-PRODUCTION… Edit the video to tell the story. Find a soundtrack to match the video. Export the finished video.
Additionally, students were provided with a variety of requirements...
- No close-up or medium shots of faces. The viewer should never see the face of the main character.
- You may videotape people, but all of the shots must be from the back or close-up of arms, legs, feet, backs, etc.
- People may appear in the background of your shots.
- Refer to the list of camera shots, angles, and movements. Push these shots to the "extreme" by using extreme close ups and unusual angles.
- Shoot plenty of video, and shoot matched action shots/sequences.
- All sound will be muted. A soundtrack will be added in the editing process.
- All decisions in planning, filming, and editing must stay focused on the guiding statement..."I am late for class." You are telling a story; be creative.
Project 3: Pure HB
Students created videos following the style of the Pure Michigan TV ads. Working independently, they wrote and narrated scripts to drive the visuals of their presentation. Students were required to follow these guidelines:
- Finished video must be 30 to 32 seconds in length.
- You will write and narrate the script. Audio must be recorded in the highest possible quality with no errors.
- You must select from the collection of provided soundtracks.
- You must include 12-15 video clips.
- The final 4-5 seconds of the video must include HB logo and website link.
Project 4: Student Journalism and the Power of Pursuasion
Students focused on journalism, pursuasion, and interviewing techniques. We spent time discussing interview terminology and how to set up a one camera and two camera interview. Working in teams, students produced either an in-depth interview, research project, or persuasive video. Although the variation in the projects is wide, the videos demonstrate the pursuasive power they have when using these digital tools and communication methods.