Mission High TV Production


TV Production Syllabus

Updated 7/19/07


This course covers all aspects of television production. Students will have the opportunity to learn about video cameras, lighting, audio, visual effects, editing, and the various aspects of production, including pre and post-production. Students will be required to perform service projects within the school, as well as the community. In addition to learning the skills to produce a weekly news show, students will learn the basics of film production. Students will be asked to write scripts and film several productions this year. This is a time intensive course that will involve field and studio production before school, after school, and some weekends. Your grade will be based on weekly group broadcasts, homework, projects, class participation, quizzes and tests. . Your final exam will be based on all terms and concepts learned this year.


Production teams:

You will be assigned to one of two production teams. These teams will take turns producing weekly news broadcasts. These broadcasts will be recorded on Wednesday and edited on Thursday, and ready for broadcast on Friday morning. The teams will have the following positions:

Director: controls production from the production room

Anchors (2) read the copy for the weekly broadcast. Most of the broadcast will feature these two anchors.

Camera operators (2) control the cameras for the weekly broadcasts

Weather: will read weather and other special features.

Feature story: Anyone on the team can star in a feature story, but it will be your responsibility to research the story and write the copy.


Every weekly news broadcast will cover the following:

School news

Sports news

Local news



Feature Story


Other projects we will be participating in:

Filming school events: For archive footage and news stories

Commercial: We will produce several commercials of local businesses. These commercials will be 30 seconds to a minute in length and will be shown at open house.


Film Projects: You will be asked to produce a two short movies this year. The movies should feature concepts used in class as well as a soundtrack and a music score. Several of these movies will be submitted to film competitions and film festivals.


Film Festival: We will have been invited to participate in a film festival at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks. We may submit up to 6 videos as part of the film festival, which will feature videos from students in TV production classes from other schools. In addition to viewing other videos, you will have the opportunity to participate in panel discussions with people in the TV/Movie industry, some of which have won Oscars and Emmys for their work. As part of the film festival, a screening of a recent movie will allow students to interact with the director and several of the actors from the film after the screening: Some recent screenings include:

“Little Miss Sunshine”

“The Outsiders:


Akilah and the Bee”

“Big Fish”


Critiquing of Projects: As part of your grade, you will be asked to critique projects and news shows from other schools and they will do the same of your work. Be prepared for constructive criticism from others that you do not know. 


Final Project: SGMHS Recruitment Video: As your final project you will be asked to help create a recruitment video for the school. The video will feature aspects of Mission life and will include video clips from sporting events, dances, clubs, classroom activities, and other activities that take place here at Mission throughout the entire year. Students will be assigned a different aspect of this video to work on.


Television production is an excellent opportunity to network with others and gain experience that you can use as credits for a potential job in TV production as well as movie production. I suggest that all work is archived and saved in some sort of video portfolio that can be used late. To be successful in the entertainment industry you must make it a point to pay attention to due dates, be flexible, and be prepared for criticism and possible rejection.




TV Production Class Syllabus


*Please note that Team broadcasts, individual projects and other assignments are subject to change based on time. Only major projects and activities are listed.

Fall Semester:

·         Introduction to a history of broadcast television and broadcast journalism.

·         Examine the functions of broadcast media in our society and how broadcast media serves society.

·         Introduction to the basic aspects of production

·         What are the aspects of television production

·         What is news writing and how does it relate to broadcast news

·         What are the technical aspects of television production

·         What are the laws and ethics of television production

·         Commercials: design and purpose. Begin working on a commercial in small groups.

·         Research Federal regulations, censorship/freedom of speech and copyright laws.

·         Impact of Television on society

·         Advanced use of the video camera

·         Introduction to storyboarding and scriptwriting

·         Begin work on short movie for the spring film festival at NDHS

·         Basic set design and advanced studio lighting


Spring Semester:

·         What are some careers in broadcast news

·         Commercials will be shown at open house

·         Evaluation of broadcasts from local high schools and colleges.

·         Evaluation of short films from local high schools

·         Continue work on short films for film festival

·         Begin work on storyboarding for next year’s school recruitment video

·         Comprehend the need for mood/atmosphere and how to create this atmosphere

·         Short films should be completed by March and ready for presentation to the class

·         Short films will be prepared for film festival

·         Film festival: 9am-3pm @ NDHS. 9-11am video presentations, 1-3pm breakout sessions with actors, directors, producers

·         Students will further develop field production skills and how to shoot on remote locations

·         Begin work on final projects TBA

·         Complete work on Recruitment video

·         Recruitment of new students for TV Production class


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