TV Production Syllabus
M-W, 12 noon-1:50 pm
Tu-Th, 12:15-2:05 pm
Your Host: Mr. B (Steve Beverly)
Office Phone: 5380 | Home: (901) 783-5295
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Let's not waste time on this. You should
find this a course, whether your concentration is in
broadcasting or a related communications area, which
sharpens your skills, teamwork, and creativity in the
field of communication. If you go into public
relations, you may one day have to supervise production
of a promotional video for a corporation or agency. If
you plan to go into television, you will learn basic
skills for on-camera and behind-the-scenes performance.
If you are in theatre, hopefully this course will enhance
your performing or production talents. You will be
involved in course work which will result in actual on-
air television programming, including our newsmagazine
Jackson Tonight!, our game show I've Heard
That Song!, and Union basketball. So, the opportunities
for genuine hands-on experience is what this course affords.
- Read your textbook, Video Basics, Zettl, when chapters are
assigned. College students don't like to do that today.
But how can I say it any more specifically? You can't do
well on exams or keep up with concepts if you don't read
daily as assigned. Either read it or weep.
- Access to a computer with internet access---either
your own, or one in the computer lab or library. You
will be expected to have downloaded and
read assigned occasional online material. You will click in at
and click the link TV Production. I will
post material there regularly, as well as your grades
on exams (under confidential nicknames).
Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT come to class and
complain, "Mr. B, I couldn't get through to the
website." Servers do go down, but usually the fault is
the part of the student who will try one or two times
for five minutes and then never again before coming to
class. Be persistent at different intervals if you
cannot make a web connection the first or second time
after an assignment is made.
Your readings will be assigned as daily episodes.
You will be expected to download them by number assigned
on a specific day to be prepared for the next class
session. Get used to this. This will be the wave of the
future in the classroom.
- Tests: Midterm, 100 points.
Final exam, 200. Test dates and tentative daily planned
class assignments are posted on your class calendar
No, I don't make up tests for absences on the day a test
is given or a project is due, unless it is a university-approved
absence and documentation is given. No matter how much
I like you and your family.
- Projects: Two in-studio projects during class
days, worth 100 points each; one field production team
project worth 200 points---100 for a rough cut and 100
for a finished product; and 100 points for overall work
on in-class production of Jackson Tonight! and
in four required out-of-class projects:
- I've Heard That Song!: Both classes will combine for the Saturday, Oct. 2; Monday, Oct. 4; and
Thurs., Nov. 18 tapings. Both classes will be required to
attend a two-hour rehearsal on Thursday night, Sept. 30,
from 7-9 p.m. This is a mandatory project, as
are all of these listed. We will do one day of in-class taping of
I've Heard That Song! in November, as well.
- Union University Basketball: Both classes
will combine for the Monday, Nov. 22 doubleheader vs. Lambuth. We will likely be switching camera operators between games but each class will be required to work at least one of
the two games.
- Grades: You'll get some. The numbers:
94-100 (A), 86-93 (B), 75-85 (C),
65-74 (D), Below 65 (lovely parting gifts of Turtle Wax
and Rice-a-Roni, the San Francisco Treat).. Don't even
come to my office and tell me, "I need an 'A,' Mr. B."
I need $100,000 but Dr. Dockery isn't going to give it
to me because I go up to him and tell him I need it.
You'll get and "A" if you make one. My charitable giving
and community service ends in my gradebook. You will receive
what you make---plain and simple!
- Bonus: You will be responsible for helping
fill the audience for I've Heard That Song!, on the Oct. 4 and Nov. 18 dates, for bonus points on the midterm and final exam. Those are always good bonus points and the easiest points
you'll obtain in this class. To be explained later.
Since most of you have
had me previously, you know my primary attendance policy
is BE HERE! I don't penalize for university-approved
absences, but even in those events---I frown in this class
VERY, VERY STRONGLY against absences on the days
of assigned rehearsals and projects. Even one absent
class member creates chaos in having enough crew people
to do a project. I will be bringing in past students
from time to time to assist with projects, but nothing
is more irritating to another student than for you to
fail to show on a day you are supposed to be on the crew
for his/her project or rehearsal. Your excuse better
be MAJOR for missing project days or rehearsals. Just
don't make up one.
I also expect you here ON TIME. One of three primary reasons for firing in the television industry is being late for work. We will learn that discipline. In this class, if you are tardy more than two times, you will lose one point per late appearance.
One other item: I recognize we have some theatre people
in these classes. I am very supportive of our drama
program. But you are in an academic course which has
some evening requirements because of the nature of our
program. I have deliberately tried to work our scheduled
programs around play dates, so we do not conflict. But
I am going to expect you to fulfill required dates of
our productions for your academic credit in this course.
NOTE: If you call me and leave a message, please leave your return phone number. I am not going to have your number automatically at my disposal.
This syllabus is also available at this address online: http://members.tripod.com/~emceesteve/tvsyllabus.htm
Let's quit talking about it and just do it!
And remember....the best music is the Music of Your Life!
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