• Introduction to Arts, A\V Technology and Communication

                                                                                  (AKA – Digital Media Production)    4-108

    Instructor:       Ms.  Mary Krizanac

    Phone:             671-6290

    Email:                        maryjean.krizanac@marion.k12.fl.us

    School Website:        https://www.marionschools.net/ham

    Class Webpage:         https://www.marionschools.net/Domain/12957  


    GOAL:  This course introduces students to the employment opportunities in the television and film industries. Students will gain experience working with cameras; picture composition, scripting, story boarding and computer based video editing. Students are responsible for producing, short videos, PSA’s and Commercials for the Marion County Student Media Festival. This class is loaded with hands-on technology and diversified lessons that allow every student to learn at their own pace. Each lesson is designed to meet one or more of the Florida standards.


    CLASSWORK: Class work consists of lectures/discussions as well as hands on projects using video cameras, video equipment and iMac editing computers with iMovie software.


    PROJECTS: Students will participate in projects that are intended to reinforce concepts addressed in that unit. Projects include a short video in one of the following categories: Drama, News, Comedy, Instructional video, Animation, Documentary, Public Service Announcements, Commercials, and Music Videos.



    This classroom is to be treated as a professional work environment. Your Job is to show up on time, and learn as much as you can.



    Respect is of the upmost importance- respect for yourself, the instructor, your fellow students, and the classroom equipment. DISRESPECT IN ANY FORM OR FASHION WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.


    Video Production is a class that requires a level of maturity. Students work in small groups and often are given some freedom to work independently in the media center, courtyard and cafeteria. Students are required to ask permission and sign out before leaving the classroom. Roaming is strictly prohibited. When working in the courtyard or cafeteria students must act as a professional, respecting the expensive equipment and keeping noise levels to a minimum. If students do not follow these rules they will lose the privilege of leaving the classroom. Because we work with expensive equipment food, drink, and gum chewing are not allowed in the classroom or studio. Most importantly, treat others as you would like to be treated.


    Classroom Procedures, Expectations, and Responsibilities:

    1. Students will need the following items for class everyday: Paper, pencil, blue or black ink pen, student binder with planner, and homework (missed class work) if assigned.
    2. Students will come to class on time and be prepared to work. Have paper, pencil, pen, and folder ready within the first 3 minutes of class.
    3. Any internet searching must be assigned and related to classroom assignments PLAYING GAMES IS NEVER TOLERATED!!!!!
    4. Student misbehavior will be dealt with according to student handbook rules.
    5. No food, gum, or drinks are permitted in the classroom. Especially near the Equipment!
    6. Class disruptions, tardiness, or being unprepared will be handled in the following manner: 1st offense- warning / 2nd offense- &  3rd  offense- parent contact  / 4th offense –referral (CIR process)


    Parent Contact: I will contact parents by notes, phone, and/or email. Parents may contact me using the same methods. Parent conferences will be scheduled as the need arises. I am excited about the start of a new career and video productions semester! There are many wonderful career opportunities in the field of video and film- maybe you will find that this is an area of great interest to you. We have videos to produce, contests to enter, and awards to win! Let’s have a great year!


    Grading Information:


    You - the student are the individual responsible for the grade you receive. I do not “give” grades, you earn them.


    9-weeks grades will be averaged on the following basis:

    Category                                      Weight Percentage

    Class work / Quizzes                                    50%

    Tests  /  Projects                                          40%

    Homework                                                   10%

    End of Course Exam                 20% of Cumulative Final Grade


    Course Materials:

    ¨   *  A Duo Tang folder – left in class for Bell Work

    ¨    * A  Pocket Divider

    ¨    * Paper (50 sheets for Duo Tang folder)

    ¨   * Blue/Black Pen or Pencil – Bring Daily

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    ¨     Flash Drive – Optional

    ¨     Earphones – Optional


    ***Technology Use***

    We will promote the positive use of technology by discouraging cyber bullying, avoiding plagiarism and following copyright laws. All students will be required to read, understand, and acknowledge the Marion County Public School’s Acceptable Use Policy.


    Semester at a Glance



    Topic(s) Covered

    Week 1

    School wide and classroom procedures, student/ teacher introductions, syllabus review, introduction to course.

    **Digital Safety!

    Week 2

    Employment/Career opportunities in the TV / Film industries.

    Block day- First test of the semester.

    Week 3

    The 3 Stages of Production  

    Week 4 & 5

    Using camera shots, angles and movement to express emotions. Block day WK 5- Second test of the semester.

    Week 6

    The basics of storytelling. Developing a story line.

    Week 7

    Steps to create an AWEsome video

    Week 8 & 9

    Creating a properly formatted script.

    Creating a Story board    (Following the Steps to Create a Video)

    Week 10

    Discussing different genres.

    Development of Group  Video Project  

    Week 11

    Group  Video Project  

    iMovie editing

    Week 12 & 13

    Garage Band

    Week 14 & 15

    Individual Video Project / Begin research on L.E.O.C.

    Week  16 & 17

    Individual Video Project / Begin preparing presentation of L.E.O.C

    Week  18

    Presentation of L.E.O.C. and Reflection


    Wrap UP  !

    Classroom Contract

    Students are responsible for their own success in this class. It is their responsibility to show up, be prepared, and complete tasks and assignments when given. Every student starts the semester passing, it is up to them to carry that through to the end of the course.


    Parents: Please review this syllabus and sign it with your student as a contract of your agreement to fulfill requirements for this class.


    Students: Sign the contract and return to Ms. Krizanac. Keep the syllabus in your binder.



    Parent Name: _________________________________________


    Signature:    _________________________________________


    Contact #    _________________________________________


    Email (if available) _______________________________________


    Student Name: _____________________________________


    Signature: _________________________________________