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TV Tools
Fall 1997
Six weeks: Mondays/Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays
Room 501B, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Prof. Sreenath Sreenivasan
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Syllabus

Week One: 9/8

        Introduction to visual storytelling
      - Scenes from "Harvest of Shame"
       & "48 Hours on Crack St."
      - How visual storytelling differs from print storytelling

        Hollywood vs. News
      - Clips from "North By Northwest" - biplane scene;
         and "In the Line of Fire" - rooftop chase scene

        Intro to tape formats

        Intro to editing: the Robin exercise
     - Explanation of machines

        Students edit & screen Robin exercise

Homework: Read Glossary and practice editing

Week Two: 9/15

        Intro to sound

        Intro to interview editing

        Intro to VO & PKG editing

        Edit Levine exercise

        Edit Nexis exercise

        Screen Levine & Nexis

Homework: Read Glossary and practice editing

Week Three: 9/22

-Class begins at 8:30-

        Quiz

        Tape of Lis Berglund, NPPA Photog of the Year

        Intro to camera

        First shoot

        Screen first shoot

Homework: Shoot and edit How-to (a simple piece about how something works; examples include "using the vending machine," "how to make a burger," etc)

Week Four: 9/29

-Class begins at 8:30-

        Screen How-to

        Intro to structure

        On-air skills

Homework: Shoot and edit @work (a piece about a person during their work day; examples include a pizza maker, stone mason at St. John the Divine, etc)

Week Five: 10/6

        Screen @work

        The TV industry
       - Explanation of ratings
       - How newsrooms are structured

        Intro to advanced interviewing

        Intro to advanced lighting

Homework: Shoot and edit Profile

Week Six: 10/13

-Class begins at 2 p.m.

        Screen Profile

        Tying it all together