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CTE/Skilled & Technical Sciences Education Curriculum Video Production 2
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Core Standards of the Course

Strand 1
Students will be able to further their understanding and demonstrate pre-production.

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Standard 1
Understand and demonstrate effective storytelling.

  1. People
    • Character development
    • Hero’s journey
  2. Place
    • Location
    • Set design
  3. Plot structure
    • Exposition
    • Rising action
    • Climax
    • Falling action
    • Denouement
  4. Purpose
    • Theme
    • Audience
    • Emotional connection

Standard 2
Understand and demonstrate scriptwriting.

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  1. Proper formatting

Standard 3
Understand various crew and cast responsibilities.

  1. Director, Camera Operator, Audio Engineer, Editor, Actors, etc.

Performance Skill
Understanding and demonstrate pre-production.

  1. Understand and demonstrate effective storytelling.
  2. Understand and demonstrate scriptwriting.
  3. Understand various crew and cast responsibilities.

Strand 2
Students will be able to understand and demonstrate the correct operation of the camera.

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Standard 1
Understand and demonstrate appropriate lens selection.

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  1. Prime
  2. Zoom
  3. Wide angle
  4. Telephoto

Standard 2
Demonstrate understanding of camera operations, including:

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  1. Depth of field
  2. Focus
    • Manual focus
    • Rack focus
  3. Using filters (ND)
  4. Exposure
    • Shutter speed (motion blur)
    • Aperture (depth of field)
    • ISO/Gain (noise/grain)
  5. White balance
    • Kelvin color temperature
  6. Slow motion/time-lapse

Standard 3
Demonstrate proper use of camera supports, including:

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  1. Stabilizers
  2. Sliders
  3. Drones
  4. Handheld
  5. Crane/jib

Standard 4
Identify and demonstrate effective picture composition (framing), including:

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  1. 180-degree rule
    • Crossing the line
    • Cross shot
    • Over-the-shoulder
  2. Framing
  3. Leading lines

Standard 5
Identify and demonstrate effective use of advanced shot techniques, including:

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  1. POV, combining movements, dutch/canted angle, etc.

Performance Skill
Understand and demonstrate the correct operation of the camera.

  1. Understand and demonstrate appropriate lens selection.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of camera operations.
  3. Demonstrate proper use of camera supports.
  4. Identify and demonstrate effective picture composition (framing).
  5. Identify and demonstrate effective use of advanced shot techniques.

Strand 3
Students will be able to understand and demonstrate procedures for recording audio.

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Standard 1
Identify various types of microphones and filters and demonstrate appropriate use of each.

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  1. Microphone types and pickup patterns
    • Lavaliere (omnidirectional)
    • Handheld mic (cardioid)
    • Shotgun/Boom mic (directional)

Standard 2
Demonstrate effective sound design.

  1. Soundtrack (music)
  2. Sound effects
  3. Diegetic vs. non-diegetic sound

Performance Skill
Understand and demonstrate procedures for recording audio.


Strand 4
Students will be able to understand and demonstrate knowledge of lighting systems and how they are used.

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Standard 1
Principles of LightingIdentify and demonstrate effective use of lighting instruments and accessories, including:

  1. Barn doors
  2. Reflector
  3. Gels
  4. Diffuser

Standard 2
Setup and use lighting appropriately for various situations, including:

  1. Low light
  2. Silhouette
  3. Falloff and what controls it
  4. Indoor
  5. Outdoor

Performance Skill
Understand and demonstrate knowledge of lighting systems and how they are used.

  1. Identify and demonstrate effective use of lighting instruments and accessories.
  2. Setup and use lighting appropriately for various situations.

Strand 5
Students will be able to understand and demonstrate post-production.

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Standard 1
Demonstrate effective editing workflows, including:

  1. Color grading/correction
  2. Using multiple resolutions
    • Digital zoom/pan/crop

Standard 2
Identify and demonstrate effective use of different types of cuts, including:

  1. Graphic cuts
    • Match cuts
    • Smash cuts
  2. Rhythmic cuts
    • Faster vs. slower cuts
    • Pacing
  3. Temporal cuts
    • Slow motion/time-lapse
    • Flash back/forward
  4. Spatial cuts
    • Establishing shots
    • Relating spaces
  5. Sequencing
  6. L and J cuts

Performance Skill
Understand and demonstrate post-production.

  1. Demonstrate effective editing workflows.
  2. Identify and demonstrate effective use of different types of cuts.

Strand 6
Students will be able to understand and demonstrate the use of visual effects and graphics.

Standard 1
Demonstrate use of motion graphics, including:

  1. Amination of titles, logos, etc.

Standard 2
Demonstrate use of special effects, including:

  1. Masking
  2. Tracking
  3. Compositing

Performance Skill
Understand and demonstrate the use of visual effects and graphics.

  1. Demonstrate use of motion graphics.
  2. Demonstrate use of special effects.

Strand 7
Students will be able to understand and practice copyright laws, ethics and legal issues as identified in United States Code Title 17 Chapter 1 Section 101.

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Standard 1
Define copyright, public domain, fair use, creative commons, and ethics.

Standard 2
Practice ethics and rules governing photojournalism.

  1. Fair use
  2. Time limitations
  3. Copying and distribution limitations

Strand 8
Students will produce a portfolio of their work.

Standard 1
Create an online presence (i.e. custom portfolio, YouTube channel, Vimeo channel, etc.).

Standard 2
Create a demo reel.

Perfomance Skill
Produce a portfolio of their work.

  1. Create an online presence (i.e. custom portfolio, YouTube channel, Vimeo channel, etc.).
  2. Create a demo reel.

Strand 9
Students will understand the importance of career readiness skills as it relates to the workplace and outlined in the SkillsUSA Framework – Level 2.

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Standard 1
Understand and demonstrate reliability.

  1. Determine individual time management skills.
  2. Explore what’s ethical in the workplace or school.
  3. Demonstrate awareness of government.
  4. Demonstrate awareness of professional organizations and trade unions.

Standard 2
Understand and demonstrate responsiveness.

  1. Define the customer.
  2. Recognize benefits of doing a community service project.
  3. Demonstrate social etiquette.
  4. Identify customer expectations.

Standard 3
Understand resiliency.

  1. Discover self-motivation techniques and establish short-term goals.
  2. Select characters of a positive image.
  3. Identify a mentor.

Standard 4
Understand and demonstrate workplace habits.

  1. Participate in a shadowing activity.
  2. Explore workplace ethics: codes of conduct.
  3. Recognize safety issues.
  4. Perform a skill demonstration.
  5. Exercise your right to know.

Standard 5
Understand and develop initiative.

  1. Develop personal financial skills.
  2. Develop a business plan.
  3. Investigate entrepreneurship opportunities.

Standard 6
Understand and demonstrate continuous improvement.

  1. Conduct a worker interview.
  2. Demonstrate evaluation skills.
  3. Examine ethics and values in the workplace.
  4. Develop a working relationship with a mentor.
  5. Construct a job search network.


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