T356 Demonstration Video Exercise
Overview: Working in small groups, you and your production team will produce a professional-looking
demonstration video. This exercise will test your writing, set design, lighting
skills, and provide the experience of producing a team project.
This exercise has both individual and group components. Everyone (individually)
needs to pitch their project and turn in a program proposal, treatment, script (can use partial script format),
& lighting plot. The group will be graded on the overall production. Everyone
will write a one-page follow up critique describing their experience.
The grading breakdown is as follows:
- Pre-production material (individually graded - 15 points) which includes:
Proposal (includes title, objective, target audience, show description, production overview)
- Treatment or Script (partial script format can be used which includes
intro, talk points, segues and close)
- Storyboarded key shots (Just include a few of the key shots.)
- Floor plan
- Production (group grade - 20 points)
- Critique (individually graded - 5 points)
The program proposal should include a title, objective, target audience,
show description, production overview, treatment, and at least a partial script. (For more info, check
out Jim's Program
Proposal info.) You will pitch
your idea in lab with students voting on which to
We will produce 4 of these during each lab over a two-week period. If your proposal
you will become the producer, and assign/delegate other tasks as needed.
Examples: While this may seem obvious, be sure to bring in an idea that is
visual and easily demonstrated in 4-6 minutes, and be sure to
only pitch a show that you can easily arrange for the appropriate talent. Examples of past projects
- How to mix (DJ tutorial)
- Martial arts / self-defense
- Pumpkin carving
- How to perform card tricks
- How to play guitar
- How to play Rock Band
- Hw to make tasty treats
- How to perform First Aid / CPR
- How to dance
- Time: At least 4 minutes and no more than 6.
- Music: At least two cuts of music or sound effects (For example
theme music at the beginning and end and demonstration music during show.)
- Graphics: At least three original graphics (the slate does not count :-)
Suggested Activity Schedule
- Pre-production material due. Pitch and select shows. Make production teams.
- Producers need to schedule a meeting and delegate tasks (talent,
music, graphics, teleprompter script, props, etc.)
- Meet with your group (document)
- Create plan for graphics. These can really enhance your production.
- Delegate someone to carry out sound design (music and SFX).
- Storyboard & test key shots (Do they work with your floor plan?)
- Block your production shot-by-shot (Does the talent need teleprompters?)
- Have a blocking rehearsal
- Test graphics and music. Burn audio CDs. Load graphics into the Chyron
- Create camera shot sheets
- Produce your project
On the day of your production, it is vital that your group and talent is fully
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