OT: Broadcast/TV Teacher in FL needed

p@mast3rs wrote on 7/29/2006, 7:14 AM
I cant remember who it was on this forum that taught in Orange County but if they could please email me as I have some questions in devising my lesson plans for the next school year. or if anyoen else in FL and is familiar with the Sunshine State Standards for teaching Broadcasting would email me I would greatly appreciate it.

What I am looking for is perhaps and idea for lesson plans especially for the first month on what to cover for the students that is informative yet a bit exciting as it may be that long before I even allow them to touch the cameras and equipment. Also, if you have any Standards filled out that I may use or reference in planning.

Again, I would greatly appreciate it. Unfortunately, it still looks like I will have to use PP 1.5 for editing which I am NOT happy about especially since Vegas cuts and does just about everything quicker than PP1.5

Much thanks.


Jay Gladwell wrote on 7/29/2006, 8:36 AM

Try a web search. About a year ago I stumbled across some excellent lesson plans for film/video classes.

Here's a start. See if this is anything close to what you're looking for.

kkolbo wrote on 7/29/2006, 12:40 PM
I will email you. It is no problem to assist you. I would not wait that long to get them hands on unless it is because you lack equipment.

p@mast3rs wrote on 7/29/2006, 12:50 PM
Keith, I received your email and will be sending you an email either later tonight or tomorrow morning. much thanks. Thank you to Jay also for coming through once again as always. You guys are awesome.
GGman wrote on 8/1/2006, 2:15 PM
I am currently living in Orlando by Universal Studios and can possibly be of help.

vicmilt wrote on 8/2/2006, 6:00 AM
Patrick -
When my kids were still in public school, I'd go down and lecture to them (6th thru 9th grade) about video production, etc.

The quickest launch into video "understanding" that I found, was to allow them to digitize scenes from their favorite movies (big stars, action, etc), and then have them make up little stories (in voice-overs) and use the "big" footage. Lots of fun.

I'm a big fan of "fun" and "immediate gratification" and "instant hands-on" teaching techniques. Don't make your classes tedious and "school-like". School is bad enough, all by itself. With a little imagination (which you've got PLENTY of), your class can be the high-point of the week PLUS you may get to attend an Academy Award someday, with a kid thanking you, with tears in her eyes (yeah - I've got a good imagination, too).

JeffreyPFisher wrote on 8/2/2006, 11:13 AM
Simple advice: put cameras in their hands,and send 'em off to shoot. get 'em back, and let them edit. These kids will amaze you. Fun first project, Video Scavender hunt ... send them out to get a variety of shots e.g. worm's eye view, way too close, looking through something, etc. Watch and evaluate in class.

vicmilt wrote on 8/4/2006, 7:23 PM
Yes! I absolutely agree with Jeffrey - let 'em go!

And try to forget what's "right and wrong". Most "rules" of cinematography and editing are only what's in "vogue" at the time.

I learned that when I had to change my shooting style from "ultra-smooth" (dollies, grips, steadycams, rehearsals, marks, etc.) to "hand-held jerky". No joke, it took me almost a year to break the "smooth" habit and deliver the "MTV look". And it was a painful year, at that.

Yeah... let 'em go - and see what the teacher learns - have fun.
p@mast3rs wrote on 8/4/2006, 7:42 PM
Yeah, I agree. Right and wrong are out the window. I figure as long as I can get the students to be passionate about our craft and help them foster a better understanding and respect for what goes into any type of production, then their love for it will grow.

Thankfully I only have one class I have to teach that will allow me to get comfortable and begin to shape the vision I have for the course and program. Victor, just to let you know, I am planning to include your DVDs into my lesson plans (Light It Right for foundation and then later on the Cowboy one to show how documentaries are done.)

Id love to get a couple of speakers to come in this year along with a field trip to an actual news station so the kids can see pros in action. Im nervous but more excited about anything. I finally get to work with XL1S but just a shame it took this long. Id love to find a MiniDV player on the cheap so we can broadcast stuff that we lay to lape but have no clue where to begin to find that. Any suggestions?