Course Syllabus


HONORS Film Production Studio II

Instructor:  Mr. Kohlbrenner       Phone:  704-296-0105


Course Description

Film Production Studio 2 Honors is a semester long, project-based course that develops career and communication skills in digital video production, using Adobe tools.  Digital Video curriculum develops four key skill areas:

  • Project management and collaboration
  • Design
  • Research and communication
  • Professional video production, using video tools

Students develop these key skills in a spiral—each project adds more challenging skills onto foundation proficiencies. Students engage in skills to learn storytelling, capturing and editing video and audio, and finalizing content for DVD, web, or digital videotape.

Digital Video curriculum addresses each of these areas, using a project-based approach. Each project has phases that follow a design and development process from project planning and analysis to evaluation and distribution. Students gain experience through real-world projects that help them understand roles and processes across a broad range of careers involving digital video.  To simulate a professional work environment, students gradually migrate their video work from an individual process to a group process, focused on personal and client work. The projects contain activities that require students to plan their communication and focus and then evaluate and improve their communications. Specific attention has been paid to developing concepts and principles for thorough, effective communication to multiple audiences.

Students will be provided an opportunity to take the Adobe Certified Expert exam in Premiere Pro.  If a student did not pass the Adobe Certified Associate exam in Film 1, they will be given the opportunity to earn certification in Film 2.


Course Materials

  •  Headphones are essential to this course
  • 2 Blank DVD-R Discs for final portfolio


Instructional Philosophy 

In CTE (Career and Technical Education) classes, students are expected to work on their own, in pairs, and as groups throughout the semester. Students will complete many hands on projects utilizing various Adobe programs. My expectation is that students will be active participants in their own learning and they will be held accountable for such. 


Course standards

  • Review, Understand, and Demonstrate Basic Pre-Production Concepts
    Students will review and understand the use and care of film equipment, copyright issues as they relate to film, careers in film, procedures for filming, and appropriate filming techniques.
  • Plan the Video Production Workflow
    Students will understand and learn the role of each component in the production suite, work with media files in video production, and understand real-time playback and editing.
  • Organize Media Files for Projects Utilizing Production Suite Components
    Students will work with metadata, and explore Adobe Bridge, Adobe Story, and Adobe Prelude
  • Utilize Tools and Techniques to Optimize Performance
    Students will create new projects, import assets into the media browser, organize media in the project panel, create sequences, work with audio, refine a story, utilize markers, and complete a rough cut.
  • Perform Advanced Editing Techniques
    Students will create version edits, analyze appropriate use and application of transitions, create effects, utilize keying and compositing techniques, design titles, stabilize footage, and render a timeline.
  • Perform Basic Motion Graphics Techniques
    Students will understand concepts of compositing and animation, understand the After Effects User interface, understand and utilize dynamic link, create a motion graphic, and work with layers.
  • Perform Advanced Motion Graphic Techniques
    Students will increment After Effects projects, explore Adobe Illustrator, create 3D extrusions, explore Adobe Photoshop Extended, understand and apply motion blur, create animated effects and masks with After Effects, and compose an outro motion graphic and integrate it into Premiere Pro.
  • Create a Final Edit Sequence in Premiere Pro and Adobe Audition
    Students will monitor and analyze audio, understand and edit using audio tools in Adobe Audition, create a multi-track mix and finish in Audition, and create a final audio mix.
  • Utilize Adobe Software to Finalize Projects
    Students will preserve final audio edit in Premiere Pro, understand and utilize color-correction techniques in Premiere Pro and SpeedGrade, utilize compression and other factors for exporting files, export final composition utilizing Premiere Pro and Adobe Media Encoder, and render compositions in After Effects.
  • Explore authoring options for DVD, Blu-Ray, and the Web
    Students will prepare the final output sequence in Premiere Pro, explore Adobe Encore utilizing Dynamic Link, utilize DVD navigation and programming menus, evaluate and test a project, and output a DVD.
  • The learning will develop critical and creative thinking skills and perceptual awareness necessary for understanding and producing art


Major Course Projects and Assignment

Major Projects:  

  • Throughout the course, you will work on several activities in Premiere Pro and After Effects. They will count toward your Assignments/Participation grade.
  • There will also be several projects. Some of the projects may include:  CTE Promotional Video, Dialogue Scene, Documentary, Carowinds Marketing Day Video, Animated Logo, Video Montage, and other projects yet to be determined.  Each project will draw upon the skills you have learned throughout the course.

Other Activities:

  • Quizzes
  • In-class Handouts, Worksheets, and Hands-on, applied, learning activities
  • Benchmark Tests
  • Final Exam
  • Others to be determined at later time


Assessment and Grading Plan

Grading Scale                          Grading Term Policy                            Final Course Grade 

100 – 90 = A                             Projects = 40%                                      1st 6 Weeks – 25%

89 – 80 = B                               Tests and Quizzes = 30%                      2nd 6 Weeks – 25%

79 – 70 = C                               Assignments/Participation = 30%            3rd 6 Weeks – 25%

69 – 60 = D                                                                                           Final Exam – 25%

59 or below = F


Late Work Policy

Late work WILL be accepted, but with a 20% penalty (unless otherwise specified).  All work must be submitted prior to the end of the grading period for which the work was assigned.  Any work not submitted will be a ZERO in the gradebook.


Opportunities for Extra Help

Students needing extra assistance should speak with his or her teacher to arrange a time. The Film Production Lab will be available to students from 7:15-7:50 most mornings and afternoons by appointment. Parents are encouraged to keep track of assignments and communications through the class website and Powerschool.


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