Course Syllabus

HONORS Advanced Film Editing & Production

Instructor:  Mr. King       Phone:  704-296-3088       Email

Course Description

Advanced Film Editing & Production - 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 digital streaming.

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.
  • 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, 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 Classwork/Projects = 40% 1st 6 Weeks – 25% 
89 – 80 = B  Tests = 30% 2nd 6 Weeks – 25%
79 – 70 = C Quizzes = 10% 3rd 6 Weeks – 25%
69 – 60 = D Participation = 20% Final Exam – 25%
59 or below = F

Honor Code:

The work that you submit represents your learning, and so it represents you.  Therefore, your work must demonstrate both your integrity and honor.  Anyone caught cheating or plagiarizing on any assignment, from homework to exams, will face strict penalties.


Regular school attendance is required by state law, but some situations an not be avoided. If you are absent, please provide documentation for your absence if possible. Once you return to school, please meet with Mr. King to go over any work missed for the class.

If you are aware in advance of your absence, please let Mr. King know so you can receive all make up work prior to being absent.


At CATA, instruction is very important. All students are expected to be in their classrooms and ready to receive instruction before the tardy bell rings for each class. Following the tardy bell, students who are not in class must report to the front office for a tardy pass if they tardy to first period.  During the rest of the day teachers will mark student tardy in the PowerSchool Attendance System.   Only students with a Tardy Pass will be admitted after the tardy bell rings for first period.

Tardies will be recorded as unexcused unless an excuse can be verified by staff. Tardies will result in the following penalties:

All students must report to the office when tardy to first period and to class the rest of the day. Teachers will mark students tardy who are late to 2nd period, 3rd period, and 4th period.  If a student is tardy twice in third period on Cougar Time days (Once before class and once after lunch), then the teacher will  mark them tardy one time in Power School and write it up as a minor incident in Educator Handbook for the second tardy of the period.   

1st/2nd Tardy:  Warning from an administrator in the front office (1st period) and the teacher in the classroom (all periods).

3rd Tardy:  Warning from an administrator in the front office (1st period) and the teacher in the classroom (all periods). The teacher will contact the parent on the third tardy by phone.  

4th/5th Tardy:  Warning from an administrator in the front office (1st period) and the teacher in the classroom (all periods). The teacher will submit a discipline referral to the administration and 1 day ASD with administration.  The administration will contact the parent.  

6th/7th Tardy:  Warning from an administrator in the front office (1st period) and the teacher in the classroom (all periods). The teacher will submit a discipline referral to the administration and 2 days ASD with administration.  The administration will contact the parent. 

8th Tardy: Warning from an administrator in the front office (1st period) and the teacher in the classroom (all periods).The teacher will submit a discipline referral to the administration and 3 days ASD. The administration will set up a parent conference, create a written plan, and possible additional consequences

Late Work Policy

Late work WILL be accepted, but with a 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 that can not be made up will be marked as a ZERO in the gradebook.

Any work where the student has the opportunity to still turn it in but the assignment has already been graded, the grade will marked as a ONE in the gradebook.

Please Note:



Opportunities for Extra Help

Students needing extra assistance should speak with his or her teacher to arrange a time. The MPRA Lab will be available to students from 8:00 - 8:40 most mornings and some afternoons by appointment. Parents are encouraged to keep track of assignments and communications through the class website and Powerschool Pro.


Mr. King's Classroom Procedures

Entering Classroom

  1. Sit at your assigned student desk/computer. 
  2. Begin the warm-up activity or classwork as soon as the bell rings.


  1. Always read instructions before asking for help.
  2. Ask your neighbor or team leader if the teacher is with another student,


  1. Use only the equipment assigned to you.
  2. Leave computer settings alone, they are not to be changed.
  3. Handle equipment with extreme care, you may be held responsible for repairs.
  4. Check your computer at the beginning of class and let me know immediately if something is missing or not working.
  5. Intentionally damaging or causing disruptions with equipment will result in disciplinary actions. 

Out of Seat

  1. Remain in your seat when the teacher or another student is teaching or giving instructions.  Raise your hand if there is an immediate need.
  2. You may quietly sharpen pencils, throw away trash, get needed materials, etc. during independent work.


  1. Remain quiet when the teacher or another student is teaching, presenting or giving instructions.
  2. Raise your hand when you are answering questions or asking questions.

Leaving the Classroom

  1. You must get permission from the teacher before leaving the classroom.
  2. Take a hall pass when you leave the class room (you may need to fill it out and get a teacher signature).

End of Class

Remain at your desk until dismissed by the teacher, not the bell.

Fire Drills, Tornado Drills, Lockdowns

  1. Follow the teacher’s instructions and take all safety drills seriously.
  2. Fire drills - exit to the far side of teacher parking lot and remain with your class.
  3. Tornado drills – kneel down facing the wall just outside the classroom.
  4. Lockdowns – sit in the front of the classroom and remain completely silent.

CANVAS Classroom Online-Learning Platform & Resources

  1. Warm-ups, assignments, quizzes and uploading files will be done through Canvas.
  2. Check due dates. It is the responsibility of each student to submit work on time.
  3. Canvas logs every student submission with a date and time.
  4. Grades in canvas reflect only the specific assignment grade and are NOT the teacher’s gradebook. Check the Parent Portal on Powerschool for student’s true average grade for each course.
  5. Link to Student Guide for Canvas questions: to an external site.
  6. Link to EmpowerED resources: (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.



     The majority of assignments will be submitted on Canvas.  Assignments can be submitted a variety of ways including, uploading files, typing into text boxes, and sharing Google documents/presentations. Students not having used Canvas before should alert the teacher and they will be shown how to submit assignments on Canvas.  Individual assignments will indicate which method of submission on Canvas is expected.  If students need a refresher or have questions, they can access the Canvas Student GuideLinks to an external site. for specific instructions.  It is the student's responsibility to ensure assignments are submitted on time and to contact the instructor if there is a problem.  The Canvas Learning Platform logs every student log-in on Canvas which provides teachers with a list of when students log-in to Canvas using their user id. 

     Canvas is used to grade assignments as well, however, the grades in Canvas, while accurate to that assignment, are NOT the teacher’s gradebook.  The teacher’s gradebook includes categories of assignments that may be weighted differently and may include grades for assignments that did not use the Canvas Learning Platform.  Therefore, students and parents should always check their child’s true average on the Parent Portal on Powerschool.

Course Summary:

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