Course Syllabus


HONORS Film Production Studio II

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


Course Description


Film Production Studio 1 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.


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


Understand and apply digital video project requirements


1.01  Identify the purpose, audience, and audience needs for preparing video.

1.02  Identify video content that is relevant to the project purpose and appropriate for the target audience.

1.03  Demonstrate knowledge of standard copyright rules (related terms, obtaining permission, and citing copyrighted material).

1.04  Demonstrate knowledge of the production planning and management process.


Identify design elements when preparing video


2.01  Demonstrate knowledge of how to organize and plan a video sequence.

2.02  Identify general principles for video shooting.

2.03  Demonstrate knowledge of visual techniques for enhancing video content.

2.04  Demonstrate knowledge of using audio to enhance video content.

2.05  Demonstrate knowledge of using still images to enhance video content.

2.06  Communicate with others (such as peers and clients) about design and content plans.


Understand the Adobe Premiere Pro interface


3.01  Identify elements of the Adobe Premiere Pro interface.

3.02  Identify the functions of Adobe Premiere Pro interface elements.

3.03  Organize and customize the Adobe Premiere Pro workspace.


Create and edit video sequences using Adobe Premiere Pro


4.01  Import media assets (video, image, and audio files).

4.02  Organize and manage video clips in a sequence.

4.03  Trim clips.

4.04  Manage sound in a video sequence.

4.05  Manage superimposed text and shapes in a video sequence.

4.06  Add and manage effects and transitions in a video sequence.


Apply procedures to export a video with Adobe Premiere Pro


5.01  Demonstrate knowledge of export options for video.

5.02  Demonstrate knowledge of how to export video from Adobe Premiere Pro.


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:  Vending Machine, How To Video, Stop Motion, Commercial, Global Tour, and Music Video.  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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