Video Production - CTE Online Model

by CTE Online Admin

The purpose of this course is to provide a project-based visual arts program, which guides students to achieve the standards in the visual arts and career technical training, by providing students with the technical instruction and practical experiences for aspiring video and film makers in the production of film, video, and new media projects for business and entertainment. Students experience both the creative and technical aspects of filmmaking in conjunction with learning about historical and contemporary traditions and conventions.Students are instructed on the three stages of project creation. In pre-production, students learn the basic principles of story development, screenplay writing, storyboarding, scheduling and budget planning. Instruction in the production stage includes basic visual composition, color theory, set up and operation of camera, sound, and lighting equipment. Students learn to use cutting-edge software applications for video and audio post-production. Mastering and delivery methods, in both traditional and new media, are explored.The course also includes the basics of job shadowing, internships, and job placement. The competencies in this course are aligned with the California High School Academic Content Standards and the California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards. Interdisciplinary experiences and arts activities lead to refining a personal aesthetic, and a heightened understanding of career opportunities in art and arts-related fields.

About the Team: This structure of this course and the materials contained within it were created by a team of educators from across the state with support from the CTE Online curriculum leadership team and detailed coordination provided by the Course Specialist Antonio Manriquez.

From CALPADS: Intermediate Film/Video Production (Concentrator)

This course covers the history and development of the cinema, documentaries, and other new media and film technologies. Students learn skills and practices in various aspects of cinema and video production by applying the elements of art, principles of design, integration of technology for the effective visual communication of their ideas, feelings, and values. Students develop skills, including camera/recording operation, framing and composition, manipulations of space and time, idea development and communication, the mechanics and psychology of editing, script writing or text creation, light and sound, and impact.

Program Information
CTE Certification Elements
California's 2013 CTE Standards (10)
California English Common Core Standards (13)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (68)
California Academic Content Standards (58)
  1. Computer Basics
    • Understand and use computer operating system
    • Understand digital theory and file organization
    • Use supporting applications
    • Employ troubleshooting techniques
  2. Format and Scripting
    • Writing for film and video
    • Outline and format the script as digital document
    • Compose and storyboard script
  3. Digital Audio/VIdeo Software Applications
    • Learn and use entry-level & professional digital audio/video editing software:
    • Comprehend and use terms and techniques relating to digital video and audio recording and editing.
  4. Understand and utilize proper file formats
    • Create and compress digital video files, photographs and audio files in various formats such as DVDs, Web, Quicktime, etc.
  5. Digital Audio Production - advanced
    • Utilize various Audio file formats
    • Download Internet audio files from open-source sites
    • Record and edit voice narration
    • Utilize multiple audio tracks in a project
    • Create original Foley Art sound and original Music compositions
  6. Digital VIdeo Editing
    • Apply proper transitions, edits, titles, effects, media and output control
    • Understand and demonstrate Montage and Continuity editing scenarios.
  7. Audio Equipment
    • Utilize condenser and dynamic microphones properly
    • Set-up audio equipment properly for a variety of applications in video production.
  8. Lighting equipment and techniques
    • Identify and utilize the concepts and equipment used for video lighting
    • Properly set-up a scene with the key light, fill light, set light and back light
  9. Digital Video Camera
    • Understand and identify the various aspects of a digital video camera
    • Demonstrate the ability to use the camera operating manual. Set-up and properly use a video camera
    • Understand the processes to clean and maintain camera equipment
  10. Camera Angles and Composition
    • Understand concepts of composition, perspectives, and point-of-view
    • Identify and define different angles of video taping
    • Demonstrate effective use of various camera angles in video assignments
  11. Advanced Software Applications
    • Final Draft, Celtx, EP Movie Magic, Jungle Software Gorilla, Power Production Storyboard, Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Creative Suite, Avid ProTools
  12. Employability
    • Practice Job Safety
    • Utilize video production tools and equipment
    • Attend class regularly and punctually
    • Dress appropriately for the occupation
    • Show ability to collaborate with others
    • Prepare job application and a resume
    • Practice job interviewing process

Orientation & Safety

Students are instructed of the class rules and policies and the safety guidelines of equipment use. All students are required to sign a behavioral contract and meet a score of 100% in the assessment of this unit to continue on with the course.

2 Class Periods

Historical Foundations of Cinema & Television

Students learn about and identify the elements and principles of art in film, television, and media. They research and analyze history, styles, roles, and influences of various filmmakers and media.

5 Class Periods

Basic Camera Operation & Shot Composition

Students are trained to demonstrate the basic fundamentals of camera setup and operation. Students Will learn to identify and implement a variety of camera shots, perspectives, and movements for video production.

5 Class Periods

Writing for the Screen

Students are instructed in the principals of story, plot, and character development. They are trained in the fundamentals of screenwriting, in both screenplay and A/V format.

5 Class Periods


Students are instructed in the processes of Pre-Production planning from script to set. They are also informed of the specific responsibilities of the crew positions in the production, camera, sound, grip, electric, and art departments. Students are informed of copyright law, Fair Use, and open source, as it applies to the creation of video, film, and media projects.

3 Class Periods

Basic Narrative Production

Students have hands-on training in the creation of a short narrative project, without the use of sync-sound. Students are instructed in the standard on-set production protocol as run by the First Assistant Director.

7 Class Periods

Audio for Film and Video

Students are trained in and demonstrate the basic fundamentals of on-set production audio recording, as well as in-studio voice-over recording, using a variety of microphones, within various recording conditions.

4 Class Periods

Basic Lighting for Film & Video

Students will learn the principals, theory and techniques in the use of Grip and Electric equipment to achieve the the creative and practical execution of lighting for Film & Broadcast, both on the field and in the studio.

3 Class Periods

Commercial, PSA, & Promo Video

Students are introduced to the conventions and styles of commercial, public service announcement (PSA) and promotional videos.

7 Class Periods

Basic Picture & Sound Editing

Students are instructed in the basic principals of non-linear digital video editing. Skills learned can be used with any non-linear editing software.

5 Class Periods

Art Direction & Production Design

Students are trained in the creative and technical fundamentals of set, prop, and costume design.

3 Class Periods

Documentary, News, & Reality

Students are trained in the design and planning of non-fiction or "unscripted" video projects.

7 Class Periods

Multicamera Studio & Live Production

Students are trained in the principals of multi-camera shooting, for studio and in the field.

7 Class Periods

Music & Scoring

Students analyze the use of music in film and video projects, then spot, score, and sequence music for a project.

5 Class Periods
Lesson Plans

Job Shadowing, Internships, & Job Placement

Students are guided through the process of searching for and acquiring job shadow opportunities, internships, and employment in the commercial and entertainment media industries.

3 Class Periods
Lesson Plans