FILM 115 Television Production I

Martha McGee

Spring 2022-2023
Class number: 42220
Section number: 603
Th 10:00AM - 1:15PM
14EAS LL105 Loop Campus

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Course Description:

An introduction to the basic principles, procedures, and techniques of television production. Studio, Remote, and Field Production formats are explored. Students are organized in teams and create various TV production styles. Students learn about TV switchers, TV cameras, sound, and graphic equipment and how they are used in a live television broadcast. The course covers the fundamentals of producing, scripting, directing, and editing for television.

We will develop technical and aesthetic abilities in order to produce episodic content for a variety of distribution platforms. We will discuss and practice production and directing techniques to create a single-camera episodic show and a multi-camera live show.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course students will:

  • Recognize the techniques of the television creation processes, whether it is a single or multi-camera production.
  • Complete the preproduction, production, and postproduction processes involved in the creation of a single-camera and live multi-camera television programs


Video Production: Disciplines and Techniques, 12th Edition Foust, Jim ; Fink, Edward ; Gross, Lynne




  1. 1.- Group Production Scripted Drama – 7 min episodes. 40% Teams of students will be required to produce a 7-minute episode of a single-camera scripted series. The show will be built with interruption, segmentation and polysemy, that is to say, using TV’s structure. It should emphasize build-to-climax and cliffhanger storytelling. One of the student teams will serve as the Showrunning Team. Their responsibility will be to oversee the overall production demanding the same high quality for all episodes produced by the other units.
  2. 2.- Group Production Variety– 20 min. 40% This assignment will consist on a complete Live Television production made in the TV studio at the University. It will have to include at least two anchors and one live performance. There will be video feeds and pauses for commercials that have to be taken into account to create continuity.
  3. 3.- Participation – 20% Students will obtain this grade based on attendance and participation in class, as well as within their respective production units. For a clearer perspective on what participation means, read ahead.



FILM 110

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