College of Arts and Letters 
Television, Film and Theatre Arts

Television, Film & Theatre Arts 522
Single Camera Directing and Producing 
Spring 2014

MFA Cohort

Spring 2014  Alan Bloom: Professor
TVFT 522
 Office: Music 251
Single Camera Directing and Producing   Office Phone: (323) 343-4209 Email:
Wednesday 6:10 - 10:00 PM 
TVFC Sound Stage 
Office Hours:
W 4-6 TVFM Center

Description: TVFT 522:  Single Camera Directing and Producing (4). This course focuses on the aesthetic, practical concerns, operational processes, and the human and technological needs of professional single camera film and video production. 


1. To produce and direct "film style" exercises and production projects in the field with a realistic understanding of resources, capabilities and goals.

2. To gain experience in the planning and execution of "film style" production.

3. To understand the pre-production, production and post-production processes.

4.  To function in a crew position contributing as a team member to the completion of exercises and projects.

5. To engage in critical self-evaluation as it applies to one's work on one's own project as well as one's work on other projects.

1. Each student will complete five assigned exercises (in order: a chase/action scene, a love scene, a short autobiographical documentary, a musical scene and a "journey")

2. Each student will produce/direct two video projects (one adaption and one original).

3. Each student will participate in various crew positions on other students' exercises and projects.

4. Each student will manage their own screening and critique sessions in class for each completed exercise and project.

5. Each student will paricpate in other student's critiques.


1. Exercises and Projects: Student production work falls into two categories, Exercises and Productions.

Production Exercises:
A. Students will create exercises (details to be explained in class) due for screening as scheduled below.
B. Each exercise should be between 2 and 4 minutes in length.
C. Each exercise, may include elements of other exercises (for example: a journey could include an action scene or a the love scene can include music)

Production Projects:
Students will plan and shoot all productions during time scheduled, utilizing as crew the members of the class.

A. The first Production Project is an piece of 10-12 minutes in length adapted from a source other than motion pictures (sources may include stage, literature, television, comics and fine art).
B. The second is an piece of 10-12 minutes in length from an original source. 

These two projects must be dramatic (comedy or tragedy) works.  Field projects are due for screening based on  assignments (see schedule below).

2. Written/printed materials: You are expected to keep your crew advised, in writing, of the nature of their responsibilities. You are expected to brief your crew before your production day(s) so that they may be fully prepared.  Please have a copy of your production materials/book for the professor on screening days.

3. Participating in Productions: Every student must participate in productions. Students are expected to demonstrate a positive and healthy attitude at all times. You are expected to be committed to the successful completion of all projects, not just your own. 

4. Production Needs and Limitations: Please remember that successful projects work within the production limitations to achieve a coherent, aesthetic and entertaining solution.  Students are required to have access to their own hard drives for post production. While equipment (camcorders, tripods and lights) may be checked out during the assigned production weeks the professor strongly advises you to have outside access to a camera.

5. Crewing: All students are expected to seek out crew positions on other student field productions. Students will receive credit for each position served on another student's field project.

6. DVDs: All students are expected to purchase DVDs and tape for their exercises and projects. All exercises and projects must be handed in, on the final day, at the end of the quarter, on clearly labeled DVDs. Both DVD and DVD case must have a clearly and cleanly printed label with the following information indicating:

1) Title(s), Dates of completion;
2) Project lengths,
3) Name of director/producer.

On this DVD  the students will provide finished copies of all their projects with the standard bars/tone, slate (CG) and countdown at the beginning of the package. At the conclusion of each DVD the student will record a complete list of credits. 

7. Team Work:  All creative and personal differences must be worked out amicably outside of class, these issues and your ability to deal positively with them is a measure of your maturity and professionalism.

8. Critique Sessions: Each student will present their completed exercises and projects to the class at critique sessions on days scheduled by the professor. All students are expected to be open minded at these sessions, to participate fully and welcome criticism from their classmates and professor. Remember it is more important to learn from one's mistakes than to simply celebrate a project's completion be it successful or otherwise.  Students must demonstrate a willingness to accept criticism as part of the ongoing creative production process. 


Scores on specific assignments will be awarded up to a maximum as follows:

Critique management, Class & Crew Participation 15 Points
Exercises 25 points
Adapted Project and Report 30 Points
Original Project and Report 30 Points
Total 100 Point
Note: The instructor reserves the right to change the course outline or course requirements due to class size or students' needs.

April 2
Welcome to course, introduction to class requirements.
April 9
Screen Exercise 1: Action/Chase
April 16
Screen Exercise 2: Love
April 23
Screen Exercise 3: Autobiographical Documentary
April 30
Screen Exercise 4: Musical
May 7
Screen Exercise 5: Journey
May 14
Exercise Post Mortem
May 21
Adapted Project Group 1 Screening and Critique
May 28
Work Time
Work Time
Final Period
June 11
Original Project group 2 Screening and Critique
All DVDs Due

The instructor reserves the right to change the course outline,  requirements and/or schedules as needs arise. Students are expected to demonstrate a positive and healthy attitude at all times. Students must demonstrate a willingness to accept criticism as part of the ongoing creative production process. Personal differences must be worked out amicably outside of class. Conflict has no place in the classroom, these issues and your ability to deal positively with them is a measure of your maturity and professionalism. If these problems intrude into the classroom environment it will be weighed against your final grade.

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Reasonable accommodation will be provided to any student who is registered with the Office of Students  with Disabilities and requests needed accommodation.