What is Audio Video Production?
Audio Video Production is an introduction and overview of the visual and audio media world. Students learn the fundamentals of video and audio production using professional equipment. How do cameras capture light and record images as analog or digital information? How does sound engineering work, and what are the different elements that turn sound waves into electronic information and back again? How does an editing system function, and how can you use one to make your audience think and feel and experience exactly what you’re trying to accomplish with your production? Students gain knowledge and experience in all of these areas and many more, with extensive hands-on assignments involving video cameras, video and audio editing, directing, video graphics, writing, producing studio and location productions, pre-production, production and post-production.
Audio Video Production gives students more than just experience in the various types of single camera film-style production, multi-camera live switched field and studio production, and audio recording/engineering and soundscaping; students also learn about the related careers and the appropriate post-High School programs (colleges/universities, career and technology programs, and art schools) where they can pursue their specific interest and creative passion. This class is great for those students who are interested in careers related to video, audio and film production.
Audio Video Production breaks down movie “magic” and teaches students the science, craftsmanship, and art that makes it all happen. If you want to experience a real production, if you want the opportunity to work on award-winning TV shows, if you think you want to work in Television, Radio, or Film… This is the class for you.
What is Audio Video Production II?
Advanced Audio Video Production is designed and structured to work as an open and largely self-directed lab course that allows students to expand and deepen the skills they learned in Audio Video Production. After learning the basic foundations in Audio Video Production, students who advance to Advanced Audio Video Production are able to concentrate on the areas of their greatest interest, such as videography, video/film editing, audio recording, audio mixing, sound reinforcement, sound design, visual design, dialog editing, lighting, video engineering, script writing, directing, producing, still or animated computer graphics, special effects, voice talent, on-camera talent, and camera operation. Instructors work with students to create and develop individual learning plans focused on each student’s individual artistic or technical passions and interests. Each student identifies personal academic goals for the semester, and specific projects, assignments, and courses of study are developed to achieve those academic goals. Examples of such projects from previous semesters include:
A multi-camera film-style production using clowns to teach children about fire safety that was directed, edited, and authored entirely by one Advanced Audio Video Production student with a crew of classmates.
A series of commercials promoting aspects of an online for-profit radio station created and operated by a Advanced Audio Video Production student
A video series on emergency/disaster preparedness at elementary schools produced, directed, and edited by a Advanced Audio Video Production student. The series was shot film-style on location at an LISD elementary school, and utilized other Advanced Audio Video Production students as camera operators, lighting directors, audio engineers, boom microphone operators, script supervisors/continuity coordinators, and more.
A client work-for-hire video for a non-profit organization that was produced, edited, and mastered by a Advanced Audio Video Production student. The video was used as a fundraising piece, and the client organization received (among other donations) a check for $50,000 after the video was screened for potential sponsors.
A video Public Service Announcement (PSA) created to increase public awareness of the difficulties people with Dislexia face every day.
These and many other projects have helped Advanced Audio Video Production graduates earn admittance and scholarships to top film schools throughout the world, including the University of Southern California, New York University, the University of Texas at Austin, UNT and many, many others. Extracurricular activities give students the chance to participate in student film festivals and additional competitions in a wide variety of areas, including video production, radio/audio production, short filmmaking, A/V engineering, camera operation, product development, news writing and anchoring, and much more.
Advanced Audio Video Production students have a long and proud history of statewide recognition and national awards, including a top prize for Technical Achievement from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (the organization behind the Emmy awards), and SkillsUSA Championships.
What is Practicum in Audio Video Production?
The Practicum in Audio Video Production course is designed and structured to work as an open and largely self-directed lab course that allows students to expand and deepen the skills they learned in Advanced Audio Video Production. Practicum students are able to take on the leadership roles in all of the real production projects. Instructors work with students to create and develop individual learning plans focused on each student’s individual artistic or technical passions and interests. Each student identifies personal academic goals for the semester, and specific projects, assignments, and courses of study are developed to achieve those academic goals.