Video Production


Video Production - Syllabus

Room A109 - Mr. Chris Guyor

Prep Period – 4th hour prep 10:43-12:20

RHS Main Office – 248-726-5400


Overview - Video Production is designed to help students develop their talents in the visual arts. Students learn to script out, shoot and edit video projects. Every student will learn each of these skills during the course of this class. All shooting  will be done with DV cameras, which allows us to edit on IMac computers. There are no books for this class, so note-taking is important. There will also be supplemental handouts that will be important to retain.

Assignments - Video Production relies on group work, though there are a number of individual assignments, tests and quizzes. Late work will be accepted, but will be penalized 10% per day. Assignments include:

  • Movie scan
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Video/Commercial appraisal
  • Content quiz
  • Advertisement script
  • Advertisement
  • Public service assignment research
  • Public service announcement
    • Editing quiz
    • Music video
    • News story idea
    • News story
    • Movie adaptation
    • Final exam refresher
    • Final project

    I use a total points earned/total points available system, so it is better to turn something in late than to not turn it in at all. The Final Exam will count as 10% of the final grade in Video Production.

    Respect in the key word in Video Production - respect for fellow students, for the teacher, for the equipment, and for the rules of the school.

    LA 10


    Language Arts 9 – Mr. Guyor - Room A109

    Fourth Hour Prep 10:43-12:20

    RHS Main Office – 248-726-5400

    Textbook – Elements of Literature - Holt, Reinhart and Winston

    Course Description: Welcome to your first semester at Rochester High and Language Arts 9. Over the course of this semester we will continue our work in composition and literature to develop reading, writing, listening, speaking and viewing skills using an integrated approach. Major pieces of literature for first semester include The Odyssey and Speak. We will also study poetry composition and analysis as well as ACT prep tools. Students have a variety of writing experiences, such as journals and essays. The writing process is used as the basis for all writing: prewriting, drafting, editing, revising, and final copy. Course Expectations: • Our classroom is a place of learning. You should come to class with the proper items for learning, such as a writing utensil, book, paper, and any other necessary item. It is important that you are attentive and give your best effort on all assignments. If you do so, you will succeed in this class. • Our classroom is a safe environment. Each student deserves to feel safe expressing his or her thoughts and feelings in the context of our studies. Therefore, there will be no taunting, put downs, or any other bully behavior tolerated. • Our classroom is a place of respect. As your teacher, I will treat each of you with respect. I expect that you treat your fellow classmates, yourself, and me with the same respect. Classroom Rules: 1. Have all the appropriate materials and supplies at your desk and be seated when the bell rings. 2. Respect the people, equipment, and furnishings of the classroom. 3. Adjust your voice level to suit the activity. 4. Follow directions the first time they are given. 5. Observe all rules in the student handbook. Textbooks: Elements of Literature (Holt, Rinehart, and Winston) including The Odyssey (Homer) Speak (Laurie Halse Anderson) *Individual Reading – Students will select one novel (at least 250 pages) per semester to read and create a project for; parents should check with their student to see what they are choosing to read for this assignment each semester. Students are required to take a book contract home for parents to sign. Book Descriptions: * The Odyssey by Homer. The Odyssey is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. The poem mainly centers on the Greek hero Odysseus and his journey home after the fall of Troy. It takes Odysseus ten years to reach Ithaca after the ten-year Trojan War. In his absence, his wife Penelope and son Telemachus must deal with a group of unruly suitors, who compete for Penelope's hand in marriage. Reading Level: 9 *Speak by Laure Halse Anderson. After being raped at a party, Melinda is ostracized by her peers because she will not say why she called the police. Unable to verbalize what happened, Melinda nearly stops speaking altogether, expressing her voice through the art she produces for a class.


    There will be the equivalent of 10 longer writing assignments during the course. These include a comparison/contrast paper, book reviews, vignettes about personal experiences, informative reports, an oral history report, an opinion paper, a persuasive paper and a persuasive speech. is a plagiarism prevention website used throughout the Rochester Community Schools. Turnitin instantly identifies papers containing unoriginal material and acts as a powerful deterrent to stop student plagiarism before it starts. All major pieces of writing are required to be submitted to by the same deadline that is assigned for a class.


    I do accept it up to three days late, for major assignments -–but you do lose 10% per day. Shorter homework assignments can be turned in a day late for half credit. Better late than never, in other words.


    We will use the district's grading scale to calculate final grades. The scale is included in your student handbook. We will use a total points approach to determine your final percentage.


    The main rule is respect; respect for your teacher, your classmates, and the ideas presented in this classroom. Respect doesn't mean you have to accept others' views without questioning them – it deals with how you go about the questioning. Remember what the RCS Respect Code states: Rochester Community Schools shall provide a district climate that eliminates prejudice and discrimination through the creation of school structures which ensure student equity and human dignity.


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