Television Production Process 2
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 42.0
Credit Value: 3.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Winter 2020
Prerequisites: MEDA26367
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Bach of Film and Television
Program Coordinator(s): Kathleen Cummins, Randall Kapuscinski
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20200106_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: A key priority in the Bachelor of Film and Television Program is the safety of students, staff, and faculty while participating in teaching and learning activities. Therefore, participants are expected to reference and adhere to provincial and federal law, established film industry standards, and Sheridan College's Occupational Health and Safety Policy to ensure a safe working environment for all. See link for additional information:

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Students explore the concepts of television production through a talk show format and event coverage. Building upon prior technical training students, develop production skills associated with creating and planning of multi-camera talk show and event productions. Studies include the creation of scripts, rundowns, interviewing, conducting production meetings, set decoration, rehearsals and a live or live-to-tape show. Students also learn to adapt to changing circumstances and unforeseen production challenges with on-location event coverage. Students apply technical skills and learn to set up, record and tear down multi-camera productions on location for various community events, with an emphasis on sports.

Program Context

Bach of Film and Television Program Coordinator(s): Kathleen Cummins, Randall Kapuscinski
This is a required course in the Bachelor of Film and Television Program that forms a foundational knowledge base for subsequent courses in all areas of the program.

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to create and collaboratively execute a complex multi-camera television production, both in studio and on remote location.
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Execute production plans for Television studio productions and location shoots.
  2. Demonstrate craft skills associated with Television production.
  3. Perform on schedule according to a production plan.
  4. Adapt to changing circumstances and unforeseen production challenges.
  5. Provide constructive criticism on the work of their peers.
  6. Modify practices and content based upon critiques from faculty and peers.
  7. Complete reports and records for a production.
  8. Demonstrate professional behaviours including: a. collaborating constructively as a team member b. managing interpersonal conflicts in a way that respects varying roles & perceptions c. communicating effectively d. meeting deadlines, arriving on time and being prepared e. complying with all health and safety regulations of the industry and adhering to applicable union agreements

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 TV Studio Production #115.0%
 TV Studio Production #220.0%
 TV Studio Production #310.0%
 Location Production #110.0%
 Location Production #210.0%
 Location Production #310.0%
 5-Minute Pitch5.0%
 Reflective Analysis #110.0%
 Reflective Analysis #210.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
All assignments must be submitted by the deadline specified by the professor. All assignments must be delivered in the format and via the delivery method specified by the professor. Any request for an extension must be made prior to the deadline day. Any assignments submitted after the deadline will be penalized 10% each day thereafter. Assignments not delivered 7 calendar days after the due date will receive a zero. Students who fail to appear for a scheduled team production will receive zero for that portion of their evaluation. Exceptions may be made with a medical note or at the professor's discretion. Students must complete every assignment as an individual effort.

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar

  • Not Eligible for PLAR

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: In-Class
Professor: Multiple Professors
RequiredTextbookTelevision Production Handbook, Zettl, Herbert, MA: Wadsworth, 11th ed. Boston, 2012
OptionalOtherRecommended Reading: Curry, Ivan. Directing and Producing for Television: A Format Approach. Oxford: Focal Press, 2013 [1998].
OptionalOtherUtterback, Andrew. Studio Television Production and Directing. Oxford: Focal Press, 2007.
OptionalOtherOwens, Jim. Television Sports Production. Oxford: Focal Press, 2007.

Applicable student group(s): Bachelor of Film and Television
Course Details:


- Pre-Production for a studio show

- Review of all studio technical positions

- The role of the Director (explanation and training)

- The role of the AD (explanation and training)

- Developing a 5 Minute Pitch

- Importance of Sound

- Theming of a show

- Evaluation - 5 Minute Pitch (5%)



- Developing a rundown

- Call sheets

- Production calendars

- Use the Selected Pitch to establish the show

- Interviewing practices

- Shooting packages

- How to do Live Hits

- Social Media presence

- Organizing and conducting production meetings

- Cast and crew rehearsals

- Execution of 1st live or live-to-tape studio-based production.

- Post mortem process (Production analysis)

- Evaluation - Studio Production 1 (15%), Location Production 1 (10%) and Reflective Analysis 1 (10%) = 35%



- Building on a Production

- How to incorporate technical and content improvements

- Engaging and knowing your audience

- Create a Social Media Identity to gather an audience

- Develop a theme for Show #2

- Conduct production meetings

- Cast and crew rehearsal

- Execution of 2nd live or live-to-tape studio-based production.

- Post mortem (Production analysis)

- Evaluation - Studio Production 2 (20%), Location Production 2 (10%) and Reflective Analysis 1 (10%) = 40%



- The final production

- Student-developed arts and transitions

- Using Social Media to impact the show and add interactivity with the audience

- Field Productions

- Live Production and mobile coverage

- Script to the studio in 2 weeks

- Evaluation - Studio Production 3 (10%) and Location Production 3 (10%) = 20%

Sheridan Policies

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Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

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