Digital Video

Digital Video Production provides a hands-on introduction to digital video. The course guides students through all phases of digital video production, including pre-production and planning, executing and managing a video shoot, and editing and post-production techniques. Students explore methods of sharing and broadcasting digital videos, including multiple-platform versions, DVDs, and web delivery. They also learn about the latest methods for publicizing a digital video, such as using online search engines to direct viewers to the production. Finally, students have a chance to discover the types of careers that exist in digital media today.

As a culminating project, students apply the basic concepts and tools of digital video to create a documentary video. Students create a list of possible topics for documentaries, and then they choose their group according to the topic they would like to work on. Each group creates a project pitch, a scripted outline, and assets including still image, video, and audio. When the assets are completed, students cut raw footage into a video timeline and then create the final cut. The audience for the video includes digital video professionals as well as other students, friends, and family members, who are all invited to the video screening festival at the end of the project.

This course is expected to take a total of 79 50-minute class periods.

Course Scope & Sequence

The Scope & Sequence lists the learning objectives for each lesson, providing you with an overview of what your students will learn during the course. You can use these learning objectives as a guide to determine how the course enables your students to reach the requisite goals set for them.

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Lesson Descriptions

The Lesson Descriptions document includes a brief overview of every lesson in the course. This is the narrative companion to the course Scope & Sequence document.

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Course Support

If you have questions about this course, need a hand with a particular lesson, or just have a great idea to share, please contact Kevin English directly at kenglish@naf.org. We are available to support you in teaching the course while also gathering feedback to improve the NAF curriculum.

Culminating Project Overview

In every NAF course, students complete a culminating project and present it in the final lesson. Download the Project Overview to learn the details about the culminating project for this course and to find out what advance preparation the project entails.

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NAFTrack Certification Course Guide

NAFTrack Certification is a nationally recognized, standards-based set of tools developed by NAF to evaluate students' readiness for college and career. By completing all NAFTrack Certification requirements, students demonstrate mastery of academic skills and career-related knowledge. The requirements are as follows: for each of four NAF courses, students complete all coursework, pass the end-of-course exam, and fulfill culminating project responsibilities, as evidenced by uploading key pieces of work.

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Correlations to the Common Core State Standards

This document identifies which of the ELA and Math Common Core State Standards are met by each lesson in the course. You can use these correlations as an aid to preparing your students for college and careers.

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We welcome questions and feedback about these course materials. For a prompt response, please email Kevin English directly at kenglish@naf.org.

The ZIP file below contains the current version of every file for this course. Be sure to download it before the start of each school year. If you just need a specific file or two, it's quicker to use the individual links listed on this page. Please note: This ZIP file does not include the video files for Lessons 1, 3, 4, 5, 10, and 12, nor does it include the Media Assets for Lesson 4.

All Course Files (ZIP file)

Please note: If the ZIP file of the videos is too large for you to download, you can access the individual videos under their respective lessons below.

Unit 1: Getting Started

Lesson 1: Course Introduction

Notebook TOC (Word file)

This course uses .mov files that require an up-to-date video player such as Windows Media Player or Apple's QuickTime Player to view. If you have difficulty playing any videos, please consult the tech coordinator for your school.

Lesson 2: Introduction to Digital Media

Unit 4: Pre-Production—Planning Digital Video Production

Lesson 7: Launching a Video Project

Lesson 8: Planning a Video Shoot

Unit 5: Production—Creating a Digital Video

Lesson 9: Collecting Existing Digital Media Assets

Lesson 10: Techniques for Video Production

Lesson 11: Managing Production

Unit 6: Post-Production—Editing Digital Video

Lesson 12: Creating the Rough Cut

Lesson 13: Refining a Video

Unit 7: Sharing Digital Video and Spreading the Word about a Video Production

Lesson 14: Delivery of a Digital Video Production

Lesson 15: Promoting a Video

Unit 8: Career Development in Digital Video

Lesson 16: Exploring Digital Video Careers and Learning from Industry Experts

Lesson 17: Video Project Screening and Course Closure

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