FTH3320EN - Fundamentals of Video Production

Course description

The visual medium is a powerful tool. Fundamentals of Video Production will detail all the aspects of video production from scripting, preproduction, production and post-production/editing. The visual medium is often used as metaphors for life especially in film/tv. Thus the metaphor can be properly used to break down the discipline of video production. Pre-production is the strategy to go after in the scavenger hunt. Production is the scavenger hunt where you search for the proper visual and auditory materials to construct your piece. Post-production is where you take your hundreds if not thousands of pieces of disparate information and piece it together like a jigsaw puzzle creating one canvas meant to elicit a desired response.

How this course benefits students

Practical tools you need to plan out an effective video production. From sourcing the story, to obtaining all the proper recording equipment, to setting up the talent/interviews, to shooting the footage and then piecing it together in post-production adding graphics, music, animation etc all facets will be covered in this course. There is a reason why feature films have hundreds sometimes thousands of crew member that contribute to making of the project. We will show you ways how you can adapt your video project to meet any type of crew or budget.

Why this course is important

Video as interpreted by film/tv can be one of the most powerful influences on the planet. Learning how to master this tool will aid you in harnessing that power to spread your desired message to your specific audience.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Film & Theatre Studies
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Jesus spoke in metaphors. Film/TV production is a perfect extension of that style. Since all Truth is God’s Truth, video production can be an excellent medium in which to participate in the Great Commission. Video like any art is a tool that can be used to uplift or destruct. We will detail strategies how to properly create a video piece that has optimal desired impact. You never know how video may impact a person’s life. For example, I know two prominent church leaders that came to Christ after watching William Friedkin’s The Exorcist (1973). The Lord does indeed work in mysterious ways and video is one of them.

Missionally driven

If a picture is worth a thousand words. Then video at 30 frames per second must be worth at least a million. Video has the unique capability of looking into another world to provide inspiration, education and knowledge. What the world needs is understanding of our fellow man especially in today’s culture. Video can help breakdown cultural and social barriers by providing insight and education into life.

Contextually informed

Along with a strong international capability video can also focus locally. It can be a tool that minister’s use in their congregation or as an outreach into the community to promote their organization and Christ’s Kingdom.

Interculturally focused

The best way to learn about a distinct culture is to live within that culture. Missionaries know this firsthand. The second best way to learn about that culture is to visit. The third best way is to either read or watch a film about that culture. This is the best aspect of watching Foreign Films. Not only are you entertained (theoretically) by a story but you are also given a first hand look into the people and culture from where that film emanates. Video can provide your audience with that unique and powerful backdrop.

Practically minded

Practically we will give our students the knowledge and the skills how to use video production to advance their causes personally and in their ministry. There are a lot of varying strategies to use in order to make the most effective tool possible. Sometimes there are a lot of right ways to do something. Video like many things in life is very subjective. We need to subjectively manipulate video tools in order to achieve our desired result.

Experientially transformed

We will assign each student a final project where they can produce their own video production using the skills and knowledge they acquired during the course.