The video production curriculum offers the tools and techniques for creating a basic video. Video production has become affordable for the average consumer. The average family videotapes births, recitals, plays, birthdays, and graduations. They not only chronicle their lives but is now they use video just for fun. Further, video production is a viable tool for incorporating multimedia into curriculum. The following unit is designed to increase the awareness of basic video planning and video techniques to produce a quality video in the classroom.




Off- line


  1. Students will work as a large group for the introduction.
  2. For Video Skills Centers, students will need to be placed into groups/crews of four including the Director, the Camera Tech, the Gaffer, and the Talent.
  3. For the Video Production activity, students continue in their groups.
  4. As there will be varying degrees of expertise with technology, encourage experienced video users to assist the newer uses.
  5. Students must understand the value of planning a storyboard in advance.
  6. Students must understand that collaboration is necessary in the creation of their final product, just as it is in the real world.
  7. This module/unit may take 4-6 class sessions.




  1. For an on-line student module see Student Activity.
  2. Each students will sign a Talent Release form.
  3. Students will form production crews of four, consisting of Director, Camera Tech, Gaffer, and Talent.
  4. Students will use a group folder containing all necessary handouts: Group Roles Sheets and Group Role Cards, Talent Release forms, Instructions Sheet, Community Brainstorming Chart, Vocabulary worksheets, Preparation for Storyboard, Storyboards, Equipment Checklist, Video Rubric, and Stay on Track guide (Some of these items may be retrieved from Skills Centers).
  5. Students will need to continually check their groups progress using the Instruction Sheet and Stay on Track Guide.
  6. Students will create a production company name and logo.
  7. Students will work collaboratively in groups and within the Jigsaw* method to complete Video Skills Centers and return to the group as an expert.
  8. Students will use the Round Table** method to disseminate information.
  9. Students will take a walk through the community to get an idea of what's in their community, what's interesting, and perhaps may be filmed.
  10. Students will follow the Video Production Instruction Sheet in the group folder to collaboratively complete video production.
  11. Students will be prepared to present group videos.
  12. Students wil use the video rubrics to evaluate their videos.

*Jigsaw Procedures:
Assign group roles in your crew of: director, talent, gaffer, and camera tech. Each crew member then goes to his/her respective center and becomes the expert (all directors go to director's center, etc.) The crew member is responsible for completing the center, taking notes, and disseminating information to the rest of their crew during Round Table time.

**Round Table
Each crew member will share/teach the information they learned in a round table fashion to their group. All members of the crew should know the information from each center.


Set aside time to present groups' videos. Have a film festival and give out film awards


The Basic Video Rubric can be modified to fit your particular grading methods.


The manner is which a subject of a video production is portrayed is called a video treatment. There are many types and combinations of video treatments, but there are 5 basic types of video treatments.

As an extension, you may want to use one of the video treatments to create your video. Here are some examples:


Upon completion of this desktop publishing unit, the student will:

Downloading and Printing Files

These pages can be downloaded to your computer as files. Files can then be opened and printed. You can choose from two file formats:

Microsoft document format opens the files in Microsoft Word. You can make changes in the pages before printing them.

Acrobat Reader or Portable Document Format (pdf) opens the files in Adobe Acrobat Reader. Pages cannot be edited in this format. However, .pdf files are less likely to be distorted. Pages that contain graphics or large images look better in .pdf and print very nicely. For your convenience, Acrobat Reader can be accessed from this page.

Microsoft Word (.doc)

Folder Materials (1 per group of 4)

Center handouts (each center is separate)

Acrobat Reader (.pdf)

Folder Materials (1 per group of 4)

Center handouts (each center is separate)

About Acrobat Reader

Files in the .pdf format can be read using Acrobat Reader. Acrobat Reader is a free software. You can download and install it by clicking on the link below.

GO TO: Acrobat Reader Download Page

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