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Writing and Television Production

It is essential that students leave college with basic skills in all facets of television production. Here at EWC we teach two TV production courses, MCM 340 and MCM 349. These courses are broken down as follows:

TV Director and Actress Debbie Allen
TV Director and Actress Debbie Allen

MCM 340 – TV Production. 

Student Learning Outcomes are:

  1. Produce and direct video productions with realistic understanding of resources and goals.
  2. Translate scripts into video images and television and film programs.
  3. Understand the business of broadcasting and video production.
  4. Learn and demonstrate the operation of video field and studio recording and video editing systems.

Students will do a variety of projects, including scripting, camera operation, switching, audio, direction and a single camera project that will be edited with industry standard software.

CamerablackmanMCM 349 – Advanced TV Production

The student outcomes are very similar but the student produces high value productions. We expect the student to know,  understand and use the vocabulary and have advanced writing a production skills. Although we teach scriptwriting in our TV courses students may take Writing for Radio and TV

Writer and Director Spike Lee
Writer and Director Spike Lee

MCM 330 – Writing for Radio and Television

Here are some general statements about teaching students to write for television, radio and new media.

  • Learning to write for television, radio and new media is an active process for the student.
  • Active learning does not mean simply applying pen to paper or fingers to keyboard.
  • Conducting research is a critical aspect of writing.
  • Applying, through synthesis, is a critical by-product of the writing activity.
  • Learning to write for television, radio and new media builds upon prosaic writing technique.
  • Writing for television, radio and new media is more difficult than writing print media because it involves writing action and visual stimulus.
  • When students engage the task of writing for television, radio and new media they apply their writing skill.
  • Writers improve their skill as writers by reviewing the work of others as well as their own work.
  • All of what a writer does is about guiding the interpretive experience for the audience.