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Course Code: 
RTC 111
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Course Objectives: 
This course is an introduction to the aesthetic and practical techniques applied by cinema and television professionals in cinema film or television programs.
Course Content: 

This course is designed to improve students’ basic principles and technical knowledge in film and television production. Students will develop basic technical material knowledge such as digital video cameras, light equipment, microphones. Students will acquire aesthetic basic knowledge. The applications of the topics will help the students to gain practical experience.

Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture, 2: Interactive Lecture, 14: Laboratory
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Exam

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes Program Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1) Knows how to use basic technical tools creatively in cinema art. 1, 2, 4, 8, 9 1, 2, 14 A
2) When a film or production is being watched, analyzes it critically. 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 1, 2, 14 A
3) Evaluates film forms and styles in a broad perspective. 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 1, 2, 14 A
4) Develops production tools, theories and procedures for television productions. 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 1, 2, 14 A
5) Understands the functions of steps and procedures in television production. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 1, 2, 14 A

Course Flow

Week Topics Study Materials
1 Introduction to course, expectations, information  
2 Camera; The main parts of Camera, The mechanical structure of Camera, The principles of Camera & Eye, Types of Digital Cameras (ENG & EFP) CCD-CMOS  
3 Broadcast formats (PAL, SECAM, NTSC), Video resolution & aspect ratios (720p, 1080p, 4K, 8K, 4:3, 16:9) Codec & Compression formats (mov, avi, mp4, mpeg2, vob, H264)  
4 TV Studios; Technical specifications of TV studios, Main parts of a TV studio.  
5 Tripods and Camera movement; Tripods, Camera moves, Zoom-Pan-Tilt, Track-Dolly-Pedestal, Crane-Steadicam-Jimmy Jib-Flycam.  
6 The key elements of Cinematography; Lenses, F-Stops, Focus, Exposure, Aperture (Iris), Depth of field, Shutter speed, Film, ISO, Gain, Filters.  
7 Composition; Mis-en-scene (actors, lighting, décor, props, costume, location), Rules of Third, Lead Rooms (Lead Spaces), Safe Areas, Static & Dynamic Composition, Shot sizes.  
8 Midterm Exam  
9 The principles of Cinematography; The perspective, Plan-Sequence, Camera angles & views, 180 degree rule (Axis of Action)  
10 The principles of Cinematography; The perspective, Plan-Sequence, Camera angles & views, 180 degree rule (Axis of Action)  
11 Lighting; Types of Lighting, Light sources, Basics of lighting techniques, Lighting equipment, Color temperature, White balance  
12 Lighting; Types of Lighting, Light sources, Basics of lighting techniques, Lighting equipment, Color temperature, White balance.  
13 Sound; Microphones, Types and characteristics of Microphones, sound mixers.  
14 Designing and shooting a small scene in which all the information taught is used.  
15 The analysis and evaluation of the scene.  
16 Final Exam  

Recommended Sources

Textbook The Five C's of cinematography Joseph V. Mascelli, Los AngelesSilman-James Press, 1998

Video Basics-4 Herbert Zettl, Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth, 2004

Additional Resources Sinema ve Televizyon Görüntüsünün Temel Ögeleri; Bülent Vardar, Beta Yayınları, 2012; Cinematography: Theory and Practice, Image Making for Cinematographers and Directors / Blain. Brown, Focal Press., 2002

Material Sharing

Documents www.coadsys.yeditepe.edu.tr / classroom.google.com


Mid-terms 1 100
Total   100
Contribution of Final Examination to Overall Grade   60
Contribution of In-Term Studies to Overall Grade   40
Total   100

Course’s Contribution to Program

No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Defines basic concepts, theories, methods, and domains of study specific to radio, television and cinema by associating them with the findings and theories of humanities and social sciences. X        
2 Demonstrates the responsibilities, effective participation, coordination, and planning skills essential for harmonious and efficient teamwork in the production processes relative to the radio, television and cinema fields. X        
3 Generates media products in accordance with professional standards in various narrative forms and genres specific to the field by synthesizing up-to-date knowledge and skills for expertise acquired through applied and theoretical courses.       X  
4 Manifests professional knowledge and such skills as copywriting, image management, editing, sound design, producing and directing, media management in different fields of radio, television and cinema locally and globally.         X
5 Holds responsibility in broadcasting by integrating national and international rules of law that media professionals should pursue with professional ethical principles. X        
6 Comprehends the knowledge and skills related to institutional operation and management in the production and broadcasting processes of radio, television and cinema for the common interest. X        
7 Evaluates radio, television and cinema fields analytically and critically from their institutional structuring to products regarding a wide range of cultural, artistic, economic, and social relations. X        
8 Has the ability to collect visual, audio and written data, conduct research, evaluate, report and offer creative solutions in the fields of radio, television and cinema.     X    
9 Develops original projects for radio, television and cinema by following new technologies, developments, and ideas in the fields of art, culture, and media at the national and global planes.         X


Activities Quantity Duration
Course Duration 14 4 56
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14 7 98
Students Reading      
Mid-terms 1 15 15
Final examination 1 20 20
Total Work Load     189
Total Work Load / 25 (h)     7,56
ECTS Credit of the Course     8