Course Description

PURPOSE

The purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of the principles and techniques of production and production team dynamics. We will do this by examining the processes of production from many different levels; specific technology / tools, rehearsal process, safety, timeline analysis including ‘Tech weekend’, monetary procedures, team dynamics, crew evaluations, communication, paperwork systems.
We will achieve our goal by 2 methods:1) Classes: These will focus on particular aspects of the production process as listed below.2) Practical: You will be assigned one (or two smaller) practical positions on a production occurring this academic year. e.g. Head Electrician, Stage Manager, Head of Wardrobe, Head Carpenter, Scenic Artist, Head of Props, Head of Sound. See job description page above3) Workshop / Seminar. You will be assigned a Workshop / seminar to be presented in 2nd term. You and your partners will present an interactive hands on workshop seminar for the class on your area of concentration. They will be assigned after thanksgiving. The format, content and style are flexible. Examples include. DMX lighting control setup and limitation, recording dance choreography, the serger is your friend etc.

MARKING SCHEME

Class participation /attendance 15%. Major practical project. 75%. Seminar / Workshop 10%The mark for the projects is based on your level of accomplishment / success, attitude, attendance, discretion, skill, initiative, team work. 30% of the mark for the project will based on your notes, and the production paperwork related to the project. A minimum 4 page succinct, informal journal recounting your experiences working on the project. How might you approach such a project differently in the future? Fully discuss resource and personnel issues. The paperwork and journal must be handed in 1 week after the show closes. (Late penalty 5% / day.)In the last week of both terms an interview with the instructor must be arranged to discuss your progress in the course.As a Crew Chief / Stage Manager you are expected to show leadership in all aspects of your work. Attitude, attendance, discretion and working habits all contribute to positive working environment and a successful production.

Grade Long Descriptor
A+ Indicates truly exceptional performance that exceeds the highest standards. The course content has been mastered, the ability to apply the material in new ways has been demonstrated, and an understanding of the wider context is evident, all to an exceptional degree. Consistent performance at this level leads to placement on the Dean’s Honour List with Distinction (DHL-D: historically the top 3%).

A Indicates outstanding performance that meets the highest standards. The course content has been mastered, the ability to apply the material in new ways has been demonstrated, and an understanding of the wider context is evident. Consistent performance at this level leads to placement on the Dean’s Honour List with Distinction (DHL-D: historically the top 3%).

A- Indicates excellent performance that meets very high standards. Mastery of the course material and ability to apply the material in new ways have been demonstrated. Consistent performance at this level leads to placement on the Dean’s Honour List (DHL: historically the top 20%).

B+ Indicates very good performance that meets high standards. The course content has been mastered, with a comprehensive understanding of concepts and techniques.

B Indicates good comprehension of the course material. The expectations set for the course have been met.

B- Indicates reasonably good comprehension of the course material. Most expectations set for the course have been met.

C+ Indicates an acceptable comprehension of the course material, meeting and in some cases exceeding basic standards.

C Indicates a generally acceptable comprehension of the course material, meeting basic standards. Consistent performance at this level is acceptable for an Honours Degree.

C- Indicates a minimally acceptable comprehension of the course material while falling short of basic standards in some areas. Consistent performance at this level is acceptable for a General Degree, but not for an Honours degree.

D+ Comprehension of the course material was unsatisfactory, but sufficient for credit to be granted. Consistent performance at this level will lead to placement on Academic Probation and, potentially, further sanctions.

D Comprehension of the course material was unsatisfactory, but sufficient for credit to be granted. Consistent performance at this level will lead to placement on Academic Probation and, potentially, further sanctions.

D- Comprehension of the course material was unsatisfactory; barely sufficient for credit to be granted. Consistent performance at this level will lead to an automatic requirement to withdraw.

F Indicates that the minimum standards have not been met. Credit has not been granted.

Consistent performance at this level will lead to an automatic requirement to withdraw.

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