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ERIC Number: ED420082
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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"Microeconomic Modeling" in a Third Semester Video Production Course.
Gutenko, Gregory
Classroom and laboratory environments typically can provide actual or simulated activities within which most of the technical and creative elements of the media production process can be enacted, but the financial component of production budgeting is often left aside. A "mini-production community" model has been used for the last three years in a third-semester, team-oriented field production course at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Starting with an estimated budget for each major product, students expend funds ("video dollars") to the school and exchange funds with each other as the "hire" and "hire out" to form production teams. Students typically retain creative control by producing and, in almost all cases, directing their productions. Budgeting is a very pragmatic counterpoint to the aesthetic play and experimentation being encouraged in the course, and punishment and reward through credit loss and gain is needed to motivate compliance with the pragmatic. Subjective observations indicate that students enjoy the activity of hiring and billing, and appreciate more fully the consequences of wasted time and the mercurial nature of production planning and scheduling. (The course syllabus, sample "video dollars," and a "rate card" for the course are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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