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Television Production

Television Production
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By: Phillip L. Harris

ISBN: 978-1-59070-454-7
Format: Hardcover
Copyright: ©2006
Subject: Visual Technology
Grade Level: 8-14
Retail Price: $66.64
School Price: $49.98


Television Production provides students with the basic skills they need to enter the television production industry as a production assistant. The text provides an overview of the equipment, job responsibilities, and techniques involved in both traditional studio production and remote location work. The activities and processes involved in each phase of production are presented and reinforced with realistic examples, numerous photos showing students in actual production situations, and engaging student activities.

The text places a strong emphasis on the importance of vocabulary and the correct use of technical terms. In addition to the glossary at the end of the textbook, a running glossary within the chapters provides an immediate formal definition of terms, as they are addressed in the text of the chapter. Talk the Talk features explain the difference in meaning between consumer and industry-specific terms. Proper use of industry terms is an important factor in becoming a successful television production professional.

Table of Contents

  1. The Television Production Industry
  2. Working in the Television Production Industry
  3. The Video Camera and Support Equipment
  4. Video Camera Operations
  5. Videotape and Recorders
  6. Audio Basics
  7. Scriptwriting
  8. Image Display
  9. Lighting
10. Studio and Remote Shooting
11. Remote Shooting
12. Props, Set Dressing, and Scenery
13. Production Staging and Interacting with Talent
14. Directing
15. Makeup Application and Costume Considerations
16. Music
17. Video Switchers and Special Effects Generators
18. Electronic Special Effects
19. Video Editing
20. Getting Technical-The Video Signal

Look Inside

   sample Chapter 2 (PDF, 733 KB)
   sample Chapter 3 (PDF, 699 KB)
  Note: Sample file quality has been reduced to allow for Internet streaming and viewing.


   PDF Introduction to Television Production (PDF, 62 KB)
Telemedia Technology, Grades 9-12
Radio/Television Broadcasting Technician
  Note: Correlation files may not be available for all listed courses.

About Author(s)

Phillip L. Harris - received a Bachelor of Science degree from East Carolina University and Master of Arts in Technology Education from George Mason University. He is also a graduate of Imero Fiorintino Lighting Seminars. Mr. Harris's professional production experience includes a wide range of freelance videography (from weddings to commercials), over 25 years as a freelance theatrical makeup designer and artist, and experience directing more than 25 plays and musicals for community theater since 1979.

Mr. Harris brings over 34 years of teaching television production to this book. As part of the program he taught, Mr. Harris created Digital Wave Productions, a school-based enterprise that allows students to gain professional work experience and raise funds, while producing video projects for clients.

Mr. Harris retired from teaching in 2006, but remains passionate about sharing his successful curriculum and facility design tips with fellow television production and broadcast journalism instructors. He is well-known in the career education field as a convention speaker and is a session presenter and contest judge at many conventions and conferences, including SIPA, JEA, STN, ITEA, ACTE, and ASPA. Through his consulting business, Mr. Harris assists school districts and individual schools design, develop, and implement television and video programs, and provides training for teachers of these courses.


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