Fully revised and updated, this second edition of Media Production provides a comprehensive introductory guide to radio, television and fi lm production techniques.

Using a step-by-step structure that takes students through the production process from conception to delivery, this book explores initial brainstorming through to planning, research, recording and editing. Operational procedures are set out in detail, taking into account the context in which students work and the type of equipment available to them. Clear instructional photographs are provided to illustrate key teaching points.

Written by an experienced BBC producer and director, this textbook is ideal for FE Media students as well as those just starting out in the industry.

Updated online resources include templates, notes and exercises to help students prepare for their own productions, as well as a glossary of key terms and helpful weblinks.

part Part I|78 pages

Pre-production: preparation and planning

chapter 1|3 pages

How to use this book

chapter 2|10 pages

Getting an idea

chapter 3|5 pages


chapter 4|4 pages

Production planning and timelines

chapter 5|3 pages

Allocating tasks

chapter 6|11 pages

Narrative structure

chapter 7|7 pages


chapter 8|14 pages

Pre-production scripts and treatments

chapter 9|19 pages

Production schedules and safety

part Part II|142 pages

Production: recording and shooting

chapter 10|21 pages

Shot sizes, moves and framing

chapter 11|7 pages

Crossing the line or the 180-degree rule

chapter 12|17 pages

Camera controls and lighting

chapter 13|13 pages

Recording sound

chapter 14|5 pages

Taking a shot

chapter 15|23 pages

Shooting factual

chapter 16|17 pages

Shooting dramatised sequences

chapter 17|8 pages

Interview techniques

chapter 18|11 pages

Audio – factual

chapter 19|12 pages

Audio – drama

chapter 20|6 pages

News and current affairs

part Part III|34 pages

Post-production: editing and feedback

chapter 21|5 pages

Editing sound

chapter 22|21 pages

Editing film

chapter 23|6 pages

Feedback and evaluation