Making Media: Foundations of Sound and Image Production, 4th Edition

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ISBN 9781138240391

334 Pages

Written By Jan Roberts-Breslin


Making Media: Foundations of Sound and Image Production takes the media production process and deconstructs it into its most basic components. Students will learn the basic concepts of media production – frame, sound, light, time, motion, and sequencing – and be able to apply them to any medium they choose, from film and television to fine art and online applications. They will also become well-grounded in the digital work environment and the tools required to produce media in today’s digital environment.

This new fourth edition is completely updated and includes a new chapter on the production process and production safety; information on current trends in production, exhibition, and distribution; and much more. New topics include virtual and augmented reality, the use of drones and new practices interactive media.

The text is also fully illustrated and includes sidebar discussions of pertinent issues throughout. The companion website has been completely revamped with interactive exercises for each chapter, allowing students to explore the process of media production.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Content and Preproduction

    The Primacy of Content

    Developing Story Ideas

    Classifying Content

    Development

    Ethical and Legal Responsibilities

    Conclusion

    Putting It into Practice

    Key Concepts

2. Composing the Frame

    Seeing the World Through a Frame

    The Still Image

    Controlling the Frame

    What’s in the Frame and What Isn’t: Shot Sizes

    The Weight and Magnetism of the Frame

    Conclusion

    Putting It into Practice

    Key Concepts

3. Reproducing the Frame

    Creating the Image

    Lenses

    The Frame Applied to Different Media

    Conclusion

    Putting It into Practice

    Key Concepts

4. Depth and Movement and Time

    Media Illusions

    Creating Visual Depth

    Movement

    Movement Considerations in Different Media

    Animation and Motion Graphics

    Virtual, Augmented And Mixed Reality

    Time and Space

    Sounds and Images Existing in Time

    Conclusion

    Putting It into Practice

    Key Concepts

5. Light

    The Importance of Light

    Understanding Light

    Lighting Concerns of Different Media

    Conclusion

    Putting It into Practice

    Key Concepts

6. Sound

    The Importance of Sound

    Understanding Sound

    Reproducing Sound

    Sound Variations

    Types of Audio Media

    Conclusion

    Putting It into Practice

    Key Concepts

7. Sound and Image

    A + B = C

    Elements of Sound Design

    Sound Recording for Different Media

    Conclusion

    Putting It into Practice

    Key Concepts

8. Approaches to Production

    Determining Your Approach

    The Production Team

    The Role of Collaboration

    Conclusion

    Putting It into Practice

    Key Concepts

9. Making It Happen

    The Preproduction Process

    Insurance and Permissions

    Production Safety

10. The Theory of Linear Structure

    Putting the Story Together

    Issues of Structure in Preproduction

    Approaches to Structuring Motion Pictures

    Applications of Structure

    Conclusion

    Putting It into Practice

    Key Concepts

11. The Practice of Linear Structure

    Sound and Image Transitions

    Live Editing

    Postproduction Editing

    Digital Nonlinear Editing

    Issues of Convergence and Compatibility

    Conclusion

    Putting It into Practice

    Key Concepts

12. Nonlinear Structure

    Understanding Nonlinearity

    Types of Interactive Media

    The Process of Making Interactive Media

    Putting the Pieces Together

    Conclusion

    Putting It into Practice

    Key Concepts

13. Exhibition, and Distribution

    Changing Media Forms

    Getting the Work to an Audience

    The Future

    Making Media Professionally

    Conclusion

    Putting It into Practice

    Key Concepts

Glossary

Index 

Author:

Jan Roberts-Breslin is a media artist whose video art has been screened and won awards at U.S. and international film and video festivals, aired on PBS, and exhibited at museums. She is a Professor of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College in Boston, where she was the Founding Director of the MFA in Film and Media Art, and currently serves as Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the Communications University of China in Beijing.

Reviews:

    "Jan Roberts-Breslin’s Making Media is an excellent primer for the introductory media production course. She weaves a comprehensive roadmap for the budding media artist from concept through execution to distribution. A valuable addition to media production instruction."

    —Thomas Rondinella, Seton Hall University

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