Fundamentals of Television Production is a comprehensive, in-depth
text for both basic and advanced television production courses.
Authors Ralph Donald and Thomas Spann have provided a number of
- Key terms and definitions at the end of each chapter.
- Over 400 photos and figures.
- Coverage of equipment, old and new, from a history of videotape
to new developments in high-definition TV.
- Through explanations of highly technical and theoretical
Fundamentals of Television Production covers the technical
aspects of production, including cameras, lenses, lighting
instruments, microphones and graphics, as well as discussions of
the aesthetic considerations that should be given to such areas as
shot composition and lighting. The text also covers the relative
side of production, from scriptwriting to production design to the
artistic skills necessary for directing. Beginning with an overview
of the three phases of the production process for a situation
comedy, a commercial and news story, students are introduced to the
activities associated with preproduction, production and
Written in and accessible, engaging manner, Fundamentals of
Television Production will help students develop an understanding
of the basic skills needed for below-the-line technical personnel
and above-the-line creative personnel.