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Making Media
Foundations of Sound and Image Production





ISBN 9781138240391
Published November 15, 2017 by Routledge
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Book Description

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 

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Author(s)

Biography

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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Companion Website

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