TVProdCoverPhillip L. Harris, 2006 Goodheart-Willcox Publishing

Phil Harris brings over 30 years of combined experience as a videographer and instructor to this book.
His professional work experience includes freelance theatrical makeup designer and artist, a wide range of freelance videography productions, and directing plays and musicals for community theater.  As an instructor at Fairfax Academy for Communication and the Arts in the Television Production program, Mr. Harris actively engages students in learning the skills they will need to succeed in the television production industry.  Mr. Harris also provides consultation services for the design, training, and implementation of television and video education programs.

Television Production introduces students to the basic skills needed for entry-level opportunities in the television production industry.  The text provides an overview of the equipment, job responsibilities, and techniques used for both studio productions and location shooting.  Principles associated with camera operation, picture composition, scriptwriting, lighting, directing, and many other areas are discussed with illustrated examples and explanations. Television Production is designed to provide a foundation of information and skills on which a rewarding career can be built.

Some features of this textbook are:

A strong emphasis is placed on the importance of vocabulary and the correct use of industry terms.  Each chapter includes a list of Important Terms as well as a Running Glossary throughout the chapter in the page margin. Talk the Talk text features explain the difference between consumer and professional terms and provide examples of appropriate use of industry terms.

Several textbook features enhance and extend the understanding of chapter content and concepts:

Production Notes
Assistant Activities
Visualize This
Safety Notes

Each chapter is highly illustrated, with numerous illustrations and photos that reinforce the topics and concepts addressed.  Many of the photos included depict students in actual production situations.


1. The Television Production Industry

2. Working in the Television Production Industry

3. The Video Camera and Support Equipment

4. Video Camera Operation

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