Multiskilling for Television Production
Written by television trainers who run their own courses on Multiskilling, this book offers a comprehensive introduction to the broad range of skills and technical knowledge required in this industry. It details all the essential information you need to know, acting as an on-the-job reference source for everyday use.
For many broadcasting technicians, one of the biggest challenges in recent years has been the transition from a career working in a solo core skill such as camerawork or audio, to acquiring the experience and expertise of a range of production jobs. Many people are expected to work in a number of crafts and to equip themselves with a much wider range of television techniques than had been customary in the past.
Multiskilling has become an integral part of television culture, requiring that new entrants are competent in several specialist production skills. Multiskilling for Television Production concentrates on the techniques associated with news and magazine programme production, where most tecnhical operators are usually employed, but most techniques are shared across the whole spectrum of television and film making.
Anyone baffled by the range and scope of skills to be mastered will find this book invaluable.
Freelance cameraman and trainer, working with ITTC and ex-Chairman of the Guild of Television Cameramen. He spent many years working on a variety of programmes at the BBC before becoming Head of Cameras at Television South West. He is the author of Basic Betacam Camerawork 3rd edition, Digital Video Camerawork 3rd edition, Digital Video Camerawork, TV Technical Operations (all in the Media Manual series), Picture Composition for Film and Television and co-wrote Multiskilling for Television Production.
'The range of topics covered is so wide that a brief review is virtually impossible…each chapter is essentially a book in itself. Contained herein is a phenomenal amount of factual information, well laid out and explained in an easily understood language. As a reference work it is second to none, and I feel sure it will become the de facto standard for newcomers to the industry.'
Tony Grant for Zerb Magazine Spring 2001
Television engineering; Production methods; Safety; Lighting and vision control; Sound; Multicamera camerawork; Single-camera camerawork; Vision mixing; Television journalism and camerawork; Video recording formats; Video editing; Audio post-production; Television graphics; Further reading; Glossary