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Making Media

Foundations of Sound and Image Production, 3rd Edition

By Jan Roberts-Breslin

  1. ISBN: 9780240815275
  2. Publication Date: October 2011
  3. Format: Paperback
  4. Pages: 318
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    • £34.99 (GBP)
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Making Media 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, sequencing, etc., and be able to apply them to any medium they choose. They will also become well grounded in the digital work environment and the tools required to produce media in the digital age. The companion Web site provides interactive exercises for each chapter, allowing students to explore the process of media production. The text is heavily illustrated and complete with sidebar discussions of pertinent issues.

Author Bio

Jan Roberts-Breslin is an Associate Professor of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in studio and field video production and media arts. She is also the Graduate Program Director at Emerson, responsible for coordinating the graduate curriculum and advising over a hundred masters students. She taught previously at Temple University and at Seton Hall University. For the past sixteen years, Jan has been a media artist and freelance producer/director of film, video, and interactive multimedia projects, including a feature film, documentaries, experimental work, and corporate productions. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film and Video Production from Temple University.


Praise for the first edition:

"The author does an admirable job of combining all aspects of traditional and new media in each chapter. The accompanying CD-ROM (future website) offers visual and audio examples of production design and is itself a good example of nonlinear programming in covering the concepts of storyboarding and releases, visual aesthetics, [and more]." -CHOICE


1. Content and Preproduction
2. The Frame
3. Depth and Movement within the Frame
4. Light
5. Sound
6. Sound and Image
7. Time
8. The Theory of Linear Structure
9. The Practice of Linear Structure
10. Nonlinear Structure
11. Approaches to Production, Exhibition and Distribution