Digital Television Production: A Handbook

Article excerpt

Digital Television Production: A Hand-book. Jeremy Orlebar. London: Arnold, 2002. 294pp. $19.95 pbk.

Jeremy Orlebar, a twenty-five-year veteran with the BBC, lecturer in media production, and owner of his own production company, has written a book that tries to be all things to all productions. And that is its primary weakness.

Digital Television Production: A Handbook is as the title suggests: a how-to manual in producing television. The book covers topics ranging from idea development, research, budgeting, scheduling, scripting, interviewing, lighting, cameras, audio, editing, directing, ethics, copyright, and more. As such, there is very little depth given to any one topic.

The book would be useful to a home consumer who was interested in the field of television production but knew nothing about the business. But for the professional, or even the student studying to become a professional, there is little of value here. The surface treatment does not offer enough detail on any given subject for true understanding. For example, the chapter on lighting is barely four pages long and offers little more than the definition of key light, fill light, and back light. The reader feels as though he or she is on one of those whirlwind European tours-ten countries in eight days. …