This website was created as a resource to the e-textbook, Television Studio Production: A Practical Approach. The book was written as a cost effective alternative to expensive high school and college-level textbooks that introduce students to the techniques and practices used in television studio production.
Much of what happens in television studios has remained unchanged since the industry began in the 1940s. The notions of camera composition and framing, continuity, audio technique, and even studio practice are still managed in much the same way as they always have been. Equipment certainly changes at a rapid pace, but the ways in which most equipment is used doesn’t. Traditional textbooks have used much of the technical advances as reasons for releasing new editions, making it sometimes difficult for college students to return their books at the end of a semester.
This book focuses on the two aspects of television studio production that will never change: the basic principles of production and the proper ways to work cooperatively in small groups. These aspects of studio education will never change.
One of the important takeaways from the experience of working in an educational television studio situation is the skill a student learns by working with others on a collaborative project. Much of the larger scale projects conducted in a television studio cannot be completed by one person. In fact, even the smaller individually-produced assignments can’t be completed without help from the class, which serves as the crew for the project. Learning how to work as a member of a team, knowing that the successful completion of a project requires everyone to be at their best, is an effective and practical way to learn by doing.
The end result of a studio production is important, of course, but the process of getting to that final product is the real key to what you learn in a television studio.