About the Book

Video Production

Disciplines and Techniques

James Foust, Edward Fink, & Lynne Gross

This popular book introduces readers to the operations underlying video production. It provides thorough coverage of the theory readers need to know, balancing complexity with practical “how-to” information about detailed subjects, and it does so in a concise, conversational style.

The authors have incorporated the major changes that have occurred in recent years; further increased the emphasis on digital, non-linear video production; updated and expanded information on mobile technologies; and added more than 25 new or updated figures.

The subtitle remains “disciplines and techniques” because the book’s focus continues to be on the fact that students need those foundations in order to be successful in video production, no matter where they may end up. Its affordable, student-friendly price, companion website, and print book and ebook options add to this book’s practical nature.

About the Authors

James C. Foust, Ph.D., is an associate professor and currently chair of the Department of Journalism and Public Relations at Bowling Green State University, where he has taught since 1994; his teaching areas include broadcast journalism, journalism law and ethics, and online journalism. He received his bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University and his master’s degree and doctorate from Ohio University. His bookBig Voices of the Air: The Battle Over Clear Channel Radio was based on his dissertation research; Online Journalism: Principles and Practicies of News for the Web is based on his teaching interests. He has worked as a news videographer and editor at WYTV-TV in Youngstown, Ohio, where he also produced special projects. His background includes video production and multimedia design. During the summer of 2000, he worked at WXYZ-TV in Detroit as part of a National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) faculty development grant. His research interests include electronic media history, technology of mass communication and communication law. His hobbies include computers and cars.

Edward J. Fink, Ph.D., is a professor and currently chair of the Department of Radio-TV-Film at California State University, Fullerton, where he has taught since 1990. He received his bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University and his master’s degree and doctorate from Indiana University. Specific teaching and research interests include production, history, criticism, aesthetics, technology, and writing. He is the co-author of the eleventh edition of Video Production: Disciplines and Techniques, fifth and sixth editions of Portable Video: ENG and EFPTelecommunications: Radio, Television, and Movies in the Digital Age (with Lynne Gross), and numerous journal articles.

Lynne S. Gross, Ph.D., has taught radio-television-film production and theory courses at California State University, Fullerton (where she was Vice Chair of the Communications Department); Pepperdine University; Loyola Marymount University; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Southern California; and Long Beach City College. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh; her master’s from California State University, Long Beach; and her doctorate from UCLA. She is the author of numerous journal and magazine articles, as well as twelve books; these include Electronic Media: An Introduction, Digital Moviemaking, and Audio Production Worktext, in addition to Video Production: Disciplines and Techniques. Her main research interests are new media, programming, children’s TV, and international media. Gross is currently an associate producer for the instructional video series Journeys Below the Line produced by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation. During the 1980s she was Program Director for Valley Cable TV in Los Angeles. She has served as the producer for several hundred television programs, including the series From Chant to Chance for public television, Effective Living for KABC, andSurveying the Universe for KHJ-TV.