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Introduction to Media Production

Introduction to Media Production

This module introduces you to the three core stages of media production: pre-production, production and post-production. In the pre-production block you will learn key producing skills including the adaptation of script material to screen content, as well as legal guidelines, budgeting and scheduling. In the production block you will learn essential ‘hands-on’ skills required on the set or studio, such as basic cinematography (camera and lighting) and sound production techniques. The post-production block will introduce you to basic editing techniques for transforming raw video and audio footage into a polished final cut.

Learning objectives

On successfully completing this module, you should be able to:

  1. Understand and demonstrate the importance of thorough planning and preparation in the media production process, as well as an awareness of legal, ethical and regulatory guidelines.
  2. Demonstrate and apply a fundamental and practical knowledge of professional audio, camera, lighting and editing equipment.
  3. Articulate creative intentions and make decisions which are appropriate to realising those artistic goals.


The module uses a series of recorded lectures, guided reading, group tutorials, practical worksheets and workshops, concentrating on the following areas:

List of units

Block 1
1. Concept Development & Script Breakdown: Narrative, Adaptation, Storyboards & Shot Lists
2. Scheduling & Budgeting: Locations, Call Sheets, Above-the-Line/Below-the-Line Costs
Block 2
3. Camera I: Framing, Composition, White Balance, Exposure, Focus & Movement
4. Camera II: Development of Camera Skills
5. Lighting and Sound:3-Point Lighting & Using Personal and Boom Microphones
6. Independent Filmmaking: Production Skills in Practice
Block 3
7. Editing Basics: 180-Degree Rule, Cutting on Action and Framing (30-Degree Rule)
8. Artistic Editing: Emphasis, Rhythm, Variation and Transitions
9. Post-Sound: Additional Dialogue Recording (ADR), Foley, Sound FX and Levels

Lecturers: Dr Laura Stephenson, Sara Penrhyn Jones

Introduction to Media Production by Dr. Laura Stephenson