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Art Direction for Film and Video, 2nd Edition

Book Description

Written by an author with over 30 years of working experience, this book takes a practical, thorough look at the duties and skills of art directors and production designers. It teaches readers how to analyze a script, develop concepts that meet the needs of a script, develop sketches and construction drawings, work with directors and producers, and operate within budget limitations.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Dedication
  6. Table of Contents
  7. Preface
  8. Acknowledgments
  9. Introduction
  10. PART I THE ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE PRODUCTION DESIGNER
    1. Chapter 1 WHAT IS A PRODUCTION DESIGNER?
      1. The Production Designer’s Place
      2. Design Beginnings
      3. What Does a Production Designer Do?
      4. Pictures Begin to Move
      5. Work in the Movies? Never!
      6. Television Changes the Film Business
      7. The Visual Future
    2. Chapter 2 WHAT DOES AN ART DIRECTOR NEED TO KNOW?
      1. An Art Director Should Be Visually Aware
      2. Drafting: That Dreaded Word
      3. Materials
      4. Lighting
      5. Helpful Personal Qualities
      6. Wish You’d Stayed on the Farm?
    3. Chapter 3 THE PRODUCTION ENVIRONMENT
      1. Lines and Dots
      2. Different Perceptions
      3. How Does the Video Picture Get from Here to There?
      4. Bold Is Best
      5. The Production Stage
      6. The All-seeing Eye (Almost)
    4. Chapter 4 SCENIC BUILDING BLOCKS
      1. Types of Flats and Materials
      2. Platforms
      3. Materially Speaking
      4. Backings
    5. Chapter 5 PRODUCTION DESIGNERS USE SPECIAL EFFECTS
      1. In-camera Effects
      2. Miniatures
      3. Through the Looking Glass
      4. Matte Painting
      5. Laboratory Effects
      6. Rear Projection
      7. Modern Effects
      8. The Digital Present and Future
    6. Chapter 6 LIGHTING EQUIPMENT
      1. Two Types of Lighting Instruments
      2. Light Controls
    7. Chapter 7 TECHNIQUES FOR EFFECTIVE LIGHTING
      1. Film and Video
      2. Lights for the Actors
      3. Different Lighting Methods
      4. Location Lighting
  11. PART II OUTLINE OF A JOB
    1. Chapter 8 MEET THE PRODUCER AND THE DIRECTOR
      1. The Producer
      2. The Director
      3. The Production Designer Asks Some Questions
    2. Chapter 9 HERE’S THE SCRIPT
      1. Analyze the Script
      2. Research the Characters and Settings
    3. Chapter 10 USING RESEARCH MATERIALS
      1. Designing from Materials
      2. Nonspecific Research
    4. Chapter 11 MAKE SOME SKETCHES
      1. Materials
      2. Patty’s Living Room
      3. Get Cost Estimates
      4. The Tour Bus Is Leaving
    5. Chapter 12 TOOLS FOR CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS
      1. Your Drawing Board
      2. Drafting Paper
      3. Pencils
      4. Erasers
      5. Your T-square
      6. Architect’s Scale
      7. Triangles
      8. Your Work Area
      9. Computer-aided Drafting
    6. Chapter 13 THE CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS
      1. Types of Construction Drawings
      2. The Next Step
    7. Chapter 14 FINISHING THE CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS
      1. Transfer the Drawings
      2. Look at the Details
      3. Off to the Blueprinter
    8. Chapter 15 MODEL MAKING
      1. Different Types of Models
      2. Our White Set
      3. Making the Model
      4. Showing the Model
    9. Chapter 16 SUPERVISING CONSTRUCTION AND SETUP
      1. Getting Bids
      2. Construction and Setup Supervision
      3. Set Decoration
      4. The Prop Master
      5. Keeping Records
      6. The Critique
  12. PART III TYPICAL SETS AND OPPORTUNITIES
    1. Chapter 17 A PRODUCTION DESIGNER ON LOCATION
      1. Patty’s Town Moves
      2. Off to Location
      3. Back to the City Again
    2. Chapter 18 STAGING A TALK SHOW
      1. The Production Meeting
      2. The Great Chair Search and the Proper Height
      3. Different Approaches
      4. Be Imaginative!
    3. Chapter 19 STAGING A NEWS BROADCAST
      1. Background on the News
      2. The Art Director’s Role
      3. Make It Look Like a Newsroom!
      4. Harold Gets Busy
      5. What’s the Decision?
    4. Chapter 20 DESIGNING A COMMERCIAL
      1. Storyboards
      2. Commercial Production Personnel and Procedures
      3. Here’s the Script
      4. The Basic Set
      5. Designing Other Environments
    5. Chapter 21 HOW TO GET STARTED AND WHERE TO LOOK
      1. Get Your Foot in the Door
      2. Getting Your Act Together
      3. Where to Look
      4. How to Look
  13. From the Author
  14. Index