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By Design: Interviews with Film Production Designers

By Design <em>Interviews with Film Production Designers</em> by Vincent LoBrutto By Design: Interviews with Film Production Designers
Your Price: $37.95 CDN
Author: Vincent LoBrutto
Publisher: Praeger Paperback
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 296
Pub. Date: 1992
ISBN-10: 0275940314
ISBN-13: 9780275940317

About the Book:

In the book By Design, twenty prominent feature film designers talk about their careers, their relationships with Hollywood directors, and how they formulated and executed the technical and aesthetic designs of their film projects. The interviews explore production design techniques and the total process of establishing the visual look of a feature film, including the design and creation of sets, finding locations, establishing the colour scheme or palette of a film, and supervising the costumes, hairstyles, and makeup. The designers discuss in detail their work on many highly acclaimed and seminal works in the field, including North by Northwest, Chinatown, The Godfather, Barry Lyndon, Reds, Amadeus, Brazil, Blade Runner, and The Last Emperor.

The interviewees talk about their relationships with the producer, director of photography, art director, construction crew, set decorator, property master, and costume designer, and how the team helps bring the director’s vision to the screen. The interviews are presented in an order that gives the reader a historical perspective on the development of production design, from the studio era to contemporary productions. Film scholar Vincent LoBrutto includes biographical background and a complete filmography of each subject, plus a glossary of terms that concern the design process. By Design: Interviews with Film Production Designers investigates the visual style of films in a pragmatic and detailed manner usually overlooked by conventional film analysis, and will prove especially useful to film students and scholars, and all aspiring and experienced producers and directors.

What people say:

"A treasure trove of invaluable information about the art of production design, told in the voices of those who make movie magic. An essential resource for anyone interested in production design as well as for film buffs who want to know why their favorite movies look the way they do. An outstanding achievement." — Jean Picker Firstenberg, former CEO and Director of the American Film Institute (AFI)

About the Author:

Vincent LoBrutto is an instructor of motion picture editing and film studies for the School of Visual Arts Department of Film, Video, and Animation in New York City. He has worked as a film editor for Fox and HBO and as a postproduction coordinator for the ABC television network. He is editor of and a contributing writer to CinemaEditor magazine. A special member of the American Cinema Editors (ACE), he also contributes to Cineaste and Film Quarterly and is the author of several books on filmmakers and filmmaking, including By Design: Interviews with Film Production Designers. He lives in Mount Vernon, New York.