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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (Nov. 18 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 024080189X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240801896
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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"Full of useful illustrations and real-world examples, Art Direction gives the reader a practical look at what it takes to design a set" - Videomaker, April 2000
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Whether you are a student in production design, an artist looking to expand into the field, or just curious about what makes a good art director, you will discover practical, easy-to-apply answers in Art Direction for Film and Video, Second Edition. It also provides behind-the-scenes career insights to help further your career. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Production designers develop a visual plan for an entire production, including sets, props, costumes, color schemes, lighting, and frequently the entire flow of a film. Read the first page
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It's a great little book, although at first I was disappointed with the size. I bought it to use give myself a crash course in Art Direction for my own Digital Motion Pictures. This short book was perfect: refreshed me in some area I knew a lot about, and introduced me to some concepts I was only slightly familiar with and pointed out some weak areas that needs a lot of work. It also pointed me in the direction for resources such as architectural magazines. It sometimes reads like a glossary you find in the back of a textbook with a few spots of humor to keep the reader/me from falling asleep. What I liked the most were the few anecdotal stories (some from actual motion pictures, some from 'lets imagine' scenarios) that were used to make a point. Two nights in a row I was up until midnight reading this book and the time went by fast... It could have used a lot more detail and examples, getting deeper into the subject matter. If the author invests some time in writing an advanced edition; I'll be the first to order a copy.
For someone like myself when time is money, and it's hard to justify spending time on anything besides composing and rendering, or money on anything besides equipment ... this book made me happy that took a risk. Quick and dirty, mildly entertaining.
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Being the first to review this book is a dawnting task. Then again I thouhgt that getting through his book would be a daunting task when I purchased it here on line... but that wasn't the case. The biggest chore I had with this book was waiting for it to arrive!
It's a great little book, although at first I was disapointed with the size. I bought it to use give myself a crash course in Art Direction for my own Digital Motion Pictures. This short book was perfect: refreshed me in some area I knew a lot about, and introduced me to some conepts I was only slightly familure with and pointed out some weak areas that needs a lot of work. It sometimes reads like a glossary you find in the back of a textbook with a few spots of humor to keep the reader/me from falling asleep. What I liked the most were the few anecdotal stories (some from actual motion pictures, some from 'lets imagin' sencerios) that were used to make a point. Two nights in a row I was up until midnight reading this book and the time went by fast... It could have used a lot more detail and exsamples, getting deeper into the subject matter. If the author invests some time in writing an advanced edition; I'll be the first to order an copy.
For someone like myself when time is money, and it's hard to justify spending time on anything besides composing and rendering or money on ... this book make me happy that took a risk.
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By A Customer on Dec 26 2001
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This book offers only the most basic information on the various processes and responsibilities of a motion picture art department. It doesn't focus in a significant way on anything, and at times gives what I think is poor advice.If you have absolutely no experience on a motion picture art department and no common sense, it may be of some use. It would be better however to take an art department PA aside and speak with them for twenty minutes about their experience. A much better and highly reccomended book for both inspiration and a more intimate understanding of the Art Department and the role it plays is "By Design" which is a collection of interviews with some accomplished Production Designers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Quick and dirty, mildly entertaining. June 21 2000
By Eric Renderking Fisk from The Fedora Chronicles - Published on Amazon.com
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It's a great little book, although at first I was disappointed with the size. I bought it to use give myself a crash course in Art Direction for my own Digital Motion Pictures. This short book was perfect: refreshed me in some area I knew a lot about, and introduced me to some concepts I was only slightly familiar with and pointed out some weak areas that needs a lot of work. It also pointed me in the direction for resources such as architectural magazines. It sometimes reads like a glossary you find in the back of a textbook with a few spots of humor to keep the reader/me from falling asleep. What I liked the most were the few anecdotal stories (some from actual motion pictures, some from 'lets imagine' scenarios) that were used to make a point. Two nights in a row I was up until midnight reading this book and the time went by fast... It could have used a lot more detail and examples, getting deeper into the subject matter. If the author invests some time in writing an advanced edition; I'll be the first to order a copy.
For someone like myself when time is money, and it's hard to justify spending time on anything besides composing and rendering, or money on anything besides equipment ... this book made me happy that took a risk. Quick and dirty, mildly entertaining.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This book was of no use to me Dec 26 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book offers only the most basic information on the various processes and responsibilities of a motion picture art department. It doesn't focus in a significant way on anything, and at times gives what I think is poor advice.If you have absolutely no experience on a motion picture art department and no common sense, it may be of some use. It would be better however to take an art department PA aside and speak with them for twenty minutes about their experience. A much better and highly reccomended book for both inspiration and a more intimate understanding of the Art Department and the role it plays is "By Design" which is a collection of interviews with some accomplished Production Designers.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Quick and dirty, mildly entertaining. June 19 2000
By Eric Renderking Fisk from The Fedora Chronicles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Being the first to review this book is a dawnting task. Then again I thouhgt that getting through his book would be a daunting task when I purchased it here on line... but that wasn't the case. The biggest chore I had with this book was waiting for it to arrive!
It's a great little book, although at first I was disapointed with the size. I bought it to use give myself a crash course in Art Direction for my own Digital Motion Pictures. This short book was perfect: refreshed me in some area I knew a lot about, and introduced me to some conepts I was only slightly familure with and pointed out some weak areas that needs a lot of work. It sometimes reads like a glossary you find in the back of a textbook with a few spots of humor to keep the reader/me from falling asleep. What I liked the most were the few anecdotal stories (some from actual motion pictures, some from 'lets imagin' sencerios) that were used to make a point. Two nights in a row I was up until midnight reading this book and the time went by fast... It could have used a lot more detail and exsamples, getting deeper into the subject matter. If the author invests some time in writing an advanced edition; I'll be the first to order an copy.
For someone like myself when time is money, and it's hard to justify spending time on anything besides composing and rendering or money on ... this book make me happy that took a risk.
A Total Beginner might like reading this March 15 2015
By hazelflagg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a short text book by a professional who has both taught and worked in the industry. It is a book about the basics of what is means to be a production designer and how to find a job. What it is not is a step by step guide to training for Production Design.

By page 30 of this 144 page book it is clear this is a book the generally outlines a process and describes more what a Production Designer does than in detail how to be a Production Designer. For instance, Stephen H. Burum, ASC has an article online described as "Recommendations for equipping the ideal student sound stage". The article is available at the American Society of Cinematographer'sWebsite in "Resources", link to "Member's Advice". That article gives a detailed description of equipment needed to create a sound stage as opposed to Olson's 1/2 page description of a sound stage on page 20-21 of his book, which does not depict the details of equipment. A later chapter on set construction supervision is just as vague, not to mention that safety issues relative to construction seem to elude his job description. This book appears for beginners who want to see if this is their type of job, a job for which they will need many more years of study! One redeeming feature of this book are quotes Olson obtained from the Production Company of Meyer/Shyer:

Real production design means that you have designed the production. If it's on stage, you design the sets, costumes, and the lighting, and you're through. If it's a movie, you have to figure out what the camera is doing. The visual components are space, line, color, movement, and rythm...The production designer has to understand what the movie is about. It's not the plot; it's what I like to call point of view-what you want the audience to feel about the movie. In Father of the Bride, we wanted the house to be a character in the movie. The house was not a backdrop; it was a part of the family like Steve Martin was...

Art Direction, Id. at Page 3

In Baby Boom the wall colors were based on Diane Keaton's complexion color and in Father of the Bride we keyed the wall colors to Steve Martin's complexion to help make the house a member of the family.

Art Direction, Id at Page 12 quoting Bruck Block.

While Olson admits this is not meant to be a detailed textbook he fails at what he intends to do with the book, "how to begin". It has no addresses to write to for information. Olson fails to show other resources that can help someone who believes, after reading this book and deciding this is what they want to do, they need a better and more detailed understanding of color and color design or anything else!
One of the best books about art direction Nov. 17 2012
By Isis Alves - Published on Amazon.com
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It's a great book. I bought it to start learn about Art Direction and to use on my Thesis about this theme. This book was perfect 'cause introduced me to this amazing area. I was disappointed with the size - I expect a big book. I have to say that I'll love if the author do an advanced edition, because this little book just give to you a basic idea about art direction.


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