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Art Direction for Film and Video [Paperback]

Robert Olson
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Nov. 18 1993 024080189X 978-0240801896 1
Provides readers with a practical thorough grounding in the job of art direction. The reader will learn how to analyze the script, make the most of meetings with the director and producer, develop concepts that meet the needs of the script and implement them within the complex world of film and video production.



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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Quick and dirty, mildly entertaining. June 21 2000
By Eric
Format:Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Quick and dirty, mildly entertaining. June 19 2000
By Eric
Format:Paperback
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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1.0 out of 5 stars This book was of no use to me Dec 26 2001
By A Customer
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quick and dirty, mildly entertaining. June 21 2000
By Eric - 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
1.0 out of 5 stars 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick and dirty, mildly entertaining. June 19 2000
By Eric - 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.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books about art direction Nov. 17 2012
By Isis Alves - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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