Monday, April 16, 2012

Design on Film

I cant say enough about this book and have been pushing it on people for the past two years.

For those of you who grew up in the era where a movie set was an actual set, and a matte painting and actual painting- and not made up of 3D mesh and effects, or for anyone who loves set design, from a clever shot with a beautifully rendered matte- to a full on massive recreation of Cleopatras Egypt, with thousands of extras filling the scene- here's a book for you.
It's about Production Design and Art Direction from the very first days of film to todays mind boggeling-ly realistic fantasy realms of Avatar.
This book is PACKED full (over 380 pages) of Film stills and behind the scenes shots, as well as Production Design Drawings, Matte Paintings, Sets, and Miniature Mock Sets from the most memorable films of all time.
Pretty nice sized book and just a joy to flip through- the crispness of the shots themselves- just an amazing thing to behold. I never get bored of looking at this book and it has brought to my attention quite a few films that are well noted for incredible art direction and production design that I had never even heard of.
This is highly recommended for the environment designer or visual developer. You will freak out on this book. Check it!!

Design on Film
Cathy Whitlock
It Books (November 30, 2010)
400 pages (HC)
ISBN-10: 0060881224
ISBN-13: 978-0060881221
9.1 x 10.6 x 1.2 inches

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