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Filmmaker's Guide to Production Design

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ISBN-10: 1581152248

ISBN-13: 9781581152241

Edition: 2002

Authors: Vincent LoBrutto, Art Wheaton

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This is a practical guide to production design for film- and video-makers, detailing every phase of the production design process.
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Vincent LoBrutto is an instructor of motion picture editing and film studies for the School of Visual Arts Department of Film, Video, and Animation. 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. LoBrutto is the author of several books on lmmakers and lmmaking, including The Filmmaker's Guide to Production Design and The Art of Motion Picture Editing (Allworth Press). He lives in Mount Vernon, New York.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
General Notes
What Is Production Design?
A Brief Historical Perspective on Production Design in Motion Pictures
Production Design Is
Visualization of a Screenplay
The Trinity
Writing for the Screen
Writing the Screenplay with Design in Mind
Production Design as a Narrative Tool
The Vision Thing
A Production Designer's Credo
Communication
Breaking Down the Screenplay
Set Decoration
Props
Special Effects
Finding the Look of a Film
Exercises to Develop Visualization Skills
Design Metaphors
The Psychological Nature of Production Design
Atmospheric Qualities of Production Design
Translating the Narrative into Visual Ideas
Interpreting the Characters Visually
Establishing an Environment for Cinematic Storytelling
Visualization Exercises
Research
Design Files
Paintings
Photographs
Magazines
Literature
Video
Oral History
The Internet
Clearance and Permissions
Product Placement
Guidelines for Conducting Research
The Art Department
The Design Team
Art Director
Set Designer
Set Decorator
Lead Man
Swing Gang
Hair and Makeup
Construction Coordinator
Construction Crew
Property Master
Location Scout
Location Manager
Greensman
Buyer
Scenic Artist
Costume Designer
Production Illustrator
Draftsman
Set Dresser
The Production Designer's Responsibility to the Art Department
Understanding the Role of the Art Department During the Early Stages of Pre-production
Pre-Production
Concept Drawings
Approval
Storyboards
Drafting
Sample Exercises
Drafting Requirements and Standards
Plans
Location Scouting
Organizing the Property Department
Final Steps of Pre-production
Deadlines
Keeping Ahead of the Company
Cover Sets
Pre-production Advice
Color
The Color Palette
A Concise Lesson in the Nature of Color
Color Theory
Black-and-White Filmmaking
Color Correction
Developing a Color Sense
Discovering Color
Texture
Aging Wood
Aging Stone
The Role and Purpose of Aging in Production Design
Learning About Texture
Architecture
The Development of Shot Design and Sequential Storytelling Through Production Design
The Development of Applying Design Aesthetic to Cinematic Storytelling
The Modernist School of Design Makes an Impact on the Look of Films
The Architect as Production Designer
Construction
Use of Space
Post-modern Film Design
Learning More About Architecture
Period Films
Time
Time and Place
Geners
Research
Genre Is Storytelling
Genre Exercises
Budget and Scheduling
Budgeting
Projecting the Production Design Budget
Scheduling
Budgeting Tips
Working in the Studio
Advantages of Shooting in the Studio
Safety Procedures
The Grid
Workshops and Tools of the Art Department
Flats
Materials and Use
Painting
Three-Dimensional Weight-Bearing Construction
Bracing the Set
Methods for Anchoring Objects to Flats
Openings
Cycloramas
Ceilings
Floors and Ground Areas
Procedures for Building and Erecting Sets in a Studio
Camera Blocking in the Studio
Rehearsals
Striking the Set
Storage
Transportation of the Set
Getting Familiar with Working in the Studio
Working on Location
Scouting Locations
Transforming a Location
Shooting at One Location for Another
Matching a Location and Studio Work
Putting It All Together
Tips for Working on Location
Low-Budget Productions
Keeping the Production Design Budget Down
Guerrilla Filmmaking
Digital Production Design
Pre-CAD Effects
CAD Production Design
Virtual Production Design
CGI in Contemporary Film Production
Successfully Merging CGI Technology with Production Design
Computer Animation
The Future of Digital Moviemaking
How to Find a Production Designer
100 Significant Films for Further Study of Production Design
Glossary
Bibliography
Tools for Further Research
A Final Word
Index