Production Design: Architects of the Screen

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Overview

Production Design: Architects of the Screen explores the role of the production designer through a historical overview that maps out landmark film and television designs. From the familiar environs of the soap opera to the elaborate and disorientating Velvet Goldmine and the hyper-realism of Trainspotting, production design is integral to understanding moving-image text, with the emergence of themes, motifs and colors offering clues to unravel plot, character and underlying concepts. In considering the importance of physical space in the creation of a filmed environment, the book investigates questions of authenticity in detail, props, colors and materials. The design codes of period drama are examined and contrasted with more playful productions of the past, and the creation of distinctive contemporary looks are discussed through the use of key examples ranging from musicals of the 1930s to cult films of the 1990s. The book also includes interviews with leading production designers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781903364550
  • Publisher: Wallflower Press
  • Publication date: 3/18/2004
  • Series: Short Cuts Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Barnwell is Lecturer in Film and Television at London Guildhall University and an experienced film, theatre and television production designer.

Wallflower Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 The role of the production designer 3
2 Where are we? 25
3 From concept to construct 45
4 Textures in time 80
5 The role of technology 104
Notes
Glossary
Filmography
Bibliography
Index
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