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The Art Direction Handbook for Film


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Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; Hierarchy of Responsibilities; The Relationships; Art Department Set-Up; Location Department and Scouting; The Design Process; Tricks of the Trade; The Physical Scenery Process: Construction; The Physical Scenery Process: Mechanical Effects; Vendors; Principal Photography Begins; Keeping Ahead of the Camera; Art Department Maintenance

About the Author

MICHAEL RIZZO is a writer, artist, photographer, teacher, art director, and web designer. Among the films he has both art directed and production designed are: Vanilla Sky, Notes from Underground, JFK, My Cousin Vinny, Murder in the First, My Fellow Americans, Conundrum, and So I Married an Axe Murderer. TV credits include: The Hunley, The Day Lincoln was Shot, Comic Relief '89 and '90, All My Children, Golden Gate, and The Lost Battalion. He is a regular contributor to Below the Line, "a newspaper that strives to be the editorial voice of the crew" and to Trace, a monthly magazine published by the Art Director's Guild, of which he is an active member. His work on The Hunley has been nominated for Best Design for a TV Film by the Guild. He has also taught Production Design for Film and Television at Santa Monica College's Academy of Entertainment Technology, and Visualization for Film at the American Intercontinental University.


"This book is the ultimate guide for anyone who wants to work in the design aspect of the film and television industry." - Black Filmmaker

"Mike Rizzo is a first rate talent; an artist and a craftsman. His writing is insightful, and provocative. He is uniquely suited to write a book like this, which fuses the wisdom of traditional filmmaking to the power and hope of the digital possibilities of 21st century filmmkaing." --John Gray, Helter Skelter, Martin and Lewis

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