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 EastEnders to the elaborate and disorientating Velvet Goldmine and the hyper-realism of Trainspotting, production design is integral to under-standing moving-image text. The book investigates questions of authenticity in detail, props, colours 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.