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The Filmmaker's Guide to Production Design [Paperback]

Vincent Anthony LoBrutto
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1 Jun 2002
Learn to turn a simple screenplay into a visual masterpiece! Top production designers share their real-life experiences to explain the aesthetic, narrative, and technical aspects of the craft. Step by step, aspiring filmmakers will discover sound instruction on the tools of the trade, and established filmmakers will enjoy a new outlook on production design. They will learn, for example, the craft behind movie magic–such as how to create a design metaphor, choose a color scheme, use space, and work within all genres of film, from well-funded studio projects to "guerilla filmmaking." This indispensable resource also contains a history of movie making and guidelines for digital production design. For the experienced filmmaker seeking new design ideas to the struggling newcomer stretching low-budget dollars, this book makes the processes and concepts of production design accessible.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Allworth Press,U.S. (1 Jun 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581152248
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581152241
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 15.2 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 209,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knowledge and inspiration 10 July 2002
This is a bedside book for the professional, the student and the entusiastics of art direction and production design in cinema. With interesting and revealing analysis of blockbusters movies, we know the ideas, methods and stages of the work we all saw in celluloide. After reading each movie chapter, try to review the films in your dvd or vhs. You'll see it in a different perspective.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good... for some 14 Oct 2009
By Shinseng - Published on Amazon.com
This is a handy little guide to production design, but as other reviewers have noted, it is not necessarily meant for a production designer. It's for filmmakers themselves (as noted in the title).

As an independent filmmaker, I found this book an entertaining and informative read. It helped me get a better understanding for just what the art department is involved with on a feature. Also, it inspired me to design the sets for my next film.

Recommended for beginning independent filmmakers who are often their own production designer. For those who want a career in production design this book, although a nice intro, will leave you wanting something deeper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and intelligent overview of Production Design 4 May 2013
By David Crowe - Published on Amazon.com
Despite the negative reviews listed here about this book, my opinion is that this is one of the best explanations of what Production Design does (and should do) for cinema that is on the market. Having worked in art departments for over 15 years on feature films and television shows this book is what I wish all my workmates had read before production started to understand just what we were helping shape with the story, not just window dressing and logistics. This book is written intelligently but without alienating the reader, using film examples that film fans will know or can easily find. Great for filmmakers who need a good injection as to what Production Design can do for their films. Thank you for this book Mr. Lobrutto.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Poor Guide 7 April 2010
By Scenic Designer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is very poorly written. Its like the author heard about Production Design and decided to write a book on what he'd heard. Full of inaccurate information. This book is a mess.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not so great 12 July 2010
By jose - Published on Amazon.com
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This writer is ridiculously opinionated criticizing great films as if his opinions were a matter of fact. After checking out his imdb resume I realize this person has done almost nothing in film and yet has the audacity to criticize others. get a real job dude, your book sucks. FACT!
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Beginner's Book 27 Jan 2011
By Gardalon Moone - Published on Amazon.com
I was very pleased with this book when I first read it. And when I read it the second time. I still refer back to it whenever I have a question concerning design. The best factor about this book is that it helps the beginning designer to wrap his brain around the philosophy of production design. Success in any endeavor requires 2% mechanics, and 98% mind-set; it's about how you think, which influences what you do. Lobrutto doesn't get too deep into the nitty-gritty, which keeps it a rather simple read; if he did go into all the aspects of design, it would be such an imposing volume that people would then complain about how thick it was. This book is certainly not an end-all-catch-all. It's a beginner's guide.

(In reply to one of the prior comments) It is true that Lobrutto has few credits in film. However, I laud the fact that he interviews the top designers in lieu of his experience.

Overall, an exellent introduction to the topic of visual design, and one which I shall continue to recommend to aspiring designers.
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