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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: SILMAN-JAMES PRESS; First Edition First Printing edition (14 Dec. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879505185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879505186
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 17.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 726,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A comprehensive introduction to film and television art direction and production design. Starting with a brief history of the field, Preston leads the reader through all the responsibilities and duties that fall on the art director's shoulders. Infor

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 July 1996
Format: Paperback
For the art or architecture student who is into films and
is still uncertain of a career direction, this book lays out
the procedure and the challenges in becoming a motion
picture art director or a production designer. While
covering the "nuts and bolts" of the work, the messages are
often driven home by war stories from the author's own
experiences in the business. Easy Reading.
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This book is great in terms of listing all the involvements and responsibilities of those working in the art department of motion picture. However it is not a practical guide on how to carry out the individual tasks (eg, there is a sample budget break down and the corresponding description of what to consider but no 'tick list', priority list, to do list or 'how to' tips).
I highly recommend this book as a starting point for inspiring production designers.
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Nov. 1998
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Es un libro que explica bien el trabajo de los directores artísticos norteamericanos, su utilidad en otros países es más dudosa. Buenas ilustraciones, bien escrito.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
An excellent explaination of that "mystery" credit 28 July 1996
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For the art or architecture student who is into films and
is still uncertain of a career direction, this book lays out
the procedure and the challenges in becoming a motion
picture art director or a production designer. While
covering the "nuts and bolts" of the work, the messages are
often driven home by war stories from the author's own
experiences in the business. Easy Reading.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Thorough but Dated 28 July 2008
By L. Romel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book covers a lot of ground and does a great job describing exactly what an art director does. However, the book was published in 1994. Technology in the past decade has dramatically changed the nature of film production, so a lot of the information in this book is very dated
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great resource! 30 Sept. 2007
By video teacher - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a video production teacher and this book is an outstanding resource to teach kids what a career as an art director can entail. The chapters are clear and have great graphics and pictures to reinforce the information. My students who have used the book so far have enjoyed it.
Basic self help guide in learning the industry, but I leave it to the professionals to tell you more. 15 Mar. 2015
By hazelflagg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a non technical book that assumes you may be trying to break into the business but already have the required skills of drawing to scale, and a solid background in art. What the book does well is contrast and compare the role of the Art Director with that of the Set Decorator, and to a lesser degree the Production Director. Although many aspects of film production may now be handled on a laptop computer, the basic forms provided as a guide to budgeting for set construction appear to be helpful, Form Breakdowns. If you have an interest in the decisions behind set construction this is also good, offering tidbits such as "Painting and aging are really what art direction is all about" (pg 169) or "signs of protest are best done by amateurs". Mr. Preston did not attempt to pretend he had expertise in areas he did not, like in computer technology, thereby earning my respect.
Good Book Great Price 6 April 2013
By BigBadBen - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a very valuable book used in Production Design Class.
The cost was only a fraction what it was listed for in the bookstore on campus.
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