Who can forget the over-the-top, white-on-white, high-gloss interiors through which Fred Astaire danced in Top Hat? The modernist high-rise architecture, inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, in the adaptation of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead? The lavish, opulent drawing rooms of Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence? Through the use of film design—called both art direction and production design in the film industry—movies can transport us to new worlds of luxury, highlight the ornament of the everyday, offer a vision of the future, or evoke the realities of a distant era. In Designs on Film, journalist and interior designer Cathy Whitlock illuminates the often undercelebrated role of the production designer in the creation of the most memorable moments in film history. Through a lush collection of rare archival photographs, Whitlock narrates the evolving story of art direction over the course of a century—from the massive Roman architecture of Ben-Hur to the infamous Dakota apartment in Rosemary's Baby to the digital CGI wonders of Avatar's Pandora.
Drawing on insights from the most prominent Hollywood production designers and the historical knowledge of the venerable Art Directors Guild, Whitlock delves into the detailed process of how sets are imagined, drawn, built, and decorated. Designs on Film is the must-have look book for film lovers, movie buffs, and anyone looking to draw interior design inspiration from the constructions and confections of Hollywood. Whitlock lifts the curtain on movie magic and celebrates the many ways in which art direction and set design allow us to lose ourselves in the diverse worlds showcased on the big screen.
Gave this to my tv exec daughter for Christmas. She dropped a rather non subtle hint. She was thrilled!Published 6 months ago by KewlDadiJ
The book's illustrations are sometimes splendid and sometimes mediocre. Cathy Whitlock's prose would be laughed out of a sophomore English class in high school,and her factual... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Philip
I have nothing bad to say about this book at all and it's well worth the cost. This is everything old Hollywood and it presented in a great book. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Elaine14
This unbelievably sad example of a picture book (rightfully noted elswhere- most from other volumns) IS SO empty of any new information and WORSE, it is one of the... Read more
It was a Valentines Day gift for my wife - a movie maven,
she's read it from cover to cover - and just loved it!