BOOKS

PRODUCTION DESIGN


THE ART DIRECTION HANDBOOK FOR FILM

Whether you’d like to be an art director or already are one, this book contains valuable solutions that will help you get ahead. This comprehensive manual details the set-up of the art department and the day-to-day job duties: scouting for locations, research, executing the design concept, constructing scenery, and surviving production.

 


THE FILMMAKER’S GUIDE TO PRODUCTION DESIGN

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”.

 


DESIGNING FOR SCREEN: PRODUCTION DESIGN AND ART DIRECTION EXPLAINED

Design is at the essence of storytelling, but how does a production find its style and identity? This book explains how to approach design, whether for film, television, video promo, or commercial making, and introduces the techniques needed to make ideas happen. Through theory and practical exercises, it looks at design in a different way and shows how the simplest decisions can become powerful ideas on screen.


DESIGNER DRAFTING FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT WORLD

The principles of drafting are explained with simple drawings from the world of scenery as well as many examples of more complex draftings from some of the finest scenic designers working professionally. Patricia Woodbridge has worked professionally in theatre, film and television, and uses examples from all industries throughout the book. Since the examples of drafting are taken from a wide variety of different scenic applications, it gives the young designer a survey of scenic career possibilities.


DESIGNS ON FILM: A CENTURY OF HOLLYWOOD ART DIRECTION

The principles of drafting are explained with simple drawings from the world of scenery as well as many examples of more complex draftings from some of the finest scenic designers working professionally. Patricia Woodbridge has worked professionally in theatre, film and television, and uses examples from all industries throughout the book. Since the examples of drafting are taken from a wide variety of different scenic applications, it gives the young designer a survey of scenic career possibilities.


FILMCRAFT: PRODUCTION DESIGN

Production Design, the fifth title in the FilmCraft series, addresses one of the most important roles in cinema. Production designers do nothing short of creating whole new worlds, turning the bare bones of the script into a physical 3D environment that can be filmed.  This book introduces that art in the words of the people best-equip to explain it, as well as looking at the legacies of the great innovators of the past.


MOVIE WORLDS: PRODUCTION DESIGN IN FILM

The principles of drafting are explained with simple drawings from the world of scenery as well as many examples of more complex draftings from some of the finest scenic designers working professionally. Patricia Woodbridge has worked professionally in theatre, film and television, and uses examples from all industries throughout the book. Since the examples of drafting are taken from a wide variety of different scenic applications, it gives the young designer a survey of scenic career possibilities.


THE ART OF THE HOLLYWOOD BACKDROP

In almost every feature film of Hollywood’s golden age, from The Wizard of Oz to North by Northwest to Cleopatra to The Sound of Music, painted backings have convinced moviegoers that what they are seeing—whether the fantastic roads of Oz, the presidents of Mount Rushmore, or ancient Egyptian kingdoms—is absolutely real. These backings are at once intended to transport the audience and yet remain unseen for what they really are. The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop reveals the hidden world and creators of these masterpieces.


PRODUCTION DESIGNERS AND FILMS


STAR WARS: THE BLUEPRINTS

KEN ADAM DESIGNS THE MOVIES

BLADE RUNNER SKETCHBOOK

FERRETTI: THE ART OF PRODUCTION DESIGN

THE WES ANDERSON COLLECTION

THE WES ANDERSON COLLECTION: GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL


SET DECORATION


THE ELEMENTS OF DESIGN: A PRACTICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE DECORATIVE ARTS FROM THE RENAISSANCE TO THE PRESENT

In the bestselling tradition of The Elements of Style, The Elements of Design is a comprehensive visual survey of the design styles that have had the greatest impact on the decorative arts in the Western world. With more than 3,000 prints, photographs, and line drawings, the book covers five centuries of the Western decorative arts tradition, including Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Regency, Gothic, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Modernism, and the Space Age.

 


ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FURNITURE

Covering every period and development to the present, the designers and makers, the woods and other materials, the architecture and decoration. 2,000 photographs.

 

 


FURNITURE: WORLD STYLES FROM CLASSICAL TO CONTEMPORARY

Judith Miller’s Furniture Encyclopedia is for anyone interested in furniture. Whether you want to identify, date or evaluate your own pieces this is the only comprehensive, full-color reference guide for you. The global overview that spans the last 3,000 years of design will turn any amateur into a furniture buff.

 


DESIGN DIRECTORY OF WINDOW TREATMENTS

Not your typical how-to book, this comprehensive guide to window treatments includes a CD-ROM with industry charts and line drawings to be printed out and personalized by the user. Professionally illustrated, it describes over 350 standard and one-of-a-kind window components, the most complete collection ever assembled.

 


THE CURTAIN BOOK

How to choose curtains and shades that create the right atmosphere for your room, whether light and pretty or strongly dramatic. How to evaluate the special needs of each room in the house-living and dining rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, halls, staircases, children’s rooms, studies. The striking book includes inspiring treatments for every shape and style of window-from cottage casements to modern picture windows in addition to offering practical advice on all aspects of making and arranging curtains and shades including finishing touches.


CHAIRS

Judith Miller celebrates and scrutinizes nearly 400 years of great seating in this sumptuous volume, an ode to the ingenuity of design, craftsmanship and sheer wow factor of the chair. Ranging from early antiques such as the 1680 Wainscot Chair and the 1740 Louis XV Chaise Lounge, to modern day collectibles such as Marc Newson’s 1988  Embryo and Tom Dixon’s 2007 Wingback, here are over 100 breathtaking chairs, all photographed on location. This lavish celebration of Chairs offers design aficionados and furniture lovers both authoritative text and 400 stunning photographs.


ARCHITECTURE


ARCHITECTURAL GRAPHIC STANDARDS

Since 1932, the ten editions of Architectural Graphic Standards have been referred to as the “architect’s bible.” From site excavation to structures to roofs, this book is the first place to look when an architect is confronted with a question about building design. With more than 8,000 architectural illustrations, including both reference drawings and constructible architectural details, this book provides an easily accessible graphic reference for highly visual professionals.


ARCHITECTURAL GRAPHIC STANDARDS: STUDENT EDITION

The Student Edition features the same richly detailed graphics and text that have made Architectural Graphic Standards a classic, but updated and reorganized in a way that is relevant to today’s student. Thousands of illustrations and a rich index offer immediate access to hundreds of architectural elements, while the wide variety of topics covered makes this work relevant throughout a student’s architecture education and into the early stages of professional practice.


THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURAL DETAIL

The Elements of Style is the most comprehensive visual survey, period-by-period, feature-by-feature, of the styles that have had the greatest impact on interiors of American and British domestic architecture. Compiled by a team of experts, this is the first book on architectural styles that is comprehensive, incredibly thorough, and accessible in its presentation of individual details. This magnificent volume covers more than 500 years of architectural styles from Tudor to Post-Modern and includes American and British vernacular styles. First published in 1991 (with 150,000 copies sold), this new edition is expanded to include the most contemporary styles.


101 THINGS I LEARNED IN ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL

This is a book that students of architecture will want to keep in the studio and in their backpacks. It is also a book they may want to keep out of view of their professors, for it expresses in clear and simple language things that tend to be murky and abstruse in the classroom. These 101 concise lessons in design, drawing, the creative process, and presentation–from the basics of “How to Draw a Line” to the complexities of color theory–provide a much-needed primer in architectural literacy, making concrete what too often is left nebulous or open-ended in the architecture curriculum.


A VISUAL DICTIONARY OF ARCHITECTURE

Frank Ching’s technical dexterity has now reached legendary artistic levels… This reference book is a treasure to be valued for the wealth of information it provides. As you read, each page becomes more and more enlightening.

ARCHITECTURE: FORM, SPACE, AND ORDER

This classic visual reference helps both students and practicing architects understand the basic vocabulary of architectural design by examining how form and space are ordered in the built environment. Using his trademark meticulous drawing, Professor Ching shows the relationship between fundamental elements of architecture through the ages and across cultural boundaries. By looking at these seminal ideas, Architecture: Form, Space, and Order encourages the reader to look critically at the built environment and promotes a more evocative understanding of architecture.


GRAPHIC DESIGN


THE ELEMENTS OF GRAPHIC DESIGN

This very popular design book has been wholly revised and expanded to feature a new dimension of inspiring and counterintuitive ideas to thinking about graphic design relationships. The Elements of Graphic Design, Second Edition is now in full color in a larger, 8 x 10-inch trim size, and contains 40 percent more content and over 750 images to enhance and better clarify the concepts in this thought-provoking resource. The second edition also includes a new section on Web design; new discussions of modularity, framing, motion and time, rules of randomness, and numerous quotes supported by images and biographies.


THE PRINT HANDBOOK BOOKLET

There is somewhat of a mystique about printing techniques that all designers must wade through. There’s always a learning curve and often times several games of trial and error. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a reference to minimize the quirks associated with printing? The Media Collective thinks so, and I agree.


TYPOGRAPHY ESSENTIALS

A deep understanding of letterforms and knowledge of their effective use can only be obtained with constant observation and experimentation; it evolves over a lifetime of design practice and study. This comprehensive guide is intended to advance the progress of designers seeking to deepen their typographic expertise. Typography Essentials is a practical, hands-on resource to distill, organize, and compartmentalize—but not to oversimplify—the many complex issues surrounding the effective use of typography. It is for designers of every medium in which type plays a major role, and is organized and designed to make the process enjoyable and entertaining, as well as instructional.


THE ELEMENTS OF TYPOGRAPHIC STYLE

This lovely, well-written book is concerned foremost with creating beautiful typography and is essential for professionals who regularly work with typographic designs. Author Robert Bringhurst writes about designing with the correct typeface; striving for rhythm, proportion, and harmony; choosing and combining type; designing pages; using section heads, subheads, footnotes, and tables; applying kerning and other type adjustments to improve legibility; and adding special characters, including punctuation and diacritical marks. The Elements of Typographic Style teaches the history of and the artistic and practical perspectives on a variety of type families that are available in Europe and America today.


LOGO DESIGN LOVE

In Logo Design Love, Irish graphic designer David Airey brings the best parts of his wildly popular blog of the same name to the printed page. Just as in the blog, David fills each page of this simple, modern-looking book with gorgeous logos and real world anecdotes that illustrate best practices for designing brand identity systems that last.

 


INTERIOR DESIGN


ALEXA HAMPTON: THE LANGUAGE OF INTERIOR DESIGN

Alexa Hampton provides a tour of stunning residences from her own portfolio. Eighteen classic spaces illustrate in rich detail the elements that govern cultivated design—contrast, proportion, color, and balance. Among the residences are a landmark 1912 McKim, Mead & White restoration on Fifth Avenue in New York City; an eclectic house by the sea layered in textures, patterns, and colors; a contemporary apartment distinguished by simple geometry and clean lines; and Hampton’s own apartment, filled with an exquisite collection of architectural elements.


INTERIOR DESIGN COURSE: PRINCIPLES, PRACTICES AND TECHNIQUES FOR THE ASPIRING DESIGNER

Not every home owner or apartment dweller can afford to hire an interior decorator, but this book and a bit of do-it-yourself spirit are all that’s needed to give living interiors an elegant, professionally finished look. Presenting all the design principles and techniques needed for creating beautiful rooms, Interior Design Course advises readers on how to think visually and develop distinctive, personal styles of their own. The book is organized into units that reflect interior design courses offered at leading schools. Step-by-step tutorials guide readers through the entire design process, starting with planning the space, then instructing on choosing color schemes and furnishings, and working with a variety of materials.


INTERIOR DESIGN ILLUSTRATED

Francis D. K. Ching’s illustrated introduction to interior design is now completely revised and even more clear and accessible than in the previous bestselling edition. His unique approach is more useful than ever, with a reformatted, larger trim size for easy reading and an all-new full color section! The book includes new and updated material on finishes, furnishings and textiles, lighting, sustainability, acoustics, workstations, and much more.

 


FILM PRODUCTION


MAKING MOVIES

It’s well known that a vast number of people work on any given movie in roles as varied as writing scripts, choosing locations, dressing sets, costuming the players, lighting scenes, manipulating the camera, directing actors, editing film, working on sound, advertising the finished product, and screening it to an audience. Have you ever thought about how these components are collated? Or why the director is most often considered the author of a film? Wonder no more, because Sidney Lumet’s Making Movies is a terrific journey through each stage of filmmaking that is overseen by the director.


THE COMPLETE FILM PRODUCTION HANDBOOK

This book is for working film/TV professionals and students alike. If you’re a line producer, production manager, production supervisor, assistant director or production coordinator–the book has everything you’ll need (including all the forms, contracts, releases and checklists) to set up and run a production–from finding a production office to turning over delivery elements. Even if you know what you’re doing, you will be thrilled to find everything you need in one place.


MAKING SHORT FILMS: THE COMPLETE GUIDE FROM SCRIPT TO SCREEN, SECOND EDITION

This new edition of what has become a bible for filmmakers internationally is completely rewritten, expanded and redesigned and now features a web-page with supporting information and access to the key films discussed inside. Just as the original, descriptions and explanations of the whole process to making a film is given as well as insider tips from producers and film makers.
All the history of short-film-making, all the criteria about putting together a script, how to direct, securing funding and getting your short shown are packed into this must have for filmmakers of all types.


MORE:

PRODUCTION DESIGN AND ART DIRECTION (SCREENCRAFT SERIES)

GARDNER’S ART THROUGH THE AGES

MOVIE WORLDS: PRODUCTION DESIGN IN FILM

ARCHITECTURE AND FILM

FILM ARCHITECTURE: FROM METROPOLIS TO BLADE RUNNER

SITCOM STYLE: INSIDE AMERICA’S FAVORITE TV HOMES


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