Accompanied by more than 160 illustrations, Setting the Scene surveys the careers of the great Hollywood art directors and examines their work in detail. After a brief history of the role played by the art director in the Hollywood studio system, Setting the Scene looks at the particular art directors' productions and sets, analyzing how the art direction contributes to the success of the finished film. The book covers such memorable movies as The Birth of a Nation, 1915, where head carpenter Frank ("Huck") Wortman utilized the painted flats and two-dimensional, boxlike sets of the stage. In contrast, in a recent big-budget production, Batman, 1989, one key element to the film's success was art director Anton Furst's highly sophisticated, surreal sets and designs using the most advanced technology available to film. A bibliography and index round out the volume.
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Sennett's tribute to the relatively unsung creators responsible for the "look" of a film serves as a sort of history of American cinema as well--from the silent period, when art direction evidenced a strong fine art influence; through horror movies, films noir, musicals, westerns, and other genres; to today's big-budget blockbusters, in which computer technology has transformed film design into a complex technical craft. Art direction flourished in the golden age of Hollywood, when the studios had the money and talent to indulge filmmakers' wildest fantasies. By 1970 the end of the studio system, a rise in location shooting, and other factors had diminished the art director's role. The opportunity still exists, however, for art-direction triumphs like The Godfather II and Batman. Sennett's perceptive and informed text singles out the most notable practitioners of the art and effectively complements the 165 stills and other illustrations (most, unfortunately, in black-and-white) that serve as the best demonstration of the craft this handsome volume celebrates. Gordon FlaggFrom Publishers Weekly:
This stunningly illustrated album is a glorious, highly perceptive tribute to Hollywood's unsung heroes-art directors or production designers, who, with responsibility for settings, special effects and a film's overall look, can make or break a movie. Moving from the earliest silents to recent box-office hits, Sennett (Photography and Photographers to 1900) throws a floodlight on the techniques, working habits, personal idiosyncrasies, lives and styles of art directors such as Frank Wortman (Birth of a Nation), Richard Day (On the Waterfront), William Menzies (Gone with the Wind), Dean Tavoularis (The Godfather) and Anton Furst (Batman). He devotes separate chapters to musicals, horror films, westerns, movies with exotic or foreign locales (Lost Horizon; Amadeus) and Alfred Hitchcock, who designed his own films. Film buffs and casual readers will gain a new perspective on cinematic history and how art direction interacts with plot, character and acting to create a unified statement. (Nov.) Fiction
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