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Directing, 3rd Edition by Michael Rabiger

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CHAPTER 26

PRODUCTION DESIGN

 

The production designer's job is to plan the look of a film and to design what it says visually about its characters and their settings, predicaments, and moods. This involves conceiving a complete world with all its characters, costumes, settings, furniture, properties, and color schemes.

EXAMPLES FOR DISCUSSION

Let's take three very different films for discussion: Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon (1975), Sam Mendes' American Beauty (1999), and Lasse Hallström's Chocolat (2000). Each has a strong design and each represents a very different milieu.

Kubrick's adaptation of William Thackeray's Barry Lyndon tells the story of an 18th-century opportunist rake who, believing he has killed a man in his Irish hometown, goes ...

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