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Producing and Directing the Short Film and Video, 5th Edition by David K. Irving, Peter Rea

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Chapter nine

Art Direction

The art director did everything, including wardrobe. But what she was really good at was sculpting set pieces. She built the bowling ball rack. We had to dig a pit and then she shaped it with green architectural moss to make the bowling alley.

Jim Taylor

DIRECTOR

Production Design

Some History

If there is one person who did more than any other to demonstrate the importance of art direction in filmmaking, it was William Cameron Menzies (check www.IMDb.com for his credits). For Gone with the Wind (1939), producer David O. Selznick wanted Menzies, who had won the first two academy awards for art direction, to be heavily involved in the preparatory stages so he could plan the whole film on paper. He also wanted Menzies ...

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