The Filmmaker's Guide to Production Design
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rented or purchased from an industry manufacture or distributor. One may exist in a location. Building this unit allows the designer to create to the character of Marie and contribute to the overall atmosphere of the production design for The Final Touch salon. Marbleized Formica signifies that the surface pretends to be Italian marble but is an imitation. This is another metaphor: while Michael imitates integrity of his father, a hard-working, honest man, he is power-hungry, will- V I S U A L I
inspiration to cinematic creators has been so great that in the 1990s a traveling exhibit highlighted the connections between his work and the medium. Bernardo Bertolucci, his production designer Ferdinando Scarfiotti, and director of photography Vittorio Storaro were so inspired by the work of painter Francis Bacon, images from his paintings appear in the title sequence of Last Tango in Paris (1973), in addition to illuminating the actual design. The tortured deformed human figures surrounded by
and presentations. Clearance and Permissions During the research process, be careful to check if any design element is trademarked or copyrighted. In such cases, you must get clearance or permission. These are often negotiable. If your film is a student project or a short for the festival circuit you can make a deal in which you pay the full fee only if the movie is sold for commercial distribution. Unauthorized use of a design element can result in a lawsuit against the film company by the
(1958), A Nous la Liberté (1931), Playtime (1967), Sunrise (1927), and Things to Come (1936). • Take an architectural tour of the cities you visit. 102 / CHAPTER 9 Chapter 10 PERIOD FILMS The term “period film” is generally applied to a story that takes place in a time before the present era. Most stories take place in specific time frames, although a writer may decide to remove all “clues” to the era, to make the story “timeless,” or to set a piece generically in the Roaring Twenties, for
craft, flash, and no substance fails to engage the hearts and minds of the viewer. Content + Craft = Cinema is the mantra of the total filmmaker. 164 / CHAPTER 16 Chapter 17 DIGITAL PRODUCTION DESIGN Production designers sketched all drawings by hand with pencil, pen, or marker, until computer assisted design, CAD, was introduced in the 1980s. This digital software allows designers to see their creations from any and all angles and views. First and second generation production designers were