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Art of Illusion - Production Design for Film and Television

By Terry Ackland-Snow , Wendy Laybourn

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ISBN: 9781785003431
PUBLISHED (THIS EDITION): 11/09/2017
PAGES: 192
BINDING: Paperback
SIZE: 246x189 mm
INSIDE: 77 colour and 27 b&w photos, 105 colour and 14 b&w line drawings, 15 diagrams

Film production is a highly creative and collaborative industry, full of multi-skilled artists and craftsmen. The fast-moving pace of technology makes it hard to keep abreast of current practices in production design. However, the ethos and skills behind filmmaking remain the same. In The Art of Illusion, renowned Art Director Terry Ackland-Snow shares his passion and knowledge of traditional film design from over fifty years of industry experience, using real-life case studies from some of the UK's most iconic films, including Batman, Labyrinth, the James Bond franchise and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.


Additional material includes:

  • The responsibilities of the art department and the wider film crew
  • Set design and construction
  • Scouting and working on location
  • Working with camera angles and perspective
  • Technical exercises designed to enhance draughting skills

Featuring over 100 original sketches, as well as rare behind-the-scenes photographs, storyboards and artwork, this book is exquisitely illustrated throughout, demonstrating the skills and techniques of film design with stunning intricacy.

"To any film student, this book is a must read. Terry's experience is immense." John Glenn, Director of five James Bond films

RRP: £18.99

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" Cinema really is The Art of Illusion, and this book is a beautifully illustrated work of art, an encyclopedia of all things to do with film production design and an essential training manual for young people wanting to begin a career in the industry, appropriately described as 'The Oscar winners of tomorrow'. "
Review Type: Press
Reviewed By: Cinema Technology

" Not only have you produced an invaluable starter-pack for aspiring designers but you've also managed to make the complex business of film-making intelligible for the average film fan. It's technical, but not over so. I believe it would be an immensely valuable basic guide for would-be producers too. I only wish I could have had it on my bedside table when I started the game. "
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Reviewed By: Chris Kelly Film Producer

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