Production Design for Screen Visual Storytelling in Film and Television

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2017-06-01
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Visual Arts

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Packed with colour film stills, exclusive pre-production artwork and behind-the-scenes production images, this landmark book celebrates the production designer's contribution to visual storytelling on screen. It illuminates the visual concepts behind familiar screen spaces and unpicks how and why they are so effective in conveying character and story.

Seven case studies, developed from exclusive interviews with world-renowned designers, reveal the concepts behind some of the most engaging imagery on screen and establish a dialogue around the shared language of visual storytelling.

Jane Barnwell offers a groundbreaking new methodology for evaluating the designer's work on screen through five categories of analysis: space, interiors and exteriors, light, colour and set decorating. All of which combine to create the visual concept evident in the final on-screen imagery.

Practical exercises and examples of real-world projects walk you through the design process, from breaking down the script and developing initial ideas, to studio construction and locations. If you are a budding filmmaker, Production Design for Screen will inspire and guide you as you embark on your own work.

Author Biography

Jane Barnwell is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Media Practice at University of Westminster, UK – where she teaches practice and theory. Graduating from Leeds University and the Northern School of Film & Television she began her career at the BBC, before working as a freelance production designer. Recent production design projects include the British feature Axed (2012, R Driscoll, Lionsgate).

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Role of the Production Designer
A Brief History of the role of the production designer
Key Styles and Movements

Chapter 2: Practicalities
Breaking Down the Script
Research Process
The Budget
Sketch, Draft, Model
Studio Construction
Location Dressing

Chapter 3: The Visual Concept, Contrast & Transformation
The Concept
Creating the Contrast
Transforming the set
Case study

Chapter 4: The 'In and Out'
Case Study

Chapter 5: The Light
Case Study

Chapter 6: The Space
Case Study

Chapter 7: The Colour
Case Study

Chapter 8: The Dressing
Case Study


Appendix (inc., prop houses and design agencies)
Acknowledgements and credits

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