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Art Direction & Production Design

The Art of Pirates of the CaribbeanThe Art of Pirates of the Caribbean
Stunning full-colour illustrations and artwork from the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy. Hardcover, 159 pp. $63.00.


The Art of BondThe Art of Bond
Laurent Bouzereau
Drawing on the spectrum of all 21 Bond films, The Art of Bond features a series of interviews with the key creative talents who have made cinematic history through the Bond franchise. The work, extensively illustrated with film stills, storyboards, posters, publicity shots, etc. also contains reflections by film-makers, screenwriters and novelists on how the Bond genre has influenced their own work. A visually stunning tribute to the creative talents of the Bond world. Hardcover, 235 pp. $48.00.

The Art of Superman Returns
The Art of Superman Returns

Daniel Wallace
The Art of Superman is an in-depth celebration of the concept and developmental art that served as an aesthetic foundation for the film. The elaborate and fascinating process of creating Superman's world is explained in interviews with the director, screenwriters, artists, and production and costume designers. Featuring meticulous illustrations, miniatures, scale-models, unit photography, storyboards, and full-color paintings, this is the behind-the-scenes exclusive that every fan of the most iconic super hero has been waiting for. Hardcover, $50.00.

The Art Direction Handbook for Film
The Art Direction Handbook for Film

Michael Razzo
This is a comprehensive guide to art direction for film and video. Whether you'd like to be an art director or already are one, this thorough professional manual from a highly respected Hollywood art director not only discusses the set-up of the art department and the day to day job duties but also explains how to succeed on the job and secure future employment.Softcover, 333 pp. $47.95.

Production Design in the Contemporary American Film
Production Design in the Contemporary American Film: A Critical Study of 23 Movies and Their Designers

Beverly Heisner
The production design of 23 films of the 1980s and 1990s is analyzed here. The films are divided into five areas focusing on different time periods and stylistic approaches. The quality of the designs is assessed by a careful reading of the mise-en-scene. Often the designers' own words are used to describe the effects and the process involved in achieving them. Readers will gain a deep understanding of the artistry and technique that the production designer must employ to help the director tell their story. Softcover, 171 pp. $41.95.

Ken Adam: The Art of Production Design
Ken Adam: The Art of Production Design

Christopher Frayling
Since 1999 an exhibition of Adam's work has been travelling around the world, but the force and variety of his achievements in cinema have not been properly explored until this volume. In Ken Adam: The Art of Production Design, Christopher Frayling expertly conducts a career-length interview with a man whose designs have enriched some of the great films of our time. Softcover, 316 pp. $39.00.

The Art of Batman Begins
The Art of Batman Begins

Mark Cotta Vaz
This is an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the film's development, in which filmmakers share their talent and creative process in colourful, exacting detail. Charged with making a dramatic yet wholly believable world, the team dug deep into comic lore for inspiration and crafted an all-new Batmobile; a massive, crime-infested Gotham City; an otherworldly Himalayan monastery; and loads of new gadgets and weaponry. Here is the backstory that all Batman fans and cinephiles will have to know, as told by fascinating text, photographs, illustrations, production notes, full-colour paintings, storyboards and blueprints. Hardcover, 146 pp. $56.00.

Industrial Light & Magic: Into The Digital Realm
Industrial Light & Magic: Into The Digital Realm

Mark Cotta Vaz
Co-authored with Pat Duignan
This book looks at the second decade of ILM, fueled by the explosion of new digital technologies. With in-depth coverage of special effects in the Indiana Jones, Ghostbuster movies,Terminator, this absorbing book is a feast of fat things for fans of action and adventure movies. Hardcover, 330 pp. $110.00.

In the Picture
In the Picture: Production Stills from the TCM Archives

Various authors
A rare collection of still photographs taken on movie sets from the silent era to the 1960s, In the Picture gives a glimpse of Hollywood at work during the Golden Era. Highlighting the glamour, energy, and challenge of filmmaking, these production stills capture beloved movie moments, both behind the scenes and in front of the camera. Hardcover, 160 pp. $50.00.

Shock! Horror!
Shock! Horror! Astounding Artwork from the Video Nasty Era

Francis Brewster & Harvey Fenton
Presented in this book are the most striking, outrageous, rare, valuable and highly sought-after video designs from the halcyon days of horror! In the early 1980s, video was new, unregulated, and out of control. Eye-catching video cover designs were essential to succeed in this saturated marketplace; however, the legal crackdown of 1984 swiftly removed the vast bulk of these crazy designs from rental shop shelves forever. Now, collected for the first time ever, are all of the provocative, lurid, dynamic, and disgusting images from the "video nasties" era. Hardcover, 255 pp. $48.95.

Designing Dreams: Modern Architecture in the Movies
Designing Dreams:
Modern Architecture in the Movies
Donald Albrecht
In one of the most unusual and rewarding developments in the popular arts in the twentieth century, the pioneering work of architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, and Le Corbusier became accessible to the public through the perfectly suited medium of the movies. This beautifully illustrated book documents this cross-pollenation as evidenced by Hollywood movies of the 1920's and 1930's. Softcover, 204 pp. $49.95.

Aliens of the Deep
Aliens of the Deep

Dr. Joseph MacInnes
Football-sized clams, eyeless shrimp, red-tipped tube worms, and lavish layers of microbes: these extraordinary organisms, tucked away at the botton of the ocean, are as close to alien life as anything seen on earth. In Aliens of the Deep veteran ocean explorer and writer Dr. Joseph MacInnis follows James Cameron and his crew as they overcome technical and physical challenges to provide an astonishing view of an extreme world and dream about one day exploring oceans -- and life -- beyond Earth. Hardcover, 192 pp. $43.50.

The Incredible World of Spy-Fi
The Incredible World of Spy-Fi

Danny Biederman
The ultimate in espionage eye candy, The Incredible World of Spy-Fi captures four decades of our favourite spies and their impressive cache of gadgets. Danny Biederman, creator of the legendary Spy-Fi Archives, has collected over 4,000 rare pieces -- salvaging them from the darkest, dustiest corners of old Hollywood soundstages and studio back lots. Here, for the very first time, Biederman profiles over 200 of his coolest, most captivating gadgets and images, offering juicy trivia and insider stories on each piece. Softcover, 160 pp. $27.95.

Production Design: Architects of the Screen
Production Design: Architects of the Screen

Jane Barnwell
In this fascinating volume, Jane Barnwell explains how production designers use themes, motifs, and colours to unravel plot, character, and underlying concepts. Various aesthetics are discussed: the gritty realism of Trainspotting, the period settings of The English Patient, the stylized glamour of Velvet Goldmine, and many others. Softcover, 135 pp. $27.95.

The Art of The Return of the King
The Lord of the Rings: The Art of The Return of the King
Gary Russell
This magnificent book illustrates the creative development of the film from sketch to special effect, and features 600 images. To accompany this wealth of imagery are detailed and informative commentaries by all of the featured artists and designers, together with a special afterword by Peter Jackson. Hardcover, 224 pp. $59.95.

Henry Bumstead and the World of Hollywood Art Direction
Henry Bumstead and the World of Hollywood Art Direction

Andrew Horton
With a list of credits that includes To Kill a Mockingbird, The Sting, Vertigo, and Unforgiven, Henry Bumstead is one of the giants of Hollywood production design. In this book, the story of his life and career is engagingly conveyed in the context of a rapidly changing Hollywood landscape. The text is illuminated by numerous production drawings, storyboards, and film stills. Hardcover, 193 pp. $44.95.

The Entertainment Sourcebook 2005
The Entertainment Sourcebook 2005
Published by ATAC (The Association of Theatrical Artists and Craftspeople), this is the essential one-volume resource directory for all members of the art departments in both the film and theatre industries. Coil-bound, 654 pp. $52.50.


Kyle Cooper
Kyle Cooper
Andrea Codrington
Kyle Cooper is acclaimed as the most innovative and important designer of film titles since Saul Bass; his credits include Seven, The Island of Dr. Moreau, Spider-Man, and Mission Impossible. This attractive and informative book -- written by an astute observer of visual culture -- offers the first critical and historical assessment of Cooper's stunning film work. Softcover, 111 pp. $29.95.

The Art of The Two Towers
The Art of The Two Towers
The Lord of the Rings
Gary Russel
Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring has become one of the most successful, and visually unforgettable movies ever made. But that was only the beginning. For The Two Towers the artists and designers knew that they would have to surpass even their own outstanding achievements. Within the pages of this authoritative and insightful book are the incredible results of their work. Hardcover 189 pp. $49.95.

Inside the World of Star Wars
Inside the World of Star Wars
Attack of the Clones
Simon Beecroft
The incredible locations of Attack of the Clones are revealed as never before in this lavishly illustrated guide. Intricate cross-section artistry and 3-D maps provide the most detailed look yet at the world of the movie. Also, the carefully researched text provides detailed background information and several new insights into the Star Wars universe. Hardcover, 40 pp., $29.99.

The Invisible Art
The Invisible Art:
The Legends of Movie Matte Painting

Mark Cotta Vaz and Craig Barron
Since the birth of cinema, movie-makers have created stunning special effects by combining still "matte" paintings with live-action film. Matte painting techniques were closely guarded secrets that never left the studio lot. In this unprecedented retrospective, Mark Cotta Vaz and Craig Barron reveal the history of a visual effect that has defined movies as we know them-from Gone with the Wind and Citizen Kane to Star Wars and Titanic. Lavishly illustrated, The Invisible Art showcases the finest examples of now-rare matte paintings and unveils a century's worth of fascinating stories, legendary personalities, and cunning movie craft. Including a foreword by George Lucas and a CD-ROM that brings to life these moving pictures, this volume is packed with exclusive interviews and a narrative that time travels from the first pioneering "glass shots" to the dawn of digital technology. The definitive book for the consummate movie fan, The Invisible Art conjures a never-before-told story of film wizardry. Hardcover, 288 pp., colour illustrations throughout.

The Art of Noir
The Art of Noir
Eddie Muller
As much as it was about crime, film noir was about style, mood and atmosphere. In this remarkable visual catalogue, the ultra-stylish posters and graphics from the classic era of film noir are beautifully reproduced in full-colour. With their tantalizing mix of sex and violence, and expressive graphic quality, these posters still pulse with the dynamism and allure of the mesmerizing films they were created to promote. Hardcover, 271 pp. $75.00.

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Playing with Fire

Playing With Fire
Eileen Blumenthal and Julie Taymor

The theatre world, around the world, knows the name Julie Taymor. This sumptuously illustrated and designed book traces her early studies as an apprentice in France studying mime, at Oberlin College where she worked with experimentalist Herbert Blau, to her encounter with Indonesia and its rich culture where she honed her directorial skills and immersed herself in dance drama and puppetry. It is a stunning visual record of photos, sketches and drawings with ample commentary by Ms. Taymor of twenty of her outstanding productions including The Lion King and Titus Andronicus. HC $75.00. Signed copies available.

Eiko on Stage
Eiko Ishioka
Foreward by Francis Ford Coppola
One of the
most influential designers of this century, Eiko Ishioka is now as important in the West as in her native Japan. In many media -- advertising, product design, books, theatre, film and video, she has won acclaim and awards. With a reputation for synthesizing disparate pieces of imagery gathered from a wide range of cultural sources around the world and throughout history, she creates images that are provocative, emotional, sometimes shocking, and always beautiful. Ishioka has wona an Oscar, a Grammy, a Cannes Film Festival Award and a Tony nomination. Her works have been exhibited around the world and are included in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York. This new book chronicles a dozen dynamic productions from the past twenty years of her career, including The Cell with Jennifer Lopez, Bram Stoker's Dracula directed by Coppola, M.Butterfly with Anthony Hopkins, Mishima, and The Ring of Nibelung (staged in Amsterdam in 1999). Large-format hardcover, $133.00.

Art Direction for Film & Video
Art Direction for Film and Video
Second Edition
Robert Olson
Written by an author with over 30 years of working experience, this book takes a practical, thorough look at the duties and skills of art directors and production designers. It teaches readers how to analyze a script, develop concepts that meet the needs of a script, develop sketches and construction drawings, work with directors and producers, and operate within budget limitations.

The book has been updated and expanded to include interviews with professionals at all levels in the art department. A chapter on digital effects as they relate to the work of the art director has been added to this new edition. Students, novices in the profession, and persons from other art/design fields who are interested in expanding into film and video will find this is a valuable resource. Large-format softcover, $49.95.

 Malevich & Film

Malevich & Film

Margarita Tupitsyn
Russian painter Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935), unlike other prominent Soviet artists, has not been much considered in discussions of the contributions of the avant-garde to photography and film. Tupitsyn explores Malevich's involvement with film for the first time, drawing on little-known writings about cinema by the artist himself and concluding that Malvich's influenece on 20th century art extends far more widely than has been claimed before. Large-format hardcover, $54.00.

The Art Of Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones
The Art Of Star Wars Episode II:
Attack Of The Clones
Mark Cotta Vaz
Including the screenplay by George Lucas & Jonathan Hales Filled with stunning examples of never before seen movie artwork, the illustrated screenplay, sketches, costume and set designs, models and paintings. Large-format Hardcover, $53.00.

Designer Drafting for the Entertainment World
Designer Drafting for the Entertainment World

Patricia Woodbridge
Designer Drafting for the Entertainment World provides essential information for designers, covering traditional hand drafting techniques as well as computer-based drawing programs. This new text begins with the basic tools and comprehensive coverage of the principles of scenic drafting and goes on to cover professional applications for the stage, motion pictures, television, trade shows, and amusement park scenery. It also includes a chapter on virtual scenery and lighting. Large-format softcover, $82.95.

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