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Art Direction & Special Effects

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.

Production Design: Architects of the ScreenProduction 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.

Julie Taymor: Playing With FireJulie Taymor: Playing With Fire
Third Edition
Eileen Blumenthal & Julie Taymor
Julie Taymor is one of the most imaginative and provocative directors and designers working in the performing arts. Throughout her award-winning body of work she has created some of the most arresting images ever seen on the stage and screen. What better way to pay tribute to her career than with this highly visual biography, illustrated, cover-to-cover, with eye-popping images. This new edition of this classic volume has been updated to include all new sections on her Oscar-winning film Frida, the movie-musical Across the Universe, and the opera Grendel. Hardcover, 274 pp. Special price $34.95.

Art Direction for Film & VideoArt 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. $49.95.

Special Effects: The History and TechniqueSpecial Effects: The History and Technique
Richard Rickitt
This book is a treasure trove of astounding information for the student or professional and certainly the fan of special effects. Loaded with step-by-step explanations of every area of effects production, from traditional model making to the latest digital techniques this is the last word in special effects. Lavishly illustrated and filled with interviews with the leading effects specialists in Britain and the US. HC $120.00.

Designer Drafting for the Entertainment WorldDesigner 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. $82.95.

Television Categories
Acting for Television
Art Direction/Special F/X
Crew Guides
Digital Editing
Independent Filmmaking
On Individual Shows
Producing/The Business
Screenwriting Software
Television Production
Voice/Voice Overs

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