Production Design

Book Review: What an Art Director Does

610453HWMVLPublisher: Silman-James Press

Release Date: July 1, 1994

This text by Ward Preston is an instructive and digestible introduction to a misunderstood filmmaking discipline. While the text is merely an introductory overview of the responsibilities that an art director takes on during a films production, it is an overview that should provide a solid foundation for students to build additional knowledge upon. Preston’s writing stile is never scholarly. Instead, he simply imparts wisdom in the simplest of terms so that the reader can digest the information quickly and effectively. He also occasionally gives the reader short anecdotes that make the reading experience a pleasant one. “What an Art Director Does: An Introduction to Motion Picture Production Design” is recommended reading for anyone who wants to broaden their understanding of the filmmaking process.

Review by: Devon Powell

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