2nd Edition

The Art Direction Handbook for Film & Television

By Michael Rizzo Copyright 2015
    542 Pages
    by Routledge

    542 Pages
    by Routledge

    In this new and expanded edition of The Art Direction Handbook, author Michael Rizzo now covers art direction for television, in addition to updated coverage of film design. This comprehensive, professional manual details the set-up of the art department and the day-to-day job duties: scouting for locations, research, executing the design concept, supervising scenery construction, and surviving production. Beyond that, there is an emphasis on not just how to do the job, but how to succeed and secure other jobs. Rounding out the text is an extensive collection of useful forms and checklists, as well as interviews with prominent art directors.

    Section 1: Pre-Production Process

    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Chapter 2: The Responsibilities, The Relationships, and The Setup

    Chapter 3: Visual History

    Chapter 4: The Design Process

    Chapter 5: The Physical Design

    Chapter 6: A Legacy of Historical Techniques

    Chapter 7: CGI and Digital Filmmaking

    Section 2: Production and Post-Production Processes

    Chapter 8: Navigating Paperwork and Daily Shooting-Process Tasks

    Chapter 9: Networking and Self-Promotion

    Chapter 10: Non-Union vs. Union Status

    Section 3: Appendices

    Appendix A: Reference and Source Lists

    Appendix B: Start Paperwork

    Appendix C: Figure and Table List

    Appendix D: Glossary


    Michael Rizzo is a writer, artist, photographer, teacher, art director, and web designer. He currently works as the Art Director of GLEE at Paramount Studios. Among the films he has both art directed and production designed are Vanilla Sky, Notes from Underground, Joy Ride, My Fellow Americans, Rocketman, Gone Fishin’, Murder in the First, So I Married an Axe Murderer, Body of Evidence, White Sands and My Cousin Vinny, and JFK. His TV credits include Glee, The Hunley, The Day Lincoln was Shot, The Lost Battalion, Ghost Whisperer, Comic Relief, Golden Gate, and All My Children.

    'I think that this book is not only a must for anyone who wants to make a career in the Art Department but a very useful reference for those who may already be working in film or television and who want to take the next step up the ladder - or change departments.' - Wendy Laybourn FBKS - Network Nine