This book takes a unique look at visual character development in motion pictures and television by using famous works of art combined with modern works of film and television to demonstrate how to weave a visual tale.
In a single shot or scene, what should we reveal about a character? What should we conceal? How can we show a character’s progression over time?In Visual Character Development in Film and Television,authors Michael Hanly and Elisabeth Rowney explain how to create compelling visual characters for the screen by analyzing fine art aesthetics and combining them with modern cinematic techniques. Full-color chapters cover character-driven approaches to costume design and makeup application, production design, cinematography and lighting, plot development, editing considerations, and more.
By exploring how surroundings, habits, lifestyles – even the color of a sweater – can tell us more about a character on the screen than what can be said in dialogue alone, this book will prove a valuable resource for anyone wanting to take their filmmaking to the next level.
"Visual Character Development is an art form many don’t understand well enough to explain. Hanly and Rowney masterfully use some of history’s greatest artists to help explain the art of conveying character and story visually in film and television. A must-read for those wanting to be better visual storytellers."
—William Kavan, Dean of Education, Compass College of Cinematic Arts
Chapter 1: Genres and Perception
Chapter 2: Worlds and Settings
Chapter 3: Character Interiors and Accessories
Chapter 4: Masking And Unmasking Characters
Chapter 5: Character And Wardrobe
Chapter 6: Adding Colorful Meaning