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2017
Masterpieces: Performance Architecture + Design

by Chris Van Uffelen — 304 pages — Camphor Tree (2010)

Theaters, concert halls and opera houses belong to the main building tasks of our times. Numerous cities as well as communities are adding stage buildings for performing arts to their cultural infrastructure and are renewing historical buildings. The acoustics and stage mechanisms are adjusted to modern requirements, while the standards of the in-house technology and the amenities for visitors are decidedly improved.

Prestigious projects for various towns and states result in extraordinary buildings. These not only convince in terms of their interior design, but also make an impact on the cityscape as solitary structures. 60 outstanding projects from around the world are presented in this volume from the Masterpieces series.

 
Ellenshaw Under Glass

by Peter Ellenshaw — 334 pages — Camphor Tree (2003)

Weighing in at nearly eight and a half pounds, Ellenshaw Under Glass - the handsome autobiography of matte artist Peter Ellenshaw - was a mighty tome. This was not a book to read in bed, or sitting on a bus. Rather, it required a lectern to hold it open, particularly if the reader had been lucky enough to acquire the Deluxe Edition with plexiglass cover and 3D lenticular image of Peter perched atop a cloud above Mary Poppins' ...Read More
London. Spectacular, personable and occasionally quite moving, this was a fantastic read about one of the effects industry's most gifted artists, a true gentleman with an impish sense of humor.
 
Art Deco: The Golden Age of Graphic Art & Illustration

by Michael Robinson — 192 pages — Flame Tree Publishing (2009)

This beautifully illustrated book is a celebration of Art Deco’s expression through the graphic arts and illustration. Divided into three sections – the movement, its fashion and advertising – the reader gains ...Read More
great insight into the artists and innovators that helped popularize the Art Deco movement, such as Georges Barbier, Erté, Cassandre and Paul Colin.
While the main focus for this intriguing book is centred on graphic art, numerous examples of other forms of Art Deco are also featured. Nestled among the posters and paintings, sculpture, objets d'art and jewellery assert their similarity, whether through line, form or theme. These echoes serve to show the creativie fertility of the period as styles and ideas traversed artistic media.
 

2016
The Art of The Polar Express

by Mark Cotta Vaz and Steve Starkey; Introduction by Robert Zemeckis —143 pages — Chronicle Books (2004)

The Art of The Polar Express celebrates the transformation of Chris Van Allsburg's celebrated children's book The Polar Express into a full-length, animated feature film through a fascinating collection of ...Read More
concept art, production storyboards, and computer-generated renderings.

Production designer Doug Chiang shares his original, never-before-seen artwork that evolved into the final motion picture. Weaving these pieces together are candid interviews with the star-studded cast and crew, including Robert Zemeckis and his team of filmmaking visionaries, that deliver rare insight into the film as they divulge the secrets behind their creative process.
 
LOST: Las Vegas

by Jeff Burbank — 144 pages — Pavilion (2014)

Lost Las Vegas traces the cherished places in the city that time and economics have swept aside before the National Register of Historic Places could save them from the wrecker's ball ...Read More or, in the case of Las Vegas, before the Neon Boneyard could claim them. Organized chronologically, the book details the many hotels and casinos that failed to move with the times and got swept away for something bigger, better, and brighter.
Legendary names in the field of entertainment have come and gone—the Sands hotel featured many of the Rat Pack in residence, but the casino is long gone. Howard Hughes and the mob are featured heavily in Vegas history but neither could sustain their success for very long. Today, the showgirl is under threat from the big setpiece shows such as Cirque du Soleil.

Losses include Arizona Club, El Portal Theater, Clark County Courthouse, Hotel Nevada, First State Bank, Las Vegas Rail Depot, El Dorado Club, Old Ice House, Atomic Tourism, Helldorado on Fremont Street, The Green Shack, El Rancho Vegas, Hotel Last Frontier, Desert Inn, Sands, Sahara, The Thunderbird, The Mint, Royal Nevada, Stardust, Showboat, Hotel Biltmore, Dunes, Hacienda, Moulin Rouge, Tally Ho, Paddlewheel/Debby Reynold’s, Silver Slipper, Tam O’Shanter, Bonanza, Boardwalk Casino, Old Las Vegas Convention Center, Landmark Hotel, Aladdin, La Concha, Westward Ho!, and Castaways.
Alexandre Trauner

by Alexandre Trauner — 236 pages — Flammarion (1988)

After studying painting at the Hungarian Royal Drawing School in Budapest, Alexandre Trauner emigrated to Paris in 1929, where he became assistant to the decorator Lazare Meerson. ...Read More
In 1937, Trauner collaborated with the greatest directors, being responsible for the set design of most of Marcel Carné's films (Funny Drama, Le Quai des Brumes, Hôtel du Nord, Le Jour se Lêve, Les Enfants du Paradis). He designed sets for Witness for the Prosecution and John Huston's The Man Who Would Be King, Don Giovanni by Joseph Losey, and The Apartment, as well as the Private Life of Sherlock Holmes directed by Billy Wilder, and Subway by Luc Besson.

For Les Routes du sud de Losey, it was Trauner's house in La Hague that served as a backdrop.

Alexandre Trauner received the Oscar® for the best 1960 (black and white) decoration for The Apartment directed by Billy Wilder.
Maroon on Georgetown

by Fred J. Maroon
128 pages — Lickle Publishing (1997)

Few professional photographers live with their subjects for over 35 years. Yet highly respected photographer Fred J. Maroon did just that. Maroon on Georgetown offers an art-quality collection of photographs of the town Maroon called home, the small historic community adjacent to the domes and monoliths of our nation's capital.
Few express the vitality of Georgetown as well as this man, who searched the streets of Georgetown at dawn and at dusk, in all seasons, photographing buildings, neighbors, and nightlife, enjoying rare access to homes, and bringing to the task an exceptional eye for architectural elements. ...Read More

Georgetown's proximity to Washington makes for exciting and diverse cultural life, while its preservation as a National Landmark has allowed it to retain its small-town identity. Maroon on Georgetown features the campus of Georgetown University, the museums and gardens of Dumbarton Oaks, and the diverse shops and restaurants that form the profusion of style and culture known as Georgetown. Maroon's architectural experience enables him to capture its mood and character, from the Federal, Queen Anne, and Victorian dwellings to the interior design and decoration behind the facades.

From Captain Smith's first voyage up the Potomac River to the town's growth as a busy tobacco port, from its strife on the border of the Civil War to its incorporation into the District of Columbia, Georgetown has a colorful and cultivated past. Maroon's text chronicles the history of Georgetown from its beginning as an Indian village to the urban community of today.

Maroon on Georgetown was first published in 1985, and won Gold Medals for photography and for design in the annual competition of the Art Directors' Club of Metropolitan Washington that year. This edition has been expanded and updated to include additional landmarks and developments. Maroon on Georgetown offers a chance to touch base with history, to appreciate fine art and architecture, and to experience both the excitement and the serenity of one of the most unusual towns in America.

 
Inventing the Southwest: The Fred Harvey Company and Native American Art

by Kathleen L. Howard — 150 pages — Northland Publishing (1996)

The Fred Harvey Company played a major role in opening the American Southwest to tourism, joining forces with the Santa Fe Railway to produce a newly romanticized and adventurous view of the region and its inhabitants. Their advertising and marketing strategies had an indelible impact on the commercial trade ...Read More
and art production of the region's native peoples.

As this skillful account explains, local arts were transformed, revived, and, in some cases, revitalized, even as they were altered to suit tourists' tastes and expectations. The authors profile individuals associated with the company, whether buyers, traders, or collectors. They also clarify the significance of Harvey Company Detours, other excursions, hotels, and the promotion of natural and fabricated tourist attractions in the region.

Although the narrative has been clearly generalized for broad public consumption, the story that emerges will interest those wanting to know more about an important redirection in the native arts of the Southwest.
Paula A. Baxter, NYPL Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
 
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: The Art of the Film

by Peter Aperlo — 192 pages — Titan Books (2016)

Fearing the actions of a god-like Superhero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with ...Read More
what sort of hero it really needs. Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice sees Batman and Superman come together for the first time on screen.  With these two icons at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it has ever known before.
 
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: The Art of the Film, takes fans deep into this world, accompanied by insight and interviews with cast and crew, including an afterword by director Zack Snyder. This official companion takes an in-depth look at the artwork and design of 2016’s most anticipated movie, including the earliest concept sketches of the Batcave, all the way through the set-building process, to the final version seen on screen. It explores Metropolis and Gotham City from the streets to the skies and showcases the costumes, weaponry, vehicles, allies and enemies of our two heroes. 
 
Packed with stunning concept art, Zack Snyder’s storyboards, blueprints, costume detail and behind-the-scenes shots from the set, this book is an invaluable insight into the world of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

 
Scandinavian Modern Furnishings 1930-1970: Designed for Life

by Michael Ellison — 240 pages — Schiffer Publishing (2007)

In the middle of the twentieth century, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland, four countries with a total population no larger than New York City, impacted the world of design to a degree ...Read More
never before seen and unlikely to be repeated. Scandinavian Modern design already had a solid domestic audience, and the Post-World War II American consumer was ready for the distinctive style and the fine quality it offered.

With a focus on more than 60 designers, this extensively researched book presents the furniture and household objects – especially those of wood and metal – of the Scandinavian Modern style, beginning in the 1930s and culminating in the 1970s. Hundreds of photographs and a comprehensive introduction, historical timeline, and appendices of furniture makers and designers, distributors, and sources are included. Detailed captions with current prices, a large bibliography, and an index make this book a valuable reference and a must for all collectors, dealers, and researchers of Scandinavian design.

 
The Art of Sleepy Hollow

by Andrew Kevin Walker and Tim Burton
184 pages — Pocket Books / Simon & Schuster (1999)

As the director of such blockbusters as Batman and Edward Scissorhands, and the producer of the modern classic The Nightmare Before Christmas, Tim Burton has earned a deserved reputation as one of today's most creative and innovative filmmakers. "The New York Times" calls his work "dazzling," and "Entertainment Weekly" hails him as America's "pop visionary." Now in this deluxe companion volume to his cinematic interpretation of the classic tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, we go beyond the sets and into ...Read More
the mind's eye of the director, to see how Burton's incomparable vision comes to life on film.

Featuring production art, storyboards, costume designs, and set sketches, we see Burton's concepts transformed into screen magic. More than just a look into the making of a motion picture, this is a collection of film artwork that is, in its own right, a major artistic statement. Drawings and paintings from the production show the depth of artistry that goes into the creation of Burton's world. His stunning vision of neo-Gothic nineteenth-century America comes alive: the foggy valleys of Sleepy Hollow, the cobbled streets of old New York City, and the menace and terror of the Headless Horseman. This volume proves that his vision not only resonates on the screen but on the canvas and sketchbook as well. The masterly work that accompanies the dramatic script demonstrates Burton's awesome creative prowess -- as both an artist and a major force in American cinema.
 
LOST: New York

by Marcia Reiss
208 pages — Pavilion (2011)

The New York landmarks remembered here include Coney Island's "Elephant Colossus," ...Read More
an elephant-shaped hotel rumored to be a brothel and destroyed by fire in 1896; the Manhattan Beach Hotel; South Street Seaport; Stanford White's Madison Square Garden; the Vanderbilt, Tiffany, and Astor mansions; Central Park's elevated railway; the first Waldorf Astoria Hotel; the 1939 World's Fair site; Manhattan Train Terminal on Brooklyn Bridge; Ebbet's Field—home of the Brooklyn Dodgers; and the Polo Grounds—home of the NY Giants baseball team. This collection celebrates old theaters and hotels that have burned or been razed, vanished ferry buildings, removed-from-service trolley cars, classic art deco diners, and the demolition that sparked a strong preservation movement in the city: Pennsylvania Station.

The Making of Fantastic Mr Fox

by Wes Anderson
192 pages — Rizzoli (2009)

Originally published in 1970, Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox tells the story of the Fox Family. After twelve years, the Fox Family’s quiet home life proves too much for Mr. Fox’s natural animal instincts. When his young nephew arrives, Mr. Fox slips back into his old ways as a smart bird thief and, in doing so, endangers not only his beloved family, but the whole animal community as well.
In Fall 2009, audiences will cheer as award-winning director Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Darjeeling Limited) brings us his take on the tale: a blockbuster stop-motion animation ...Read More
film shot entirely in high definition. Starring the voice talents of George Clooney (Michael Clayton), Meryl Streep (Doubt), Bill Murray (Lost in Translation), and Jason Schwartzman (Marie Antoinette), the movie is sure to please fans of the original story as well as enchant new generations.

Fantastic Mr. Fox: The Making of the Motion Picture is a family-friendly behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the film. Filled with photos, script pages, storyboards, and interviews with cast and crew, this book is a delightful and intriguing peek at the magic that happens as the filmmakers bring to life one of children’s literature’s most beloved characters: the outrageous, audacious, Fantastic Mr. Fox.
 

John Portman: Art and Architecture

by High Museum of Art
160 pages — University of Georgia Press (2009)

John Portman is an architect and artist whose influence has reshaped the skyline of cities internationally, particularly that of his hometown, Atlanta. His architectural firm was established in 1953, and the 800-room Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, which opened in 1967, introduced the world’s first modern atrium hotel, a model which radically changed the industry. In the 1980s, Portman began painting and creating sculptures that are on view in his buildings and homes. The October 2009 exhibition at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta features Portman’s fine art as well as projects from throughout his career. ...Read More

John Portman: Art and Architecture, including essays by eminent architecture critics Paul Goldberger and Robert M. Craig, considers selected architectural and development projects, from early works in the 1950s and 1960s, including the Peachtree Center complex, to landmark hotels throughout the world, to vast mixed-use developments that sparked the rejuvenation of major cities (Embarcadero Center in San Francisco, Shanghai Centre in Shanghai, and Marina Square in Singapore), to exciting recent buildings in Korea and China.
 
The Art of Film: John Box and Production Design

by Ian Christie
208 pages — Wallflower Press (2008)

John Box had one of the most productive design careers in British cinema, winning a record four Academy Awards and four BAFTAs. He shot to fame with Lawrence of Arabia (1962), and directors ranging from David Lean and Carol Reed to Michael Mann and Norman Jewison have all valued his ability to bring "a vocabulary of life" to the challenges of each film. Whether he was recreating 1930s China in The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958), recapturing revolutionary Russia in Dr Zhivago (1965), projecting the future in Rollerball (1975), or imaging a mythic past in First Knight (1995), Box shaped screen worlds across five decades ...Read More
helping to establish the traditions of British production design that are still followed today.

Based on interviews with John Box and the full co-operation of many of his key collaborators, this lavish, 4-color book shares Box's solutions to design problems and provides unique insight into the production designer's collaborative role in the business of filmmaking.
 

Magic Color Flair: The World of Mary Blair

by John Canemaker and Mary Blair
172 pages — Walt Disney Family Foundation Press (2014)

Vibrant, splendidly hued, and charming beyond compare, the work of Disney designer and illustrator Mary Blair is more than just acclaimed—it is adored. She has charmed generations with her whimsical creations ...Read More
from stunning art direction for Cinderella and Peter Pan to the wowing and wonderful “It’s a Small World” ride at Disneyland. Magic Color Flair celebrates this Disney icon, tracing the evolution of her mesmerizing style and showcasing her work in gorgeous, full-color imagery. Curated by award winning animation director and designer, John Canemaker, Magic Color Flair is an authoritative celebration of Mary Blair’s life work.

From her precocious paintings she made while studying at the renowned Chouinard Art Institute, to her concept drawings for Disney films, to her treasured Golden Books, delightful advertisements and large-scale installations. With annotations about her artistic process, Magic Color Flair gives readers an inside look to her bold and lively artistic process that yielded such loveable, and memorable work. While at art school, Blair developed a dynamic style that emphasized drama and emotion. Her gift for visual storytelling caught the eye of Walt Disney himself, who loved her bold graphics, sophisticated whimsicality, and eye-catching use of color and who became a lifelong friend and champion of her work. This book accompanies the Walt Disney Family Museum’s 2014 Mary Blair exhibit of the same title.
 
California Design 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way

by Wendy Kaplan
360 pages — The MIT Press (2011)

In 1951, designer Greta Magnusson Grossman observed that California design was "not a superimposed style, but an answer to present conditions... It has developed out of our own preferences for living in a modern way." California design influenced the material culture of the entire country, in everything from architecture to fashion. This generously illustrated book, which accompanies a major exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is the first comprehensive examination of California's mid-century modern design. It begins by tracing the origins of a distinctively California modernism in the 1930s by such European émigrés as ...Read More
Richard Neutra, Rudolph Schindler, and Kem Weber; it finds other specific design influences and innovations in solid-color commercial ceramics, inspirations from Mexico and Asia, new schools for design training, new concepts about leisure, and the conversion of wartime technologies to peacetime use (exemplified by Charles and Ray Eames' plywood and fiberglass furniture).

The heart of California Design is the modern California home, famously characterized by open plans conducive to outdoor living. The layouts of modernist homes by Pierre Koenig, Craig Ellwood, and Raphael Soriano, for example, were intended to blur the distinction between indoors and out. Homes were furnished with products from Heath Ceramics, Van Keppel-Green, and Architectural Pottery as well as other, previously unheralded companies and designers. Many objects were designed to be multifunctional: pool and patio furniture that was equally suitable indoors, lighting that was both task and ambient, bookshelves that served as room dividers, and bathing suits that would turn into ensembles appropriate for indoor entertainment.

California Design includes 350 images, most in color, of furniture, ceramics, metalwork, architecture, graphic and industrial design, film, textiles, and fashion, and ten incisive essays that trace the rise of the California design aesthetic.
 

Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong

by Tyrus Wong and Michael Labrie
156 pages — Walt Disney Family Foundation Press (2013)

Water to Paper, Paint to Sky is the first comprehensive retrospective of America’s oldest living artist ...Read More Tyrus Wong, whose groundbreaking work on Walt Disney’s classic animation film Bambi influenced a generation of leading animators, including John Lasseter, Pete Docter, and Don Hahn. Tyrus Wong’s ability to evoke powerful feeling in his art with simple gestural compositions continues to inspire each new generation of artists, and his influence can still be seen in movies today.

“Tyrus Wong’s sophistication of expression was a gigantic leap forward for the medium. Where other films were literal… Bambi was expressive and emotional. Tyrus painted feelings, not objects.” — John Lasseter, Academy-Award winning director.

Born in 1910 in Canton, China, Tyrus Wong immigrated as a young boy to the United States, where he has enjoyed a long, distinguished, and diverse artistic career as a prolific painter, illustrator, calligrapher, lithographer, muralist, designer, Hollywood sketch artist, ceramicist, and kitemaker. Tyrus is legendary for his innovative work on Walt Disney Studio’s classic animation film Bambi, in which his singular vision and evocative, impressionistic concept art caught the eye of Walt Disney himself and influenced the movie’s overall visual style.
 

The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God

by Amy Stechler, Ken Burns, Langdon Clay, and Jerome Liebling
127 pages — Aperature Foundation (1987)

In The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God, exquisite photography by ...Read More
Ken Burns, Langdon Clay, and Jerome Liebling; perfectly reproduced archival photographs from the Shakers' own collections; and a historical text by Amy Stechler Burns give a clear, personal, and profound understanding of the architecture, craft accomplishments, and lives of the Shakers and their historical legacy.

Langdon Clay is a professional photographer, whose book credits include Jefferson's Monticello and Colonial Williamsburg, among others. Jerome Leibling is an internationally recognized photographer whose work is in many major institutional, and private collections.
 

The Designs of Tony Walton

by Delbert Unruh
128 pages — Publisher: United States Institute for Theatre Technology (2012)

Tony® award winning designer Tony Walton's career spans Broadway, film, puppetry, and opera. This engaging story of his life's work documents the successes and challenges of a storied career designing some of the iconic moments of Broadway and film. From Chicago and Dream Girls to the film Mary Poppins (starring first wife Julie Andrews) to The WIZ. Tony Walton has made an impact on entertainment that we all feel today.  
Architectural Beauty in Japan

by Kokusai Bunka Shinkokai
130 pages — The Studio Publications Inc. (1955)

A coffee-table book, primarily black & white images, of about 130 pages. The volume presents "examples of the best of the architectural art of Japan," according to Kokusai Bunka Shinkokai (International Organization for the Promotion of Culture), dating from the mid-8th century to the early 1950s. Part 1 comprises a diverse mix of high-quality photos of ancient shrines, temples, monasteries, the Kyoto Imperial Palace, the Himeji Castle, and the Katsura Imperial Villa. Part 2 features modern (mostly early 1950s) industrial/institutional architectural examples.
Maynard L. Parker: Modern Photography and the American Dream

by Jennifer A. Watts
288 pages — Yale University Press (2012)

As a prolific photographer for House Beautiful, Better Homes and Gardens, Architectural Digest, and Sunset magazine, Maynard L. Parker (1900–1976) was a pioneer in documenting residential spaces and ...Read More
landscapes for postwar America. His extensively published, sun-kissed brand of photography made him a critical contributor to domestic design culture from the 1940s into the 1960s.
Parker's lens revealed the homes and lifestyles of affluent Americans and celebrities, including Judy Garland, Clark Gable, and Bing Crosby, as well as the interiors, gardens, and built works of Samuel Marx, Frank Lloyd Wright, Thomas Church, and Cliff May, offering an alluring template for living in a new consumer age.
Maynard L. Parker: Modern Photography and the American Dream is the first monograph to consider Parker and his work. Lavishly illustrated essays by leading scholars set Parker's photography against the backdrop of an unprecedented demographic shift, the Cold War, and a suburban society increasingly fixated on consumption.
 
Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light

by Neil Levine
232 pages — The Musuem of Modern Art, New York (2013)

Henri Labrouste is one of the few nineteenth-century architects consistently lionized as a precursor of modern architecture throughout the twentieth century and into our own time. The two magisterial glass-and-iron reading rooms he built in Paris gave form to the idea of the modern library as a collective civic space. His influence was both immediate and long-lasting, not only on the development of the modern library but also on the exploration of new paradigms of space, materials and luminosity in places of great public assembly. ...Read More

Published to accompany the first exhibition devoted to Labrouste in the United States — and the first anywhere in the world in nearly 40 years — this publication presents nearly 225 works in all media, including drawings, watercolors, vintage and modern photographs, film stills and architectural models. Essays by a range of international architecture scholars explore Labrouste’s work and legacy through a variety of approaches.
 
World Film Locations: Los Angeles

by Gabriel Solomons
128 pages — Publisher: Intellect Ltd (2011)

The heart of Hollywood’s star-studded film industry for more than a century, Los Angeles and its abundant and ever-changing locales—from the Santa Monica Pier to the infamous and now-defunct Ambassador Hotel—have set the scene for a wide variety of cinematic treasures, from Chinatown to Forrest Gump, Falling Down to the coming-of-age classic Boyz n The Hood. This volume marks an engaging citywide tour of the many films shot on location in this birthplace of cinema and the screen spectacle.
World Film Locations: Los Angeles pairs fifty incisive synopses of carefully chosen film scenes—both famous and lesser-known—with an accompanying array of evocative full-color film stills, demonstrating ...Read More
how motion pictures have contributed to the multifarious role of the city in our collective consciousness, as well as how key cinematic moments reveal aspects of its life and culture that are otherwise largely hidden from view.

Insightful essays throughout turn the spotlight on the important directors, thematic elements, and historical periods that provide insight into Los Angeles and its vibrant cinematic culture. Rounding out this information are city maps with information on how to locate key features, as well as photographs showing featured locations as they appear now.

A guided tour of the City of Angels conducted by the likes of Robert Altman, Nicholas Ray, Michael Mann, and Roman Polanski, World Film Locations: Los Angeles is moreover a concise and user-friendly guide to how Los Angeles has captured the imaginations of both filmmakers and those of us sitting transfixed in theatres worldwide.
 
The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis & the Secrets of Walt Disney's Movie Magic

by John Canemaker
292 pages — Publisher: Weldon Owen (2014)

Discover the secrets behind Fantasia, Pinocchio, Dumbo, and Bambi — all through the lens of early animation's most enigmatic and fascinating character, Herman Schultheis. A technician at the Disney Studio in the late 1930s, Schultheis kept a covert scrapbook of special effects wizardry, capturing in photographs ...Read More
and text the dazzling, behind-the-scenes ingenuity of early Disney films.

Later, when he mysteriously disappeared into a Guatemalan jungle, his notebook was forgotten ... and with it, the stories of how these beloved animated classics were made. Miraculously unearthed in a chest of drawers in 1990, Schultheis's notebook is now available for all to see at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco — and in this compelling and beautiful book. Part annotated facsimile of the scrapbook itself, part biography of the complicated, overly ambitious man who made it, The Lost Notebook is a goldmine for Disney and animation enthusiasts and a vivid, riveting account of one man's plight to make it big in early Hollywood.
 
Fantasia of Color in Early Cinema

by Tom Gunning, Giovanna Fossati, Joshua Yumibe, Jonathon Rosen, and Martin Scorsese
288 pages — Publisher: Amsterdam University Press (2015)
We normally think of early film as being black and white, but in truth, the first color cinematography appeared as early as the first decade of the twentieth century. In this visually stunning book ...Read More
the authors present a treasure trove of early color film images from the archives of EYE Film Institute Netherlands, bringing to life their rich hues and forgotten splendor.

Carefully selecting and reproducing frames from the original film of movies made before World War I, Gunning, Yumibe, Fossati, and Rosen share the images here in a full range of tone and colors. Accompanying essays discuss the history of early film and the technical processes that filmmakers employed to capture these fascinating images, while other contributions explore preservation techniques and describe the visual delights that early film has offered audiences, both then and now. Featuring three hundred color illustrations for readers to examine and enjoy, Fantasia of Color in Early Cinema will engage scholars and buffs alike.
 
Gabriel Figueroa: Under the Mexican Sky: Art and Film

by Claudia Monterde
208 pages — Publisher: Turner (2014)
The films of Gabriel Figueroa (1907–1997) constitute an essential node in the network of exchanges and appropriations that formed Mexico’s cultural identity in the early and middle decades ...Read More
of the twentieth century.

Featuring color images and stills, Under the Mexican Sky provides a comprehensive view of the enduring Mexican iconography that Figueroa crafted throughout his career as a cinematographer, working on more than 200 films and collaborating with some of the world’s leading directors of the time, such as John Ford, John Houston, Emilio Fernández and Luis Buñuel. Figueroa trained as a painter and photographer before transitioning into the world of film in 1932, and these early studies influenced Figueroa’s distinctive and vivid approach to cinematic composition. Drawing from a diverse array of influences — Renaissance perspective, German Expressionist cinema, Goya’s prints and the landscapes of José María Velasco — Figueroa forged a lasting image of Mexico’s history, landscape and people.
 
The Wizard of Oz: The Official 75th Anniversary Companion

by William Stillman and Jay Scarfone
176 pages — Publisher: Harper Designm (2013)

An over-the-top, beautifully designed book that commemorates the seventy-fifth anniversary of The Wizard of Oz. Officially licensed with Warner Bros., this collectible edition features accessible text, a host of never-before-seen ephemera, and nine removable features.
Written by the foremost authorities on the subject—Jay Scarfone and William Stillman— ...Read More
and designed in close collaboration with Warner Bros., The Wizard of Oz: The Official 75th Anniversary Companion delivers an entertaining and interactive experience, transporting readers over the rainbow and into the wonderful Land of Oz.

The authors detail filmmaking secrets—the inspiration behind the film's realistic tornado; why Dorothy's shoes were ruby-colored; and how the filmmakers got a fleet of monkeys to fly—and reveal never-before-seen artwork from their personal collection, including, but not limited to, rare stills, Technicolor test frames, and costume and set illustrations. Additionally, the book will contain nine removable features as well as several innovative graphic components. More than your average anniversary edition, this book promises to be the most definitive look at The Wizard of Oz yet. It is comprehensive in its scope yet accessibly written and beautifully designed — perfect for The Wizard of Oz fans, film buffs of all ages, and collectors.
 

Martin Scorsese: A Retrospective

by Tom Shone
288 pages — Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (2014)

Martin Scorsese: A Retrospective is the definitive illustrated biography of one of cinema’s most enduring talents.

From Scorsese’s debut feature to The Wolf of Wall Street, this new critical monograph charts the director’s glittering 50-year career at the helm of filmmaking. Renowned movie critic Tom Shone draws on his in-depth knowledge and distinctive viewpoint to provide essential commentaries on all of Scorsese’s ...Read More
twenty-three feature films, including Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and The Departed. Shone’s text is joined by more than 250 behind-the-scenes stills, photographs, posters, and ephemera.

The Dawn of Technicolor 1915-1935

by James Layton and David Pierce
448 pages — Publisher: George Eastman House (2015)

Published to coincide with Technicolor's centennial in 2015, The Dawn of Technicolor recounts the beginnings of one of the most widely recognized names in the American film industry, reconstructing the company's early years from a wealth of previously unavailable internal documentation, studio production files, contemporary accounts and unpublished interviews. Following its incorporation in 1915, Technicolor developed a series of two-color processes as necessary steps toward full-color photography and printing. Despite success in the laboratory and in small-scale production, the company was plagued by repeated disappointments. ...Read More With the support of patient investors and the visionary leadership of Herbert T. Kalmus, Technicolor eventually prevailed against daunting odds to create the only commercially viable color process for motion pictures. The Dawn of Technicolor investigates these vital make-or-break years, as the firm grew from a small team of exceptional engineers into a multimillion-dollar corporation. The authors chart the making of pivotal films in the process, from the troubled productions of Ben-Hur (1925) and The Mysterious Island (1926-29), to the early short films in Technicolor's groundbreaking three-color process: Walt Disney's animated Flowers and Trees (1932) and the live-action La Cucaracha (1934). The book spotlights the talented engineers and filmmakers associated with Technicolor and the remarkable technical innovations that finally made color films practical, changing the film industry forever. Lavishly illustrated with more than 400 reproductions, it includes a comprehensive annotated filmography of all two-color Technicolor titles produced between 1917 and 1937.
UNCREDITED: Graphic Design & Opening Titles in Movies

by Gemma Solana
320 pages — Publisher: Gingko Press Inc.

Uncredited examines how opening sequences in films, classic and contemporary, act as hooks to draw the viewer into the film, showing frame by frame how graphics, type and animation are used to create atmosphere, set tone, and lend impact to movies. Chapters include Casting Titles on to Film, Titles as Logos, Textures, and Concepts, as well as chapters focusing on specific title designers including Maurice Binder who was responsible for Dr. No and the brand image for every 007 film since 1962. Also included ...Read More
is an examination of the technological advancements in filmmaking that have allowed designers to direct credits as an aide, an advertisement, or as a sort of short abstract film within a film. From Hitchcock and Godard to Tarantino, Luc Besson, and Tim Burton, this large format coffee table book finally illuminates this critical role designers play in filmmaking and gives credit to those that often go uncredited.

Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds: A 50-Year Treasury of Art and Design

by Stephen Nicholas and Mike Tucker
288 pages — Publisher: Harper Design

An intimate, behind-the-curtains tour of the sets, costumes, spacecraft, alien planets, creatures, weapons, and gadgets used to create the stunning world of Doctor Who. From distant galaxies in the far-flung future, to ancient history on the planet Earth, Doctor Who is unique for the breadth of imaginative possibilities it offers the artists charged with bringing each episode to life. ...Read More

Mining the depths of the BBC archives Stephen Nicholas and Mike Tucker have compiled this breathtaking collection of rare and never-before-published images that are interwoven with fascinating insights from the show’s writers. Showcasing the work of Doctor Who’s remarkable designers, Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds pays tribute to the care and attention to detail essential to creating the look of the show, from the characters themselves—including recurring villains like the Daleks or the Cybermen—to the smallest hand prop featured in the briefest of scenes, to the TARDIS console room and other regularly used sets. Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds explores how the art department works together with costumers and make-up and special effects artists to produce a coherent look for a diverse range of alien worlds; reveals how the artists’ relationship with the computer graphics department allows them to create locations far grander than possible in the real world; and shows how today’s creative artists have built upon the designs produced by their predecessors—the pioneers of the program’s “classic” era whose legacy has delighted audiences since 1963.

Divided thematically, Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds examines the history of the program and its art and set design, and highlights how various re-occurring designs have evolved over time. Chock full of surprising, illuminating, and fascinating information, photographs, and trivia, Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds is essential for every Whovian, whether you're an established fan or are new to the show.
 
The Painted Panorama

by Bernard Comment
272 pages — Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

Panoramas — immense paintings, often in the round — were enormously popular during the 19th century, both in Europe and in America. Illustrated with hundreds of colorplates, including seven large double gatefolds, Bernard Comment's incisive and detailed study traces the history of an unusual art form, placing these elaborate 360-degree paintings in a full historical, social, and cultural context. Drawing on extensive research, Comment, a cultural critic, brings to life both the reality and the significance of painted panoramas ...Read More
the artists (often collaborative teams whose goal was perfect illusionism), the installations (specially built rotundas and tents), the subjects (cityscapes, vistas, battles, and religious tableaus, among others), and the meanings (panoramas as propaganda, advertising, substitutes for experience, and forerunners of cinema) of these amazing works of art.
 
Ming Cho Lee

by Arnold Aronson
336 pages — Publisher: Theatre Communications Group

Ming Cho Lee is not only one of the most important American designers of the twentieth century, but one of the most significant influences on American theatre. As a designer, he drew upon his training in Chinese watercolor, the aesthetics of his mentors, Jo Mielziner and Boris Aronson, and the post-war developments in German design to develop a new approach to stage design that radically altered American scenography. He broke new ground, combined existing motifs in startling new ways and continued to explore new ideas throughout his entire career. Lee introduced a sculptural style with soaring verticality ...Read More
that had been largely unknown to American stages. The painterly image was replaced with a decidedly modern and industrial scenic vocabulary that emphasized stage-as-stage.

Lee has designed more than 300 productions of theatre, opera and dance, beginning with his first student work, The Silver Whistle at Occidental College in 1952, through his last productions in 2005. Unlike his predecessors, Lee did not make his mark on Broadway. Rather, it was achieved through some forty productions with the New York Shakespeare Festival, including eleven seasons at the Delacorte Theater from its opening in 1962; thirteen productions for New York City Opera, beginning with its inaugural production at Lincoln Center; five mainstage productions for the Metropolitan Opera, including Boris Godunov, which stayed in the repertoire for more than thirty years; twenty-one productions for Arena Stage in Washington D.C., and numerous other productions at regional theatres including the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, and Actors Theatre of Louisville; and ten pieces for the Joffrey Ballet, as well as productions for Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Elliot Feld, the Pacific Northwest Ballet and Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan.

Called “the dean of American set designers” by the New York Times, Lee had an impact that goes well beyond his own work. As a teacher, including more than forty years at the Yale School of Drama, Lee shaped generations of theatre artists—not only set designers, but costume and lighting designers, as well as directors, writers and dramaturgs. It is through these students that he helped transform not only American scenography but the larger aesthetics of American theatre.

For this richly detailed exploration of Lee’s work, theatre historian Arnold Aronson spent hundreds of hours interviewing Lee at his legendary New York apartment. The book is both a study of and a conversation with Ming Cho Lee. Each image selected for this book was chosen personally by Lee from thousands of photos, drawings, sketches, renderings and models, all carefully cataloged by Lee’s wife and lifelong archivist, Betsy. Lee’s work has been showcased at the New York Public Library and the Yale School of Architecture, and his honors include a Tony Award for best scenic design of a play, an Outer Critics Circle Award, three Drama Desk Awards, a special Tony Award for lifetime achievement and the National Medal of the Arts, the highest national award given in the arts.
Joseph Urban

by John Loring
224 pages — Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

Joseph Urban is a lavish celebration of this prolific artist, architect, and designer, whose accomplishments include magnificent Art Deco buildings, spectacular Ziegfeld Follies productions, and dramatic sets for the Metropolitan Opera. Joseph Urban (1872-1933) began his career as an architect and artist in Vienna before moving to America in 1911. In 1914 he moved to New York, where he ultimately signed on as set designer ...Read More
of the Metropolitan Opera. He also became immersed in an astonishing array of outside projects, designing nightclubs, hotel lounges, skyscrapers, theatres, stage and film sets, and even children's books. Through his creative output was immense little remains of his work except the Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, and the New School and the base of the Hearst Tower in New York.
Designs on Film: A Century of Hollywood Art Direction

by Cathy Whitlock and the Art Directors Guild
384 pages — Publisher: Harper Collins

This book features hundreds of photographs chosen for their beauty and historical content alike. One of the most gorgeous Hollywood photo books ever produced, it will no doubt be a cherished collectible ...Read More
in years to come. Besides the many rare photographs from films of every era and genre, Designs on Film features scores of original set sketches and renderings, many of them seen here for the first time. Readers, movie-goers, and DVD collectors love behind-the-scenes extras on their favorite films. Whitlock shares the best stories from the backlots on how beloved movies from all ages came to their final look—often by the design of artists, yet sometimes by divine chance. In Designs on Film, journalist and interior designer Cathy Whitlock illuminates the role of art direction and production design in the creation of the most memorable moments in film history. Through a lush collection of rare archival photographs, insights from the most prominent Hollywood production designers as well as the historical knowledge of the venerable Art Directors Guild, Whitlock narrates the evolving story of art direction—from the massive Roman architecture of Ben Hur, to the infamous Dakota apartment building in Rosemary's Baby, to the digital CGI-enhanced City of Gotham in Batman Begins. 
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William Cameron Menzies: The Shape of Films to Come

by James Curtis
432 pages — Publisher: Pantheon

He was the consummate designer of film architecture on a grand scale, influenced by German experssionism and the work of the great European directors. He was known for his visual flair and timeless innovation, a man who meticulously preplanned the color and design of each film through a series of continuity sketches that made clear camera angles, lighting, and the actors' positions for each scene, translating dramatic conventions of the stage to the new capabilities of film. Here is the long-awaited book on William Cameron Menzies ...Read More
Hollywood's first and greatest production designer, a job title David O. Selznick invented for Menzies' extraordinary, all-encompassing, Academy Award®-winning work on Gone with the Wind (which he effectively co-directed).

Now, James Curtis, acclaimed film historian and biographer, writes of Menzies' life and work as the most influential designer in the history of film. His artistry encompassed the large, scenic drawings of Douglas Fairbanks' The Thief of Baghdad (1924), which created a new standard for beauty on the screen and whose exotic fairy-tale sets are still regarded as pure genius.
 
Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy

Edited by J. W. Rinzler
352 pages — Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

For the first time, Lucasfilm has opened its Archives to present the complete storyboards for the original Star Wars trilogy — the world-changing A New Hope and its operatic sequels, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi — as well as never-before-published art from early conceptual and deleted scenes. From the opening chase above Tatooine in A New Hope to the Battle of Endor in Jedi, this book presents the visual inspiration behind now-iconic moments. Readers can finally see a full set of storyboards by legendary artist Joe Johnston ...Read More
as well as early boards for Episode IV by Alex Tavoularis and for Episode V by Ivor Beddoes, rarely seen Episode VI boards by Roy Carnon, and Ralph McQuarrie's never-before-seen storyboards for Episode V.
The Art of Inside Out

Foreword by Amy Poehler, Introduction by Pete Docter
176 pages — Publisher: Chronicle Books

In this groundbreaking and illuminating film, Pixar Animation Studios examines the extraordinary depths of the mind and the powers of emotion and imagination. The Art of Inside Out provides an exclusive look ...Read More
into the artistic exploration that went into the making of this vibrant film. Featuring concept art—including sketches, collages, color scripts, and much more—and opening with a foreword by actress Amy Poehler and introduction by the film's writer and director Pete Docter, this is the ultimate behind-the-scenes experience of the making of this landmark film.
 

Moonraker, Strangelove and Other Celluloid Dreams: The Visionary Art of Ken Adam

by Ken Adam and David Sylvester
144 pages —Publisher: Galgiani

The Serpentine Gallery broke new ground in an exhibition on the BAFTA and Oscar®-winning film production designer, Ken Adam, among whose films are the James Bond series (1962 to 1979), Dr Strangelove, Sleuth and Addam’s Family Values
Curated by David Sylvester, this was the first exhibition in Britain, in a publicly funded art gallery, devoted solely to a film production designer. The show focused on twenty-nine projects concentrating ...Read More
almost exclusively on Adam’s designs for the cinema, with the exception of two great operas, namely Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West and Alban Berg’s Wozzeck. Central to this presentation was a compilation of film extracts that were selected for their tremendous visual impact. However, the entrance to the exhibition instantly immersed viewers in Ken Adam’s world. It was his idea that the South Rooms should give visitors a real sense of one of his most remarkable film-set designs. By extending his original drawing for the Dr Strangelove War Room so that its proportions matched the gallery’s when it was enlarged from floor to ceiling, and by surrounding it with enlarged photographic stills of the set, he created a Pentagon-on-the-Park.  
The James Bond Archives

by Paul Duncan
600 pages — Publisher: Taschen (2015)

“Bond, James Bond.” Since Sean Connery uttered those immortal words in 1962 ...Read More the most dashing secret agent in the history of cinema has been charming and thrilling audiences worldwide. This impeccably British character created by author Ian Fleming has starred in 24 EON-produced films, played by 6 different actors over five decades.

In collaboration with EON Productions, this trade edition of The James Bond Archives includes all the same stunning imagery and behind-the-scenes knowledge as the original XL book, just with a smaller format and a softer price-tag. The result is an affordable, compact yet comprehensive record of every single Bond film ever made, beginning with Dr. No (1962) and ending with Spectre (2015).

The wealth of on-set photos, unseen stills, set designs, storyboards, production memos, is supplemented by an oral history recounted by over 150 cast and crew members. From producers to stuntmen, directors to production designers, these personal narratives relate the true, inside story from the Bond sets, offering outstanding insight into the personalities and processes behind the most successful and longest-running film franchise in cinema history.

The Art of MAD MAX Fury Road

by Abbie Bernstein
176 pages — Publisher: Titan Books (2015)
Max Rockatansky returns. Haunted by his turbulent past, the wandering Road Warrior becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa.
Seeking escape from the tyranny of Immortan Joe, what follows is a high-octane Road War — and a chance for redemption.  
Steampunk: An Illustrated History of Fantastical Fiction, Fanciful Film and Other Victorian Visions

by Brian J. Robb and James P. Baylock
192 pages — Publisher: Voyageur Press (2012)

Simultaneously a literary movement, ultra-hip subculture, and burgeoning cottage industry, steampunk is the most influential new genre to emerge from the late twentieth century. Spinning tales populated with clockwork leviathans, cannon shots to the moon, and coal-fired robots, it charts alternative histories in which the British Empire never fell and the atom remained unsplit.
Spectacularly illustrated and international in scope, this comprehensive history ...Read More explores steampunk's many intricate expressions in fiction, cinema, television, comics, and video games, and traces its evolution into a truly global aesthetic that has made its mark on art, architecture, fashion, and music. From the classic science-fiction of Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, and Mary Shelley, through the dystopian futurescapes of Cyberpunk, to the otherworldly imaginings of Hayao Miyazaki, Alan Moore, and China Miéville, author Brian J. Robb sets the key works of steampunk squarely under the lens of his brass monocle and ventures into a world where airships still rule the skies.
Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design

by Jennifer Bass / Pat Kirkham
428 pages — Publisher: Laurence King Publishing (2011)

This is the first book to be published on one of the greatest American designers of the 20th Century, who was as famous for his work in film as for his corporate identity and graphic work. With more than 1,400 illustrations, many of them never published before and written by the leading design historian Pat Kirkham, this is the definitive study that design and film enthusiasts have been eagerly anticipating. Saul Bass ...Read More (1920-1996) created some of the most compelling images of American post-war visual culture. Having extended the remit of graphic design to include film titles, he went on to transform the genre. His best known works include a series of unforgettable posters and title sequences for films such as Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo and Otto Preminger's The Man With The Golden Arm and Anatomy of a Murder. He also created some of the most famous logos and corporate identity campaigns of the century, including those for major companies such as AT&T, Quaker Oats, United Airlines and Minolta.

His wife and collaborator, Elaine, joined the Bass office in the late 1950s. Together they created an impressive series of award-winning short films, including the Oscar-winning Why Man Creates, as well as an equally impressive series of film titles, ranging from Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus in the early 1960s to Martin Scorsese's Cape Fear and Casino in the 1990s. Designed by Jennifer Bass, Saul Bass's daughter and written by distinguished design historian Pat Kirkham who knew Saul Bass personally, this book is full of images from the Bass archive, providing an in depth account of one of the leading graphic artists of the 20th century.  
The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel

by Matt Zoller Seitz
256 pages — Publisher: Abrams Books (2015)

This companion to the bestselling The Wes Anderson Collection is the only book to take readers behind the scenes of The Grand Budapest Hotel. Through a series of in-depth interviews between writer/director Wes Anderson and cultural critic Matt Zoller Seitz, Anderson shares the story behind the film's conception, personal anecdotes about the making of the film, and the wide variety of sources that inspired him--from author Stefan Zweig to filmmaker Ernst Lubitsch to photochrom landscapes of turn-of-the-century Middle Europe. ...Read More
The book also features interviews with costume designer Milena Canonero, composer Alexandre Desplat, lead actor Ralph Fiennes, production designer Adam Stockhausen, and cinematographer Robert Yeoman; essays by film critics Ali Arikan and Steven Boone, film theorist and historian David Bordwell, music critic Olivia Collette, and style and costume consultant Christopher Laverty; and an introduction by playwright Anne Washburn. Previously unpublished behind-the-scenes photos, ephemera, and artwork lavishly illustrate these interviews and essays. The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel stays true to Seitz's previous book on Anderson's first seven feature films, The Wes Anderson Collection, with an artful design and playful illustrations that capture the spirit of Anderson's inimitable aesthetic. Together, they offer a complete, definitive overview of Anderson's filmography to date.

2015
The Making of Gone with the Wind

by Steve Wilson
352 pages — Publisher: University of Texas Press

Gone with the Wind is one of the most popular movies of all time. To commemorate its seventy-fifth anniversary in 2014, The Making of Gone with the Wind presents more than 600 items from the archives of David O. Selznick, the film's producer, and his business partner John Hay "Jock" Whitney, which are housed at the ...Read More
Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. These rarely seen materials, which are also being featured in a major 2014 exhibition at the Ransom Center, offer fans and film historians alike a must-have behind-the-camera view of the production of this classic. Before a single frame of film was shot, Gone with the Wind was embroiled in controversy. There were serious concerns about how the film would depict race and violence in the Old South during the Civil War and Reconstruction. While Clark Gable was almost everyone's choice to play Rhett Butler, there was no clear favorite for Scarlett O'Hara. And then there was the huge challenge of turning Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer Prize–winning epic into a manageable screenplay and producing it at a reasonable cost. The Making of Gone with the Wind tells these and other surprising stories with fascinating items from the Selznick archive, including on-set photographs, storyboards, correspondence and fan mail, production records, audition footage, gowns worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett, and Selznick's own notoriously detailed memos. This inside view of the decisions and creative choices that shaped the production reaffirm that Gone with the Wind is perhaps the quintessential film of Hollywood's Golden Age and illustrate why it remains influential and controversial decades after it was released.
Cecil B. deMille: The Art of the Hollywood Epic

by Cecilia DeMille Presley / Mark A.  Vieira
416 pages — Publisher: Running Press

Colossal. Stupendous. Epic. These adjectives, used by movie companies to hawk their wares, became clichés long ago. When used to describe the films of one director, they are accurate. More than any filmmaker in the history of the medium, Cecil B. DeMille mastered the art of the spectacle. In the process, he became a filmland founder. One hundred years ago, he made the first feature film ever shot in Hollywood and went on to become the most commercially successful producer-director in history. DeMille told his cinematic tales ...Read More
with painterly, extravagant images. The parting of the Red Sea in The Ten Commandments was only one of these. There were train wrecks (The Greatest Show on Earth); orgies (Manslaughter); battles (The Buccaneer); Ancient Rome (The Sign of the Cross); Ancient Egypt (Cleopatra); and the Holy Land (The Crusades). The best of these images are showcased here, in Cecil B. DeMille: The Art of the Hollywood Epic. This lavish volume opens the King Tut’s tomb of cinematic treasures that is the Cecil B. DeMille Archives, presenting storyboard art, concept paintings, and an array of photographic imagery. Historian Mark A. Vieira writes an illuminating text to accompany these scenes. Cecilia de Mille Presley relates her grandfather’s thoughts on his various films, and recalls her visits to his sets, including the Egyptian expedition to film The Ten Commandments. Like the director’s works, Cecil B. DeMille: The Art of the Hollywood Epic is a panorama of magnificence—celebrating a legendary filmmaker and the remarkable history of Hollywood.
Ferretti: The Art of Production Design

by Gabriele Lucci 
384 pages — Publisher: Mondadori Electa

This is an extraordinarily beautifully produced monograph covering the career and work of Dante Ferretti. In his more than forty years as one of Cinema's premier production designer/art director/costume designers, Ferretti has received eight Academy Award nominations — often in conjunction with his wife noted art director Francesca Lo Schiavo. These include Martin Scorsese's ...Read More
The Aviator, Gangs of New York, The Age of Innocence, and Kundun, Neil Jordan's Interview with the Vampire, Terry Gilliam's The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, and Franco Zeffirelli's Hamlet. Other notable film collaborations include Casino, Anthony Minghella's Cold Mountain, Julie Taymor's Titus, Pier Paolo Pasolini's Salo, or The 120 Days of Sodom, A Thousand and One Nights, and The Canterbury Tales, and Federico Fellini's Satyricon. A truly massive volume, it features numerous examples of his preparatory sketches and production drawings for both film and opera, as well as still photographs; all accompanied by the designer's commentary. It also contains a lengthy dialogue between Ferretti and noted Italian film historian Gabriele Lucci.  
Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey

by Emma Rowley
288 pages — Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Gain unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to Downton Abbey in this official Season 4 tie-in book, complete with never-before-seen photos giving fans insight into the making of the runaway hit. Expertly crafted with generous inside knowledge and facts, this book will delve into the inspiration behind the details seen on screen, the choice of locations, the music and much more. Step inside the props cupboard or the hair and make-up truck and catch a glimpse of the secret backstage world. In-depth interviews and exclusive photos give insight into the actors' experiences on set as well as the celebrated creative team behind the award-winning drama. ...Read More Straight from the director's chair, this is the inside track on all aspects of the making of the show.

Not everyone would want to live in Downton Abbey, but is there one among who would not want to visit? ITV and PBS' Edwardian drama has become one of the most watched and admired television shows on the planet. As U.S. fans wait for the January arrival of the fourth season, which lucky inhabitants of the U.K. are already enjoying, this official tie-in companion escorts you into the hidden recesses of this labyrinthine mysteries and pleasures of its world. Its title is no false tease: With in-depth interviews and exclusive photographs, Behind the Scenes of Downton Abbey takes you backstage; into director conferences, wardrobe and makeup rooms, and into the minds of actors and creative teams. Fitting diversion fit for a proper heiress.
The Art of THE WIND RISES

by Hayao Miyazaki
224 pages — Publisher: VIZ Media LLC

The latest in the perennially popular line of Studio Ghibli artbooks, which includes interviews, concept sketches, and finished animation cels from classics such as Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro. The Wind Rises is Miyazaki’s love letter to the power of flight and the imagination, an examination of the rise of Japan’s military might in the years leading up to the Second World War, and a call for worldwide peace and harmony in the face of destruction. This book captures the art of the film, from conception to production, and features in-depth interviews with the filmmakers. ...Read More

About the Author
Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's most beloved animation directors. In 2005 he was awarded the Venice International Film Festival's Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement, and his Studio Ghibli received the festival's Osella Award for overall achievement in 2004. Miyazaki's films include Spirited Away, winner of the 2002 Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature Film, as well as Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, and Ponyo, all of which have received great acclaim in the U.S. Miyazaki's other achievements include the highly regarded manga series Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Starting Point: 1979-1996, a collection of essays, interviews, and memoirs that chronicle his early career and the development of his theories of animation.
Both are published in English by VIZ Media.

 
Alice Guy Blaché: Cinema Pioneer

Edited by Joan Simon
168 Pages — Publisher: Yale University Press

This book celebrates the achievements of Alice Guy Blaché  (1873–1968), the first woman motion picture director and producer. From 1896 to 1907, she created films for Gaumont in Paris. In 1907, she moved to the United States and established her own film company, Solax. From 1914 to 1920, Guy Blaché was an independent director for a number of film companies.
Despite her immensely productive and creative career, Guy Blaché’s indispensable contribution to film history has been overlooked. She entered the world of filmmaking at its nascent stage, when films were seen primarily as a medium in the service of science or as an adjunct to selling cameras. Working with Gaumont ...Read More
cameramen and cameras and the new technical advances for the projection of film, she became one of the film pioneers ushering in the new era of motion pictures as a narrative form. Written by cinema history experts and curators, this handsome volume brings to light a critical new mass of Guy Blaché’s film oeuvre in an effort to restore her to her rightful place in film history.
 
The Art of The Boxtrolls

by Phil Brotherton
160 pages — Publisher: Chronicle Books

LAIKA, the studio behind the hit films Coraline and ParaNorman, introduces audiences to a new breed of family: the Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised ...Read More
an orphaned human boy named Eggs in the amazing cavernous home they've built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town's villain, Archibald Snatcher, comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie to devise a daring plan to save Eggs' family. The Art of The Boxtrolls features the amazingly detailed artwork that went into this film's creation, including character sketches, puppets, textiles, set dressing, and 3-D printed facial models, alongside the story of the film's development.
Western Ranch Houses by Cliff May

by Cliff May
176 pages — Publisher: Hennessey & Ingalls

The success of the first edition of Sunset Western Ranch Houses led Sunset and Cliff May to bring out a second edition in 1958. Very different than the first edition, this too proved to be a best-seller. In addition being more thorough than the earlier work, the second edition also showed that May's architecture was going in new directions. He still preserved the rustic traditions and materials of the ranch house, but his designs were more open and flexible. The houses show that May had absorbed many of the modernist advances in domestic achitecture taking place in Southern California, while still maintaining his esthetic roots ...Read More
in the Spanish ranch house.  
Alexander Girard

by Todd Oldham and Kiera Coffee
672 pages — Publisher: AMMO Books (2011)

Renowned designer Todd Oldham and writer Kiera Coffee have created this massive monograph ...Read More on seminal designer Alexander Girard as the ultimate tribute to this design icon. This monograph covers virtually every aspect of Girard’s distinctive career. As one of the most prolific and versatile mid-20th century designers, Girard’s work spanned many disciplines, including textile design, graphic design, typography, illustration, furniture design, interior design, product design, exhibit design, and architecture. Exhaustively researched and lovingly assembled by designer Todd Oldham, this tome is the definitive must-have book on Girard’s oeuvre. Girard’s repertoire includes an incredible list of projects, including his bold, colorful, and iconic textile designs for Herman Miller (1952-1975), his typographic designs for La Fonda del Sol restaurant (1960), his celebrated retail store Textiles and Objects (1961), his own Girard Foundation (1962) that houses his extensive, personal collection of folk art from around the world, and his complete branding and environmental design for Braniff International Airways (1965). Girard’s work continues to inspire new generations of designers and admirers, and this beautiful book is the ultimate tribute to his legacy.
FilmCraft: Production Design

by Fionnuala Halligan
192 pages — Publisher: Taylor & Francis (2012)

Production Design, the fifth title in the FilmCraft series, addresses one of the most important roles in cinema. Production designers do nothing short of creating whole new worlds, turning the bare bones of the script into a physical 3D environment that can be filmed. This book introduces that art in the words of the people best-equip to explain it, as well as looking at the legacies of the great innovators of the past. ...Read MoreThis volume also looks at the work of key influential figures, like Sir Ken Adam (winner of two Academy Awards and two BAFTAs) and Oscar winner Rick Carter (Jurassic Park, Avatar). These in-depth interviews with some of today's most distinguished practitioners, examine the training, personal qualities, pitfalls, technical expertise, management, luck and qualities which this demanding job requires.

Hollywood Costume

by Deborah Nadoolman Landis
272 pages — Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (2013)

Featuring the most beloved costume designs from the past 100 years of Hollywood films, Hollywood Costume celebrates, for the very first time, the costume designer’s contribution to the telling of the cinematic story. Published in conjunction with an exhibition launched at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London that the New York Times called “extraordinary,” the book showcases the talents of renowned designers such as Adrian, Edith Head, and Sandy Powell, among many others, whose work spans the silent era to the Golden Age ...Read More of Hollywood to the present day. Essays by a wide variety of leading scholars, archivists, and private collectors, as well as contributions by contemporary costume designers, actors, and directors, take a close look at the conventions of what is considered “costume” and the role of the designer in creating a film’s characters and helping to shape its narrative. With memorable wardrobe classics from The Tramp, Ben-Hur, Cleopatra, The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, Pirates of the Caribbean, Ocean’s Eleven, Sherlock Holmes, Avatar, and many more, Hollywood Costume is the ultimate volume for fashionistas and film lovers alike.

Ballparks: Then and Now

by Eric Enders
160 pages — Publisher: Thunder Bay Press; 3rd edition (2002)

Baseball has changed dramatically since its early days. Today, the average ticket costs upwards of $20 and fans can feast on sushi from their luxurious air-conditioned seats. See how much America’s ...Read More favorite pastime has changed, and how much it’s stayed the same in Ballparks Then & Now. Crammed with history and facts, this unique city-by-city tour of America’s hallowed playing fields pairs archival images with modern photos of baseball’s beloved landmarks like Union Grounds, Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, and the Negro League’s Greenlee Field. Includes all of the excitement of the 2006 season, including the winners of the 2006 World Series and all of the changes to ballparks around the U.S. Celebrate glorious wooden palaces like Boston’s Grand Pavilion and Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, constructed after baseball went professional in 1871. Witness the ballpark renaissance of the 1990’s and the dawning of multi-million dollar corporate naming rights. With comprehensive data about each park (opening date, capacity, great moments), this new compact edition of best-selling Ballparks Then and Now is the perfect take-along size for fans to enjoy whether they’re sitting in the bleachers or luxury box.
 

 

The Big Book of Magic: 1400s-1950s

by Mike Caveney, Jim Steinmeyer, Ricky Jay, Noel Daniel
544 pages — Publisher: Taschen (2009)

Magic has enchanted humankind for millennia, evoking terror, laughter, shock, and amazement. Once persecuted as heretics and sorcerers, magicians have always been conduits to a parallel universe of limitless possibility — whether invoking spirits, reading minds, or inverting the laws of nature by sleight of hand. Long before science fiction, virtual realities, video games and the internet, the craft of magic was the most powerful fantasy world man had ever known. As the pioneers of special effects throughout history, magicians have never ceased to mystify us by making the impossible possible.
This book celebrates more than 500 years of the stunning visual culture of ...Read More
the world’s greatest magicians. Featuring more than 850 rarely seen vintage posters, photographs, handbills, and engravings as well as paintings by Hieronymus Bosch and Caravaggio among others, The Big Book of Magic traces the history of magic as a performing art from the 1400s to the 1950s. Combining sensational images with incisive text, the book explores the evolution of the magician’s craft, from medieval street performers to the brilliant stage magicians who gave rise to cinematic special effects; from the 19th century’s Golden Age of Magic to groundbreaking daredevils like Houdini and the early 20th century’s vaudevillians.
 
The Invisible Art: The Legends of Movie Matte Painting

by Mark Cotta Vaz and Craig Barron
288 pages — Publisher: Chronicle Books (2004)

The Invisible Art provides an unprecedented retrospective of matte art painting — the unsung hero in the fast-paced world of cinematic visual effects. Until recently, matte-painting techniques ...Read More were closely guarded secrets kept locked up on studio lots. The Invisible Art flings open the gates to reveal the finest representations of matte paintings from rare examples seen in epics such as Gone with the Wind and Citizen Kane to prove that the brush is mightier than the computer, as seen in such blockbusters as Star Wars and Titanic. Lavishly illustrated, the book's tremendous scope unveils a century's worth of fascinating stories, legendary personalities, and cunning movie craft from the first pioneering "glass shots" to the dawn of digital technology.
Including a foreword by George Lucas, The Invisible Art conjures a never-before-told story of film wizardry.

 

 


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