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Art Direction

Michael Ryan

Dr Sean Michael Ryan is a Lecturer in Biblical Studies, Heythrop College, University of London Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Melissa Lenos

Melissa Lenos is Assistant Professor of English, Donnelly College, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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An Introduction to Film Analysis : Technique and Meaning in Narrative Film

Continuum, 2012

Book chapter

...Art direction or production design constructs the visual and aural environment of a film. The choice of location or the design of the set is an active agent in creating meaning, as are lighting, color, and sound.Location and set design...

Camera Work

Michael Ryan

Dr Sean Michael Ryan is a Lecturer in Biblical Studies, Heythrop College, University of London Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Melissa Lenos

Melissa Lenos is Assistant Professor of English, Donnelly College, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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An Introduction to Film Analysis : Technique and Meaning in Narrative Film

Continuum, 2012

Book chapter

...When you watch a film, you see it through the camera’s eye, so where the camera is placed and how it moves are crucial constituents of film meaning.Shots vary enormously in meaning. Close-ups often convey a sense of intimacy...

Technicolor Adventures — Exteriors

Magic Hour : A Life in Movies

Faber & Faber, 1996

Book chapter

...British Technicolor was born in a stable. One casual day as I passed the old stables at Denham I saw crates being unpacked and was introduced to half a dozen Americans with wonderful hats who had that resolute pilgrim look: George Cave...

Technicolor Adventures — Interiors

Magic Hour : A Life in Movies

Faber & Faber, 1996

Book chapter

...When a film unit has finished the main shooting on a set, any odd, unimportant bits left to shoot — a close-up of a cigarette smudged in an ashtray, a letter — all these dreary minutiae are left to be done later, by a very small crew...

La Belle France – Again

Magic Hour : A Life in Movies

Faber & Faber, 1996

Book chapter

...After the rigours of Hathaway I needed to get away from it all and what better holiday than to make another documentary with my preposterous old friend Jean Bernard in Paris.Jean was short, jovial, with a large middle section and a tiny...

The Aftermath

Magic Hour : A Life in Movies

Faber & Faber, 1996

Book chapter

...The dizzy success of Sons and Lovers led to several directorial offers – mostly from Hollywood – and, dreamlike indeed, the great David O. Selznick invited me to Venice to discuss a future production.There I was, in bathing shorts, plodding...

On the Payroll Again

Magic Hour : A Life in Movies

Faber & Faber, 1996

Book chapter

...I had slipped a few rungs down the ladder, but I could always shin up again with a bit of luck. Joe Mankiewicz was very professional and considerate, often talking to me about the scenes from a director’s point of view. He gave me...

Ava

Magic Hour : A Life in Movies

Faber & Faber, 1996

Book chapter

...Ava Gardner greeted me warmly when I met her for the first time in her Savoy Hotel suite. The very first thing she said was ‘Jack, I’m looking forward to working with you – you must light me very carefully when I have my periods.’I gravely...

Huston, Bogart and Hepburn

Magic Hour : A Life in Movies

Faber & Faber, 1996

Book chapter

...‘It will be so simple,’ said John Huston. ‘We’ll make the whole film on a raft. We’ll put a replica of the boat on it, using the raft as a stage, and we can be towed along the rivers of Africa while we shoot away to our hearts’ content.’...

Crossing the Rubicon

Magic Hour : A Life in Movies

Faber & Faber, 1996

Book chapter

...The Informer was the last big silent film to be made in England. When it was finished, my career as a Vichy waterboy ended too. I now stepped on to the lowest rung of the camera department ladder as a number boy. I knew nothing about...