‘Designs on Film: A Century of Hollywood Art Direction’ Set for December Publication Rare Photos Display the Glory of Film

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Who can forget the over‐the‐top, white‐on‐white, high gloss interiors through which Fred Astaire danced in Top Hat? The stark modernist high‐rise architecture, inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, in the adaptation of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead? The lavish, opulent drawing rooms of Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence? Through the use of film design, movies can transport us to new worlds of luxury, highlight the ornament of the everyday, offer a vision of the future, or evoke the realities of a distant era. Designs on Film showcases 100 years of Hollywood’s most memorable film sets in a gorgeously designed package featuring more than 400 magnificent photographs throughout

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"Movies can transport us to new worlds of luxury, highlight the ornament of the everyday, offer a vision of the future, or evoke the realities of a distant era."

Who can forget the over-the-top, white-on-white, high gloss interiors through which Fred Astaire danced in Top Hat, the modernist high-rise architecture, inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, in the adaptation of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead, the opulent drawing rooms of Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence or the trendsetting interiors of the Hamptons beach house in Something's Gotta Give?

Through the use of film design - called both art direction and production design in the film industry - movies can transport us to new worlds of luxury, highlight the ornament of the everyday, offer a vision of the future, or evoke the realities of a distant era.

In Designs on Film: A Century of Hollywood Art Direction (to be published by It Books/Harper Collins, $75.00 on December 7, 2010), journalist and interior designer Cathy Whitlock illuminates the often under-celebrated role of the Production Designer in the creation of the most memorable moments in film history. Through a lush collection of rare archival photographs, Whitlock narrates the evolving story of art direction over the course of a century - from the massive Roman architecture of Ben Hur to Mrs. Robinson's suburban lair in The Graduate to the digital CGI wonder of Avatar's Pandora.

Drawing on insights from the most prominent Hollywood Production Designers and the historical knowledge of the Art Directors Guild, Whitlock delves into the detailed process of how sets are imagined, drawn, built and decorated. Whitlock lifts the curtain on movie magic and celebrates the many ways in which art direction and set design allow us to lose ourselves in the diverse worlds showcased on the big screen.

The author, Cathy Whitlock is available for interviews. Cathy Whitlock is an interior designer, lecturer, magazine writer and the author of re-de-sign (Fairchild Books 2009). A contributing writer with Traditional Home and The Huffington Post, her design, film, lifestyle and celebrity profiles have appeared in Architectural Digest, American Airlines Celebrated Living, Glamour UK, Capitol File and Veranda magazines
among others. A graduate of Parsons School of Design and a member of the American Society of Interior Designers, she was formerly with Universal Pictures and a frequent on-air guest on Home and Garden Television. She also writes the blog Cinema Style wwwcinemastyle.blogspot.com that celebrates and chronicles trends, inspirations and design in the movies.
The book website is http://www.designsonfilm.com.
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