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The Art of Illusion: Production Design for Film and Television

By: FSWL team
Terry Ackland-Snow The Art of Illusion
The Art of Illusion: Production Design for Film and Television was written by Terry Ackland-Snow & Wendy Laybourn and published by The Crowood Press in the UK on 11th September 2017. The book is a must-read for anyone interested in film production and what goes on behind the scenes.

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Film production is a highly creative and collaborative industry, full of multi-skilled artists and craftsmen. The fast-moving pace of technology makes it hard to keep abreast of current practices in production design. However, the ethos and skills behind filmmaking remain the same. In The Art of Illusion, renowned Art Director Terry Ackland-Snow shares his passion and knowledge of traditional film design from over fifty years of industry experience, using real-life case studies from some of the UK's most iconic films, including Batman, Labyrinth, the James Bond franchise (The Living Daylights) and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

"To any film student, this book is a must read. Terry's experience is immense." - John Glen, director of five James Bond films

The Art of Illusion Terry Ackland-Snow
Back cover for The Art of Illusion written by Terry Ackland-Snow & Wendy Laybourn.

Book details:
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1785003437
ISBN-13: 978-1785003431
Size: 246x189 mm
Content: 77 colour and 27 B&W photos, 105 colour and 14 B&W line drawings, 15 diagrams

Anders Frejdh och Terry Ackland-Snow på Pinewood Studios
FSWL founder Anders Frejdh with Terry Ackland-Snow and his book at Pinewood Studios in October 2018.

About the Authors:
Terry Ackland-Snow has been in the film and television industry for more than fifty years. Having worked on over eighty feature productions, he has amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience, all of which he now teaches on his art direction training courses based at Pinewood Studios.

Wendy Laybourn has worked in the film industry since the early 1970s and has spent the past few years helping the future generation of filmmakers to understand the skills and crafts involved by publishing an industry magazine, Network Nine News, and a series of e-booklets, Do You Have What it Takes to Survive in Film Production?

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Book cover for The Art of Illusion: Production Design for Film and Television by Terry Ackland-Snow & Wendy Laybourn. © 2017 The Crowood Press Ltd. All rights reserved.

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