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The University of Michigan where Beverly Heisner received her Doctor of Philosophy degree.
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The heyday of Hollywood studio art departments was in the 1930s and 40s when strong art directors like Cedric Gibbons and Hans Dreier brought together more artists and artisans under one roof working on the same projects than any other enterprise in the history of modern American art. This is the first book to trace the history of studio art direction; the powerful visual presence of films like Rebecca and Gone with the Wind are put into context. The origins of art direction in the early motion pictures, the organization of art departments, and the nature of art direction from the 1920s to the 1950s are covered in early chapters. Then each studio is discussed individually with an examination of its art department and a survey of its output through the fifties.
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While the viewer's eyes are trained on the actors, the production design sets the mood for the film. The design also subtly comments on the action and the characters move the plot forward and add to its symbolic content. The production design of 23 films of the 1980s and 1990s is analyzed here. The films are divided into five areas: realistic films set in the present day, stylized films (including horror) set in the present day, period films, period films that move through several decades, and science fiction and fantasy films.
At the University of Michigan, Heisner studied the history of art and received her Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1970.
Beverly Heisner held the position of a professor of history of art and architecture at Tulane University and others. From 1986 till 1990 she was an editor of Southeastern College Art Conference Review.
Her first book Hollywood Art: Art Direction in the Day of the Great Studios was written in 1991. The next book Production Design in the Contemporary American Film was published in 1997.
Now she is a professor at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.
(The heyday of Hollywood studio art departments was in the...)1991
(While the viewer's eyes are trained on the actors, the pr...)1997