Visual Character Development in Film and Television
Your Character is Your Canvas, 1st Edition
By Michael Hanly, Elisabeth Rowney
Paperback / ISBN: 9781138186538
174 pages | 28 Color Illus.
This book takes a unique look at visual character development in motion pictures and television by using famous works of art combined with modern works of film and television to demonstrate how to weave a visual tale.
In a single shot or scene, what should we reveal about a character? What should we conceal? How can we show a character’s progression over time?In Visual Character Development in Film and Television,authors Michael Hanly and Elisabeth Rowney explain how to create compelling visual characters for the screen by analyzing fine art aesthetics and combining them with modern cinematic techniques. Full-color chapters cover character-driven approaches to costume design and makeup application, production design, cinematography and lighting, plot development, editing considerations, and more.
By exploring how surroundings, habits, lifestyles – even the color of a sweater – can tell us more about a character on the screen than what can be said in dialogue alone, this book will prove a valuable resource for anyone wanting to take their filmmaking to the next level.
"Whether an expert or a novice, any film practitioner or appreciator will connect with Visual Character Development in Film and Television. Integrating engaging analyses with novel insights, the authors have created a handbook anchored in a thorough historical and theoretical foundation. This book will train your eye to recognize the wealth of visual cues and considerations made within contemporary film. From Vincent van Gogh to Ferris Bueller, Jacques-Louis David to Doc Brown, the authors deftly connect threads across centuries of visual culture."
—David Matteson, Associate Curator of Education & Outreach, Orlando Museum of Art
"Visual Character Development is an art form many don’t understand well enough to explain. Hanly and Rowney masterfully use some of history’s greatest artists to help explain the art of conveying character and story visually in film and television. A must-read for those wanting to be better visual storytellers."
—William Kavan, Dean of Education, Compass College of Cinematic Arts
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Genres and Perception
Chapter 2: Worlds and Settings
Chapter 3: Character Interiors and Accessories
Chapter 4: Masking And Unmasking Characters
Chapter 5: Character And Wardrobe
Chapter 6: Adding Colorful Meaning