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Jane Barnwell
Between Realism and Visual Concept: the role of the production designer in contemporary British cinema

Journal Article

Journal of British Cinema & Television Vol. 2(1)
May 2005
ISSN: 1743 4521

pp. 117-129

This issue of the journal is devoted to visual style in film and television. Articles by other contributors in the issue refer to Barnwell's earlier book Production Design: Architects of the Screen.

Barnwell's article concentrates on the design aspects of film imagery. The designer's role is to support narrative and character within the tradition of narrative film-making, often turning out to be invisible unless certain conventions of construction of place and period are disregarded. The work of the designer Christopher Hobbs is used as case study in the article. Dramatic representation rather than documentary or historical accuracy seems to take priority in the creation of screen imagery, despite cinematic expectations of reality.


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