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MASTERCLASS: ART DIRECTING
Art Director for Film and Television, Painter, published non-fiction writer, photographer.
This thirty-year career veteran has Art Directed numerous popular classics in film and television including: “My Cousin Vinny”, “JFK”, “So, I Married An Axe-Murderer”, “Ghost Whisperer” and “Glee”.
Theatrical training as an accomplished scenic painter and theater designer at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU graduate program provided a solid theoretical foundation. Actively working on Off-Broadway and Regional Theater projects including Robert Wilson’s “Medea” [Kennedy Center], “A Chorus Line” [Drury Lane], “Cats” [Wintergarden Theater], “Awake & Sing” [Circle-in-the-Square], “Winter’s Tale” [Virginia Shakespeare Festival], “Romeo and Juliet” [Ballet Florida], “What the Butler Saw” [GEVA Regional Theater] provided an adequate realistic measure of theatrical experience.
Professional memberships: IATSE Local 827: United Scenic Artists [NYC] and IATSE Local 800: The Art Director’s Guild [LA].
Non-fiction author of the best-selling book: “The Art Direction Handbook for Film and Television”, 2nd Edition” continues publication through Focal Press.
M. Rizzo can offer deep experience and creative practicality to whatever new project presents itself.
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ABOUT THE BOOK: NEW EDITION
Author Michael Rizzo now covers art direction for television, in addition to updated coverage of film design. This comprehensive, professional manual details the set-up of the art department and the day-to-day job duties: scouting for locations, research, executing the design concept, supervising scenery construction, and surviving production. Beyond that, there is an emphasis on not just how to do the job, but how to succeed and secure other jobs. Rounding out the text is an extensive collection of useful forms and checklists, as well as interviews with prominent art directors.