In The Art Direction Handbook for Film & Television from Focal Press, author Michael Rizzo covers art direction for television and provides updated information on film design. This comprehensive, professional manual details the process for setting up the art department and day-to-day job duties like scouting for locations, researching, executing the design concept, supervising scenery construction, and surviving production. There is an emphasis on not just how to do the job, but also on how to succeed and secure other jobs. The text is accompanied by an extensive collection of useful forms and checklists, as well as interviews with prominent art directors.
Author Michael Rizzo is a writer, artist, photographer, teacher, art director, and web designer. He currently works as the Art Director of GLEE at Paramount Studios. Among the films he has both art directed and production designed are Vanilla Sky, Notes from Underground, Joy Ride, My Fellow Americans, Rocketman, Gone Fishin', Murder in the First, So I Married an Axe Murderer, Body of Evidence, White Sands, My Cousin Vinny, and JFK. His TV credits include Glee, The Hunley, The Day Lincoln was Shot, The Lost Battalion, Ghost Whisperer, Comic Relief, Golden Gate, and All My Children.