Drums in the deep south directed by william cameron menzies. He is the man who brought a unique gift for visualization to such films. Contributor names menzies, william cameron, 18961957, bookplate designer created published ca. The host of this spotlight is author james curtis, whose book, william cameron menzies. William cameron menzies has always been one of my heroes. The shape of films to come, pantheon books, isbn 9780375424724.
William cameron menzies, alice in wonderland, and gone with. Things to come is the loosely based cinematic adaptation of the h. William cameron menzies james curtis 9781101870679. He was the consummate designer of film architecture on a gra. Curtis also has written biographies of spencer tracy, w. William cameron menzies july 29, 1896 march 5, 1957 was an american film production designer a job title he invented and art director as well as a film director and producer during a career spanning five decades. William cameron menzies was educated at yale university, the university of edinburgh and at the art students league in new york. Its a month of tributes for groundbreaking filmmaker william. His visual style was also evident in the 15 films he directed, invaders from mars 1953 being the.
Nov 10, 2015 biographer james curtis tells the tale of early hollywood director and designer william cameron menzies, who many do not know was the first to action. Cameron menzies born 27 june 1989 in glasgow, scotland is a scottish darts player who currently playing in professional darts corporation events. William cameron menzies photo by karl struss william cameron menzies was a wunderkind. The shape of films to come, author james curtis visited the ransom center to. He was known for his visual flair and timeless innovation, a man who meticulously preplanned the color and design of each film through a series of continuity sketches. Menzies, william cameron 18961957 worldcat identities. Biography sheds light on william cameron menzies, the first. Scotsman menzies first played darts on the bdo circuit in 2006, playing in the gibraltar open.
The shape of films to come by james curtis is out from pantheon this month. Curtis will also introduce the films in film forums twoweek festival dedicated to william. William cameron menzies july 29, 1896 march 5, 1957 was an american film production. His visual style was also evident in the 15 films he directed, invaders from mars 1953 being the best.
William cameron menzies s groundbreaking set designs for the 1924 film the thief of bagdad ensured his services as an art director would be in high demand. William cameron menzies, american set designer, one of the most influential in filmmaking, whose work on the dove 1927 and the tempest 1928 won the first academy award for art direction. Wells would allow, was unable to deliver a dramatically satisfying film. The production designerdirector, who died in 1957 at age 60, is the subject of a fascinating new book, william cameron menzies. Scrupulously researched, detailed, allencompassing.
He earned acclaim for his work in silent film, citation needed and later pioneered the use of color in film for dramatic effect. Menzies achieved his greatest results with wood, effectively codirecting behind the camera while wood dealt with the actors for pride of the yankees, the directors opening credit card was shared with menzies. Summary print shows a knight on a horse surrounded by other knights. His initial assignments were in film design and special effects, as assistant to anton grot at. William cameron menzies, the man who more or less invented the idea of production design in movies, casts a very long shadow. William cameron menzies by james curtis out of the past.
The shape of films to come pantheon, biographer james curtis examines menzies work. His initial assignments were in film design and special effects, as assistant to anton grot at famous playerslasky. William cameron menzies ebook by james curtis 9781101870679. Things to come 1936 directed by william cameron menzies. William cameron menzies by james curtis overdrive rakuten. William cameron menzies book edmonton public library. Directed by former set designer william cameron menzies, this minor civil war effort from lowbudget producers king brothers stars james craig and guy madison as former west point roommates now on opposing sides in the war between the states. William cameron menzies american set designer britannica. The man behind gone with the wind, kings row, our town, things to come, invaders from mars, reign of terror, both versions of the thief of bagdad and many, many other films was a genius, pure and simple. This is a book than goes far beyond the film buffit is an important life wonderfully told. Things to come by william cameron menzies cedric hardwicke.
The shape of films to come james curtis menzies was known for his visual flair and love of adventure and fantasy filmsa timeless innovator who meticulously preplanned the color and design of each film through a series of sketches. He is the man who brought a unique gift for visualization to such films as douglas fairbanks the thief of bagdad, gone with the. From the drunkcam in mean streets 1973 to the selfconsciously stylized performances in films like raging bull and king of comedy, the william cameron menzies opening of alice doesnt live here anymore to the ersatz twostrip technicolor of the aviator. Assigned to delay general shermans march toward atlanta, major clay clayborn craig and 20 rebel. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. In my efforts to write the first book about william cameron menzies, the man who introduced the concept of production design to american films, i found the two most comprehensive archives to be those of the menzies family and the harry ransom center.
How william cameron menzies pioneered the art of production. William cameron menzies production design drawings for the north star by william cameron menzies. No modern director is more in love with the artifice of filmmaking than martin scorsese, or more overt in his expression of it. A wonderful book about visionary production designer william cameron menzies, an unsung hero if there ever was one and yet an artist of almost unparalleled. The pivotal place that william cameron menzies today occupies in the history of storyboarding initially derived from common perceptions about the role of storyboarding in the making of gone with the wind 1939, and the assumption that the preproduction of the film was significantly influenced by the disney studios innovations in creating snow white and the seven dwarfs. He took hollywood by storm with his eyepopping set designs for the thief of bagdad 1924, and he. The shape of films to come by james curtis pantheon this is a book that demanded to be written.
How william cameron menzies made any movie better the. The authors writing style allows readers to actually feel the methods menzies used as he fractured perspective and created specific moods with angles and shadows. Selznick invented for menzies extraordinary, allencompassing, academy awardwinning work on gone with the wind which he effectively codirected. Although there had been art directors and set designers working on films since its earliest days, menzies comprehensive visual approach transformed the role of production design. William cameron menzies, born july 29, 1896, new haven, connecticut, u. He started working on films in 1919 when he was twentythree. The ballad of songbirds and snakes from the author that brought you the hunger games, reenter the world of panem again sixtyfour years before the events of the original series. William cameron menzies the shape of films to come book. But this spring, the afi silver theatre in silver spring will make sure that youll be able to know his work in a heartbeat. The authors writing style allows readers to actually feel the methods menzies used as he fractured perspective and created specific moods with. Much like with his excellent book on spencer tracy, curtis received help from the menzies family, most notably menzies youngest daughter. A wonderful book about visionary production designer william cameron menzies, an unsung hero if there ever was one and yet an artist of almost unparalleled influence. Nov 17, 2015 here is the longawaited book on william cameron menzies, hollywoods first and greatest production designer, a job title david o. For anyone seriously interested in filmmaking, this is a book youve been waiting for, whether you know it or not.
Bookplate of rudolph valentino william cameron menzies. The shape of films to come, became the first comprehensive study of menzies and his work when it was published in november 2015. By the time he died in 1956, he had participated in over seventy films. Its a film that looks at how we hate what we fear or simply dont understand. The film is an interesting but dated what if scenario about the petty and destructive nature of mankind. William cameron menzies innovations while directing gone. Michael korda, author of charmed lives and queenie a wonderful book about visionary production designer william cameron menzies, an unsung hero if there ever was one and yet an artist of almost unparalleled influence. He was the consummate designer of film architecture on a grand scale, influenced by german expressionism and the work of the great european directors. William cameron menzies meet your next favorite book. He entered the film industry in 1919, after serving with the u. William cameron menzies by james curtis, 9780375424724, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide.
Nov 05, 2018 orson welles said that the consummate designer of film architecture on a grand scale william cameron menzies was a man impossible to overpraise. Director william cameron menzies was one of the cinemas great production designers in fact, the man who defined the job but working within the contraints of what author h. Here is the longawaited book on william cameron menzies, hollywoods first and greatest production designer, a job title david o. Nov 17, 2015 this is a book than goes far beyond the film buffit is an important life wonderfully told. He took hollywood by storm with his eyepopping set.
The shape of films to come, pantheon books, isbn 978037542472 4. William cameron menzies was the movies first production designer. Marz 1957 in beverly hills, kalifornien, usa war ein usamerikanischer. While researching his recent book william cameron menzies. William cameron menziess film work brought aesthetic to. He earned acclaim for his work in silent film, and later pioneered the use of color in film for dramatic effect.478 225 1208 523 1379 39 2 857 347 767 557 481 1001 1245 331 280 493 642 1081 297 108 1005 740 523 273 1422 1568 1329 628 436 499 1236 993 1311 130 1370 653 254 415