Author: Michael Rizzo

Michael Rizzo

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 and 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.

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The Digital Art Department – Interview with Alex McDowell

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Merged Media Merged media converging in the new and improved art department is blurring titles, rewriting job descriptions, and re-establishing it as the crucible of all cinematic imagery. What was once done in optical houses after the fact is now performed as a matter of course by using pre-vis techniques at our work stations. Pre-vis…

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Art Departments and the Importance of Research in Pre-Production

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Gathering visual research is a powerful way to define the visual concept. Within the first several weeks of pre-production, the walls of the art department quickly become plastered as a repository of photocopied and color printed images: icons, indexes, symbols, and metaphors of the visual concept for the film. We surround ourselves with these images…

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