The Art of Illusion

Terry Ackland-Snow Wendy Laybourn
Film production is a highly creative and collaborative industry, full of multi-skilled artists and craftsmen. The fast-moving pace of technology makes it hard to keep abreast of current practices in production design. However, the ethos and skills behind filmmaking remain the same. In The Art of Illusion, renowned Art Director Terry Ackland-Snow shares his passion and knowledge of traditional film design from over fifty years of industry experience, using real-life case studies from some of the UK's most iconic films, including Batman, Labyrinth, the James Bond franchise and The Deep. Featuring over 100 original sketches, as well as rare behind-the-scenes photographs, storyboards and artwork, this book is exquisitely illustrated throughout, demonstrating the skills and techniques of film design with stunning intricacy.
The Art of Illusion by Terry Ackland-Snow Wendy Laybourn

About the author

Terry Ackland-Snow has been in the film and television industry for more than fifty years. Having worked on over eighty feature productions, he has amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience, all of which he now teaches on his art direction training courses based at Pinewood Studios.
Wendy Laybourn has worked in the film industry since the early 1970s and has spent the past few years helping the future generation of filmmakers to understand the skills and crafts involved by publishing an industry magazine, Network Nine News, and a series of e-booklets, Do You Have What it Takes to Survive in Film Production?

Press Reviews

To any film student, this book is a must read. Terry's experience is immense.

- John Glen, Director of five James Bond films