Tuesday, February 8, 2011


A film’s mise-en-scene is comprised of many elements, but production design and artistic direction are pivotal elements in keeping with both thematic continuity and historical accuracy. Production designers function as both architect and engineer: erecting sets that accurately portray the film’s context, while keeping with the director’s vision. Born into a movie family, Harry Horner was destined to enter the business. Having worked as both production designer and art director, Horner was recognized for his meticulous attention to detail and his prodigious ability to recreate any historical period with total accuracy. His near 5 decade career garnered two Oscar nominations, both of which he won. Horner also worked as a director and producer. Credits include: The Jazz Singer  (1979), Moment by Moment (1978),  The Driver (1977), The Black Bird  (1972),  They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1964), The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1961), The Hustler (1959), Tarzan and the Slave Girl (1949),  The Heiress (1947),  A Double Life (1943),  Stage Door Canteen (1943).


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