By Karen L. Maness,Richard M. Isackes
In virtually each function movie of Hollywood’s golden age, from The Wizard of Oz to North by way of Northwest to Cleopatra to The Sound of Music, painted backings have confident moviegoers that what they're seeing—whether the wonderful roads of oz., the presidents of Mount Rushmore, or old Egyptian kingdoms—is totally actual. those backings are instantly meant to move the viewers and but stay unseen for what they honestly are. The paintings of the Hollywood Backdrop reveals the hidden global and creators of those masterpieces, long-guarded as a distinct results mystery through the key studios corresponding to MGM, Warner Brothers, common, Columbia, twentieth Century Fox, and Paramount.
regardless of the continuing use of hand-painted backings in today’s motion pictures, together with the big-budget Interstellar and Lemony Snicket’s a chain of unlucky Events among many others, electronic know-how is commencing to supplant the artwork shape. with a view to protect the irreplaceable wisdom of scenic masters, Karen Maness and Richard Isackes, in collaboration with the paintings administrators Guild, have compiled a definitive background of the craft, whole with interviews of the surviving artists. it is a wealthy undiscovered history—a heritage replete with competing artwork departments, dynastic scenic households, and origins stretching again to the movies of Méliès, Edison, Sennett, Chaplin, and Fairbanks.