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Mirrormask: The Illustrated Film Script of the Motion Picture from the Jim Henson Companyby Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
This wondrous volume presents Neil Gaiman's screenplay of the film MirrorMask, along with director/artist Dave McKean's storyboards. The unique format (the relevant panel is positioned next to the depicted section of Gaiman's script) creates a smooth, intriguing read that's somewhere between a storybook and a graphic novel. Fans of Gaiman, McKean, and MirrorMask will need no prompting
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From the incomparable imagination and lucid visions of Sandman creator Neil Gaiman and acclaimed artist and director Dave McKean — and the innovative minds at the Jim Henson Company — comes MirrorMask, a breathtaking journey through a strange and magical looking-glass world where anything can happen...and frequently does.
Here is the complete film book of the new high-water mark in family fantasy entertainment. The story of young Helena, daughter of the circus, comes vividly alive as we accompany her on her remarkable mission to a place far beyond wonder; a phantasmagorical quest to rescue a realm from the devouring forces of chaos and shadow in order to win back her stolen "real" life from a runaway interloper from the other side.
Containing the full screenplay and more than 1,700 illustrated storyboards of the major motion picture — as well as movie stills, comments, appreciations, and memories from the authors and filmmakers — this one-of-a-kind volume is destined to become a classic, a keepsake to be cherished by fans of all ages.
For all who believe in the glorious reality of dreams, for everyone who longs to ride their imagination to miraculous places, the door is now open wide. See the world anew through the MirrorMask...and nothing will ever look the same again.
"[T]he film is endlessly inventive with creativity to burn....
This complete script book for the film by the same name contains more than 1,700 original storyboard drawings, two 16-page inserts with scenes from the film, and an inside look at the creation of the movie from email correspondence between Gaiman and McKean.
About the Author
A professional writer for more than twenty years, Neil Gaiman has been one of the top writers in modern comics, and is now a bestselling novelist. His work has appeared in translation in more than nineteen countries, and nearly all of his novels, graphic and otherwise, have been optioned for films. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers. Gaiman was the creator/writer of the monthly cult DC Comics series, Sandman, which won Neil nine Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, including the award for best writer four times, and three Harvey Awards. Sandman #19 took the 1991 World Fantasy Award for best short story, making it the first comic ever to be awarded a literary award. His six-part fantastical TV series for the BBC, Neverwhere, was broadcast in 1996. His novel, also called Neverwhere, and set in the same strange underground world as the television series, was released in 1997; it appeared on a number of bestseller lists, including those of the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Locus. Stardust, an illustrated prose novel in four parts, began to appear from DC Comics in 1997. In 1999 Avon released the all-prose unillustrated version, which appeared on a number of bestseller lists, was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the best books of the year, and was awarded the prestigious Mythopoeic Award as best novel for adults. American Gods, a novel for adults, was published in 2001 and appeared on many best-of-the-year lists, was a New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback, and won the Hugo, Nebula, SFX, Bram Stoker, and Locus Awards. Coraline (2002), his first novel for children, was a New York Times and international bestseller, was nominated for the Prix Tam Tam, and won the Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award, the BSFA Award, the Hugo, the Nebula, and the Bram Stoker Award. 2003 saw the publication of bestseller The Wolves in the Walls, a children's picture book, illustrated by Gaiman's longtime collaborator Dave McKean, which the New York Times named as one of the best illustrated books of the year; and the first Sandman graphic novel in seven years, Endless Nights, the first graphic novel to make the New York Times bestseller list. In 2004, Gaiman published the a new graphic novel for Marvel called 1602, which was the best-selling comic of 2004, and 2005 saw the Sundance Film Festival premiere of MirrorMask. Born and raised in England, Neil Gaiman now lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he is currently at work on Anansi Boys, the long-awaited follow-up to American Gods.
Dave McKean is an award-winning, world-renowned mixed media artist, illustrator, and film and video director. A longtime friend and collaborator of Neil Gaiman, McKean is famous for his distinctive work on the covers of the entire run of Gaiman's DC/Vertigo Sandman comic book series. He lives in England.
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