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The Art of the Matrixby Spencer Lamm and Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski
Synopses & Reviews
The first and only book licensed by the creators of this awesome film!
An intimate journey into the mind's eyes of the two brothers who wrote and directed one of 1999's most unusual and successful movies of the year. The Matrix grew out of the Wachowskis' fascination with ideas that challenge perceptions of reality, and the way that mythology and the Internet informed culture. It tells the story of a computer hacker (Keanu Reeves) in the 22nd century who joins a band of freedom fighters (led by Laurence Fishburne) struggling against evil computers that control the earth.
The Art of The Matrix goes beyond the film. But you cannot be told what this book is...you have to see it for yourself! The most unusual one-of-a-kind giftbook of the season, and the first and only book licensed by the creators of this awesome film — this is the complete pre-production archive of artwork and conceptual drawings, along with the script and commentary in the artists' own voices, in a beautifully printed, large format book, four-color throughout — long awaited by Matrix fans worldwide.
Grossing more than $400 million worldwide, ranked as one of the all-time top-selling home video releases with over 2,000,000 DVDs sold, and winner of four Academy Awards — Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing — The Matrix has proven to be nothing short of a phenomenon. Spencer Lamm writes in his introduction: "This book was created to express some sense of the massive planning that went into the film. It showcases the bulk of the artwork, presenting a close approximation of what was shown to the studio....Combining all the art, the Wachowskis were able to walk people through the script [219 scenes] producing, essentially, a 400-page giant comic book. Initially a tool to sell the picture, it became a detailed map for production."
Exclusive to this volume are:
"As the first and only movie companion licensed by the Wachowski brothers, this pictorial feast is a must-have for SF fans and Matrix loyalists..." Publishers Weekly
"A mammoth 488 pages...[a] wonderland of conceptual drawings, storyboards, and cut scenes from the cyber sci-fi blockbuster....[T]his tome reveals far more than the Matrix DVD does about the clarity of the vision of writer directors Andy and Larry Wachowski. (Grade: A-)" Entertainment Weekly
"[A] lavish tome....[E]xpect this elaborate souvenir book, with its behind-the-scenes details, to be hugely appealing to the movie's insatiable fans. With two sequels to the movie in the works, the book may have long legs — shelf life, that is — too." Gordon Flagg, Booklist
"[T]his unusual gift book provides a rare glimpse inside the pain-staking process of producing a major special effects extravaganza." Variety
"At Wizard, no one loves comics like us and here's [one of] the 10 coolest things we read or saw this month." Wizard: The Comics Magazine
"It is particularly fascinating to read the artists' own comments about their work. Fans of The Matrix and film-studies students will appreciate this glimpse into the preproduction process....This is a large, beautifully designed book, with high-quality paper and sharp, striking pictures....A browser's delight." School Library Journal
"Finally, a book...for the Matrix fan that is as obsessed with the movie as I am." Sal J. Barry, The Columbia Chronicle
"If you are a fan of the movie, then this book is an essential must-have." MovieHeadlines.net
Book News Annotation:
The art was the best thing about the movie. This book provides an opportunity to appreciate it without the blight of Keanu Reeves' acting. Serving as a pre-production archive of the work related to The Matrix, this coffee table edition includes the complete script, along with stills from the movie, four double-sided gatefolds featuring conceptual drawings, and commentary by the artists. Some in color, some in black and white, approximately 700 storyboards (including three cut from the final film) tell the story with a comic book sensibility. Author William Gibson provides an afterword.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The most unusual, one-of-a-kind giftbook of the season, and the first and only book licensed by the creators of the movie The Matrix, this is the complete pre-production archive of artwork and conceptual drawings, along with the script and commentary in the artists' own words. Full color. 1,000+ illustrations.
To create his epic Avatar, James Cameron and his crew had to invent the tools needed to achieve a transforming vision. The story of their journeyfrom Avatars conception to its realization on the screenis an epic in itself.
The Making of Avatar tells that epic story, from early brainstorming sessions in Malibu to a vast production effort spanning continents. Along the way, the filmmakers designed new techniques to bring the nuances of human performances to the screen, allow the director unprecedented control within the world he envisioned, and integrate 3-D effects naturally.
Jody Duncan, editor of Cinefex magazine, and Lisa Fitzpatrick, author of Abrams Art of Avatar, offer an authoritative and official record in words and pictures of the most significant film of our time.
About the Author
Larry and Andy Wachowski (The Wachowski Brothers) previously wrote and directed the motion picture Bound.
Steve Skroce was one of the principal artists on the Marvel Comics series Gambit and Wolverine.
Geof Darrow co-created the Dark Horse Comics title Hard Boiled.
Tani Kunitake was an illustrator for the motion pictures Armageddon and Batman and Robin.
Zach Staenberg received an Academy Award for Best Film Editing for The Matrix, as well as an American Cinema Editor's Eddie Award. He was also the editor of the films Bound, Nowhere to Run, and the HBO Television production Gotti, for which he won his first Eddie Award in addition to being nominated for an Emmy and Cable Ace award. He lives in New York.
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