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The Art and Making of the Dark Knight Trilogyby Jody Duncan Jesser
Synopses & Reviews
In 2005, director Christopher Nolan redefined the Batman legend with Batman Begins, starring Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader. A fresh, dynamic reboot of the franchise, Batman Begins explored the comic book heroandrsquo;s origins and his evolution from billionaire Bruce Wayne to dark avenger who fights crime and corruption in Gotham City. A 2008 sequel, The Dark Knight, took those compelling, character-driven foundations and raised the stakes, pitting Batman against a deranged master criminal, the Joker, in an all-out war for Gothamandrsquo;s soul. Now, the final film of Nolanandrsquo;s trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, is 2012andrsquo;s most anticipated film release.
The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy tells the complete behind-the-scenes story of these three monumental films. Based on in-depth interviews with Nolan and all of the filmsandrsquo; key cast and crewandmdash;including cowriters David S. Goyer and Jonathan Nolan, cinematographer Wally Pfister, and moreandmdash;the book reveals the creative process behind the epic Dark Knight Trilogy, supported by lavish art and never-before-seen photography.
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Praise for The Art and Making of the Dark Knight Trilogy:
andldquo;A beautifully artistic photo book . . . For anyone who ever wanted to make a movie, The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy is as good a blueprint, as well as being an engrossing tale, of the making of a mega-hit film series.andrdquo; andmdash;McClatchy Newspapers
andldquo;This chance to revisit Batman Begins and The Dark Knight in ways both smart and definitive has revived my faith and enthusiasm on numerous levels. Kudos to authors Jody Duncan Jesser and Janine Pourroy for pulling off what seems like a daunting task, and doing so with style to spare.andrdquo; andmdash;School Library Journal
andldquo;The book reveals the creative process behind the epic Dark Knight Trilogy, supported by lavish art and never-before-seen photography.andrdquo; andmdash;Washington Examiner
andldquo;Every aspect of Nolanandrsquo;s filmmaking process is detailed in Jesser and Pourroyandrsquo;s fantastic, gorgeous book, accompanied by hundreds of high-quality photographs and illustrations. I could easily see it selling for $60andndash;$75 because of the crazy amount of Bat-tastic geeky goodness within. BUY. THIS. BOOK.andrdquo; andmdash;Geeks of Doom
andldquo;This sumptuous coffee table book is pretty much the perfect studio-sanctioned guidebook through Nolan's films . . . No stone is unturned, and no interesting production still or story is neglected . . . No need to say more here, I think: if you love these movies . . . youandrsquo;ll find this book to be an absolute treasure.andrdquo; andmdash;Comics Bulletin
Academy Award-winning writer/director James Cameron, the maker of Titanic and the creator of the Terminator series, has been crafting Avatar for over four years. The film follows the story of an ex-marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on a distant planet filled with exotic life forms. As an avatar, a human consciousness in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people. The Art of Avatar, the companion book to this epic 3-D action adventure, explores the developmental and conceptual art used by the creative team to create the original world of Avatar.
With over 100 exclusive full-color images including sketches, matte paintings, drawings, and film stills, The Art of Avatar reveals the process behind the creation of set designs for the imaginative vistas, unique landscapes, aerial battle scenes, bioluminescent nights, and fantastical creatures. Interviews with art directors, visual effects designers, animators, costume designers, and creature makers bring insight into this creative process. The Art of Avatar brings readers behind the scenes of this unprecedented moviegoing experience.
Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo is the first book to take fans behind the scenes of Finn the Humanandrsquo;s and Jake the Dogandrsquo;s adventures in the post-apocalyptic, magical land of Ooo.
Packed to the seams with concept art and storyboards, this lavishly illustrated tome offers an all-access pass into the Emmy Awardandndash;winning show teamandrsquo;s creative process. The Art of Ooo traces series creator Pendleton Wardand#39;s early influences and work, then reveals how the writers, storyboarders, animators, and voice actors work in tandem to bring this wildly inventive television series to life.
Fans will pore over early character sketches, as well as backandshy;ground paintings and rare glimpses into the seriesandrsquo; show bible. This visual treasure chest is gilded throughout with commentary from all the showandrsquo;s key creative talent. The Art of Ooo is the perfect companandshy;ion to and celebration of a groundbreaking, award-winning series that fans everywhere love to watch.
About the Author
Jody Duncan Jesser has served as editor of Cinefex magazine since 1992. She is the author of 10 books covering the making of blockbuster films, including Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, and Avatar. She lives in Los Angeles. Janine Pourroy has written extensively for Cinefex magazine, covering special and visual effects in film since 1985. Pourroy lives in Southern California.
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