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.
BATMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and andcopy; DC Comics.
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
andldquo;This book is a deep dive into the Land of Ooo.andrdquo;
andldquo;The holy grail of the hit animated series Adventure Time. And you donandrsquo;t even have to go to very distant lands. In fact, you can put in right on your coffee table.andrdquo;
andldquo;An extensive look at concept art, storyboards, early character sketches, background paintings, and the seriesandrsquo; show bible.andrdquo;
andldquo;Even if I didnandrsquo;t love this series so much, I would still buy the awesome Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo, a beautiful 352-page large format tome that tells the seriesandrsquo; genesis.andrdquo;
andldquo;Itand#39;s fascinating seeing the show broken down into its purest form.andrdquo;
andldquo;Fans of Adventure Time will basically lose their freaking minds.andrdquo;
andldquo;This gorgeous full-color hardcoverandnbsp;book will grace coffee tables with elegance.andnbsp;Yes, you heard right,andnbsp;with elegance.andrdquo;
andldquo;McDonnell deserves credit for producing such a worthy endeavor that encompasses nearly every facet of this multidimensional series. . . . this book cannot be recommended highly enough for diehard and casual fans alike of the show.andrdquo;
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.
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.and#160;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.
About the Author
has been a writer and editor for over 15 years. She has created illustrated books for a wide variety of films and television shows including Kung Fu Panda, 24, Star Wars, Shrek, Madagascar, and The X-Files,
as well as anniversary editions for Sony Pictures Imageworks and the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She lives in San Francisco.and#160;Peter Jackson
is a three-time Academy Award-winning director, producer, and screenwriter, best known for The Lord of the Rings
is an Academy Award-winning producer and former executive vice president at Twentieth Century Fox, and is currently a partner in James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment.