Direction & Production Design
The Art of Pirates of the Caribbean
Stunning full-colour illustrations and artwork from the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy. Hardcover, 159 pp. $63.00.
Art of Bond
Drawing on the spectrum of all 21 Bond films, The Art of Bond features
a series of interviews with the key creative talents who have made cinematic
history through the Bond franchise. The work, extensively illustrated with film
stills, storyboards, posters, publicity shots, etc. also contains reflections
by film-makers, screenwriters and novelists on how the Bond genre has influenced
their own work. A visually stunning tribute to the creative talents of the Bond
world. Hardcover, 235 pp. $48.00.
The Art of Superman Returns
The Art of Superman is an in-depth celebration of the concept
and developmental art that served as an aesthetic foundation for the film. The
elaborate and fascinating process of creating Superman's world is explained in
interviews with the director, screenwriters, artists, and production and costume
designers. Featuring meticulous illustrations, miniatures, scale-models, unit
photography, storyboards, and full-color paintings, this is the behind-the-scenes
exclusive that every fan of the most iconic super hero has been waiting for.
The Art Direction Handbook for Film
This is a comprehensive guide to art direction for film and video. Whether
you'd like to be an art director or already are one, this thorough
professional manual from a highly respected Hollywood art director
not only discusses
the set-up of the art department and the day to day job duties but
also explains how to succeed on the job and secure future employment.Softcover,
333 pp. $47.95.
Design in the Contemporary American Film: A Critical Study of 23 Movies
and Their Designers
The production design of 23 films of the 1980s and 1990s is analyzed here.
The films are divided into five areas focusing on different time periods
and stylistic approaches. The quality of the designs is assessed by a
careful reading of the mise-en-scene. Often the designers' own words
are used to
describe the effects and the process involved in achieving them. Readers
will gain a deep understanding of the artistry and technique that the
production designer must employ to help the director tell their story.
Softcover, 171 pp. $41.95.
Ken Adam: The Art of Production Design
Since 1999 an exhibition of Adam's work has been travelling around the
world, but the force and variety of his achievements in cinema have
not been properly explored until this volume. In Ken Adam: The
Art of Production Design, Christopher Frayling expertly conducts a career-length
with a man whose designs have enriched some of the great films of our
Softcover, 316 pp. $39.00.
The Art of Batman Begins
Mark Cotta Vaz
This is an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the film's development,
in which filmmakers share their talent and creative process in colourful,
exacting detail. Charged with making a dramatic yet wholly believable
world, the team dug deep into comic lore for inspiration and crafted
Batmobile; a massive, crime-infested Gotham City; an otherworldly
Himalayan monastery; and loads of new gadgets and weaponry. Here
is the backstory
that all Batman fans and cinephiles will have to know, as told by
fascinating text, photographs, illustrations, production notes, full-colour
storyboards and blueprints. Hardcover, 146 pp. $56.00.
Industrial Light & Magic: Into The Digital Realm
Mark Cotta Vaz
Co-authored with Pat Duignan
This book looks at the second decade of ILM, fueled by the explosion of new digital
technologies. With in-depth coverage of special effects in the Indiana Jones,
Ghostbuster movies,Terminator, this absorbing book is a feast of fat things for
fans of action and adventure movies. Hardcover, 330 pp. $110.00.
In the Picture: Production Stills from the TCM Archives
A rare collection of still photographs taken on movie sets from the silent era
to the 1960s, In the Picture gives a glimpse of Hollywood at work during the
Golden Era. Highlighting the glamour, energy, and challenge of filmmaking, these
production stills capture beloved movie moments, both behind the scenes and in
front of the camera. Hardcover, 160 pp. $50.00.
Shock! Horror! Astounding Artwork from the Video Nasty Era
Francis Brewster & Harvey Fenton
Presented in this book are the most striking, outrageous, rare, valuable
and highly sought-after video designs from the halcyon days of horror!
In the early 1980s, video was new, unregulated, and out of control.
Eye-catching video cover designs were essential to succeed in this
however, the legal crackdown of 1984 swiftly removed the vast bulk
of these crazy designs from rental shop shelves forever. Now, collected
first time ever, are all of the provocative, lurid, dynamic, and
disgusting images from the "video
nasties" era. Hardcover, 255 pp. $48.95.
Modern Architecture in the Movies
In one of the most unusual and rewarding developments in the popular arts in
the twentieth century, the pioneering work of architects like Frank Lloyd Wright,
Mies van der Rohe, and Le Corbusier became accessible to the public through the
perfectly suited medium of the movies. This beautifully illustrated book documents
this cross-pollenation as evidenced by Hollywood movies of the 1920's and 1930's.
Softcover, 204 pp. $49.95.
Aliens of the Deep
Dr. Joseph MacInnes
Football-sized clams, eyeless shrimp, red-tipped tube worms, and lavish
layers of microbes: these extraordinary organisms, tucked away at the
botton of the
ocean, are as close to alien life as anything seen on earth. In Aliens
of the Deep veteran ocean explorer and writer Dr. Joseph MacInnis
follows James Cameron and his crew as they overcome technical and physical
to provide an astonishing view of an extreme world and dream about one
day exploring oceans -- and life -- beyond Earth. Hardcover, 192 pp.
The Incredible World of Spy-Fi
The ultimate in espionage eye candy, The Incredible World of Spy-Fi captures
four decades of our favourite spies and their impressive cache of
gadgets. Danny Biederman, creator of the legendary Spy-Fi Archives,
over 4,000 rare pieces -- salvaging them from the darkest, dustiest
corners of old Hollywood soundstages and studio back lots. Here,
for the very first
time, Biederman profiles over 200 of his coolest, most captivating
gadgets and images, offering juicy trivia and insider stories on
each piece. Softcover, 160 pp. $27.95.
Production Design: Architects of the Screen
In this fascinating volume, Jane Barnwell explains how production designers use
themes, motifs, and colours to unravel plot, character, and underlying concepts.
aesthetics are discussed: the gritty realism of Trainspotting, the period
settings of The English Patient, the stylized glamour of Velvet Goldmine,
and many others. Softcover, 135 pp. $27.95.
Lord of the Rings: The Art of The Return of the King
This magnificent book illustrates the creative development of the
film from sketch to special effect, and features 600 images. To accompany
this wealth of imagery are detailed and informative commentaries by
all of the featured artists and designers, together with a special
afterword by Peter Jackson. Hardcover, 224 pp. $59.95.
Henry Bumstead and the World of Hollywood Art Direction
With a list of credits that includes To Kill a Mockingbird, The Sting, Vertigo,
and Unforgiven, Henry Bumstead is one of the giants of Hollywood production
design. In this book, the story of his life and career is engagingly conveyed
in the context of a rapidly changing Hollywood landscape. The text is illuminated
by numerous production drawings, storyboards, and film stills. Hardcover, 193
The Entertainment Sourcebook 2005
Published by ATAC (The Association of Theatrical Artists and
Craftspeople), this is the essential one-volume resource directory
for all members of the art departments in both the film and theatre
industries. Coil-bound, 654 pp. $52.50.
Kyle Cooper is acclaimed as the most innovative and important
designer of film titles since Saul Bass; his credits include Seven, The
Island of Dr. Moreau, Spider-Man, and Mission Impossible.
This attractive and informative book -- written by an astute observer
of visual culture -- offers the first critical and historical assessment
of Cooper's stunning film work. Softcover, 111 pp. $29.95.
The Art of The Two Towers
The Lord of the Rings
Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring has become one of the most successful,
and visually unforgettable movies ever made. But that was only the beginning. For
The Two Towers the artists and designers knew that they would have to surpass
even their own outstanding achievements. Within the pages of this authoritative and
insightful book are the incredible results of their work. Hardcover 189 pp. $49.95.
Inside the World of Star Wars
Attack of the Clones
The incredible locations of Attack of the Clones are revealed as never
before in this lavishly illustrated guide. Intricate cross-section artistry and 3-D
maps provide the most detailed look yet at the world of the movie. Also, the carefully
researched text provides detailed background information and several new insights
into the Star Wars universe. Hardcover, 40 pp., $29.99.
The Invisible Art:
The Legends of Movie Matte Painting
Mark Cotta Vaz and Craig Barron
Since the birth of cinema, movie-makers have created stunning special effects by
combining still "matte" paintings with live-action film. Matte painting
techniques were closely guarded secrets that never left the studio lot. In this unprecedented
retrospective, Mark Cotta Vaz and Craig Barron reveal the history of a visual effect
that has defined movies as we know them-from Gone with the Wind and Citizen
Kane to Star Wars and Titanic. Lavishly illustrated, The Invisible
Art showcases the finest examples of now-rare matte paintings and unveils a century's
worth of fascinating stories, legendary personalities, and cunning movie craft. Including
a foreword by George Lucas and a CD-ROM that brings to life these moving pictures,
this volume is packed with exclusive interviews and a narrative that time travels
from the first pioneering "glass shots" to the dawn of digital technology.
The definitive book for the consummate movie fan, The Invisible Art
conjures a never-before-told story of film wizardry. Hardcover, 288 pp., colour illustrations
The Art of Noir
As much as it was about crime, film noir was about style, mood and atmosphere. In
this remarkable visual catalogue, the ultra-stylish posters and graphics from the
classic era of film noir are beautifully reproduced in full-colour. With their tantalizing
mix of sex and violence, and expressive graphic quality, these posters still pulse
with the dynamism and allure of the mesmerizing films they were created to promote.
Hardcover, 271 pp. $75.00.
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