First off let me tell you this book is thick and heavy. When the delivery driver handed it to me I was amazed at the weight of it. Big hardcover, dust-jacket, and over 270 pages...you definitely feel like your getting your money's worth on that fact alone.
The authors Lisa Fitzpatrick and Jody Duncan did a perfect job with this book. Jody Duncan writes for 'Cinefex' magazine and I was impressed with her technical article of 'Avatar' when I purchased the magazine issue back in December, so I was naturally excited to see she would be involved with this book as well. She went above and beyond with this one though in my opinion.
Like I said, this isn't a small book by any means, you get high-quality bindings with nice huge pages which feature enormous amounts of details that go into the making of this movie. It goes into every aspect of this film's production including; pre-production, principle photography, art-direction, music, editing, and the post-production process. Also found within the book are pictures of concept art and hi-res production stills from the film, behind the scenes pictures of the filming sets, equipment, virtual-camera system, 3D Fusion camera system, the actors, motion-capture systems, etc...I could keep going on but I'll just say there is all kinds of stuff in it. Not to mention, it also covers the elaborate techniques taken by the production team responsible for the state of the art visual effects used for the film.
Careful attention to detail was taken, every page has something interesting about it and thats what I liked most about it. Even the pictures have very detailed captions to explain exactly what you are seeing and how it relates to the words you are reading next to it. Some of the pictures for example are an actual film still from the film, and next to it will be a picture of the exact same shot of the actor in the motion capture suit on the sound-stage, which in turn shows you how well the visual-effects team transformed it into what we saw.
Overall, I am really impressed with this book as a whole and would highly recommend it to fans and non-fans alike because of its interesting reading and excellent pictures. I have several movie-production books for other films in my collection and this one is now easily the best one.
'Avatar' was a film production process that broke new ground in the industry, and if you're curious as to how it all came together to create a $2.7 billion grossing movie, look no further...5-stars.