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Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey (英語) ハードカバー – 2011/10/25
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Harry Potter: Page to Screen, the follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Harry Potter: Film Wizardry, is a lavish and personal look at the entire filmmaking process that transformed J. K. Rowling’s fantasy series into a blockbuster movie franchise. Featuring all-new interviews with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Michael Gambon, behind-the-scenes anecdotes from producer David Heyman, production designer Stuart Craig, and director David Yates, and hundreds of never-before-seen photographs and concept illustrations, this book is the ultimate compendium for Potter fans young and old.
Bob McCabe is a noted film critic, broadcaster, journalist and screenwriter. He is the author of Dark Knights and Holy Fools: The Art and Films of Terry Gilliam and several other film books, including authorised biographies of The Pythons and Ronnie Barker, The Rough Guide to Comedy Movies and the BFI book on The Exorcist. --このテキストは、ハードカバー版に関連付けられています。
ちなみにこのUK版は528ページとのことでしたが、実際の通しの頁番号は531までありました。また映画一作目の「賢者の石」については"Philosopher's Stone"ではなく"Sorcerer's Stone"と表記されており、その他の単語もイギリス英語ではなくアメリカ英語が使われていました。
UK版(Titan Books Ltd)とUS版(Harper Design)のページ数の差異について。
だとするとUK版(Titan Books Ltd)が一番安価で手に入る版となります。
The first color photograph one comes across as one flips the book open is a full size portrait of Albus Dumbledore, Headmaster of Hogwarts (Michael Gambon, who played Dumbledore in HP films 3-8). His face expresses both concern and puzzlement, and it is almost as if he is there to welcome readers on a journey of knowledge and discovery which is what this book ultimately rewards the reader with. Flip to the next page, and one's attention is captured by a double-page (full spread) painting of Hogwarts, majestic in all its splendor, though details are rather fuzzy. There is also a fold-out spread of the main cast in movies 1-8 - the actors portraying Dumbledore, Hagrid, Hermione, Harry, Ron, Snape, Lucius Malfoy, Prof McGonagall, Luna Lovegood, Ginny Weasley, the twins Fred and George, the Dark Lord, and many more.
So, the contents...the book (531 pages) is divided into three parts:
Part I: The Making of Harry Potter
Setting the Scene
HP and the Sorcerer's Stone
HP and the Chamber of Secrets
HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban
HP and the Goblet of Fire
HP and the Order of the Phoenix
HP and the Half-Blood Prince
HP and the Deathly Hallows
Part II: The Art of Harry Potter
Locations: Set Design
Creatures: Special Makeup and Digital Effects
Artifacts: Prop Making
Part III: Epilogue
The Golden Boards
Acknowledgements and Colophon
The book goes in-depth into the many aspects of the film-making process, including valuable insights from and about the directors, actors, and all the other significant people who have worked on the movies, not forgetting the author of course. If you've ever wondered how the cast was put together, the process by which the directors for the movies were picked, etc. then this wonderful book answers all these questions and more. These details are enhanced by the hundreds of photographs that are found throughout the book, and what makes these pictures all the more extraordinary and valuable to the discerning reader is the fact that many of them were taken on set, during the making of the films, and apart from the photographs there are also full-color paintings in glorious detail. As a dragon fan myself, I was positively enraptured by the concept art of Paul Gatling depicting the mighty Hungarian Horntail in all its wondrous glory, which dare I say surpassed even the beauty of the dragon depicted on film? These are not minuscule drawings, but large-scale drawings in fold-out form. Other magical creatures get their share in this book such as the centaurs, dear old Buckbeak, the thestrals, the dementors, the process of transformation of Remus Lupin into a werewolf and many more. Be still my beating heart!
Remember all those newspaper headlines from The Daily Prophet, the Quibbler editions, and the Wanted Posters? They are depicted here in detail and also in the case of The Quibbler, in color! Ever wondered about the inspiration for those Death Eater's Masks? Its covered here in full-color. The significant places in the world of Harry Potter - Hogwarts, Diagon Alley (loved the map), the Burrow, Hagrid's Hut, the Forbidden Forest, and many more are also given descriptions and explanations in this magnificent volume.
As I continue reading through this tome, I have found some little things to gripe about - certain characters, albeit minor ones, are not really given any coverage, just a mere mention. Remember the ghost that haunts the abandoned toilet in Chamber of Secrets, i.e. Moaning Myrtle? Just a mention and that's it. I would have loved to see at least some description of the filming of the bathroom scene in HP and the Goblet of Fire in which Moaning Myrtle makes another appearance and helps Harry puzzle out the riddle, but no such luck. The book does however go into detail about the second task and the glorious underwater lake scene in Goblet of Fire, and how the lifecasts were conceived and made. But poor Hedwig gets left out here - except for a brief mention on p.238 and concept art depicting Harry and Hedwig overlooking Hogwarts.
Btw, for those who are wondering about how this compares to Harry Potter Film Wizardry, I'd say they are both complementary (I own a copy of HP Film Wizardry) to each other. While Page to Screen provides more details on the movie-making process and covers just about everything (I say just about as there are some things not covered), Film Wizardry provides more of an overview with many fun elements thrown in for devoted fans such as the various foldouts and inserts. For example, in HP Film Wizardry, readers will get a chance to peruse a copy of the Marauder's Map, Harry's acceptance letter to Hogwarts, a catalogue from Borgin and Burke's, stickers in the Advanced Potion-Making pamphlet, two boxes of treats (sans the treats) from Honeydukes of Hogsmeade (you can tear them out and fold them into actual treat boxes, not that I would!), a Quidditch World Cup Programme, a copy of the Yule Ball Programme, Educational Decree No. 29, a product catalogue of Weasley's Wizard Wheezes, and a Ministry of Magic ID card. Such goodies are not to be found in Page to Screen, so I'd definitely recommend getting both books. I've frequently found myself reading both together, and comparing notes.
My one complaint here is the absence of an Index - how could they have produced such a wonderful companion book to the movies and not have an index to help readers look up any detail that springs to mind? I can't fathom it, but I envision myself spending lots of quality time enjoying the delights of this book, so I shall not let this trouble me too much:) In fact, I am sorely tempted to purchase another book to keep as a collector's item as I can see myself thumbing through this copy until it becomes dog-eared! This is a beautiful volume of substance for any fan of the HP books and movies.
The book is sized like an encyclopedia, weighs like an encyclopedia and it's wonderful. Although it does not have the neat, detachable paper props that "HP Film Wizardry" has, "HP Page to Screen" is far much more comprehensive when it comes to the making of each movie. Part I of the book includes information on how the books were adapted to film (why some things were left out), on the actors, directors, and creative teams and on their experiences and the challenges they had to face as they brought the seven books to life. The "Behind the Scenes" short sections zero on the construction of a particular set, the design of a costume or creature, the staging of a scene or the creation of a special effect. Most pictures in the first part of the book show the actors and directors working on stage or on location.
The second part of the book is dedicated to the art of the movies as represented in the costume designs, set design, make up and special effects, and prop making. This part of the book is a visual delight. Here is where the reader can find the dragons, wands, Death Eater masks, brooms, the Golden Snitch, the potions classroom, Diagon Alley, trolls, Ministry propaganda, Quibbler covers, Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes product packaging and more. The pictures as well as the concept art are gorgeous.
Curiously, the live animals that "played" Hedwig, Crookshanks and Scabbers were left out of the book, which I thought was a strange oversight since a section or a few paragraphs on their role and that of the animal trainers would have really not been out of place in this book. Another omission, this time a human actor, is Shirley Henderson who played Moaning Myrtle. Except for a picture in the "Locations: Set Design" section of the second half of the book, I couldn't find a reference of her and her character in the sections devoted to the making of "The Chamber of Secrets" or "The Goblet of Fire."
In spite of these small exclusions, HP Page to Screen makes a great and deserving companion book to the movies. After reading "HP Page to Screen," you will know why Lupin's werewolf is hairless and the next time you watch Hagrid, you may be able to tell if it is Robbie Coltrane or his body double wearing a Hagrid prosthetic head. This book is pricey but those who adore the HP movies should not miss it.