The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles II: Creatures & Characters (英語) ハードカバー – 2013/4/9
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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles II: Creatures and Characters explores the amazing cast of heroes, villains, beasts, and beings that populate Middleearth in the fi rst chapter of Peter Jackson's fi lm adaptations of JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit. Richly illustrated with behind-the-scenes photographs, digital renders, and fi lm stills, this comprehensive book goes species by species and character by character through the fi lm's huge ensemble cast and bustling menagerie of creatures, both physical and digital, and shows how each came to be realized for the fi lm.
First-hand accounts from the actors, makeup artists, digital effects specialists, dialect coaches, prosthetics technicians, movement coaches, and many other crew members describe the process and how the production unfolded, while also sharing insights into the characters. A bonus feature, unique to this book, is the special fold-out character size chart, which compares all the major creatures and characters of the fi lm, from Radagast's hedgehog friend to the towering Stone Giants!
Compiled by Weta Workshop designer Daniel Falconer and featuring a wealth of stunning imagery, this book puts the reader face-to-face with all the creatures and characters of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, from the Dwarf heroes to the dark denizens of Middle-earth–the Orcs, Goblins, Trolls, and Wargs–and, of course, the hobbit himself, Bilbo Baggins.
Weta Workshop is a multi-award winning conceptual design and physical manufacturing facility based out of Wellington, New Zealand, servicing the world's entertainment and wider creative industries. Weta Workshop is also a multi-disciplinary facility, with crew members expert in a diverse range of disciplines all housed under the one roof. These services include conceptual design and the manufacturing of weapons, armor and chainmail, specialist props, custom vehicles, specialty costumes, miniatures and models, special makeup and prosthetics, and public art installations or displays. The team at Weta enjoys engaging in projects holistically, from preliminary technical analysis and conceptual design through to manufacture across all departments and the final delivery of product and crew to set, anywhere in the world. Drawing on more than twenty years of filmmaking experience, five-time Oscar-winning design and special effects supervisor Richard Taylor is intimately involved in all projects from concept through to delivery. Best known for the company's design and effects work on award-winning film projects, including The Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong, The Chronicles of Narnia, Avatar, District 9, and The Adventures of Tintin, Weta Workshop is not limited to film and television, offering services to creative industries worldwide
I was not disappointed. I received the book yesterday and immediately began reading. First of all, it looks great, handsomely bound with an embossed cover and gilt lettering, the four key characters--Thorin, Gandalf, Bilbo and Gollum--each claiming their respective corners of the cover.
Within those covers are many beautiful color photos as well as artists' renderings, and the reader is taken behind the scenes to see, for example, how dwarf prosthetics and wigs are made, the evolution of creatures such as the trolls and the Goblin King, and how the actors protraying elves and dwarves learn how to move and how to find the right accent for their character. There are many quotes from Weta Workshop members and the film crew along with the actors.
I feel as if I know the actors better for having read this book along with getting a good glimpse into the formation of each of their characters. What a camaraderie they developed along the way! And I am impressed mightily by the painstaking attention to detail and craftsmanship exhibited by the makeup and prosthetic artists (who SHOULD have won an Oscar . . .)
If you are a fan of The Hobbit film and love beautiful "coffee table" books that are jam-packed with behind-the-scenes knowledge, you will want to add this to your library. It would make a great gift for a Tolkien fan, too. Definitely five stars!