The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures selected Hayao Miyazaki as the subject of their inaugural temporary exhibit. Unfortunately, I am far away from Los Angeles, so there is no way I can make my way to the museum. However, they published this beautiful book alongside the exhibit. Alongside gorgeous art, the book contains essays that run through the history of Miyazaki's career, as well as a look into his creative process and philosophy. This book comes together quite nicely, giving the reader a clear picture of why Miyazaki's films resonate with audiences. The authors did their homework, and have a strong grasp of the filmmaker's themes and values.
The art, spanning across Miyazaki's entire filmography is presented in a non-chronological order. We see storyboards, image boards (concept art), layouts, background paintings, production cels, and even some keyframe animation. Unlike many of the "art-of" books for Ghibli films, there's a greater emphasis on image boards rather than production stills of the finished movie. These samples are process oriented, allowing the reader to see the thought that goes into making a film at Ghibli.
Great quality book, super heavy and love the artwork. Amazon shipping sucks, they put the book in a huge box and Amazon driver threw the box on the ground. No paper to wrap the book up and stop it from sliding. Corners damaged.