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300: The Art of the Film: The Art of the Movie [Hardcover]

Frank Miller , Zack Snyder
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10 Jan 2007
What does it mean to turn one of the great graphic novels of our time into a major motion picture? In 1998, Frank Miller shook the comics world with his groundbreaking series 300. Marking Miller's first collaboration with watercolor artist Lynn Varley (Ronin, The Dark Knight Returns) in over a decade, 300 was a gritty reimagining of a battle in which 300 Spartan soldiers fought to hold back the entire Persian army. The series won five Eisner Awards, including Best Limited Series, Best Writer/Artist (Miller) and Best Colorist (Varley). 300: The Art of the Movie takes you behind the scenes as director Zack Snyder (Dawn of the Dead) adapts 300 to the silver screen. With 200 pages of production photos, concept art and much, much more, 300: The Art of the Movie is sure to delight Miller fans and movie buffs alike.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse; First Edition edition (10 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593077017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593077013
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 10 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Art art art 29 Aug 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Translating a graphic novel into the world of cinema can be a tricky business.

And the first step is concept art -- creating basic images of the characters, costumes, and important, visually-striking scenes. "300: The Art Of The Film" is crammed with such images, detailing virtually every part of the movie... but it's very skimpy on explanations and information.

It starts off with a couple of prefaces -- one by an expert on military history, and the other explaining the purpose of revealing the concept art. Then concept art itself: it basically outlines the story, beginning with the "inspection" of newborn Spartan boys and ending with another battle brewing between the Spartans and Persians.

These include pages and pages of rough sketches and detailed drawings for the cinematogrpahers, some representing only a few seconds (a fist hitting a slave's face). Then there are plenty of costume sketches, depictions of unreal-looking monsters, tents, and the gorgeous sets for things like Xerxes' opulant golden litter. Actually, it's more of a portable house.

But it has more than just concept art -- there are clay models, special effects shots, elaborate makeup and costume for things like the hunchbacked traitor, Xerxes' chain-porn costume, and things like knives stuck in a eye, and even green-screen shots before the CGI gloss was put on. And there are shots showing how they managed certain effects, like the people who controlled the animatronic "wolf."

And with every sketch and behind-the-scene shot, they show the finished result as it appears in the movie. A lot of them have the original art by Frank Miller as well, to show us how close the movie actually is to its source material. Visually speaking, it's a feast of behind-the-scenes information.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book for an amazing movie 26 Dec 2012
By Mirko
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Being a fan of this amazing movie and collectibles-addicted, I bought this book from an Amazon UK seller (michelles-books). The item shipped in just 5 working days from UK to Italy via international standard mail and was really few expensive: only 9.03 all-inclusive item and shipping! The book is used but it is quite hard to distinguish it from a new one, since it is in extremely good conditions (especially internal pages and photos).
The book features an hard cover and is in horizontal format (about 26 cm x 33 cm), for a total of about 125 pages. The paper of the internal pages has a good weight and photos have enough resolution and level of detail. The book is not just a collection of film still: there are textual descriptions, renderings, screen captures, sketches, drawings and many other graphically endearing contents. In few words, it's a "must have" for every fan of the movie or the comic book. I really like the image on the front cover since it reminds me the original image that is on the front cover of Miller's comic book that inspired the movie. Finally, I also find that comparison of images taken from the comic book and movie original scenes are really interesting to verify the adherence between the comic and the film.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, But Light in Content 13 Feb 2009
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Length: 0:30 Mins
This book doesn't explain much on the process of making the movie. Most of the art in the book lack captions. This book feels light in content simply for the fact that you don't get much information.

There are plenty of conceptual art, 3D renders and storyboards. But there seem to a lot of movie stills as well, to the effect that it felt that half the book contained movie stills. There are also a lot of 3 penciled storyboards that take one page to themselves. Certainly they don't deserve those sizes.

For a movie based on a graphic novel, I was expecting much more paintings to be included in the book. The movie was shot too stylistically that it's hard to imagine that there are not much more storyboard paintings.

There are more pictures on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book 2 Dec 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Full of great background information on all aspects of the making of the book. I was a little disappointed there could have been more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor 22 Jun 2011
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book becouse I'm very fan of the Film.
However it isn't recommendable if you don't like so much the film, or you expect a beautifull Film book.
Is so... simply, so... undeveloped.
Deffinetly, no so good.
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