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Hellboy: The Art of the Movie Paperback – 16 Mar 2004


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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse; 1 edition (16 Mar. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593071884
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593071882
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.5 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,797,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 13 Feb. 2009
Format: Paperback
Length: 0:39 Mins
The book started with Guillermo del Toro (GdT) recounting how Hellboy went from being one of his favourite comic books to become a Hollywood movie he would direct.

Major characters in the book have their own biography pages, providing a little background for readers, like me, who didn't read the original comic book series. That was helpful.

Conceptual art was plentiful and are accompanied by the movie script. Short captions by artists explained how the art was created to fit into the vision of GdT. This book's main subject is most probably artistic direction with function. From the captions, every thing drawn has form, function and purpose. Here's a little quote from GdT:

"Let me make something abundantly clear --- in case you've been on Mars --- NO RED!!! --- Except for Hellboy or the atmospheres that are intimate/related to him: BROOM, LIZ, GRIGORY, and/or colors in WWII. - GdT"

This book was heavy on character design, set design, movie story boards and props design. Movie frame stills were hard to find.

For Hellboy fans, getting this book is a no brainer.

There are more pictures on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent "Art of..." movie book! 5 July 2004
By Hengky Tanoyo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I was unfamiliar with the world of Hellboy prior to seeing the movie. When I did and when I ordered this book, I was blown away by the wealth of visual richness that inhabit the Hellboy universe. Being a collector of "Art of..." books, I realized that the strength of Hellboy lies in the visual galore. The book is fully detailed with drawings from every level of production as well as the closeness of working atmosphere between the filmakers and the creator of the original material not commonly known in Hollywood.
My only gripe in this book is that the structuring is kinda messed up and confusing, since the book mixes up the art section with the script.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Storyboard, art, script, storyboard, art...repeat 9 Aug. 2008
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book started with Guillermo del Toro (GdT) recounting how Hellboy went from being one of his favourite comic books to become a Hollywood movie he would direct.

Major characters in the book have their own biography pages, providing a little background for readers, like me, who didn't read the original comic book series. That was helpful.

Conceptual art was plentiful and are accompanied by the movie script. Short captions by artists explained how the art was created to fit into the vision of GdT. This book's main subject is most probably artistic direction with function. From the captions, every thing drawn has form, function and purpose. Here's a little quote from GdT:

"Let me make something abundantly clear --- in case you've been on Mars --- NO RED!!! --- Except for Hellboy or the atmospheres that are intimate/related to him: BROOM, LIZ, GRIGORY, and/or colors in WWII. - GdT"

This book was heavy on character design, set design, movie story boards and props design. Movie frame stills were hard to find.

For Hellboy fans, getting this book is a no brainer.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great art, great book 15 Mar. 2004
By agustin angeles "ZOO" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A must have for art, comic and production design lovers, has lots new designs by Mignola Barlowe and other great artists including the prop makers. Includes beautiful pages illustrating both concept and the picture of the final prop supported by the commentaries and thinkings of the artist involved in the creation of that specific prop. It also includes the final shooting script, and images from Guillermo del Toro's notebook which are nice sketches and annotations depicting the first idea behind the final design of each character. Great!!! one of the best, just do not read it before watching the movie.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Mignola and del Toro and Barlowe, oh my 16 May 2004
By Annaleise Ferreira - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Besides a complete shooting script and lots of commentary, this has tons of illustrations and concept art done by all the artists involved in the movie. It's wonderful to see Mike Mignola's and Wayne Barlowe's sketches following the development of all the various Hellboy monsters, characters and environments, and lots of stuff that didn't make it into the movie. A must for any fan of the film.
An amazing visual companion to the cult movie phenomenon 25 Jun. 2008
By AxiomAlchemy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Mike Mignola's HELLBOY is no longer a obscure character enjoyed by unwashed comic geeks thanks to Guillermo Del Toro & Revolution Studios.
A full finished script of the film is included, as well as some background stories on some key characters.
The book's preproduction art from Wayne Barlowe, Mike Mignola, Simeon Wilkins, & TyRuben Ellingson is no less than phenomenal. Creature, Prop, & Location designs are found throughout each page. Arguably, some of Wayne Barlowe's best designs can be found here. Even Guillermo Del Toro's sketches find their way into the book. This book makes for an excellent introduction to one of modern fiction's most unique characters.
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