If you are a fan of any film with effects from ILM (Industrial Light & Magic), then you must own this book!
The films which include their work are some of the highest earning films in history.
To name a few:- STAR WARS (all 6 of em!) Star Trek (Movies) Indiana Jones trilogy, ET, Jurrasic Park (all 3 movies) Forrest Gump. The list is massive. But whenever you have seen a film with the best special effects, usually ILM are behind it.
This book then is like a magic book, revealing all their secrets.
Not simply to expose them, no no. Here you will learn to marvel at their ingenuety, skill and expertise which make ILM true pioneers of the Industry.
They have invented and re-invented techniques that are used by all today.
Even other special effects teams have staff in them which were once ILM,ers.
But this book, Ahhhhhhh, I do not exagerate here, this is one of the most sumptious books you will ever hold in your hands.
A huge Cloth bound 'tome' with the best paper inside money can buy! Incredible gate-fold pages open up to reveal paintings on a grand scale.
You will gasp at 'visual magic tricks' you have unknowingly witnessed in the movies.
This book teaches how the best did their stuff! But it is only the beginning of the story. This is old school (i.e pre-digital effects), Optical compositing, models, and matte paintings & animation.
Then ILM went on to pioneer in the digital age. Again re-learning their old craft to make use of the latest tools...Computers.
The final chapter in the book looks forward to when computers will be the way...Did ILM have a 'REAL' crystal ball?
The story continues in the next book...ILM Into The Digital Realm.