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The Art and Making of "Monster House" Hardcover – 25 Aug 2006


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Editions, Div of Palace Publishing Group, LP; Slp edition (25 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933784008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933784007
  • Product Dimensions: 26.8 x 3.3 x 29.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,062,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. L. Arnold on 24 Nov 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
What can be said about this fascinating book?

It comes in a slipcover, it has lush images throughout, and it's a good read?

Well let me tell you, I was expecting a `run of the mill' `making of' book, but what I received was a marvellous, originally produced document, an insight into the preproduction process of modern filmmaking.

The pages are filled with detailed images of the whole process of the creation of the film, it demonstrates how all the elements were conceived and put together.

However, the most fantastic thing aside from the main body of the insightful material was the unique build up of the book itself!
In `regular' books there are pages with text and images on them, well this book also contains `post it' notes glues on to the page (yes actual post-it notes), `bubble gum' cards glued on to the pages (each packet holds a selection of removable cards to collect too)...this book actually resembles an assignment journal by the movie producers, it's as if the publishers had been given the raw material and they just printed it as it is for your enjoyment.
I have never seen such an inavative book, filled with such wonders.
This book takes pride of place amongst my ever-increasing book on the subjects of filmmaking.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 13 Feb 2009
Format: Hardcover
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This is the art book that started all the scrapbook-styled art books. It's easily the best and it still is. Inside the book's cardboard cover is a top quality glossy dust jacket.

This book has 160 pages and is literally filled to the brim with tons of stuff. There are "collectible" cards, storyboards, small booklets, post-it notes and amazing beat boards. The breathtaking beat boards sometimes take up to 2 pages. The photos I've taken below just didn't do enough justice, compared to holding the book and flipping through those pages yourself.

The book is divided into 2 main parts. The first part talks on the making of Monster House. It's where they come up with the conceptualizing for the movie. Topics such has character designs, lighting, music, the artists and actors to employ.

The second part is the art and story of Monster House. There are hundreds of storyboard panels fully painted. The main artists for the beat boards are Khang Le and Chris Appelhans. Included also are some 3D models and miniatures photos, showing how certain scenes are framed.

Every page entices me to flip to the next, yet the beautiful artwork just make it so difficult to. It's a thoroughly enjoyable and fun book.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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By LeoBuck on 23 Oct 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A great book received in perfect condition.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Packed with TONS of stuff! 8 Aug 2006
By B. Stephenson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have quite an extensive collection of "Art of" and "Making of" movie books but I have to say, this one is the most fun out of them all! Yes, it has all the things that went into the making of the movie, such as preproduction artwork, models, all the things you'd expect to find in a "Art of" book but it's also packed with an ample supply of extras, such as real post-it notes, trading cards, various booklets... it took me a while just to go through all the little extras. A nice surprise!

If you enjoyed the movie and like these type books, then you'll LOVE this one!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Scrapbook Goodness 6 Aug 2008
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is the art book that started all the scrapbook-styled art books. It's easily the best and it still is. Inside the book's cardboard cover is a top quality glossy dust jacket.

This book has 160 pages and is literally filled to the brim with tons of stuff. There are "collectible" cards, storyboards, small booklets, post-it notes and amazing beat boards. The breathtaking beat boards sometimes take up to 2 pages. The photos I've taken below just didn't do enough justice, compared to holding the book and flipping through those pages yourself.

The book is divided into 2 main parts. The first part talks on the making of Monster House. It's where they come up with the conceptualizing for the movie. Topics such has character designs, lighting, music, the artists and actors to employ.

The second part is the art and story of Monster House. There are hundreds of storyboard panels fully painted. The main artists for the beat boards are Khang Le and Chris Appelhans. Included also are some 3D models and miniatures photos, showing how certain scenes are framed.

Every page entices me to flip to the next, yet the beautiful artwork just make it so difficult to. It's a thoroughly enjoyable and fun book.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great "Art of" book 3 Nov 2006
By Ozgur Ustundag - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a great art and making of book, in fact it is more than just a regular book, with all the included trading cards that decribes each character of the movie, actual post-it notes, sheets of notebook pages(that main characters wrote their notes on) and envelopes popping out of it.

The sketches and production paintings are stunning and you can also find detailed information about 3d development process for the monster house itself.

Overall this is a multi-dimensional(literally) colorful book that you must get if you are somewhat involved with 3d graphics, feature aniomation and art.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not only a new approach for movies, but for making-of books. 6 Nov 2006
By Brian Litton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is just fun to look at. The artwork is sprawling (I can't believe how much artwork is created for movies; how fast are these artists working?), and the descriptions of how the movies was made are informative. This has quickly become one of my favorite movies, and this book makes it fun to see the evolution of its creation.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An amazing book! 20 May 2007
By A. Kaupang - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is how "art of" books really should be made. Lots of inserts, post-it notes and fun details. It looks almost like a scrapbook and is filled to the rim with drawings, renders, concept art and fun stuff. Very inspirational. It is just as great as the "Open Season" book which is also a must-have for all fans of animation.
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