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The Art of Batman Begins Hardcover – 16 Jun 2005


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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (16 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845760948
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845760946
  • Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 1.9 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 750,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Cotta Vaz is the author of over twenty-one books, including four New York Times bestsellers. His recent works include Mythic Vision: The Making of Eragon, The Spirit: The Movie Visual Companion, and his biography, Living Dangerously: The Adventures of Merian C. Cooper, Creator of King Kong¸which was a Los Angeles Times bestseller.

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"A feast for the eyes, this is a quality piece of tie-in merchandise." -- Film Review, September 2005

"if you've ever wanted to move to Gotham City (or build your own), this is the book for you." -- Dreamwatch June 2005

About the Author

Mark Cotta Vaz is highly respected as the world's foremost author of movie 'making of' books. His informed, incisive yet highly entertaining writing has graced many titles over the years, including Behind the Mask of Spider-Man, The Art of Finding Nemo, The Art of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, and his acclaimed history of matte painting in movies, The Invisible Art.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 13 Feb 2009
Format: Hardcover
Length: 1:03 Mins
This book is also pretty light on content, just like The Dark Knight: Featuring Production Art and Full Shooting Script. It explains very little on the production of the movie. You might probably even get more information on Wikipedia.

There are pretty detailed storyboards in the book, even if they are only a few pages. The paintings and concept art to be lacking in comparison to movie stills. A lot of movie stills were included. Some of these movie stills occupy a whole page, or two by themselves. By themselves, they really served no purpose.

The cinematography for the movie was great. The composition was amazing. But there are too few reference paintings included.

This book is only for the hardcore movie fans. Batman fans won't really miss anything if they stick to their comics.

The probable reason for the lack of depth, I believe, is that not much material was provided to the author, Mark Cotta Vaz. His two other art books which I have, The Art of The Incredibles and The Art of Finding Nemo, were fantastic.

There are more pictures on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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Format: Hardcover
Length: 1:00 Mins
This is a fantastic art book for "Batman Begins". There are images included from every aspect of the production - from early concept art and designs, to storyboards, to set photos, to final images from the film.

If you like reading about the film's production, you might find this book a bit disappointing - there's not much text to be found. But the book is heavy on imagery, and I think that's by far the most important element for a movie art book.

Includes the following:
- Gotham City concept art
- Design of the Bat suit, cowl, and weapons
- The Batmobile/Tumbler - including vehicle design (interior and exterior)
- The Scarecrow
- Storyboards of key scenes
- Blueprints of Wayne Manor
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Format: Hardcover
I agree with the other reviewer. This book is light on behind the scenes information. It seems this book has all the information that isn't available on the internet and in the extras on the DVD. Having said that, the art is still wonderful to look at, and if you've seen the film you can clearly see how the imagined and the final product differ (or not). Because it's a treat, and a rare treat at that, I'm giving it four stars. It's not jam packed but after all this time people still like looking through the book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Slightly lacking in depth 4 Sep 2008
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is also pretty light on content, just like The Dark Knight: Featuring Production Art and Full Shooting Script. It explains very little on the production of the movie. You might probably even get more information on Wikipedia.

There are pretty detailed storyboards in the book, even if they are only a few pages. The paintings and concept art to be lacking in comparison to movie stills. A lot of movie stills were included. Some of these movie stills occupy a whole page, or two by themselves. By themselves, they really served no purpose.

The cinematography for the movie was great. The composition was amazing. But there are too few reference paintings included.

This book is only for the hardcore movie fans. Batman fans won't really miss anything if they stick to their comics.

The probable reason for the lack of depth, I believe, is that not much material was provided to the author, Mark Cotta Vaz. His two other art books which I have, The Art of The Incredibles and The Art of Finding Nemo, were fantastic.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
THE ART OF THE MOVIE 27 Jun 2005
By Tim Janson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
With any of the big-time, franchise, summer blockbuster films you always get a flood of merchandising, of course. Batman Begins is the start of a new Batman franchise and the start of a massive marketing campaign. The Art of Batman Begins takes you through a kind of step-by-step tour of the creation of the film and it's dark influences. The book begins with the cover to the classic Detective Comics #27, the first ever appearance of Batman along with a few panels from that issue by the late Bob Kane, Batman's creator. Then it's on to brilliant, full page concept paintings and drawings, and storyboards. A veritable treasure trove of material. If you haven't seen the film yet, this book is a great example of how Batman is being returned to his dark roots of the late 1930's and early 40's. A great book...one of the best merchandising items so far for the movie. Must-have for collectors!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Where's the art? 20 Dec 2010
By Devin Bekins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Another book that seems to carry the tag "the art of" but not have any real art. As a aspiring cg, digital artist going to school I look to these books for direction ideas and examples but there where none in this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Poor insight into the film. 9 Aug 2008
By C.J. Hustwick - Published on Amazon.com
Absolutely pales in comparison with similar books that came out in the 80s such as the Star Wars sketchbooks. After reading this sycophantic gloss, you'll actually feel like more of a groveling Batman groupie; Mark Cotta Vaz excels at superficialities while denying the reader true criticism. Simply, there is little understanding of the artistic mind and what we have here is nothing much more than 50 or so production pieces of art, most of which do not differ from the final product to any appreciable degree.

For instance, a little foam-rubber mock-up of the Batmobile takes up an entire page. Also, Cotta Vaz thinks a quote from Nolan such as "Gotham City is like New York on steroids" is a revealing statement. I give one star for a smattering of info. regarding various props and the reasoning behind them. But even this is something akin to a DK "Visual Guide" not an exploration of a film's artistry.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
good enough but..? 2 Sep 2009
By Mr. Hugh D. Marchant - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
the item arrived in good condition, but I noticed a few pages are printed slightly out of register, making some of the images a little blurry. This is a printing fault and not an error on the part ofthe seller, but a closer inspection and more detailed description of the item would have been appreciated -

all in all, I'm happy 'cos I just want to use the book for reference.

thanks,
Hugh
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