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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Weta Film Chronicles (Two book set) [Hardcover]

Daniel Falconer , Weta
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Book Description

25 Nov 2013

For the ultimate Hobbit fan the ultimate celebration of the first part of The Hobbit film trilogy. Two sumptuous hardback books created by the legendary special effects team at Weta Workshop.

Weta Chronicle I: Art & Design is packed with more than 1,000 images of concept artwork, photographs and paintings by the artists working to bring Middle-earth to life, each of whom provides detailed and entertaining commentary that reveals the story behind the vision.

Weta Chronicle II: Creatures and Characters explores the amazing cast of heroes, beasts and beings that populate Middle-earth. Richly illustrated with behind-the-scenes photographs, digital art and film stills, the film’s huge ensemble of characters and creatures, both physical and digital, are revealed, and are accompanied by insider stories of how each came to be created.

As a unique bonus, each book includes a special fold-out feature: a map printed in glow-in-the-dark ink and a three-page fold-out replica of Bilbo’s contract in one book; and a fold-out creature height chart in the other.

Compiled by Weta Workshop senior concept designer Daniel Falconer, these lavish hardback books are bursting with insider information and stunning visual imagery.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (25 Nov 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 000793937X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007939374
  • Product Dimensions: 31.8 x 24.8 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘This beautifully presented book… is a lovely treat for fans’ The Sun

‘Whatever your thoughts on [the film] there’s no denying the attention to detail invested by Weta Workshop… and the amazing images on display in new book The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Chronicles” SciFi Now

About the Author

Daniel Falconer has been a designer at Weta Workshop for more than fifteen years, producing conceptual art as part of the design team on many of the company’s high profile projects including The Lord of the Rings, King Kong, The Chronicles of Narnia, Avatar and The Hobbit. Daniel lives and works in Wellington with his wife Catherine and two daughters.
Weta Workshop is a multi-award winning conceptual design and physical manufacturing facility servicing the world's entertainment and creative industries. It houses a range of disciplines under one roof – including conceptual design, weapons, armour & chainmaille, specialist props, vehicles, specialty costumes, models & miniatures, special makeup & prosthetics, public art & displays.

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This set was purchased on Amazon 'Black Friday' in the run up to Christmas 2013, originally retailing at about 40 prior to the day, this set was obtained at about half price, and it is certainly not a set of books I would have considered purchasing otherwise.
The books are lavishly created and there is a huge amount of detail in here regarding the workshops, make up departments, set designers and background to all the sets used in the film. One book covers the sets themselves and backdrops, sets and photo art. The other covers creatures and characters including background and concept, not only is this a great set of two books which compliment the series totally, but has a lot of factual information including maps and other reference information.
They are wide books but not tall, and the covers and back are beautifully done, they would compliment any bookcase or set of other Lord of Rings/Hobbit reference guides. These are not stories, but contain just factual information into the work that was put into bringing the film to life and the amount of work put in by the relevant workshops.
Artwork and pictures in the two volumes are detailed, lavish in colour and depth and well detailed, information is well laid out and factual.

In summary:
These are a worthy purchase and a good investment, highly recommended for fans of the series / movies.
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