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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Great movies.
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This is the making-of rather than an art-and-making-of book. So you're not going to see a lot of art. The only other artbook for the Dark Knight trilogy was The Art of Batman Begins and that wasn't very good in terms of art and content.

Having said all that, this is a great movie companion book.

It covers in detail all the...
Published on 26 July 2012 by Parka

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very little 'Art'
Being an illustrator and fan of concept art in general, I expected this book, implied by it's title, to be packed with art produced by the likes of Dermot Power and Rob Bliss. For example, Bliss produced some stunning work for The Joker, and his henchmen. The images in the book mainly consist of location stills from the films. If you are interested in the concept art...
Published on 23 July 2012 by D. Kendall


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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Great movies., 26 July 2012
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This review is from: The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy (Hardcover)
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This is the making-of rather than an art-and-making-of book. So you're not going to see a lot of art. The only other artbook for the Dark Knight trilogy was The Art of Batman Begins and that wasn't very good in terms of art and content.

Having said all that, this is a great movie companion book.

It covers in detail all the three films and the complete production process. You get to read about the screenplay, production design, casting, use of visual and special effects, music and marketing. The book is packed with nice photos of the set, actors, props and vehicles, and some art illustrations.

There are chapters for the shooting of each film which I thought was short considering the length of the movies. Still, it provides great insight into how the movie was shot, and the little clues were put into each film to tie them together. You get a sense of Christopher Nolan's film making philosophy, and understand how the film was directed. He has done an incredible job portraying on big screen one of the most recognisable comic characters.

There are lots of interesting information throughout the book. Like how Anne Hathaway dressed up as Harley Quinn during a casting meeting because she misread the script, or why Nolan even considered using actual bats but ultimately turned to animated ones.

Of all the books relating to the Dark Knight trilogy, this is probably the best.

Highly recommended for fans of the movies. It's a terrific deal for a 304-page hardcover.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A most excellent coffee-table companion to the films themselves!, 9 Sep 2012
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This review is from: The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy (Hardcover)
The art of filmmaking is one of those fields that is inconceivable to most. There's so much to it, such as writing the screenplay, storyboarding, casting the actors, setting up a film crew, directing, producing, composing the music, shooting, post-production, working to budget, marketing etc. Even if you've got the gist of it, this is an art-field of such magnitude where it's so easy to forget and overlook all the talent, preperation and sheer hard work that goes into producing films/blockbusters of all styles.

This is what went through my mind all the time I was reading The Art & Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy. To even make ONE absolutely excellent Batman film (Batman Begins) is an outstanding achievement, but to surpass that with an unmissable, Oscar-winning sequel (The Dark Knight) and then conclude the saga with an excellent third part (The Dark Knight Rises) is an incredible (and remarkable) achievement. One that leaves you reeling so much, that you're left forgetting that it's not JUST Christopher Nolan (or the likes of Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Michael Caine etc) we have to thank for such greatness...it's ALL involved.

IN - EVERYTHING.

The Art & Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy is a truly MAMMOTH book, one that makes the reader realise they had little-to-no idea of the full extent of just what went into making Christopher Nolan's vision of Batman the revolutionary triumph it became. It covers all the essentials in wonderful, engaging detail; everything from conception, screenplay, design & casting to shooting the films themselves, directing, producing, post-production, scoring, campaigning & the impact the trilogy has made.

The book (published by Abrams) is a collaboration by Jody Duncan Jesser and Janine Pourroy, and together they've produced something which they should be proud of. It's a whopping great hardback that's absolutely packed with gorgeous colour photos of all sizes (from filming to still captures of the films), all manner of costume/vehicle/set designs, storyboards, sculptures, model miniatures, testing and snippets of the original comics which provided inspiration.

This tapestry of beautiful imagery is counter-balanced by Jesser & Pourroy's very well-written account, which is composed of quotes and discussions from cast members and crews, improvisation techniques, the amazing efforts of Christian Bale, Tom Hardy etc, working with Heath Ledger, the use of special effects and real-life stunts, filming in IMAX, and all manner of fascinating short-stories and various anecdotes. The story provides a truly inspirational insight into what a highly creative mind Nolan has, as well as shedding light on the contributions of not just the cast, but the stunt teams and extras as well. It all gets the message across; it was a herculean effort to produce something of this magnitude. And to hear of just how much everyone put into this reboot of the Batman film-franchise is nothing short of impressive.

Of course, all this is a given. Fans of the films and Batman in general are obviously going to want to purchase this book to know just how much time, work and money Nolan and the gang put in to this trilogy. But what particularly serves The Art & Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy well is how the authors (and Abrams) have put the whole book together. The layout is impeccable, with the image use being hugely impressive, yet not dominating the hardback. It doesn't detract anything from the text or the story that Jesser and Pourroy are telling. The pacing of the writing is excellent, nothing's wasted, and those who've yet to see The Dark Knight Rises will be pleased to know that there are no major spoilers. And yet, the writers are still able to apply and generate the same level of fascination in the relevant chapters as they do for Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, which speaks highly of the calibre of the work. The type-setting, the picture captions, the impressive two-page photo spreads, the binding, the dust-jacket...everything about this book just reeks of professionalism.

The only things about the product that you may have problems with are being careful not to crease the beautiful dust-jacket and the sheer weight of the hardback might make it tough to handle. A LOT has been packed into this book, which isn't surprising given the subject matter. And at twenty-five quid, it's obviously pricy, but in my honest opinion, it's worthy every penny. The Art & Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy is the ideal coffee-table companion for all fans and will certainly whet fans' appetites long enough for The Dark Knight Rises to come out on DVD.

Mr. Nolan and everyone else...THANK YOU.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The art and making of the Dark Knight Trilogy, 25 July 2012
This review is from: The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy (Hardcover)
This is a large and heavy book on the making of the recent Batman films, these films where a great reboot of the old batman franchise. And a good dramatization of the comic book story. The book contains hundreds of onset photo's plus background stories on the production and development of the films it reminded me a lot of other films books I have recently bought and is well put together. However the only thing missing is concept and production art and drawings, there is very little of this contained inside.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent insight, 12 Aug 2012
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Having got this as my first making of style book I was blown away. It's amazing to follow production, especially since I was a ninja at the Nottingham filming at Wollaton Hall. Certainly amazing to see the reason behind the madness that is an amazing trilogy of modern cinema. A must read for fans or those with an interest in films and the development of engrossing stories.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very little 'Art', 23 July 2012
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Being an illustrator and fan of concept art in general, I expected this book, implied by it's title, to be packed with art produced by the likes of Dermot Power and Rob Bliss. For example, Bliss produced some stunning work for The Joker, and his henchmen. The images in the book mainly consist of location stills from the films. If you are interested in the concept art aspect of these films, avoid this book, as you will be disappointed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy [Hardcover], 27 July 2012
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This book is basically what it says on the front, it is The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy. It has many images of the creating process for the films also it has in depth writing on how Christopher Nolan and his team have created the popular trilogy. This book will really interest fans of the films because if you wanted to know how they created something, this basically shows you the step by step process on how they did it. For example how the Tumbler was created or why they decided to choose Bane for the last film. Overall it was much better than what I thought the book might be. I thought this book would just have images pasted on each page with hardly any information. But this book has top notch images and a lot of information for you learn from.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good!, 21 July 2012
This review is from: The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy (Hardcover)
Got this today and was very impressed large full colour sometimes double page high quality and often unseen pictures covering all aspects of the making of the 3 films.

Theres 3 large chapters about each film, and theres alot about dark knight rises in it which may be obvious but alot of these type of books that are released just before the film comes out just gloss over it as they don't have alot of information about it but i was pleasently suprised how detailed and there is the same amount of pages dedicated to it as the other 2 films.

Lots of interviews with chris nolan and actors and behind the scenes crew.

If your a fan of the films than i can't recommend it high enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic making of a truly epic trilogy., 4 July 2014
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The Dark Knight trilogy to me is up there with The Lord Of The Rings as the greatest trilogy in cinematic history.
This wonderful guide tells of how this game changing Batman series was produced and brought to the big screen.
Everything is included like casting,action scenes,visual and special effects and everything else like which cities and locations were used for the movies.
If you like me were truly blown away by these Bat masterpieces with the Dark Knight Rises being my fav and my all time best film then you will lose hours reading this truly wonderful guide to a series that changed my movie viewing,changed Batman movies for the future,changed comic book movies in the future and for me changed cinema forever.
Perfection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible., 13 Jun 2014
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Amazing. Brilliant. Fantastic. What a great book with everything u could need and want to know about nolans trilogy . A must for any batman fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best making of's around, 14 Mar 2014
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This is a beautiful book, big and heavy and beautifuly printed.
One thing though, just to be clear, here are not enough paintings in this to call it an art book, so its definitely a Making of book, and Wow, where to begin!
The production photos are all Hi Res and look superb. The layout is beautiful accompanied with production notes and a good insight of the amount of work put in to make these movies happen.
A must for all Dark Knight Fans!
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