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on 24 June 2013
My first instinct was to be a bit annoyed about this book. The reason being that it states, very clearly, across the top of the cover, that this is an art book. It is even listed as 'World War Z -The Art of The Film'. But really it's more of an illustrated screenplay. At the bottom of the front cover it says that the book contains the concept art and features the script, I'd say that it contains the script and features some of the art.

However I have seen books that have done this to a worse degree(the art of Star Wars Episode 4 was particularly annoying) and aside from, in my opinion, misrepresenting itself it is a decent and well put together book which does feature some of the concept art, along with photos and production shots, and presents the script in a nice and accessible style.

So in summation I would say this; If you're a lover of art books and only want it for that then give this book a miss (despite the alluring price of £10). If you like to get film scripts then you can add an extra star to my review because as a script book it is pretty good. If the people making this book had just been more honest about what this book is then they could have avoided a number of unhappy customers (as I'm sure there will be).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I'm underwhelmed by this book. It's actually more of a screenplay book accompanied by pieces of artwork.

About 80 percent of the pages are devoted to the screenplay. On those pages, the screenplay is mixed with concept art illustrations and set photographs. The concept art are of the burning cities, ransacked supermarkets, underground bunkers, deserted buildings and, of course, zombies.

Many of the art pieces look and feel unfinished. They are basically rough impressions for how certain scenes are to look. Few pieces are in the unpleasant collage style of photograph or 3D with art. If you look at the pictures at arms length, they look fine. If you look closer, the details don't hold up. The storyboard sketches are fantastic but there are only a handful of them.

The last few pages feature zombie art. There are some nice textures going on but ultimately the designs are quite safe. They could have been zombies from any other zombie film.

The only form of commentary comes in the form of short quotes from the crew. They aren't very insightful by themselves. There's nothing on how the film was shot which would have been more interesting.

I recommend flipping through the book, see the pages before you buy.
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on 28 March 2014
This is a strange art book. To be honest, its even hard to call it an “art book”. This is basically the movie script with some concept art and a few movie stills. That's not to say this is not an interesting read. If you enjoyed the movie, like I did, its entertaining reading the script and seeing that there were quite a few changes from the writing to the screen. The movie followed the overall structure of the script, but the feeling when reading many scenes is that the movie is far less savage and gloomy than what was originally planned. Still, I suppose this, while providing a neat insight into the making of the movie, is not what you would expect from a book called “The Art of the Film”.
Its not that there's no visual component in the book. There are many excellent concept art examples and some very cool stills from scenes in the movie. The concept art provides a vision that unfortunately did not make it fully into the movie. This art portrays epic scenes, of grand scope of zombie battles, destruction and a frightening apocalypse. This art promised an amazing and brutal movie instead of the entertaining but ultimately “safe” summer blockbuster we got. There are also a few pages, at the end of the book, all about the “design” of the zombies which were very interesting and a few concepts about weapons, mainly “the lobo” which once again did not make it to the movie but were also amazingly cool to see.
Still its obvious to anyone that the “art” is not the main focus of the book. There are pages and pages of text with only a small picture and its both surprising and baffling the choice to put the spotlight on the written word, to “fill” the book instead of providing some visual material which I am sure there was plenty of to choose from the pre-production of the movie.
This was still an interesting and amusing read. I enjoyed the script, learning about the changes to the screen and the art provided is exceptional.
Its not a great art book but its a nice companion to the movie and highly recommended to its fans. Only to its fan, though.
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World War Z: The Art of the Film is a great souvenir for anyone who sees this film and even slightly enjoys it. It's packed full of concept art and images of final frames, and it also includes select storyboards and numerous quotes from the filmmakers. I saw the film this week and thoroughly enjoyed it, and I'm glad I have such a well-presented book to give me a peek behind the scenes.

The main part of this book (and the reason I was so looking forward to it) is the full shooting script (correct version at time of printing). It's presented here in its entirety and gives the reader a complete insight into the film, including all dialogue, exposition and direction. This book is very similar in style to that of The Cabin in the Woods: The Official Visual Companion (Titan Books, 2012), which also features a full screenplay and hundreds of production images. If you liked that one, you'll definitely like this!

As with any script there are very slight differences, but nothing too major. My personal favourite reason for reading a film or TV script is to better understand missed dialogue and get a deeper understanding of the plot, along with discovering more facts and details from the people at the helm of the project. This book provides all that and more, though it is one huge spoiler. You have been warned - don't read this until you've seen the film!

At the end of the screenplay, there are several small sections of art focusing on the Zs and their design (and creepy eyeballs), the tools/weapons used and shooting green screen. The zombies look fantastic close-up, with their design and development being the main focus. I was interested to learn that ever zombie you see has a specific design to it, rather than one big generic look. It's this attention to detail that you don't get by simply just watching a film and leaving it at that!

World War Z: The Art of the Film is a brilliant companion to the summer's blockbuster zombie film, and really it has everything I was hoping for. I would have liked a bit more text detailing different aspects of the production, but this is a book that showcases art and the screenplay rather than going into depth about casting and costumes. World War Z is visually spectacular at times, and this book does justice to that element of its storytelling. Casual cinemagoers and film aficionados will both enjoy this one, whether it be through an interest in reading the script or studying concept art and zombie design. It's a win-win situation!
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I love a great zombie film and whilst I've not had the pleasure of reading World War Z at the moment, I've heard from others that it's a story that will not only keep my Zombie need maxed but also give me a story that I'll just love to spend time immersed in (although I still think Zombies shouldn't run.)

What is presented within is a book that brings not only the artwork to life but also takes the reader through the creation of the undead (or as I like to call them Fashion Cat Walk models LOL) as they help bring this dark apocalyptic point of view to the modern viewer. Add to this solid commentary and all round it's a book that I'll be looking through quite a few times. Great stuff.
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on 26 August 2013
Being a avid FX fan, wanted to see the behind the scenes FX and where and how it was done after watching the film WWZ. Open to another sequel maybe later on??? These film support books from titan are an excellent read.
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on 12 September 2013
I thumbed through this... it's ok but doesn't develop or enlighten about any of the wonderful stuff that didn't make the final film.
Was surprised to see my designs turn up in it though...which was a plus...
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