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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (13 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781161097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781161098
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 2.2 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Prometheus is really going to be something special' --Harry Knowles, Ain't It Cool News

"We highly, highly encourage anyone even remotely fascinated by the alien elements of Scott's film to pick up a copy." --Movies.com

"Even the most underwhelmed Alien fan may enjoy poring over the lushly illustrated Prometheus: The Art of the Film from Titan Books...a worthy addition to any geek's overburdened bookshelf." --Television Without Pity

"If you crave further meat about the movie or you just like owning a top quality book that will surely become a collector s piece...GET IT! It's a MUST OWN for fans of the film! I worship my copy!" --Arrow in the Head

"A gorgeous look inside the design process of this film... it's chock full of beautiful, scary and moody art." --i09.com

"Excellent, gorgeous book." --Badass Digest

"Lots of amazing, high-resolution pictures from the film, as well as Ridley Scott s hand-drawn storyboards and a plethora of concept art." --Screenrant

"Prometheus is really going to be something special" (Harry Knowles, Ain't It Cool News.)"

"The Art of the Film provides wonderful insight into the film, highlighting just how much thought went into creating the world." --Film School Rejects

"Overall, everyone should pick up this book. If you loved Prometheus and are craving more, it s here. If you were slightly disappointed and wanted answers to the film s numerous questions, you ll find some of them in this book. Aside from the amazing photographs and illustrations provided within, there s a great amount of text from Scott, Max, writers Damon Lindelof and Jon Spaihts, and creature/special effects supervisor Neal Scanlan that detail every aspect of the film s production." --Geeks of Doom

"If you re a Ridley Scott/Alien/Prometheus fan, or simply a fan of Art of books, this is definitely a must buy. I give Prometheus: Art of the Film Five out of Five Stars." --SciFi Mafia

"Encapsulating virtually every aspect of the films production through visuals and the printed word, PROMETHEUS: THE ART OF THE FILM is an attractive purchase for those wishing to discover more about the beings of Ridley Scott's cinematic universe and what went into their creation." --Cool Ass Cinema

"Love or hate Prometheus, this coffee table book is nearly 200 pages of absolute beauty. Titan really stepped up and created a fantastic piece for collectors. Even casual viewers will appreciate what a fantastic piece of art Scott and his team created after thumbing through this for a half hour. I wasn t a champion of the movie, but I m absolutely in love with this book." --Daily Rotation

"Lots of amazing, high-resolution pictures from the film, as well as Ridley Scott s hand-drawn storyboards and a plethora of concept art." --Screenrant

"Visually, this book has the unexpected effect of drawing you in for hours to pour over the rich details, so I recommend giving yourself a few hours to really enjoy it." --Culture Brats

"Lots of amazing, high-resolution pictures from the film, as well as Ridley Scott s hand-drawn storyboards and a plethora of concept art." --Screenrant

"It's a gorgeous volume, well constructed and written, featuring art and photos from one of the most beautiful and original science fiction/horror films in the last 20 years. What are you waiting for? Go buy this thing." --Dread Central review

"Lots of amazing, high-resolution pictures from the film, as well as Ridley Scott s hand-drawn storyboards and a plethora of concept art." --Screenrant

"Any fan of Prometheus will love The Art of the Film because of the inc --Imagine FX

"Weighing in at nearly 200 pages, and in high quality full-color print, the book leaves little to be desired." --TG Daily

"Polished and in-depth... a fascinating read." --Imagine FX

About the Author

MARK SALISBURY is the former editor of Britain's top-selling movie magazine, Empire, and author of a number of movie books, including Alice in Wonderland A Visual Companion and Burton on Burton..


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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 17 Jun. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Length: 1:26 Mins
Prometheus: The Art of the Film is a nice movie visual companion. A large landscape hardcover with 192 pages.

It's not the usual art book where you'll see lots of concept art. Rather, the content consist of film stills, photographs, storyboards and of course the concept art.

There are more photos than concept art, not that it's bad thing. The photos are great actually, showing detailed look at the interiors of Prometheus, some of the sets built such as the Prometheus landing leg, the Pyramid, the head statue, the chamber with the Ampules, sculpted alien props and the landscape photos that were turned into alien environments.

The concept art featured are mainly the finalized versions. There aren't many variations for any particular design. For example, there's only one exterior design of Prometheus, a handful of designs for spacesuit, aliens, etc. That's perhaps the downside of this so called art book. I do like the concept art style and rendition which goes really well together with the photos to give the book a very singular unified look.

The commentary talks about the important scenes and locations. Those are interesting as they explain the design. The book doesn't dissect the story so whatever you find ambiguous in the movie will still be more or less ambiguous after reading the book.

I consider this as more of a production design book. It's not an art book in the strictest sense as there aren't a lot of drawn art. However, I would still recommend it because it's packed with visuals all the way.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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With a film that has definitely polarised audiences, for the record I liked it, but after reading this movie art book from Titan Books, there is no doubt that a lot of detail was put into the making of Prometheus.

Presented in the usual hardback art format, the book is introduced by director Ridley Scott, and Production Designer Arthur Max, and is packed full of gorgeous conceptual art, sculptures, sketches, including a selection of storyboards by Ridley Scott himself, plus photos from behind the scenes and from the final film.

But, as is the way with these types of books, it is always recommended that you see the film before picking this up. With all the luscious design art documenting the making of the film from start to finish, there are a ton of spoilers, especially from the last act of the film. But if you have seen the film, it might also answer a few questions about the film that you might have after you come out of the cinema, or raise a few more.

Overall, if you like the film, love behind the scenes look at films, or love conceptual art then I would say get yourself a copy of this book. Money definitely well spent!
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This is a great-looking book, a hardback presented in landscape format. The content is beautifully presented but I am a bit disappointed by the lack of content. Its design is firmly on quality rather than quantity, so it looks wonderful, has lots of large pictures, but it lacks the sheer number of pictures I was expecting.

I have many movie artwork books, and they are all packed with hundreds of concept design sketches, paintings, models and photographs that show initial concepts and ideas, and shows how they evolve to finished entities in the movie. In this case I was expecting an array of design sketches and paintings for costumes, sets, spaceships, vehicles, creatures, landscapes and so on. These are all represented, but I don't get any sense of the designers' thinking.

One of the great things about these books is looking at all those wonderful designs that go into a movie; especially all those that fell by the wayside, were too whacky or expensive, or which give a glimpse of plot lines that were eventually abandoned. The problem with this book, for me anyway, is that these things are simply not there. For example, it shows just four designs for spacesuits, when we know from countless other such books that hundreds of designs would have been drawn. Similarly for spaceship design, there are just a couple of concept designs on offer, when surely this big, expensive and crucial piece of the movie would have been the subject of a vast amount of design work, generating a mountain of sketches, paintings and models that this book ought to have showcased. It's not all bad though - far from it. We get about 23 drawings, paintings, models and photos of the rover vehicle, plenty of alien designs, and an enormous number of landscape images.
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It's not secret that I hated the Prometheus movie - I have gone on at length about the thousands of flaws it has, and so won't repeat myself here.

However, one of the very few things it does get right is the cinematography - it is a visual treat, and this book fully explores to the key artwork from concept to delivery with some great cliff notes.

It's only a shame the movie was not this well though through.
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This is a comprehensive and well illustrated guide to the production design and visualisation Of Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus'. The illustrations are good quality and plentiful, and the inclusion of sketches is very welcome. This book would be a useful reference for those interested in production design, and is an acceptable coffee table book- although it doesn't have the lushness of the production design book accompanying James Cameron's 'Avatar' or Alan lee's LoTR sketchbook. The discounted amazon price represents excellent value for money- but I would not have paid the full £25 or so for it.
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