Tim Burton's Corpse Bride: An Invitation to the Wedding Paperback – 25 Nov 2005
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"Crammed with sketches, stills and artwork, this sumptuous backstage tour is well up to par for this kind of book." -- Film Review, February 2006
...This book secretes class like a slug oozes slime." -- SFX Magazine January 2006
From the Publisher
The Corpse Bride is released in UK cinemas 21 October.
The successor to Burtons hugely popular The Nightmare Before Christmas.
The Nightmare Before Christmas is a movie publishing phenomenon: its tie-in books are still in print and selling thousands of copies annually, over 10 years after the movie came out. The Art of the Corpse Bride will do the same!
A full range of Corpse Bride toys and collectables will accompany the movie.
The movie features the voices of Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson, Albert Finney, Paul Whitehouse, Tracey Ullman, Joannna Lumley, Jane Horrocks and Christopher Lee.
"Gothic-tastic!" Empire --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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The book's divided into 3 parts:
Part 1 - Land of the Living
Part 2 - Land of the Dead
Part 3 - Going Upstairs, The Illustrated Story
You know those behind the scenes videos from movie DVDs? This book is essentially that, except in written form.
Part 1 talks about how the story was conceived, the people involved in making the movie, project development, and the challenges to handling stop motion animation. There's a lot on character design, especially the back stories that determine who they are, and how they were created physically. There are very interesting details you'll learn in the creation process. Below's a quote on controlling facial movements:
"By inserting an Allen wrench into a socket in the ears of the puppets, the animators could control various facial movements. If you put the key into the left ear and turn it in one direction, it would make the puppet smile on the left-side of the face; if you turned it the other way it would make the corner of the mouth on that side of the face droop down, giving the puppet a slightly sad expression, and vice versa on the other side."
Part 2 is about designing the movie set. It talks about the design influences on the buildings and how the sets were designed in order to facilitate shooting. There are write ups on the voice casts, animators and the music. Interesting to note is that the movie was shot using a digital SLR.Read more ›
However I was rather disappointed, while the book does show of some character sketches and set designs it is rather technical and crammed with text with not many large scale images. This book would please people more interested in storyboards and stop motion animation as well as those interested in to what goes into creating a film such as voice acting and musical scores.
The storyboard also contains a lot of stills from the film, which left me feeling that I was better off just watching the film rather than reading the book, especially as it was accompanied by song lyrics and dialogue.
Despite this the book is interesting, it just takes a bit more investment into reading it fully.
The back of the book says -
'This inspired volume showcases spectacular movie stills, sketches, paintings, and Tim Burtons own drawings. Covering pre-production, productio and post-production, sections detail character realization, set developments and construction, puppet fabrication, costuming, and stop motion filming - all the wonderful intricacies of the elaborate process. The books final part retells the films story in images with synopsis, storyboards, and lyrics.'