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World War Z -The Art of the Film Paperback – 18 Jun 2013

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (18 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781168857
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781168851
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 1.3 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 477,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Astonishing World War Z concept art." --io9

"Features a wealth of stunning production art." --Screenslam review

"Whether you have watched the movie or not, World War Z: The Art of the Film is a perfect addition to any horror fan's collection and is a beautifully interesting read." --Dread Central

"While I personally loved the film, I definitely loved it a whole lot more after getting a chance to read this book... I d highly recommend it..." --Comic Buzz

About the Author

Ne en 1972 a New York, Max Brooks est le fils du celebre Mel Brooks ("La folle histoire de l espace", "Frankenstein junior" ) et de l actrice Anne Bancroft. Membre entre 2001 et 2003 de l equipe creative du "Saturday Night Live", il a egalement participe comme acteur a plusieurs series televisees et prete sa voix a des personnages d animation ("Batman", "Justice League"). Il vit aujourd hui a Los Angeles. Ses ouvrages, devenus des references (dont "World War Z", adapte au cinema), connaissent un immense succes dans le monde entier.


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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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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 22 Jun. 2013
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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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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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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.
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