If you enjoyed the first making-of book Aliens vs Predator: Creature Effects of ADI, this book has plenty to offer.
Included are hundreds of photos and captions detailing how scenes in the movie were shot, such as what's used on location. This book is like a production diary explaining the things that happen during shooting.
The second half of the book is more interesting. There are sketches, photos and miniatures showing how the creatures and weapons in the movie were made. The photos are high resolution and zoomed in close to show subtle details.
There are captions all along, same goes for every page of the book. It's an incredibly in depth look behind the scenes.
There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
A fascinating look behind the scenes of one of the most maligned and criticised blockbusters in recent years. This is centred on the work of Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff's creature effects team, and given their team's origins as an independent 'breakaway' from the multiple Oscar winning Stan Winston Studios, it's of immensely high quality and fascinating creativity. We get a lot of info on why certain styles and designs were chosen for the creatures in the film and their weapons. We also get info on the challenges of making the monsters, and also of making them work in the weather and effects of the movie. Minor and major changes from the original alien and Predator designs are candidly revealed, along with instances where they went wrong, and we get an insight into the vast amount of work that went into the creature designs and builds alone. With special focus chapters given to weaponry, the new Predator (even as a fan of the film I was unaware he had a nickname), and the PredAlien, it goes into enough detail to satisfy. I recommend watching the film again and then reading this - it's a very satisfying experience when everything's fresh in your mind. A fantastic book for fans of the film and creature SFX fans.
Well even though the movie was not what anybody would have expected-it was absolutely terrible and i consider myself a huge fan of both franchise- this book does worth every penny. To be honest with all of u i love creatures, more i love these creatures, more i love creature effects and i'm a fan of Amalgamated Dynamics (the guys responsible for the creature fx of AVP, Alien3, Alien Resurrection, and now the latest AVP-R). But even if u are not a fan it is an interesting and exiting reading, the pictures are very nice everything is well documented and sometimes quite funny. If you are thinking on this one i'd say: pay that dirty 35$!
Great insight to how the creatures were developed and how the "Predator technology" was designed ... it must have broken the designers hearts when they saw the "high school romp with monsters" on the screen ... great book though