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Making of FINAL FANTASY, The: The Spirits Within [Hardcover]

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Aug. 2 2001

The Making of FINAL FANTASY: The Spirits Within book will feature an inside look into the making of the movie. The book includes storyboards, the movie script, concept sketches, and images of the characters, sets and props from the movie. Behind-the-scenes information and interviews with the creative minds behind this ground-breaking production. The book brings to light the truly staggering level of work and detail involved in the movie's development.

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The Making of FINAL FANTASY: The Spirits Within book will feature an inside look into the making of the movie. The book includes storyboards, the movie script, concept sketches, and images of the characters, sets and props from the movie. Behind-the-scenes information and interviews with the creative minds behind this ground-breaking production. The book brings to light the truly staggering level of work and detail involved in the movie's development.

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Square Electronic Arts L.L.C. and Square Co., Ltd. is the leading third-party developer and publisher of home video game console software in Japan with annual sales of more than US $687 million consolidated base (based on average annual exchange rate of 106 Japanese Yen per US Dollar during fiscal year 2000) and 1,200 employees worldwide. Square Co., Ltd. became famous for its role-playing games, including its world-renowned FINAL FANTASY series, which has sold more than 30 million units to date, and now publishes other titles under the SQUARESOFT brand spanning all genres. Square Co., Ltd. is based in Tokyo, Japan, and maintains a branch office in Osaka. More information about Square Co., Ltd., can be found on the Internet at http://www.square.co.jp. Square Electronic ArtsSM L.L.C. is the exclusive publisher of all SQUARESOFT® products in North America. Square Co., Ltd. publishes its SQUARESOFT titles in North America through Square Electronic Arts L.L.C., located in Los Angeles, CA. More information about SQUARESOFT products can be found on the Internet at http://www.squaresoft.com.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Oct. 16 2001
By Cookie
This book shows you the process from beginning to end, but unfortunately left out much of the middle. There are many rudimentary b&w sketches, then the next thing you knew, the characters are fully rendered, colored and lighted. Plenty about the concept and storyboarding and script (the entire script!) and which screw fits where and what material Aki's shoulder pads are made of, but heck, I don't care about that! I went to see this movie for the astounding CGI, and I bet everyone left the theater thinking, "How did they do that?" THAT'S what I want to see - the phenomenal artistry of this movie. This book gives you none of that. It's like, here's the concept, and look here - Bam! We have the final product. Wowee, isn't it so amazing how this little line sketch here has turned into this grand scene in the movie? Amazing, aren't we?
Hello?!What happened in between?
There are a few peeks here and there of how the artists drew and evolved the art, but the pictures were small and not much was devoted to this, very unfortunately. And for a picture book of this quality, I was surprised to see what poor quality graphics they had for some of the b&w pictures - you can actually count the pixels.
Anyhow, it was disappointing. After reading it, my question of "How the heck did they do that?" remains unanswered. The only saving grace of this book is a little outtake at the end - the whole crew doing a Britney Spears routine. I got a chuckle out of that.
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By kX
Even though the movie was sub-par in plot this book makes up by being filled to the brim with pictures and information about the groundbreaking special FX.
"The Making of FF: The Spirits Within" contains hundreds of pictures of scenes from the movie, and conceptual designs. As a student majoring in graphic design, I found the conceptual design pictures especially intriguing. It was insightful to see how major companies work out storyboards etc for movies. The book also includes interviews with various designers involved in the movie about conceptualizing characters and of making the plot.
An area that I found disappointing was the lack of detail that was devoted to the "Phantoms". The "Phantoms" sections consists of only a couple of pages which was highly disappointing since I found them one of the best points in the movie.
This book is an excellent buy for anyone who enjoys special FX and is a great compliment to the DVD release of FF:The Spirits Within. (Out Oct 23 in case you forgot) :]
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2.0 out of 5 stars Being fair to the Fantasy Aug. 19 2001
As a movie I found Final Fantasy to be an incomprehensible hodgepodge borrowed from other sci-fi films. As a technical and artistic achievement I though it was lackluster next to the quality and artistry of A Bug's Life or the animation of Tarzan and Atlantis.
However, despite all these negatives, I found that the production design (the mechanical design especially) to be absolutely breathtaking. The 'mecha' alone made this film easily worth the price of admission, not to mention the outstanding holographic computer interfaces the characters used. Finally something better than touch screens!
After leaving the theatre I knew I never wanted to have to endure that film again, but I positively had to posses the 'Art of' book - and maybe a few toy spaceships just to be on the safe side.
Unfortunately this book disappointed me almost as much as the movie. Too many stills from the movie and not enough about the development of the designs. Sure we have, a few story boards here, a few production drawings there. However I felt that the visual storytelling was as flat footed as the plot (I'd recommend tracking down Miyazaki's storyboards for Nausicaa for a real eye opening experience), and the "concept sketches" they had were nothing of the sort (rather they were the finished designs used to direct the model builders).
By contrast the wonderful Art of Star Wars series is almost entirely development and concept artwork showing the evolution and rejected ideas. And that's what I'd recommend to any interested artist or designer looking for inspirational source material!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like the movie... Aug. 10 2001
I was eagerly awaiting the publication of the book on the making of Final Fantasy : The spirits within . I was very curious , and I could say excited,about the kind of graphic layout, photographic content and story line development that the book would document given the fact that the movie is so incredibly detailed and crafted. My expectation was that book would be as ground breaking like the movie. I was very disappointed in reading and studying the book. It is nothing like the movie at all; not the meticulous and rigurous attention to detail, or the sharpness in digital imagery that among other things makes the film such a amazing work of digital art. It does not convey the mood of the movie. This book is about process and in that sense documents it very well; from the laying out of the story boards to the more technical aspects of the making of the film. It is very well organized but there is not balace between the way the text is displayed and the fantastic digital imagetry which characterizes the movie. It seems rushed; The quality of the pictures is very poor in many instances, so dark that you can hardly see the images.They are simply too small to really appreciate all the details. The same happens with some of the beautifully rendered conceptual sketches and drawings; they are too small to study. The text and color background occupies too much space in the page at the expense of the the graphic information and pictures; that in my opinion is what makes this book such a disappointment. Many of the images of the movie are so haunting,poignant and intriguing and it is precisely that sense of awe,wonder and dreamlike illusion that is missing from the book. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice companion to the movie
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Published on Feb. 12 2009 by Parka
4.0 out of 5 stars Waiting a more detailed book... hurry up writers
This is a great book for a great movie. Final Fantasy is a mark in the industry of games, and now in movies too. Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2002 by Rogerio J. C. Tavares
5.0 out of 5 stars Behind the scenes
If you ever wanted a great behind the scenes book on the movie that is the greatest ahievement by computer animation with realistic 3d characters, check this book out. Read more
Published on July 6 2002 by Ryan P. Sadwick
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for animators
This book is not for animators.Please dont make the mistake of buying this book if u are an animator. Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2002 by Kumar Galavya Purohit
4.0 out of 5 stars A true work of art
This book describes all process to create the movie Final Fantasy and is very well done and the illustrations are great. If you watched the movie, you must have this book.
Published on Feb. 9 2002 by Roque Maria Neto
2.0 out of 5 stars I wouldn't waste the money on this...
When you can easily look up how they made this movie on the net or on the DVD "Final Fantasy The Spirits Within", there is absolutely no need to pay ($$$)for this book whatsoever. Read more
Published on Dec 4 2001 by S. Rhodes
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.75 stars
For me this is a truly awsome book, because this is what I want to do, computer graphics. The reason I dont think the book is a full 5 stars is that it leaves some parts of the... Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Just by it for the beauty
The only reason you'll want to by it is to have a wonderful collection of stills from the movie (and many that aren't from the movie). Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2001 by Jeffrey Pauletto
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative Masterpeice
An interesting view of the making of a groundbreaking movie and technological landmark for moviegoers and Final Fantasy fans alike.
Published on Sept. 30 2001 by "strife_255"
4.0 out of 5 stars VALE LA PENA PERO...
Este libro es bueno, ameno y facil de leer. Eso sí, las fotos son muy chicas en algunos casos y algo oscuras, pero el diseño es agil y compensa. Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2001 by Romulo Miranda
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