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Prometheus: The Art of the Film [Hardcover]

Mark Salisbury
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Book Description

June 12 2012
Visionary filmmaker Ridley Scott returns to the genre he helped define, creating an original science fiction epic set in the most dangerous corners of the universe. The movie takes a team of scientists and explorers on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits and strand them on a distant world, where they will discover the answers to our most profound questions and to life's ultimate mystery.

With an introduction by Scott himself, this lavish book will be the only publication to accompany Prometheus. Stunning production art and behind the scenes photos will grant the reader a window on the process of creating this astounding new epic.

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"This is a gorgeous book, and will help readers understand the locations and sets with a more intimate knowledge." – San Francisco Book Review

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

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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice visual companion June 16 2012
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars PROMETHEUS ARE YOU SEEING THIS? June 18 2012
By jojold
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'm really impressed about this book and it exceeded all my expectations! Such good artwork for such a great film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EYE CANDY July 19 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
What else can I say but EYE CANDY to describe this book? The detail and photography are excellent!!! I can't believe the price of this book, I would easily have paid twice the price, it's definitely worth the money! A treat for the senses!!!
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By John MC
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Prometheus: The Art of the Film

Ridley Scott's films have one main trademark among many others to show it is his work and his work only.

He is a fanatic on DETAIL and ATMOSPHERE. It is sometimes difficult to recall all that you would have seen in the movie itself.

This book goes a long way to allowing you to do that. It also shows other images and ideas that may not have been so obvious in the film but were there none the less. I have seen many of Ridley Scott's movies but as Peter Weyland said in his remarks to the Prometheus crew "Well my friends; it is time for his return". This says it best of Scott's return to Science Fiction and this book illustrates it best in showing the reader how impressive it is to have him back.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Does not deliver June 17 2012
Format:Hardcover
A few friends picked up this book and we were all a little disappointed at what was included. There are too many set photos and not enough actual art and sketches. This is clear example of the studio withholding those unused drawings to use for a film sequel. A number of top industry artists worked on Prometheus, like Neville Page, Carlos Huante and Ben Procter but you wouldn't know it because they are not given credit in the book. There are no names on the art presented or in the back of the book. This is a huge disappointment and I'm glad I was able to check out my friend's copy because I would not be buying this one.
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