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The Art of the Adventures of Tintin. [Hardcover]

Weta Workshop
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Oct. 1 2011
The artists at Weta Digital and Weta Workshop were thrilled to get the opportunity to work with Steven Spielberg to bring Herge's wonderful characters to the big screen in The Adventures of Tintin. They spent five years working on this movie. This book tells the story of how the film makers started with the original Herge artwork and books and ended up with what is seen on screen. It features early concept drawings, previs sequences, models, costume designs and final stills from the film. The book focuses on the creative process, showing the many designs that made it into the movie and others that didn't. It highlights the attention to detail, skill and creativity of all the artists involved in the making of the movie. The story is told by the artists themselves, who talk about their inspirations, techniques and experiences. Through them we gain a true insight into the creative thinking behind this ground-breaking feature film.

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The Weta Workshop is a film and television effects studio based in Wellington, New Zealand. Best known for their work on the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Weta Workshop is a multi Academy Award-winning company that specializes in design, special make-up effects and prosthetics, creatures, armour, weapons, miniatures, prop building, large-scale sculpture, display work, and costuming.

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5.0 out of 5 stars great gift July 19 2012
By tess
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book was purchased as a end of school year gift for a 14 year old. We were pleased with the content -so interesting. He loved the book because he loves all Tin-Tin.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots to read on the production process Nov. 2 2011
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Length: 1:22 Mins
I managed to get this a bit earlier from Amazon UK. This book is also sold by Weta on their website, which is perhaps how I remember first hearing about the book.

Tintin's a motion capture CG film, directed by Steven Spielberg, and produced by Peter Jackson and Kathleen Kennedy.

In this book, there are lots to read about the making of the film, like how they capture swimming, walking on sand, animate Snowy, etc. Captain Haddock was actually performed by Andy Serkis, the King Kong/Gollum guy.

The transformation of Herge's characters to 3D is quite stunning. They are modeled by Weta and the details are amazing. They have gotten the skin textures spot on, and sometimes it can be a bit creepy to look at the caricatured version.

Much of the art is actually on trying to find the look for the film. There are some earlier concept art where specific panels of Herge's comics are painted over with a realistic style, using the same composition. Even the shark submarine and checkered rocket were re-imagined with more photo-realism.

The environment art are on the antique market, Tintin's apartment, Haddock's ship, the ocean, the desert and many other locations. The art is very distinctly digital painting, I'm not sure if I like the style here. There's still the charm of comics that's very difficult to translate across medium.

3.5 out of 5 stars.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots to read on the production process Nov. 2 2011
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I managed to get this a bit earlier from Amazon UK. This book is also sold by Weta on their website, which is perhaps how I remember first hearing about the book.

Tintin's a motion capture CG film, directed by Steven Spielberg, and produced by Peter Jackson and Kathleen Kennedy.

In this book, there are lots to read about the making of the film, like how they capture swimming, walking on sand, animate Snowy, etc. Captain Haddock was actually performed by Andy Serkis, the King Kong/Gollum guy.

The transformation of Herge's characters to 3D is quite stunning. They are modeled by Weta and the details are amazing. They have gotten the skin textures spot on, and sometimes it can be a bit creepy to look at the caricatured version.

Much of the art is actually on trying to find the look for the film. There are some earlier concept art where specific panels of Herge's comics are painted over with a realistic style, using the same composition. Even the shark submarine and checkered rocket were re-imagined with more photo-realism.

The environment art are on the antique market, Tintin's apartment, Haddock's ship, the ocean, the desert and many other locations. The art is very distinctly digital painting, I'm not sure if I like the style here. There's still the charm of comics that's very difficult to translate across medium.

3.5 out of 5 stars.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book Jan. 19 2012
By Bigfot - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great book and a wonderful depiction of the movie. The book brought Tintin to life. A must for any one thatloves Tintin.
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD TIMING. Very Satisfied. Perfect for Birthday Present. Feb. 6 2014
By Frederic Geffroy - Published on Amazon.com
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GOOD TIMING. Very Satisfied. Perfect for Birthday Present. no problem to declare. That was a great deal. Recomand it. Cheers
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book is amazing Dec 16 2011
By FIG - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Great book which gives us the inside scoop on the making of the Tintin CG movie by Steven Speilberg and Peter Jackson. It also gives a brief history of Herge and how he created Tintin as well as how each character was painstakingly recreated from the original drawings to 3d models. Its truly a great book that any artist will appreciate.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love this book Aug. 10 2012
By Kate - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
i love tintin since i was kid, and the movie was so great that you would want to buy this book to know more about the movie. how it made how ppl took so much effort to create this film for us.
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