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The Art of the Adventures of Tintin. Hardcover – Oct 1 2011


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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (Oct. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1869509307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1869509309
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 2.5 x 24 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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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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By JMM TOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 3 2014
Format: Hardcover
Length: 1:00 Mins
"The Art of the Adventures of Tintin" provides an interesting look into the making of Spielberg's Tintin movie. As good as the book is, it still feels like it could have been even better - and thus it leaves something to be desired. Some people might be completely satisfied, but I certainly felt that it could have gone more in-depth.

My one other gripe is that there isn't much "art" to be found, despite the book's title. There is a lot of imagery, but it's mostly (1) snippets from the finished movie; (2) performance capture before-and-after comparisons; and (3) computer-generated digital models. If you are looking for conceptual artwork, design sketches, etc. then you will find yourself disappointed.

Still, the book does have a great deal of information about the making of the movie, in particular about the aforementioned motion capture that the filmmakers used to capture the actors' performances. I would recommend this book if you can find it cheap.
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By tess on July 19 2012
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Nov. 2 2011
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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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
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.
Art of the Adventures of Tintin Oct. 7 2014
By JMM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"The Art of the Adventures of Tintin" provides an interesting look into the making of Spielberg's Tintin movie. As good as the book is, it still feels like it could have been even better - and thus it leaves something to be desired. Some people might be completely satisfied, but I certainly felt that it could have gone more in-depth.

My one other gripe is that there isn't much "art" to be found, despite the book's title. There is a lot of imagery, but it's mostly (1) snippets from the finished movie; (2) performance capture before-and-after comparisons; and (3) computer-generated digital models. If you are looking for conceptual artwork, design sketches, etc. then you will find yourself disappointed.

Still, the book does have a great deal of information about the making of the movie, in particular about the aforementioned motion capture that the filmmakers used to capture the actors' performances. I would recommend this book if you can find it cheap.
GOOD TIMING. Very Satisfied. Perfect for Birthday Present. Feb. 6 2014
By Frederic Geffroy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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
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.

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