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"The corner has been turned, where the impossible becomes possible," writes film editor Zach Staenberg in his introduction to the high-octane science fiction sensation that captured four Oscars less than a year ago. Illustrating the arduous production process, this hefty tribute showcases everything from Steve and Andy Wachowski's original stick figure sketches to the conceptual designs and dynamic, scene-by-scene storyboards (drawn and commented on by Geof Darrow, Steve Skroce and Tani Kunitake) that convinced Warner Bros. to green-light the project. Although some stunts, like Trinity's dive into a window from the top of a moving El train, were aborted because of safety and budgetary concerns, the movie closely mirrors the seamless narrative of the storyboards. In addition to the visuals, this comprehensive volume includes a final draft of the shooting script as well as scene notes and deleted script excerpts provided by Phil Oosterhouse, assistant to the Wachowski brothers. One cut that fans will find of particular interest occurs in the first scene. What was initially a segment addressing the consequences of leaving the Matrix and everyone in it is replaced by Trinity's thrilling introduction and narrow escape. The final pages will whet the appetites of Matrix enthusiasts further with an offering of several full-color promotional film shots and an enthusiastic afterword by renowned SF author William Gibson. As the first and only movie companion licensed by the Wachowski brothers, this pictorial feast is a must-have for SF fans and Matrix loyalists this gift-giving season.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Adult/High School-The Matrix, according to science-fiction author William Gibson, is "something very special: a big, muscular `effects' movie that's wildly generous with visual thrills,-and, most important of all, has a good heart." Substitute the word "book" for movie and you have a decent description of this title. It includes storyboards, both black and white and in color, with commentary by the artists; conceptual drawings; movie stills; information about cut scenes; scene notes; and the shooting script. The storyboards are essentially a graphic presentation of the movie. It is particularly fascinating to read the artists' own comments about their work. Fans of The Matrix and film-studies students will appreciate this glimpse into the preproduction process. The only disappointment is not hearing from the Wachowski brothers themselves, but they are apparently hard at work on the sequels. This is a large, beautifully designed book, with high-quality paper and sharp, striking pictures. It includes four gatefolds of marvelously detailed conceptual drawings. A browser's delight.-Susan Salpini, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
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This is one of the best "Art of..." books. The drawings are simply fantastic, the captions are very informative and it really acts as a companion to the movie, rather... Read morePublished on June 16 2003
The art of this book is great, however I missed more photos of the real movie and also off-screen photos to make the work perfect, because the movie deserves. Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2002 by Roque Maria Neto
I have to stress this out, this book is good mostly for the hardcore fans of the movie who happen to be admirers of comic book genres. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2002 by Hengky Tanoyo
This is a book i've been looking for a long time!! This book is consited of not only the greatest comic art but the greatest story line from a comic book to be converted into a... Read morePublished on July 20 2001 by Tim Collier
As a Marvel Comics fan, I always enjoyed the drawings of Steve Skroce. I always liked his dynamic style and the ballistic exaggerations he draws. Read morePublished on July 3 2001 by Roberto G. Macedo Alves
I picked this book up at the Fangoria convention in NYC the other day, and I was amazed. It has everything you could possibly want to know about the creation of this brilliant... Read morePublished on April 8 2001 by Jason Thomas Landis
I'm gonna pretty much write the same kind of review that everyone else has been posting. It's cool to get ANY kind of book related to "The Matrix" to be published, but... Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2001
This book is really nice if you are a fan of the Matrix. But, it is especially nice if you are a comic book fan like the Wachowski Brothers seem to be. Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2001 by Fred Shigelbort