The Art Of the Matrix Hardcover – Dec 4 2000
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From Publishers Weekly
"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.
From School Library Journal
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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Top Customer Reviews
It must have been a major undertaking to make this visual *history* of the movie. The art, altho most isnt full color, is spectacular. It was a great visual journey that speaks of the movies graphic novel beginnings.
I actually bought this book as a special birthday gift for my 12 year old son who loves both this movie and comic art (well, art in general) It is quite expensive. The cover price is $60 altho I got it for $50 at a local store. Still expensive and I had my second thoughts about buying it, especially for my son. I just felt that the book was very sturdy. Nice heavy hardcover, large format and thick, glossy pages. It seemed like a book that would hold up. An in truth I have spent more on video games for him that he was *finished* with in a few days. I think this will be a book he enjoys, reads,is inspired by and learns to draw from for a very long time.
In a way this book reminds me of the the *art from star wars* series. Possibly, those books were a *bit* slicker with their many color pictures, perhaps for more mass appeal. But looking back, I dont see them to be as dynamic as this one.
Honestly, I cant wait for my sons birthday so I can un-hide this book and lose myself in ...well....the matrix.
It includes mostly black and white illustrations and some colored ones of each and every scene. It's as if you're watching the movie in a book. Along with the illustrations are many commentaries to let you know what the Wachowski brothers were trying to accomplish. If this isn't enough, even the Wachowski brothers have commentaries in this book.
There are also illustrations in this book that are NOT in the movie. Commentaries will tell you why these scenes were omitted.
This book is pulling out all the stops to the movie, so why not add more? If illustrations and commentaries aren't enough for you, there's the ENTIRE script of the movie. It includes omitted dialogue.
Still not enough for you? Well then I'll go on. There's the full credit listing for this awesome movie. There's also a page for the Academy nominations and awards this movie has received...including the acceptance speeches. Okay okay, so these things aren't such a big deal, but I can only show you the door...you have to walk through it (Read on).
So you've decided to read more? Well, besides the illustrations, commentaries, unedited script, script commentaries, full cast and credits, awards page, there's 27 FULL PAGES of COLOR photos taken directly from the movie. There's the movie cover taking up a full page to start off with. Trinity, Neo, Morpheus and the Agents all have pages too. Let's not forget the Morpheus and Agent Smith fight scene, Tank, Cypher, Dozer, Apoc and Switch...they're in here too. There's the shootout scene, the rooftop scene and more all in this book. These are beautiful, high quality color photos taken from the movie and put into this book for your enjoyment.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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
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