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The Art of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: Foreword by Jerry Bruckheimer [Hardcover]

Michael Singer

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Book Description

May 3 2011 Disney Editions Deluxe (Film)

The Fountain of Youth has been the object of desire for many adventurers since Ponce de Leon was rumored to have discovered it in the early sixteenth century. For Jack Sparrow, the fountain is equivalent to the ultimate freedom: eternal life. But regardless of whether or not Jack finds the Aqua de Vita, he has already been immortalized-in the hearts and minds of Pirates fans all over the world.

Those fans have been waiting with immense anticipation since the last scene in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End hinted that Jack was destined for future endeavors. And now, it is certain that they will not be disappointed. With the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Walt Disney Studios usher in a new era. A new director, Rob Marshall, is at the helm of the franchise, and he is sure to guide the film on a course to great bounty.

The Art of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides showcases all of the incredible visual development that went into the creation of the film. Concept art, digital renderings, costume sketches, prop schematics, and storyboards are the prized cargo aboard this ship of dreams, and they are accompanied by informative text written by the film's unit publicist, Michael Singer. For any sailor who wishes to preserve a bit of Pirates lore forevermore, this book is tantamount to a sip from the cup of life.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Editions (May 3 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423139461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423139461
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 31 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #376,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael Singer is a writer and production unit publicist with more than 35 years of experience in his field. Singer's previous books includeThe Answer is Yes: The Art and Making of The Sorcerer's Apprentice; We Make Our Own Destiny: Behind the Scenes of Prince of Persia The Sands of Time;Bring Me That Horizon: The Making of Pirates of the Caribbean; The Making of Oliver Stone's Heaven and Earth;and "making of" books forBatman Returns,Batman Forever, andBatman &Robin, as well asA Cut Above: 50 Film Directors Talk About Their Craftand 13 annual editions of the pre-internet age reference bookMichael Singer's Film Directors: A Complete Guide.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Could use more art May 19 2011
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was expecting something similar to the previous book, The Art of Pirates of the Caribbean. Unfortunately, it's not as good.

This is a 160-page hardcover book. The paper is great and they are really generous with the canvas size, opting to print everything big, photos and art, to the extent that it feels like more work could be included.

Character art is scarce. Since the previous art book collects artwork from the first three movies, you won't see those getting duplicated here. There are new zombies, mermaids and a few pirates (two actually with three illustrations total). Thankfully, the zombie pirates look awesome.

Much of the art are paintings of story scenes and the backgrounds. Some of them are printed really huge, covering two pages. A few don't have enough details to go over two pages - I'm comparing this to video games and 3D animated movies background art. The few background paintings that were scaled down to half page sizes look better.

There's not much prop art as well which is quite strange since that this is a prop-heavy movie.

If you love photographs, almost a quarter of the book is filled with them, some taken by Jerry Bruckheimer. Some photos take a whole page to themselves. They look good but I would have preferred more concept art instead.

The commentary comes in the form of script dialogues and descriptions, interesting insights on creating the designs. There are usually two to four paragraphs on a page with plenty of white space.

Nice art book overall, but it really feels like it could use more art - well, the previous art book was packed with art.

3.5 out of 5 stars.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Feels skimpy... May 19 2011
By Stop Motion Maniac - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was really looking forward to this book, but I have to say that I am disappointed to some extent. There are 3 chapters essentially:
The Chase is On
On the High Seas
Aqua de Vida

There are quite a few film stills, there are some storyboards (not a lot), concept art (not enough)... In my opinion this is a very weak attempt and does not live up to the other Art of titles.

I can hardly even muster enough enthusiasm to even write this review.

I would pass this one up.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good artbook, worth it Nov. 21 2011
By Luis David Gomez Delgado - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a good book. Normally when you buy an art book of a movie you expected to have a good quality, well-finished illustrations, and a presentation that distinguishes it from the rest. It meets those expectations.

The book is well done, good manufacturing quality, hard cover, cover, good paper and good ink, but what counts is that the interior shows the full development of the artistic part of the movie.

Not a top ten book but I think you would miss it on your shelf if you like collect these books. Worth it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Piratical Oct. 16 2011
By Barbara Fister-Liltz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
We adored the Pirates of the Caribbean films and this book was a must-have from the moment it was advertised. Well worth the purchase, it is filled with extraordinary photos, artwork, conceptual drawings, more. Highly recommended for anyone who loves exceptional art ~ and pirates!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Imagining the World of Captain Jack! July 7 2011
By Michael OConnor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Michael Singer's THE ART OF PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES is a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the latest chapter of the money-making PIRATES franchise. Packed with artwork, sketches, photographs and text, it reveals how Jerry Bruckheimer, Rob Marshall & Co. developed and refined the visual look of the movie.

First off, I have to admit that I've never seen the volumes done on the three previous PIRATES flicks. Having said that, I thought Singer's book was a fascinating, colorful insider's look at the making of a hit movie. I enjoyed seeing the concept artwork but thought he should have included more photographs of the resulting scenes as filmed. There seemed to be a fair amount of white space that could have been used for such material or more commentary from the artists, etc. that helped bring the script to cinematic life. Visually though, Singer's book is a delight.

Short-and-sweet: THE ART OF PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES is great eye-candy for all PIRATES fans. If you haven't seen the film yet, the book certainly is an effective enticement to drive over to the nearest multiplex! On the other hand, despite all the colorful artwork and photography, there's a lingering feeling the book could have been so much more. Recommended.

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