The Art of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: Foreword by Jerry Bruckheimer Hardcover – May 17 2011
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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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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.)
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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.
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.