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Prometheus: The Art of the Film Hardcover – Jun 12 2012

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  • Hardcover: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (June 12 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781161097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781161098
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 2.2 x 30.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #171,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is a gorgeous book, and will help readers understand the locations and sets with a more intimate knowledge." – San Francisco Book Review

“Weighing in at nearly 200 pages, and in high quality full-color print, the book leaves little to be desired.” – TG Daily

About the Author

Mark Salisbury is the former editor of Britain's top-selling movie magazine, Empire, and author of a number of movie books, including Alice in Wonderland A Visual Companion and Burton on Burton


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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 16 2012
Format: Hardcover
Length: 1:26 Mins
Prometheus: The Art of the Film is a nice movie visual companion. A large landscape hardcover with 192 pages.

It's not the usual art book where you'll see lots of concept art. Rather, the content consist of film stills, photographs, storyboards and of course the concept art.

There are more photos than concept art, not that it's bad thing. The photos are great actually, showing detailed look at the interiors of Prometheus, some of the sets built such as the Prometheus landing leg, the Pyramid, the head statue, the chamber with the Ampules, sculpted alien props and the landscape photos that were turned into alien environments.

The concept art featured are mainly the finalized versions. There aren't many variations for any particular design. For example, there's only one exterior design of Prometheus, a handful of designs for spacesuit, aliens, etc. That's perhaps the downside of this so called art book. I do like the concept art style and rendition which goes really well together with the photos to give the book a very singular unified look.

The commentary talks about the important scenes and locations. Those are interesting as they explain the design. The book doesn't dissect the story so whatever you find ambiguous in the movie will still be more or less ambiguous after reading the book.

I consider this as more of a production design book. It's not an art book in the strictest sense as there aren't a lot of drawn art. However, I would still recommend it because it's packed with visuals all the way.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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By JMM TOP 50 REVIEWER on Nov. 3 2014
Format: Hardcover
Length: 0:56 Mins
Whatever you thought of the film "Prometheus" (I enjoyed it), it's hard to disagree that the film is a visual wonder -- here is a movie which uses production design, practical effects, and visual effects to create a seamless experience for the audience. And it all starts with the director Ridley Scott and his design team.

It's clear from reading this book that they wanted the designs to feel as though they are operating in the same universe as the earlier Alien films, but at the same time differentiate Prometheus in certain ways. I thought that the technology, creatures, and costumes were all incredible to look at and this book gives us an in-depth look at the evolution of those designs. You also get behind the scenes photos from the set, and it's interesting to see that the filmmakers opted to build as much as possible and film it in-camera (rather than overuse CGI).

The images in the book are high quality and coupled with interesting commentary by the author Mark Salisbury, so I highly recommend this one!

Included in the book:
- Artwork and blueprints of the Prometheus vessel as well as the alien ship
- Concept art of exterior/interior of the "Pyramid"
- Storyboards of the film's sequences
- "Ridleygrams" - sketches by director Ridley Scott
- Production photos and set construction pictures
- Costume/Spacesuit Design
- Concept art and models of the Engineers
- Weyland makeup w/ Guy Pearce
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What else can I say but EYE CANDY to describe this book? The detail and photography are excellent!!! I can't believe the price of this book, I would easily have paid twice the price, it's definitely worth the money! A treat for the senses!!!
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Prometheus: The Art of the Film

Ridley Scott's films have one main trademark among many others to show it is his work and his work only.

He is a fanatic on DETAIL and ATMOSPHERE. It is sometimes difficult to recall all that you would have seen in the movie itself.

This book goes a long way to allowing you to do that. It also shows other images and ideas that may not have been so obvious in the film but were there none the less. I have seen many of Ridley Scott's movies but as Peter Weyland said in his remarks to the Prometheus crew "Well my friends; it is time for his return". This says it best of Scott's return to Science Fiction and this book illustrates it best in showing the reader how impressive it is to have him back.
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