Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Art of The Adventures of Tintin by Chris Guise

with forewords by Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson
Harper Collins - Weta -  RRP $60 HARDBACK
 The Art of The Adventures of Tintin is the beautifully presented hardback book published this week to accompany the new film from Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures, The Adventures of Tintin, due for release in late 2011.  This 3D performance-capture film, based on the universally popular series of books The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé, is directed by Steven Spielberg, and produced by Peter Jackson and Kathleen Kennedy.
The animation, visual effects and conceptual design for the movie are being created by Weta, the multi-Academy Award-winning company based in New Zealand that helped create global blockbusters such as The Lord of the Rings, King Kong and AvatarThe Art of The Adventures of Tintin was created by the actual Weta artists who brought Hergé’s wonderful Tintin characters to the big screen.
From early concept illustrations to final shots from the film and everything in between, this book gives fans a rare glimpse of the creativity that goes into making a film like this a reality.  The book even includes special pieces of artwork produced exclusively for this book.
The Art of The Adventures of Tintin features forewords from Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. Oscar winners Joe Letteri and Richard Taylor also share their insights into the film-making experience in their introductions for this outstanding book.
Moulinsart, the official organisation that looks after the world of Tintin, has contributed an introductory chapter on the comic’s creator Georges Remi, aka Hergé, and has kindly provided examples of his inspirational artwork for reproduction in the book.
Chris Guise, (pic right) the author of The Art of The Adventures of Tintin, provides a unique perspective on the film, both as a lifelong Tintin fan and as the lead conceptual designer on the film.  Guise interviewed many of his colleagues about the production of the movie and lets them tell their stories and inspiration behind their work in their own words. 
The Art of The Adventures of Tintin was published by HarperCollins Publishers in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand simultaneously on 13 October in two exciting formats: a visually dynamic 200-page hardcover book and a ground-breaking digital e-book.  The e-book will include wonderful additional imagery, special audio commentary from the film makers, character animations and extra content.
Open this book at your peril - I opened it and emerged nearly three hours later -  a spectacular, fascinating and totally absorbing book that every Tintin fan is going to have to own
I wanted to show some images from the book but their reproduction has been embargoed for online use until the movie is released in Europe and the UK at the end of this month.

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