The Best of Book Reviews: looking back at a few of my favorite books.
(Review republished with permission from partner site MovieArtBook.com)
"Interstellar: Beyond Time and Space" is a wonderful book that will add to your appreciation of the film after you've seen it -- and I emphasize AFTER because it is best to experience the movie on it's own terms, knowing as little as possible about it. If you have seen the film and liked it, then you should consider picking up this book.
The book "Beyond Time and Space" is half making-of and half an art book. It has enlightening text which elaborates on the casting, the production challenges, building practical sets/models, creating the film's musical score, etc. Also included are high-quality photographs and imagery that really must be seen.
The book goes into detail about Cooper’s farm. The house was built from scratch. The portion of the book that discusses the dust is one of the most interesting parts.
The book also covers the astronaut’s suits. They were designed to be similar to the current NASA suits, but with a few key differences that you can read about. A lot of pages are dedicated to the spaceships in the film, including the Ranger, the Lander, and the Endurance. The reader gets a good look at some early concepts of the Ranger in particular. Much like the spacesuits, the spacecraft used a lot of features and designs utilized in modern NASA spaceships.
The two main planets that the characters visit, the Water Planet and the Ice Planet, are covered in great detail. The planets in Interstellar were all achieved mainly with real-world photography – that means the design elements are not as exotic as the planets in other sci-fi films. But there are a lot of photos from on location in Iceland -- in fact, the scenes on both planets were captured just miles from each other.
I’ve emphasized the great imagery within the book, but it’s worth noting that there is a whole lot of text as well. You can read all about the challenges of the production process and the talented cast that was assembled. Also discussed are techniques that the filmmakers used to bring the exciting visuals to life, including front projection, models and miniatures, and zero-G rigs.
Here's a breakdown of some of the things you'll find in the book (minor spoilers):
- Discussion on the involvement of Kip Thorne and the real science
- Coop's farm - production photos and interior shots of the house.
- Filming on location/designs of the Water Planet and Ice Planet
- Designs of the Endurance and Ranger
- The costume design of the spacesuits
- Storyboards and sketches
- Designing TARS and CASE
- Filming for Zero G sequences
- Casting (and photos of the key actors/characters)
- The aging process for certain characters
- On set photos of director Nolan
- Filming with IMAX cameras
- Hans Zimmer and creating the score
NOTE: There seems to be a printing issue that causes some pages to stick upon first reading, so be gentle when flipping through for the first time. This is a widespread issue - though its not bad enough to deter a purchase in my view. It might be best to pick up a copy in-store if possible.
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