The Iron Giant remains one of the most highly-regarded animated movies. It's a beautiful film, and to coincide with the release of the Signature Edition blu-ray set, Insight Editions has published a book equally as beautiful. The Art of the Iron Giant contains what fans have been waiting for a long time - an in-depth look behind the scenes of the film and it's art department.
Blue Sky Studios began as a modest visual effects firm and has evolved into one of the largest film animation companies. It is now a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox, producing animated hits such as "Ice Age" and "Rio". The Art of Blue Sky Studios collects the studio's work and provides context about the company's history, their animation process, and design and character details.
The Elder Wand. The Marauder's Map. The Sword of Gryffindor. These items, along with so many others, are essential to Harry Potter. The film series is a visual spectacle. Every frame is rich with meticulous detail, and the wizarding world allows for some unique design elements.
"Harry Potter: The Artifact Vault" contains just about everything you'd want to see close up from the films. If you are interested in production design, set decoration, or similar aspects of filmmaking then you've got to see this book for yourself. As a Harry Potter fan, I was already quite familiar with how much effort went into designing the films - but the book has so many different artifacts in such great detail that it's impossible not to be impressed.
Suicide Squad takes the DC film universe in a new and different direction by focusing on the bad guys and their stories. I have mixed feelings about the film, but overall enjoyed the experience. This companion book, "Behind the Scenes with the Worst Heroes Ever", is absolutely wonderful. It's a hybrid of a making-of journal and an art book. There's a ton of information about the movie, the cast of characters, and the filmmaking process; and it's supplemented with a bunch of imagery (including a healthy dose of concept art and set photos).
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