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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; First Edition edition (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781162476
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781162477
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Parade’s Best Books about Movies and TV 2013
"With some of the year’s most interesting design, Elysium was ripe for a great “Art of…” book and Mark Salisbury delivered."

Starburst Magazine
03/09/2013
“Crammed full of stunning production stills, art designs from the celebrated Weta Workshop and closer looks at props you may have missed, this book serves as the ideal complement to Blomkamp’s latest sci-fi thriller."

Books Monthly
01/09/2013
 “This beautiful book examines the extraordinary and mind-boggling work that goes into producing such a film, the prosthetics, the model-making, the CGI, the concept art... This is a monumentally good keepsake, another huge winner from front-runner Titan Books, now recognised as one of the strongest publishers in the field of movie books. Amazing.”

Hollywood Chicago
08/12/2013
““Elysium: The Art of the Film” is superior to most companion books partially by the wealth of information in it but also because of the quality of that information. It doesn’t merely serve to accompany your favorite sci-fi flick of the Summer, it tries to enhance it. More “Art of the Film” books should do the same.” 

Adventures in Poor Taste
08/11/2013
“The Stanley Kubrick Archives come to mind when reading this book, partly because there’s so much detail that wasn’t on screen, but also because the notes, contribution from actors and design folks are so complete it’s like you’re on set. 9.5/10” 

Geek Smash
08/10/2013
“A beautiful book from cover to cover.”     

Culture Mass
08/06/2013
“AMAZING: Gorgeous!”  

City of Films
08/29/2013
“It’s a beautifully well-crafted book that will help you imagine a world in 2154. It’s a fantastic art book companion to the film.”

Retrenders
08/14/2013
“If you like Robotech-style mecha, Star Wars-style spaceships, Mad Max-style vehicles, Halo-style weapons, and Gundam-style space colonies, well, this art book has it all!” 

Movies.com
08/06/2013

“As with all of Titan Books' film-related releases, it's a fascinating journey
behind the creative curtain.” 

IHO Geek
08/31/2013
“if you are a sci-fi lover, an art lover, or a fan of Elysium then I recommend you pick it up.” 

Joblo
08/27/2013
“Titan Books have scored themselves another winner with ELYSIUM: THE ART OF THE FILM, a fantastic companion piece to the Matt Damon-starring sci-fi hit.”  

Based on Nothing
09/15/2013
"A great addition for anyone looking to study how art affects a film before, during, and after the process of."
 
Giant Fire Breathing Robot
09/15/2013
"It’s a beautiful oversize coffee table book with some great images and interesting tidbits about the creation of Elysium."

Concept Cookie
09/15/2013
"A fantastic sci-fi concept art book and holds a high level of content and concept pieces to be admired. It is impressive on not only execution of quality but the level of inspiring creative pieces that were included as well. There is an overwhelming amount of content and if you enjoy sci-fi, then this is not one to be passed up"

"The entire book is an amazing insight into the world of visual and special effects concepts...impressive..." - Imagine FX

"An eye-popping collection" - Television Without Pity

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 Prometheus: The Art of the Film and Burton on Burton

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I like this book, it's size, it's cover and design.
Dominique Gantois
This book details the superlative art and design put into the visual development of the film, with focus on the robots, mecha and weapons.
blauereiter
If you love these types of books, I highly recommend this one.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on August 10, 2013
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Going through this artbook reminded me of The Art of District 9. Director Neill Blomkamp teams up again with his District 9 production designer Phil Ivey and Weta Workshop for the concept art and models. Elysium is no sequel to District 9, but the art does feel like they could have come from the same world, except in Elysium, it's year 2154.

The content can be roughly split into two main parts, that on earth and on Elysium. There are designs for the Exo-Suit, robots, spacecrafts, weapons, environments and other concept paintings. Designs for everything that appears on Earth would be more weathered, showing signs of prolong usage, as compared to those on Elysium which are cleaner and sleeker. The contrasting style is interesting.

The robot policemen look pretty cool. Designs involving Max and his Exo-Suit can be gruesome because Blomkamp doesn't like to be constrained by PG-13 ratings.

For the Elysium, Syd Mead has contributed several pieces of artwork that are in the book. You get to see the detailed sketches and the final renders of Elysium that took 10 months to finish building.

Overall, the art is great and there are lots to read about the designs and on how they film certain scenes.

It's a fantastic art book companion to the film.

(Check out more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By blauereiter on September 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
To see more pictures from the book, please visit my blog via my Amazon profile link.

Neill Blomkamp's latest film Elysium is a robot/mecha designer's wet dream.

This book details the superlative art and design put into the visual development of the film, with focus on the robots, mecha and weapons. Images are crisp and huge, and the book is light on text with information in captions wherever needed.

Folks fascinated by the superb art and design of Elysium will find a lot to like in here. Highly recommended. ( also be sure to check out the art book for Blomkamp's previous film The Art of District 9: Weta Workshop
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Da Bronx Y on August 14, 2013
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This book goes in to schematic detail with the developmental design criteria for the storyline of the motion picture, in addition with notes along side the images that describe how each design did or didn't make the cut. The size of the book is simular to a student design portfolio, so it feels like the reader is actually reviewing an art submission. I highly recommend this book, the art work, printed pages and conceptual ideas are beautifully crafted and should not be ignored. I wished they provided some blueprints of most of the weapons, exo-suits, guns etc..., but that would be asking for too much.
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By Alberto Santos on July 3, 2014
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I love these types of books
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This is a great book, it shows iterative work and feels like a polished book. I own all books published by Weta
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By Anderson Moreira on March 17, 2014
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This is an amazing book, amazin film, amazing references and inspiration!
Love this book! buy it without fear and enjoy it!!!!!!
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By damir sauli on March 7, 2014
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Awesome :) . Much better concept for book, than District 9.
Stongly recommend for all fans of Neil Blomkamp movies...
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By totor1964 on February 14, 2014
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I've been collecting science fiction movie art books for quite some time now and I must say that this is one of my top books on the shelf. Together with the 'Art of District 9' [the other Neil Blomkamp movie] it's one of the few jewels in its genre. It's a book I can open over and over again without getting tired. Every single time I discover details that slipped my attention before. I might say that this book is even greater than the movie itself.
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