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Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: The Filming of the Doublas Adams classic (Newmarket Pictorial Moviebook) Hardcover – International Edition, April 22, 2005


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Product Details

  • Series: Newmarket Pictorial Moviebook
  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Newmarket Press (April 22, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155704676X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557046765
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.8 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,737,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

It took 25 years to make the film version of the beloved SF classic The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and this illustrated book goes a long way towards explaining why. The 400 color photos, sketches, storyboards and artwork (much of which hasn't been seen before) reveal the project's massive scope. There are notes on the cast (which includes Sam Rockwell, Mos Def, Zooey Deschanel and John Malkovich) and in-depth explanations of how the zany characters were created. The peek into Jim Henson's "creature workshop" in London is fascinating; readers learn how puppeteers fashioned the Vogons, creatures belonging to "one of the most unpleasant races in the Galaxy." They also get an education on how Marvin, the "manically depressed robot," came to life; and how Zaphod, the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie, was designed (using a technique called cyberscanning, which is similar to the way an MRI scan at a hospital works). Other sections show how artists designed and constructed the Heart of Gold spaceship, with sketches of various concept designs for its interior. This comprehensive companion to the movie will delight those who've been enthralled by Hitchhiker as well as all lovers of science fiction film.
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About the Author

Douglas Adams was born in 1952 and created all the various and contradictory manifestations of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy—radio, novels, TV, computer game, stage adaptations, comic book and bath towel. He lectured and broadcast around the world and was a patron of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and Save the Rhino International. Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge, UK, and lived with his wife and daughter in Santa Barbara, California, where he died suddenly in 2001. Before his death Douglas Adams wrote several drafts of the screenplay for the Touchstone Pictures movie of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and was heavily involved in the production of the film. Robbie Stamp is an Executive Producer of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and worked for many years with Douglas Adams on bringing Adams' most famous work to the screen.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Warren Kelly VINE VOICE on October 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I discovered Douglas Adams and the Hitchhiker's Guide (Hitch Hiker's Guide for those who prefer it in it's original English) when I was in high school. I devoured each book as I could afford it, always eager for more. I was thrilled when the trilogy expanded. When the PBS station out of Washington DC started playing the BBC TV show, I was in heaven. And when the NPR station I listened to at college started playing the original radio show, I rigged up a way to record the shows on audio cassette so I wouldn't miss an episode.

So you can understand my embarrassment when I admit that I have yet to see the movie. But I've done the next best thing-I've read the book about making the movie. And I want to see the movie even more now.

This book is incredible. The pictures include not only final set designs, but the various stages that the designs went through. The Guide itself is pictured in every incarnation it went through. The Heart of Gold is shown in all its splendor. The costuming for Marvin, everyone's favorite paranoid android, is shown in enough detail to make me feel very sorry for the actor who had to wear it. Concept sketches abound. Any book that shows the actual bypass plans for both the Cottington bypass (inside front) and the Hyperspace bypass that requires the demolition of the Earth (inside back) has to be on every fan's must-read list.

The justification for changing parts of the "original" story are made in the book as well. True Hitchhiker's fans need no justification, though-we know that none of the various forms that the story has taken agrees with any other version.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on September 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
OK, so you've read the books (several times), seen the movie (several times), going to buy the DVD when it comes out. Why would you want to buy a book on the movie?

Well, maybe because you want to see how they did some things. Maybe because the still shots in the movie give you time to look at what you are seeing for a while instead of being forced to go on to something else.

The making of a major motion picture like this is a big effort combining the talents of a lot of highly skilled folk. If you're into movies, knowing how they had to import material for Arthur Dent's pajamas from Turkey makes a very good trivia point to have at your fingertips.

I guess there's really no good good, solid, sound reason to buy this book. Except I like it, I found the pictures and writing to be fun to read. I've loaned it out to a few other fans. Good reason or not, I think you should go out and buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Briggs on May 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I've been obsessed with H2G2 lately, and as soon as I heard about this book, I had to get it. There are many pictures in here, from concept drawings to in-depth photos and diagrams of practically everything. It explains the Vogons and what they had to do to get them moving, the Guide's appearance, each character's personality and clothing, Magrathea's factory floor... even everything about Arthur's house.

My only complaint, and it's a small one, is that Arthur, Zaphod, and Trillian get four pages of coverage, while Ford only gets two. Then again, I'm a huge Ford fan, so I'm biased.

If you're a fan, you must get this book.
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The very first time I saw the original presentation of the Late Douglas Adam's hilarious book(s) was on PBS. It was all the rage, being a BBC production, like the then current Monty Python!. My friends and I were all big Sci-Fi fans, and this sort-of-a-satire was over the top LOLROF funny! We found out (before the internet!!) that Douglas Adams also wrote for Monty Pyton, as well as 'Doctor Who' and 'Red Dwarf' -- quite a Big Deal if you're British!
Years go by and wouldn't you know it, I stumble across a brand-new-sealed-in-plastic DVD set of the original BBC production of "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy"! Well, suffice to say that we all loved it. The pure simplicity -- actually, downright TACKINESS! -- of the sets reminded us of the early Star Trek days. The writing was very much in synch with the books that Adams wrote, which is to say Delightfully Funny! i.e.: "Early civilizations thought that the Universe began by being sneezed out of the nose of the Great Green Arkleseizure, and therfore lived in dread of the day they called The Coming of The Great White Handkercief!" Eventually there were six books in -- as he called them -- the Increasingly Inaccurately Named "Hitchhiker's Trilogy"!
But onward to the 'modern' or Digital Version. Actually, VERY well done. As an aside, it should be known that Adams was in the process of negoiating for the film (and probably for the screenplay as well) when he suffered a heart attack and passed away. The entire and correct backstory remains a bit fuzzy, but most of what I think he would have wanted is there. A bit of a twist on the characters, the lovely visual effects, and the generally outstanding sets make this a Sci-Fi lovers' delight. If the verbage is mostly sarccastic, it's meant to be.
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