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
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.