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We Make Our Own Destiny: Behind the Scenes of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time: Foreword: Jerry Bruckheimer; Afterword: Jake Gyllenhaal (Disney Editions Deluxe (Film)) Paperback – April 13, 2010

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Michael Singer is a writer and production-unit publicist with more than thirty-five years of experience in his field. Singer is also the author ofBring Me That Horizon: The Making of Pirates of the Caribbean, Oliver Stone's Heaven and Earth: The Making of an Epic Motion Picture, and "making of" books forBatman Returns, Batman Forever, andBatman & Robin, as well asA Cut Above: 50 Film Directors Talk About Their Craftand thirteen annual editions of the pre internet age reference bookMichael Singer's Film Directors: A Complete Guide.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Series: Disney Editions Deluxe (Film)
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Editions; 1 edition (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423117549
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423117544
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,398,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 6, 2010
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Length: 0:41 Mins
This is a large coffee table book printed with really good quality paper, the thick low-gloss type, which is a surprise for the affordable price.

The first thing that catches my attention is the use of beautiful high resolution photos, some of which are taken by producer Jerry Bruckheimer. They are so huge you can check out all the details of the costume tapestry and elaborate set designs. If it's really that hot shooting in the Moroccan heat, it's not showing up in the photos because I can't see anyone sweating.

The writeup is filled with information on all aspect of the movie, from casting actors, creating the humongous sets, shooting at 8000 feet in Morocco, weaving costumes, training ostriches, to clearing dangerous snakes and scorpions before day shoots. It's interesting to read those incidents that happen behind the scenes.

There are also parts where they reveal certain items, like weapons, to pay homage to the game series. But there's not so much reference to the game as the movie isn't really a direct translation of the game. The reference part I guess would be the atmosphere and setting which was really well portrayed to make this feel like a Prince of Persia world.

The last thing I want to add is the excessive compliments in some cases, especially for Jerry Bruckheimer. I like his films and TV shows but the compliments can be at times a bit, to put it politely, thick.

It's a nice book that fans who want to know more about the movie production.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LN3091 on June 24, 2010
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Wow. I love this book. The pictures are amazing and, obviously, you get to learn about a lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff that's going on. You get to learn about where the story came from and why a game was made into a movie. Very interesting stuff. I for one loved the movie so deciding to buy this book was fairly easy. If you want to learn more about what the actors and the producer think about the characters and the various places in the movie, then buy this book. If you want to look at all kinds of different, highly detailed pictures then buy this book. The only thing I didn't like about the book was that it didn't have a lot of information on the weaponry that was used in the movie so if you want to learn more about the weapons then you won't find it in this book. Hopefully this helped someone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JMM TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 15, 2013
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"We Make Our Own Destiny" is a nice book for those curious about the making of the Prince of Persia movie. There are various aspects of the movie discussed discussed, including the cast, the originals of the movie, design aspects, stunts and weapons, and influences of the video game on the film. The book includes a foreword from producer Jerry Bruckheimer. As someone very interested in filmmaking, I wish the book went into greater detail - it only skims the surface of the production process.

Where the book really shines is in its imagery. There are hundreds of images in the book - stills from the movie, a lot of set and locations photos, and even some concept art and storyboards. The images are high-quality, and many are full-page. Anyone who has seen the film knows that it's a visually stimulating experience, and the book successfully replicates that experience on the page.
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