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Pacific Rim: Man, Machines, and Monsters Hardcover – June 18, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Editions; Har/Pstr edition (June 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608871827
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608871827
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 10.2 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David S. Cohen has written for Variety for over a decade writing about visual effects. He is the longtime writer of Script magazine's popular "From Script to Screen" series. His previous books include The Ballad of Rango and Screen Plays, a well-reviewed collection of his contributions to the "From Script to Screen" series. He lives in Los Angeles.

Guillermo del Toro is the acclaimed director of Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy, and Pacific Rim. His Strain novels are international bestsellers. He lives in Los Angeles.

More About the Author

David S. Cohen got hooked on showbiz before he could read and write, when a fan letter (dictated to a thoughtful babysitter) was answered with an autographed picture of Lassie and Timmy. He worked in the business for some 30 years, including gigs as a TV writer, Off-Off-Broadway director, casting director, stage manager and stagehand, before turning to journalism as a second career. He has written for the showbiz bible, Variety, since 1997, and has most recently been a features editor, reporter and technology columnist there. Though a New Yorker at heart, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife and stepdaughter.

Customer Reviews

All in all this I cannot remember enjoying a "making of" book as much as this one.
Carleton Jones
I find it interesting to be able to see the progress a certain design goes through from what it looked like in the first stages of concept to the final product.
S. F.
This book was gorgeous, full of well executed artwork and visual stills from the movie and it's production.
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93 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on June 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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Pacific Rim: Man, Machines, and Monsters is the art-and-making-of book for the film.

It's a great book. Big, hardcover, 156-pages. There are additional sticked on materials on the pages, stickers and two big posters.

The book is packed with amazing content. There are lots of concept art, set photography and lengthy writeup on the production. Everything's beautifully laid out.

The concept art consist of the characters, Jaeger robots, Kaiju monsters and film scenes. The bulk of the art, more than half the book, is on the Jaegers and Kaijus. The development art are just awesome. They are very detailed. There are Jaegers with their front and back with closeups to their heads, battle damaged versions, 3D wireframes, 3D gray models and some discarded concepts.

Kaijus are crustacean-lizards-insect inspired. The designs look great, menacing, and dangerous. The texture work is really well done. The sculpted maquettes look terrific. There are twelve Kaijus if I counted correctly. Guillermo Del Toro has his unique sense of art direction. It's clear he likes monsters very much. Kudos to Hugo Martin, Alex Jaeger, Francisco Ruiz Velasco and other artists on the designs also.

The set designs are illustrated with mainly photographs and art. Again, they are very detailed and there's a strong sense of worn and tattered feel to most places.

The commentary is excellent. There's plenty to read about the characters, the designs of the Jaegers and Kaijus, and many stories on the production process.

This is a fantastic art and companion book to the movie. One of my 2013 favorites.

Highly recommended.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Robert Emery Smith on June 26, 2013
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I just got the book.

After months of tracking every piece of artwork, every trailer, every commercial, I figured there wouldn't be much in here that I hadn't seen.

Boy, was I wrong.

An amazing book. Beautiful images, great text describing every stage of the production. And the construction of the book is beautiful: when you see Raleigh Beckett's name badge, it's actually a cardboard badge tipped in, like an old fine art book.

If the movie is anywhere near the level of excellence that this book reaches, we're in for an amazing ride.

Can't wait!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By alxart on June 26, 2013
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This is a great book, all the artists are credited on every piece. (unlike a lot of recent art of movie books) Lots of work that's not in the film is included. Lots of cool pull outs and posters included and they did a great job covering all aspects of the film making process. A+ worth every penny
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carleton Jones on August 12, 2013
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I am a huge fan of this genre and needless to say when I heard of Pacific Rim's existence months ago I did all I could to agther as much spoiler material as possible. Not disappointed with what was online, I was informed of the existence of this book, whose release 2 weeks before the opening of the film, prompted me to get one last peek into the design and world Guillermo Del Toro was preparing for us.

This is a superb "making of" book, perfect for any sci-fi fan who loves to get the isnide scoop on designs, artwork, set photos, actors comments and storylines for this epic film. It's beautifully put together, harback, with rich glossy paper, fabulous illustrations and informative writing. It gives the reader the background story behind the attacks, who the Kaiju are, where they're from, our repsonse and just how narrowly we escape extinction.

All in all this I cannot remember enjoying a "making of" book as much as this one. Hopefully you will too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stanley K. Wong on July 30, 2013
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Chock full of incredible background text and illustrations. If you love Kaiju and Giant robots... I highly recommend this! Highly!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tom on August 13, 2013
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Book provides great pictures and behind the scenes thinking to the movie. Well worth the money spent with all the information gathered within.

Great movie, great book.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steev D. Kelly on July 17, 2013
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i'm an avid collector of "art of..." books and this one is up there with the best. a lot of these books will have some bits of concept, a little production information and maybe a render or two of hero pieces with a bunch of stills from the movie and glamour shots of the actors. for example, the low bar is the "art of world war z" which is quite literally the screen play with movie stills. this book has a bit of EVERYTHING (great concept work, 3d renders, production notes, behind-the-scenes shots) plus some you don't expect (propoganda posters and stickers ???!!!??!). i get the feeling del toro, who is a lover of movies and film memorabilia, had a lot to do with the construction of this book. worth every penny and all my 5 stars!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Baesick on March 2, 2014
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Although i enjoy the book I wouldve liked to see more about the artist process that went into creating the jaegers/suits/kaiju etc. The book has details about everything from characters to set pieces, i just wish it was more about the process from loose sketches to final design, especially for the jaegars. There was nothing i havent seen that wasnt already uploaded to youtube. Still would recommend to lovers of the movie and artbook collectors
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