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Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of Planet of the Apes: The Art of the Films Hardcover – July 8, 2014

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“An enjoyable for read for those fascinated by how movies are made” - Cinema Sentries

"He detail presented is so thorough it feels like working through the film production itself, rather than just reading about it." - Watch Play Read

"This was one of the best Making Of books I’ve ever read." - Don’t Forget a Towel 

"The perfect companion to the movies." - Horror Talk

"This book is a fantastic companion piece for ape enthusiasts everywhere. If you love these films, trust that you will love the art provided within this 176 page book." - City of Films

"This isn’t just another coffee table book. The Art of the Films is an all inclusive insight into modern film making and a flat out fun read." - Atomic Moo 

"An amazing book that really helps the reader enjoy the film that much more." - BGG

"It’s only fitting that movies of this high level of quality would have an equally high-quality brag book to accompany them." - Film Pulse

"The balance between interviews, excerpts, recollections, concept art, and set photography is done just right, ensuring that this isn’t an artbook that you’ll flip through the pages once, but find yourself rereading and examining with a newfound perspective and appreciation for the newly rebooted film franchise." - YouNerded

"The value of The Art of the Film for film students and fans of motion capture will be the complete end-to-end process examined here, cutting edge film technology by the best in the business today.  For moviegoers and fans of the franchise the book is another great look behind the scenes of two major studio sci-fi releases." -

"A beautiful hardcover book that would look great on any fan’s bookshelf." - Suvudu

"Chock full of everything you ever wanted to know about the making of these two Planet of the Apes films." - Critiques 4 Geeks

"A great companion book for fans of the Apes reboots. The sturdy build and informative content are well worth the price of admission." - Entertainment Buddha  

"Overall, I cannot praise the book enough. It is a fantastic companion to the movie, as well as a conversation piece around the coffee table." - Film Obsession

"This is a behind-the-scenes book that any Planet of the Apes or special effects fan will thoroughly enjoy." -  Boing Boing

"This beautiful hardcover book provides an incredibly detailed view." - Mighty Mega

"A must have companion book." - Lightly Buzzed 

"The amount of detail and work that went in to creating these movies is astounding and anyone interested in how movies are made will be interested." - Screen Fad

"Packed full of interesting tidbits...It’s the usual gorgeous job the publisher does on these books." - Uproxx

"I can’t recommend this novel enough simply for the engaging plot, but Basu is obviously breaking new ground, especially for American audiences, in uniting international contexts, a diverse array of characters from multiple nations, and the genre of speculative fiction. This novel is certainly one to add to your reading list, or if you’re an instructor, your syllabus!" - Slashfilm

About the Author

Matt Hurwitz is a Los Angeles-based entertainment journalist. Besides being the co-author of The Complete X-Files he has written for publications including Variety,The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters, and many others.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 173 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; First Edition ~1st Printing edition (July 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783291974
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783291977
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 0.8 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By JMM TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 8, 2014
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This is a great art book, and one that I highly recommend.

A lot of the book is devoted to the creation of the apes - including concept art, production stills of Andy Serkis and other performers, VFX renders of Ceasar and the apes, and finished frames from the movies. That portion of the book is most fascinating, since they really did push the limits of technology with these films in order to create realistic CG apes infused with human performances from actors.

There are also many pages devoted to environments - for "Rise", this includes places like the lab, Will's home, and the primate shelter. The combination of conceptual artwork and production stills really show off the amount of work that went into the set design/dressing. Because of the intensive visual effects required, the production had to build most environments from scratch (rather than going on location) so that they could have complete control. This results in set pieces like the Bridge and the Primate Facility being built rather than finding and shooting an existing location.

As massive a production as "Rise" was, it seems that "Dawn" has eclipsed it in terms of scale. The sequel takes place 10 years after the first film, and most os humanity has been ravaged by the Simian Flu. As a result, cities and architecture have become run-down and vegetation has encroached. The places occupied by the human colony are large spaces that were practically built and required an enormous amount of effort to distress them to a point where they look worn down. At one point, Ceasar returns to Will's home - it's fascinating to see the differences between Will's home between the films (colorful and vibrant in "Rise"; dirty and desolate in "Dawn").
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 14, 2014
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It's nice that there's an artbook for the two Planet of the Apes films. I was really thrilled and blown away by them, especially for Dawn.

This is a large format hardcover artbook with 176 pages. The cover has a nice fine grainy texture and the print of Cesar's face is actually glossy. I'm just amazed at how real Cesar looks, even though you know it's just computer graphics.

The content is split between the first and second films, more on the second one. Pictures are a mixture of photographs from behind the scenes, the sets and concept art. There is a lot to see and it provides a nice general idea of how the films were created. The accompanying commentary that talks about film production, covering the sets and scenes in the order as they appear in the films.

In terms of concept art, many pieces are of the environment, such as Gen Sys building, Will's home, primate shelter and San Francisco. The art is quite well done. Many I suspect are paintings over 3D models but they look great because of the details and lighting. There aren't much character designs except for a two page spread for the main apes with more screen time.

The set photographs are fantastic. It's fun to find out which sets are real and which are digital. There's just the right amount of photos of actors in their motion capture suits. I left the cinema wondering if director Matt Reeves had casted mutant apes because the acting is just unbelievable. You'll read quite a bit on the performance motion capture.

This is a fantastic artbook with a good mix of art, photos and writeup. I particularly enjoy the insight from commentary.

(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hogg Lord on September 14, 2014
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Loved this book. It has a lot of great pictures and behind the scenes type stuff.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maurice Mitchell on July 24, 2014
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The purpose of the book is to give insight into the making and development of the two films with it mainly focussing on the second film.The insights it provides are fascinating and you get to understand all the little details that go into making a film like this. From the set design, character design and special effects like the motion capture for the apes like Ceasar and the use of digital composited shots like the San Fransisco bridge. There are also posters from the films and infographics detailing the spread of the disease. Unfortunately, they didn't list any of the artists that worked on the film or what artwork they produced but I recognize several artists like Jerad S. Marantz, Claude Pare, Aaron Simms, Matt Hurwitz is a Los Angeles-based entertainment journalist who co-authored The Complete X-Files and writes from major magazines like Variety,The Hollywood Reporter and Reuters. Sharon Gosling has written several companion books for Stargate SG-1 and other properties. The three of them have created a very insightful book on the making of a major motion picture.

The book is very study and has a textured feel to the cover that is broken by smooth parts for Caesar’s face and piercing eyes. The title is silver embossed and brilliant red. The pages are glossy and brilliantly colored with an easy-to-read font and well-designed layout.
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