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Serenity Official Visual Companion Paperback – September 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845760824
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845760823
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.4 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" A must -own for Whedonites (*****5 Stars)." -- Empire, November 2005 Issue

Winner of the SFX 2005 Non-Fiction Award. -- SFX Magazine Christmas 2005 Issue

About the Author

Joss Whedon is the creator of and guiding light behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. He is also the Oscar-nominated writer of Toy Story, and Speed. Serenity, which he also wrote, is his feature film debut as director. The movie is based on his cult SF TV series Firefly. Here's Joss on why no-one should miss Serenity: "Because it's exciting, funny, scary, surprising, involving and meaningful. Plus, hovercraft chasel"

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Joseph Hill "Joss" Whedon (born June 23, 1964), is an American screenwriter, executive producer, director, occasional composer and actor, and founder of Mutant Enemy Productions. He is best known as the creator and showrunner of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003), Angel (1999-2004), and Firefly (2002), which have also seen popular comic book adaptations, published by Dark Horse Comics and IDW.

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I am a Big fan os Serenity and this Book is a great companion to the dvd's.
zivasdad
My compliments to Joss Whedon and the Firefly/Serenity team for this lovely visual companion, this is a MUST HAVE!
Catherine L. Ruby
The book includes the entire shooting script for the movie, and a lot more.
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366 of 370 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Bridges on August 31, 2005
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This is the shooting script for the movie "Serenity," but it only starts there. It's also a long interview with creator Joss Whedon on the show "Firefly," what roles he originally envisioned for the characters and how the actors embodied them, all the different elements that went into creating a TV show like few others, and all the great insider stuff that fans burn to know. Then there are the extras...

The definitive (since it's from Joss) history of how the 'Verse got that way. How the government is set up. How the war for Unification began with the best of good intentions. And how a young man named Malcolm Reynolds volunteered. Star maps. Tons of photos from both sides of the camera. Production drawings of weapons, ships, costumes (including some beautifully drawn samples of Inara that I'd like to see available as prints), and every major set. Long notes from Joss about lighting, direction, and cinematography. Quotes from the cast about their characters. Storyboards for the exciting fight and chase scenes. Oh, and the script, written in Joss' trademarked style and including scenes you won't see in the movie.

This is like a DVD extra you can get before the movie is released.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Harold Harefoot VINE VOICE on December 11, 2005
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If you have any interest in the movie Serenity or the tv show Firefly, you NEED to buy this book. Chances are, if you're a Firefly/Serenity fan, you probably have some interest and/or questions about how Joss Whedon came up with his ideas for all of the characters and all of the other aspects of the Firefly 'verse. Well, they're probably answered in this book. There is just tons of information in here that probably would have been revealed over time if Firefly had continued as a series, but that I didn't know and probably never would have found out about if I hadn't bought this. Seriously, if you really want to fully understand the Firefly 'verse, this book is essential. The information you'll glean from this book is worth so much more than the sub-$14 price tag. If you have (will soon have) the Firefly (Serenity) dvd sets, you also should buy this book. You won't regret it.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Catherine L. Ruby on December 15, 2005
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Large and very high quality, glossy paper (you can't tell from the picture). Gorgeous shots from the movie and from the set, beautiful artist renditions of costumes, sets and scenes from the movie. Interviews, storyboards and extras for the biggest fans, just the pictures themselves are worth it for me. My compliments to Joss Whedon and the Firefly/Serenity team for this lovely visual companion, this is a MUST HAVE!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By P. Callaway on October 31, 2005
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I really got my money's worth in this book. I bought it primarily for the pretty pictures, and there are certainly plenty to look at. But it also included the full shooting script of the movie, a wonderful interview with Joss Whedon (the writer/director), and lots of blurbs about the world of the movie, and words from each actor about their characters. There was tons of production art too, but of course my favorites were the stills from the movie.
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73 of 85 people found the following review helpful By David C. Hill on September 14, 2005
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Ah. Truly sweet. A lengthy intro from Joss about the making of the movie and the Firefly universe, followed by the screenplay (including a few deleted scenes), all interlaced with numerous gorgeous color shots. A wonderful book for anyone with interest in the movie, or the 'Verse.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Anna on November 3, 2005
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This is a very well put together book, with lots of very good quality photos and shots from the movie, a number of interviews with Joss Whedon, cast and crew, and the full shooting script. The interviews have a lot of background info. Even as a casual fan, I am very pleased with it; die-hard browncoats probably have it already.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 3, 2006
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I remember being impressed a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away from that of Joss Whedon's "Serenity" when they published the scripts for the original "Star Wars" films with pre-production paintings and storyboards. So it is with a profound sense of understatement that I can tell you that "Serenity: The Official Visual Companion" is the proverbial much, much more. There certainly are the promised visuals, consisting of dozens of pieces of not only production art and storyboard but also movie stills. Being able to see a production painting of a deserted street on Miranda next to a photograph of the actual set, the storyboards for the escape from the Reavers on Lilac, the conceptual art for the Alliance spaceships, and Inara's costume designs are all worth the looking. But there is a far amount of worthwhile reading between these covers as well and that is what makes this companion volume essential for fans.

The cover trumpets that this book has an introduction and the motion picture screenplay by JOSS WHEDON, but in between the cheery welcome to the book and the full shooting script (i.e., it includes scenes cut form the final edit) there is 32-page interview with Whedon conducted by Abbie Bernstein. In it Joss talks about how he originally developed "Firefly" and its main characters, how he had the opportunity to make a movie version, and what it was like making the film. So this is an in-depth interview and not simply a case of ten or twenty questions. But, wait, boys and girls, there is more, because in the pages of that interview you will find Whedon's pre-production memos on "A Brief History of the Universe circa 2507 A.D.," "Frame/Lens/Perspective," "Light," and "Music" (Yes, Joss has even worked out what music will be like in 500 years).
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