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The Art and Making of Monster House Hardcover – August 1, 2006

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About the Author

J.W. Rinzler is the author of the New York Times best-seller The Making of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Rinzler attended Parsons School of Design and NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science. He moved to Paris to teach art history and cinema and on his return to the United States has been the managing editor of GamePro magazine and published numerous articles on electronic games before joining Lucasfilm Ltd as senior editor. He makes his home in California’s Marin County.
Robert Zemeckis is the Academy Award®-winning director of Forrest Gump, and a pioneer in the innovative use of special effects, combining live-action seamlessly with traditional animation. Zemeckis is the director of The Polar Express and the forthcoming film, The Corrections.
Gil Kenan is a first-time writer and director of Monster House and a 2002 MFA graduate from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Editions (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933784008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933784007
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.3 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,738,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Lakewood, New Jersey; grew up in Manhattan/NYC and Berkeley, CA. Fell in love with old monster films, such as Dracula and Frankenstein, as well as Robin Hood and other adventure movies. Presently executive editor at Lucasfilm.

He wrote and directed an animated short called Riddle of the Black Cat, which was shown at numerous film festivals, including the Montreal World Film Festival (available on iTunes and Kindle). "The Star Wars" graphic novel was a #1 New York Times best-seller. He is presently working on a novel.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Stephenson on August 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have quite an extensive collection of "Art of" and "Making of" movie books but I have to say, this one is the most fun out of them all! Yes, it has all the things that went into the making of the movie, such as preproduction artwork, models, all the things you'd expect to find in a "Art of" book but it's also packed with an ample supply of extras, such as real post-it notes, trading cards, various booklets... it took me a while just to go through all the little extras. A nice surprise!

If you enjoyed the movie and like these type books, then you'll LOVE this one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on August 5, 2008
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This is the art book that started all the scrapbook-styled art books. It's easily the best and it still is. Inside the book's cardboard cover is a top quality glossy dust jacket.

This book has 160 pages and is literally filled to the brim with tons of stuff. There are "collectible" cards, storyboards, small booklets, post-it notes and amazing beat boards. The breathtaking beat boards sometimes take up to 2 pages. The photos I've taken below just didn't do enough justice, compared to holding the book and flipping through those pages yourself.

The book is divided into 2 main parts. The first part talks on the making of Monster House. It's where they come up with the conceptualizing for the movie. Topics such has character designs, lighting, music, the artists and actors to employ.

The second part is the art and story of Monster House. There are hundreds of storyboard panels fully painted. The main artists for the beat boards are Khang Le and Chris Appelhans. Included also are some 3D models and miniatures photos, showing how certain scenes are framed.

Every page entices me to flip to the next, yet the beautiful artwork just make it so difficult to. It's a thoroughly enjoyable and fun book.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ozgur Ustundag on November 3, 2006
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This is a great art and making of book, in fact it is more than just a regular book, with all the included trading cards that decribes each character of the movie, actual post-it notes, sheets of notebook pages(that main characters wrote their notes on) and envelopes popping out of it.

The sketches and production paintings are stunning and you can also find detailed information about 3d development process for the monster house itself.

Overall this is a multi-dimensional(literally) colorful book that you must get if you are somewhat involved with 3d graphics, feature aniomation and art.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Litton on November 6, 2006
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This book is just fun to look at. The artwork is sprawling (I can't believe how much artwork is created for movies; how fast are these artists working?), and the descriptions of how the movies was made are informative. This has quickly become one of my favorite movies, and this book makes it fun to see the evolution of its creation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Kaupang on May 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is how "art of" books really should be made. Lots of inserts, post-it notes and fun details. It looks almost like a scrapbook and is filled to the rim with drawings, renders, concept art and fun stuff. Very inspirational. It is just as great as the "Open Season" book which is also a must-have for all fans of animation.
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By B. Gerritse on October 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is like the awsome movie itself.
It has certain features you do not expect. Sometimes I could not determine at first sight if pictures were 2d or just real materials. Like the enveloppe,the playingcard holders and other "fearsome commodities". Wonderfull picturebook with well made drawings and photographs. Outstanding quality. It might have been found in the monsterhouse!
Brecht Gerritse, The Netherlands
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