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The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy Hardcover – July 20, 2012

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About the Author

Jody Duncan Jesser has served as editor of Cinefex magazine since 1992. She is the author of 10 books covering the making of blockbuster films, including Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, and Avatar. She lives in Los Angeles. Janine Pourroy has written extensively for Cinefex magazine, covering special and visual effects in film since 1985. Pourroy lives in Southern California.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (July 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419703692
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419703690
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.1 x 11.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful By JMM TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 21, 2012
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As a big fan of what Mr. Nolan has done with the Batman character in his "Dark Knight Trilogy", this book is 300+ pages of pure joy! Every aspect of the filmmaking process is detailed in the book, accompanied by hundreds of photos (many of which I have never seen published before).

Here are the Chapters contained in the book:

1. Screenplay - how the concept of the films was born with Nolan & David Goyer, writing the scripts, and taking inspiration from the comics when crafting the story.

2. Production Design - building the sets, scouting & dressing locations, designing Batman's vehicles. Includes some concept art.

3. Cast - casting the characters, insight into the actors' process. One of the best aspects of the films is that Nolan assembles a very strong cast, even in smaller supporting roles. Obviously, much of the focus is placed on selecting Christian Bale to play Bruce Wayne.

4. Costumes & Makeup - discussion about the costumes of the film, including plenty of costume sketches. Includes detail about the evolution of Batman's suit, the Joker's makeup, Bane's mask, etc.

5. The Shoot: Batman Begins - a chronicle of the 129-day shoot, Nolan's directing style, filming on location, shooting the Tumbler chase, etc,

6. The Shoot: The Dark Knight - filming in Chicago, IMAX cameras, the hospital explosion, etc.

7. The Shoot: The Dark Knight Rises - filming in Pittsburgh and India, shooting the opening plane sequence practically, destroying a football stadium, etc.

8. Special Effects & Stunts - insight into the stunt work with effects coordinator Chris Corbould. This covers most of the big fight sequences and stunts in the three films and how they were achieved.

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 25, 2012
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This is the making-of rather than an art-and-making-of book. So you're not going to see a lot of art. The only other artbook for the Dark Knight trilogy was The Art of Batman Begins and that wasn't very good in terms of art and content.

Having said all that, this is a great movie companion book.

It covers in detail all the three films and the complete production process. You get to read about the screenplay, production design, casting, use of visual and special effects, music and marketing. The book is packed with nice photos of the set, actors, props and vehicles, and some art illustrations.

There are chapters for the shooting of each film which I thought was short considering the length of the movies. Still, it provides great insight into how the movie was shot, and the little clues were put into each film to tie them together. You get a sense of Christopher Nolan's film making philosophy, and understand how the film was directed. He has done an incredible job portraying on big screen one of the most recognisable comic characters.

There are lots of interesting information throughout the book. Like how Anne Hathaway dressed up as Harley Quinn during a casting meeting because she misread the script, or why Nolan even considered using actual bats but ultimately turned to animated ones.

Of all the books relating to the Dark Knight trilogy, this is probably the best.

Highly recommended for fans of the movies. It's a terrific deal for a 304-page hardcover.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Derek Fay on July 26, 2012
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I wasnt quite sure what I was getting when I purchased this book. I was even thinking about going to my nearest bookstore to purchase it so that I could look at it in person. However, I decided just to buy the book since I am a huge Batman fan. Anyways, the book is fantastic. The photographs in the book are top notch and really show some other sides to the film. If you like Batman, Chris Nolan, or just film in general, you owe it to yourself to pick up this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gary P. Cohen on September 3, 2012
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I've seen Mr. Nolan's Batman films many times. I thought "Batman Begins" to be excellent, "The Dark Knight" to be a bit overrated, and "The Dark Knight Rises" to be an absolute masterpiece, the best film of them all and the best comic book movie ever. (I've already seen it three times in the movies, two of the times on IMAX screens.) This book will tell you absolutely everything you need to know on the makings of these great films: from their origins in Mr. Nolan's garage until completion. Want to know how they turned that enormous truck over in "The Dark Knight", head first? Its here. Or how they did those explosions on the Pittsburgh football field in "Rises?" its here as well. The thing that is so fascinating is how little CGI was used, especially in scenes involving the Batmobile or "The Bat" in the most recent film. Every aspect of the Batman films is touched on from beginning to end. Loaded with tons of pictures, this is an absolute must for the Dark Knight fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vee on September 24, 2012
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The book describes in details for the making processes with hundreds of pictures. However, the picture colors seem to drop and not vivid as expected.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Me on July 26, 2012
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A must have for anyone who is a fan of Nolan's Batman Trilogy. Very in depth look behind the scenes that the DVD's/BR's lack.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MFB on July 25, 2012
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So often you pre-order something like this, months in advance, and when it arrives it is a disappointment. Not so here. This is truly a beautiful book packed with stunning photos and behind the scenes info from all three movies in the Dark Knight Trilogy! I am exceptionaly happy with this and strongly recommend.
Even friends who have no interest in movie making have been picking it up off the coffee table and freaking out over it.
Awesome.
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