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The Art of the Matrix (Newmarket Pictorial Moviebook) Hardcover – December 4, 2000
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"The corner has been turned, where the impossible becomes possible," writes film editor Zach Staenberg in his introduction to the high-octane science fiction sensation that captured four Oscars less than a year ago. Illustrating the arduous production process, this hefty tribute showcases everything from Steve and Andy Wachowski's original stick figure sketches to the conceptual designs and dynamic, scene-by-scene storyboards (drawn and commented on by Geof Darrow, Steve Skroce and Tani Kunitake) that convinced Warner Bros. to green-light the project. Although some stunts, like Trinity's dive into a window from the top of a moving El train, were aborted because of safety and budgetary concerns, the movie closely mirrors the seamless narrative of the storyboards. In addition to the visuals, this comprehensive volume includes a final draft of the shooting script as well as scene notes and deleted script excerpts provided by Phil Oosterhouse, assistant to the Wachowski brothers. One cut that fans will find of particular interest occurs in the first scene. What was initially a segment addressing the consequences of leaving the Matrix and everyone in it is replaced by Trinity's thrilling introduction and narrow escape. The final pages will whet the appetites of Matrix enthusiasts further with an offering of several full-color promotional film shots and an enthusiastic afterword by renowned SF author William Gibson. As the first and only movie companion licensed by the Wachowski brothers, this pictorial feast is a must-have for SF fans and Matrix loyalists this gift-giving season.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Adult/High School-The Matrix, according to science-fiction author William Gibson, is "something very special: a big, muscular `effects' movie that's wildly generous with visual thrills,-and, most important of all, has a good heart." Substitute the word "book" for movie and you have a decent description of this title. It includes storyboards, both black and white and in color, with commentary by the artists; conceptual drawings; movie stills; information about cut scenes; scene notes; and the shooting script. The storyboards are essentially a graphic presentation of the movie. It is particularly fascinating to read the artists' own comments about their work. Fans of The Matrix and film-studies students will appreciate this glimpse into the preproduction process. The only disappointment is not hearing from the Wachowski brothers themselves, but they are apparently hard at work on the sequels. This is a large, beautifully designed book, with high-quality paper and sharp, striking pictures. It includes four gatefolds of marvelously detailed conceptual drawings. A browser's delight.-Susan Salpini, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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When the Wachowski brothers were trying to get the studio execs to commit to a budget for the film, they began to realize that nobody really understood what they, the Wachowsakis, were proposing. It was a complicated film full of difficult ideas, and nobody really grasped the level of action that the brothers envisioned. So they hired comics illustrators Steve Skroce and Geoff Darrow to storyboard the film, producing, in effect, a several-hundred-page comic book. Those storyboards, along with the script and concept illustrations, have since been collected into a book called "The Art of the Matrix."
The interesting thing about these boards, to me, is that they were done under tight deadline pressure, so they are not slick, finished illustrations. That's interesting to an artist because, deprived of slick veneer, the scaffolding is clearly exposed, so you can see how these extremely talented artists construct action scenes. It's fascinating for anyone who has any interest in the art of visual storytelling. The concept drawings and paintings are gorgeous, and were done at a less breakneck pace. It's surprising how closely the film stuck to these drawings, in many cases reproducing them verbatim.
You can get used copies of this book fairly inexpensively. I recommend it if you're a fan of comics, or The Matrix, or both.