- Hardcover: 156 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books; Har/Pstr edition (July 16, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1608871827
- ISBN-13: 978-1608871827
- Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.9 x 11.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 157 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PACIFIC RIM Hardcover – June 18, 2013
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About the Author
David S. Cohen has covered show business for 15 years, including more than a decade writing about visual effects for the entertainment bible, Variety. He is the longtime writer of Script Magazine's popular "From Script to Screen" series, and his previous book, Screen Plays, is a collection of those articles about the vicissitudes of Hollywood script development. He lives in Los Angeles.
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Pacific Rim: Man, Machines, and Monsters is the art-and-making-of book for the film.
It's a great book. Big, hardcover, 156-pages. There are additional sticked on materials on the pages, stickers and two big posters.
The book is packed with amazing content. There are lots of concept art, set photography and lengthy writeup on the production. Everything's beautifully laid out.
The concept art consist of the characters, Jaeger robots, Kaiju monsters and film scenes. The bulk of the art, more than half the book, is on the Jaegers and Kaijus. The development art are just awesome. They are very detailed. There are Jaegers with their front and back with closeups to their heads, battle damaged versions, 3D wireframes, 3D gray models and some discarded concepts.
Kaijus are crustacean-lizards-insect inspired. The designs look great, menacing, and dangerous. The texture work is really well done. The sculpted maquettes look terrific. There are twelve Kaijus if I counted correctly. Guillermo Del Toro has his unique sense of art direction. It's clear he likes monsters very much. Kudos to Hugo Martin, Alex Jaeger, Francisco Ruiz Velasco and other artists on the designs also.
The set designs are illustrated with mainly photographs and art. Again, they are very detailed and there's a strong sense of worn and tattered feel to most places.
The commentary is excellent. There's plenty to read about the characters, the designs of the Jaegers and Kaijus, and many stories on the production process.
This is a fantastic art and companion book to the movie. One of my 2013 favorites.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
I originally got this book to get more details on the mecha and kaiju in the film (like Tact Ronin in one of the first scenes, Crimson Typhoon, Coyote Tango, and my favorite monster, Otachi) but was pleasantly surprised with all the other details as well. What can I say? I love a good movie commentary, but a written one? Even better!
The pullout pages are wonderful and the behind the scenes details show just how much work really went into making Pacific Rim possible. My dad questioned why I spent money on something like this, but he soon saw why when I showed him the inside of it. From the landscape to the detailed ensigns on the robots, this was a lot of effort by a lot of dedicated people. Kudos to the artists, way to observe nature and think outside the box!
Only one complaint.....
Now I can't decide whos more epic, the jaegers or the kaiju! I cant wait until they come out with the animated series! (I'm not kidding, IMDB said so, they're supposed to have a sequel too. Go see for yourself! :)
This book was totally worth the wait, however. Not only is it an informative, in-depth look at how the film was made, but it offers crucial background information on the characters, technology, monsters, and world of the film. And the extras help sweeten the deal.
The book starts off with a thoughtful foreword by del Toro himself, talking about his love for the movie and his desire to share it with the world. From there, we learn more about how the movie took shape, and how del Toro signed onto the project after leaving "The Hobbit" and having his adaptation of "At the Mountains of Madness" cancelled. The film contains storyboards, concept sketches and designs, production photos, and movie stills showing how the film took shape, how the actors and set and costume designers and special effects teams collaborated to bring the film together, and how much attention was given to even seemingly insignificant details in the film. And for those interested in the characters themselves, every major human character, Jaeger, and Kaiju is given some background, including "tech specs" and some insight from del Toro, the actors, and the designers on how they were developed and what their stories beyond the film are. It's a fascinating look at how much thought and effort went into the world, taking what could have been a slapdash summer "popcorn movie" and turning it into something with weight and texture.
The aforementioned extras I spoke of are detachable cards, posters, and sticker sheets that adhere to some of the pages of the book. There are bio cards for Raleigh and Mako, a sheet of stickers with symbols of the various Jaeger teams and Kaiju "kill records," Kaiju War propaganda posters, and even reproductions of sketches and notes from del Toro's own notebook. The reader needs to be careful removing these from the book so as not to damage the pages, but I was able to get them out without damaging the book or leaving behind residue. And they are fun little extras to have.
If I have any nitpicks with the book, it's that there are a few factual goofs in the "tech specs." For example, Cherno Alpha is listed as a Mark-4 Jaeger, when other information lists it as a Mark-1, much older than the book's tech specs state. But these are fairly minor, in my opinion.
Stories of how films are made, from the conceptual stages to filming to special effects to everything else, always fascinate me, and doubly so when it's a movie I love. If you're a fan of "Pacific Rim," or simply enjoy learning how a film is made -- especially a film made with loving attention to detail and story -- then this book is a must-own. It's gorgeous, informative, and high-quality, and will be quite the conversation piece sitting on your coffee table.