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Peter Jackson: A Film-Maker's Journey

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ISBN-13: 978-0007175581
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'A brilliant collation of facts, figures, anecdotes and production detail, this will be manna from heaven for Jackson fans, who will devour every last page of this illuminating study with unconfined joy.' Film Review. 'A well rounded examination of the once-rotund director, with Brian Sibley delivering an enthralling dot-to-dot account of Jackson's life and career so far, navigating well clear of celebrity fawning." Total Film

About the Author

Brian Sibley is the author of the BBC radio dramatization of The Lord of the Rings as well as of several of Tolkien’s short novels collected under the title Tales from the Perilous Realm. His books include Chicken Run: Hatching the Movie, Cracking Animation, The Disney Studio Story, The Land of Narnia, Shadowlands, and Three Cheers for Pooh, as well as the text accompanying three maps by John Howe based on Tolkien’s The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007175582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007175581
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,425,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The book is on the shelves in New Zealand right now. It's a remarkable journey he has made, from struggling apprentice printer to mogul.

The book, like his movies, is long, and rewarding for it. The emphasis is more on pre-LOTR work and life, and it really focuses on the movies - no business or personal exposes here.

Three things struck me:

The first is his overwhelming passion for movies - passion that led him to just do it, rather than learn first by going to university. The results speak volumes, and he is in good company with this approach.

The second is that he is a leader with an ability to gather large amounts of people around him - from the first movie made with a bunch of mates on weekends, to LOTR with over 24,000 kiwis involved.

And the third is that he is an astute businessman - the book only hints at this, but it is clear from the continuous improvement in his Film Commission submissions, and the improvement in the deals struck with New line and Universal.

Read it.
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Overwhelming "take home" from reading this book: Peter Jackson is an ultra-focused, driven, creative person who loves movies, and wants to make them the way HE wants. He will not be deterred in any way from what he wants to do.

OK-who is this book NOT for?

While this book is a biography, it has an extremely specific/narrow focus on his professional career. I mention this because this book is so focused on this one aspect of Peter Jackson's life, that if you are looking for something else than what this book focuses on, you probably won't be interested in this book. Also, if you are only interested in Peter Jackson's work on LOTR and, to a lesser extent, King Kong (forget the Hobbit movies, this book came out about 10 years ago-WELL before the Hobbit movies, in their current iteration, were even "on the radar"...), you won't find what you're looking for until about the last third of the book. The first two thirds of the book focus on his early work that very few people have seen, and covers a great deal of his early "splatter" movies. I've read plenty of biographies of people that are "sprawling" and spend equal times recounting a person's personal life as well as whatever aspect of their life they are famous for. If you are looking for a lot about the "man behind the world-famous director", this book won't DIRECTLY give you that insight. INDIRECTLY you learn a lot about Peter Jackson as a person, but only what you can glean through his actions with respect to his job, not through any "personal" stories in the book, because there really aren't any.
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For the fans who don't want to stop at the appendix documentaries on the extended edition DVDs of his films. I devoured this book. Even if you aren't a "fan," its a great record of what it takes to produce a singular artistic vision, with an emphasis on the business side of the business.
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Format: Hardcover
Picked up this biography years ago and have read it cover to cover twice.

It's an incredibly inspiring story. Peter's perseverance is quite incredible. He knew what he wanted to do with his life, and just went ahead and bloody did it!

It covers his life in great detail - particularly his early career where most biographers wouldn't bother to thoroughly explore. However some more photos from this era would be great.
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I really enjoyed this. It provides a good history and background of Peter Jackson's roots and how he didn't cut any corners on his path to success. This book is a good account of the hard work and determination he put in to make the, arguably, most epic fantasy film(s) of all time.

Does not cover the Hobbit films.
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This book is a totally fascinating read!! It's written so smoothly that it reads like a good fiction book - but it's just a wonderful biography, filled with interesting facts that really open one's eyes about PJ's life and dedication to the LOTR trilogy and Tolkien's work (among many other things ...) - and is especially a relevant and fascinating read now that the Hobbit is coming out on the big screen! I certainly admired Peter Jackson before reading this book, but I admire him SO much more after! Thank you, Brian Sibley - and Peter Jackson!
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This book is awesome for two reasons.
1st. It gives you a wonderful look into the life of the greatest filmmaker of this age.
2nd. It gives you a realistic look into the politics of Hollywood.

I found this fascinating, and worth every Pennie.
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