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Prometheus: The Art of the Film Hardcover – June 12, 2012
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“Weighing in at nearly 200 pages, and in high quality full-color print, the book leaves little to be desired.” – TG Daily
About the Author
Mark Salisbury is the former editor of Britain's top-selling movie magazine, Empire, and author of a number of movie books, including Alice in Wonderland A Visual Companion and Burton on Burton.
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It's not the usual art book where you'll see lots of concept art. Rather, the content consist of film stills, photographs, storyboards and of course the concept art.
There are more photos than concept art, not that it's bad thing. The photos are great actually, showing detailed look at the interiors of Prometheus, some of the sets built such as the Prometheus landing leg, the Pyramid, the head statue, the chamber with the Ampules, sculpted alien props and the landscape photos that were turned into alien environments.
The concept art featured are mainly the finalized versions. There aren't many variations for any particular design. For example, there's only one exterior design of Prometheus, a handful of designs for spacesuit, aliens, etc. That's perhaps the downside of this so called art book. I do like the concept art style and rendition which goes really well together with the photos to give the book a very singular unified look.
The commentary talks about the important scenes and locations. Those are interesting as they explain the design. The book doesn't dissect the story so whatever you find ambiguous in the movie will still be more or less ambiguous after reading the book.
I consider this as more of a production design book. It's not an art book in the strictest sense as there aren't a lot of drawn art. However, I would still recommend it because it's packed with visuals all the way.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
* 3D rendering of various spacecrafts, vehicles and alien life forms that we see in the movie
* Sculptures of the creatures we see, including preproduction clay models.
* Costume designs
* The behind-the-scene making of the sets (both concept art, pencil sketching, actual wooded construction to finalized sets)
* Details on what went into the designs (the Prometheus, the lifeboat, planet, the pyramid mounds, Weyland Industries, the ampule room, Juggernaut, etc.)
* The gratuitous section on the Engineers is worthwhile in itself
I think the best thing about this book is the supplementary text by the people who were involved in the movie, including Ridley Scott. These supplementary text not only explain the design, thoughts and process in designing the film - but chunks and pieces of the text clarified bits and pieces of the film, including the Alien universe. For example, Scott confirmed that LV-426 is a different planet and that the black slime is a form of biological weapon whom its creator could not ultimately control. All-in-all, this art book is instant gratification for the visual sensors - and a great addition to art book collectors, or just to anyone who enjoyed the film and would like to know more about the story and the effort involved behind the making of the film.
So while interesting and thorough--and FILLED TO THE BRIM WITH ILLUSTRATIONS--it's not particularly educational, but is enjoyable. AND it's a sturdy little hardcover that fits on a regular shelf too, which is a plus.