Thursday, 10 January 2013
Review: The Art of Rise of the Guardians by Ramin Zahed
Publisher: Titan Books
Released: October 16th, 2012
In Rise of the Guardians, North, Bunnymund, Tooth, and Sandman try to recruit Jack Frost to stop Pitch from putting an end to childhood belief and plunging the world into eternal darkness. The Art of Rise of the Guardians is a fascinating look at the ways artists and craftspeople collaborated to create a stunning CG movie in 3D that will change the way we look at childhood.
I ordered The Art of Rise of the Guardians the day I saw the film for the first time. The film captured my imagination in a way no other has done for a while and I really wanted to know more about the making of it. I've never been a big fan of animated films, and I certainly didn't realise just how much work went into them. Rise of the Guardians has opened up a whole new movie world for me!
This book is bursting with art that will take your breath away. From sections on characters to locations, everything is included here and it's all presented in glorious glossy colour. One of the best parts of the book, and probably the most interesting for me, details the life of a sequence. As I mentioned before, I had no idea just how much work and how many different teams are involved in making an animated feature. It's incredible. This particle chapter folds out into a huge page with a chart showing all the different production stages, as well as strips of the animation in all its incarnations. It's fascinating!
Almost every page of The Art of Rise of the Guardians offers new facts and trivia that can't be found by watching the film. This extra insight is invaluable for fans of the Guardians, and I'm looking forward to seeing it again so I can notice more. There's a lot of detail and mythology accompanying these stories and characters and reading this book just cements how much effort and work went into creating it.
If you know anyone who enjoyed watching Rise of the Guardians, or anyone who is a fan of movies and how they're made, then this is a great book to recommend. I own a lot of large format books about all different kinds of films, ranging from Superman the Movie and Titanic to Lord of the Rings and Avatar, and The Art of Rise of the Guardians is by far one of my favourites. There's enough text to accompany the plethora of art on offer and, rather than focus solely on the main characters, every aspect of the production is featured. I can't say enough good things about this one!