Friday, 28 June 2013

Review: World War Z - The Art of the Film

Publisher: Titan Books
Format: Large paperback
Released: June 18th, 2013
Rating: 7.5/10

Amazon summary:

World War Z is the eagerly awaited film starring Brad Pitt. World War Z: The Art of the Film is the official illustrated companion to the movie, and features a wealth of stunning production art, design sketches and storyboards, alongside the full shooting script.


World War Z: The Art of the Film is a great souvenir for anyone who sees this film and even slightly enjoys it. It's packed full of concept art and images of final frames, and it also includes select storyboards and numerous quotes from the filmmakers. I saw the film this week and thoroughly enjoyed it, and I'm glad I now have such a well-presented book to give me a peek behind the scenes.

The main part of this book, and the reason I was so looking forward to it, is the full shooting script (correct version at time of printing). It's presented here in its entirety and gives the reader a complete insight into the film, including all dialogue, exposition and direction. This book is very similar in style to that of The Cabin in the Woods: The Official Visual Companion (Titan Books, 2012), which also features a full screenplay and hundreds of production images. If you liked that one, you'll definitely like this!

As with any script there are very slight differences, but nothing too major. My personal favourite reason for reading a film or TV script is to better understand missed dialogue and get a deeper understanding of the plot, along with discovering more facts and details from the people at the helm of the project. This book provides all that and more, though it is one huge spoiler. You have been warned - don't read this until you've seen the film!

At the end of the screenplay, there are several small sections of art focusing on the Zs and their design (and creepy eyeballs), the tools/weapons used and shooting green screen. The zombies look fantastic close-up, with their design and development being the main focus. I was interested to learn that ever zombie you see has a specific design to it, rather than one big generic look. It's this attention to detail that you don't get by simply just watching a film and leaving it at that!

World War Z: The Art of the Film is a brilliant companion to the summer's blockbuster zombie film, and really it has everything I was hoping for. I would have liked a bit more text detailing different aspects of the production, but this is a book that showcases art and the screenplay rather than going into depth about casting and costumes. World War Z is visually spectacular at times, and this book does justice to that element of its storytelling. Casual cinemagoers and film aficionados will both enjoy this one, whether it be through an interest in reading the script or studying concept art and zombie design. It's a win-win situation!

Please note: all above images are copyrighted to Titan Books and Paramount Pictures and are posted here so you can see the layout of the book

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