Josh Wilding Reviews: PROMETHEUS, THE ART OF THE FILM
Available now from Titan Books, Prometheus, The Art of the Film offers fans the chance to get an in-depth look at the making of the film which saw Ridley Scott return to the genre he helped define.
Prometheus, The Art of the Film won't provide you with any of the answers which weren't included in Ridley Scott's film, but it does offer fans a fascinating insight into the creation of the sci-fi epic. The presentation of the book is fantastic; it comes bound in a wide hardcover which results in a very cinematic feel as you make your way through the stunning pieces of concept art and photographs. Featuring a foreword from the director, the book then segues into an in-depth retelling of how Prometheus (then known only as "Untitled Alien Prequel") went from no more than an idea to Scott's first science fiction film in over 30 years. There are also plenty of details on how production designer Arthur Max went about giving Prometheus a very different look to Alien in the early stages of pre-production, while maintaining a connection between the two.
Over the course of 190 pages, Prometheus, The Art of the Film is packed full of brilliant storyboards (drawn by Ridley Scott himself), beautiful concept art and brand new stills from the movie. Divided into sections which cover just about everything you can possibly think of (the vehicles, locations, characters, costumes and much, much more) there's an awful lot in the book, with brief pieces of text providing additional details on what exactly it is you're looking at. These also include comments from those who worked on the film (but mostly Arthur Max). Unfortunately, for as much as Prometheus, The Art of the Film does cover, it leaves out some of the most interesting aspects from the third act, and some other key moments in the film. This ultimately results in a somewhat incomplete feel to the book.
A must-have for fans of Prometheus, the book offers a comprehensive (if not quite completely definitive) look behind-the-scenes of one of the best films released this year.
In the distant future, two superpowers control Earth and fight each other for all the solar system's natural resources. When one side dispatches a team to a distant planet to terraform it for human colonization, the team discovers an indigenous race of bio-mechanoid killers. Ridley Scott, director of 'Alien' and 'Blade Runner,' returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
Noomi Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw
Michael Fassbender as David
Guy Pearce as Stannison
Idris Elba as Captain Janek
Logan Marshall-Green as Holloway
Charlize Theron as Meredith Vickers
RELEASE DATE: Available on DVD, Blu-ray And Blu-ray 3D From October 3rd, 2012.
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