- 出版社: Titan Books (2008年11月25日)
- 精装: 192页
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 1845768329
- 条形码: 9781845768324
- 商品尺寸: 28.2 x 2.7 x 22.2 cm
- 商品重量: 1.4 Kg
- ASIN: 1845768329
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The Spirit: The Movie Visual Companion (英语) 精装 – 2008年11月25日
"* "Frank Miller is taking THE SPIRIT into the greatest comic book film noir we're likely to ever see." Ain't It Cool News"
Mark Cotta Vaz is one of the world’s foremost author of movie ‘making of’ books. His informed, incisive, and highly entertaining writing has graced titles including Behind the Mask of Spider-Man, The Art of Finding Nemo, The Art of Batman Begins, and his acclaimed history of matte painting in movies, The Invisible Art.
and behind the scene stuff. And it was great seeing some of the
classic Will Eisner Spirit art pages as well.I mainly got this
as a reference book, since I am artist who likes the pulp era
and classic comic characters and strips. Yet, I recommend it
regardless, because of all the beautiful photography and artwork.
The Shadow of the Spirit takes readers into the genesis of Eisners' iconic character. From an experimental color section to well regarded piece of main stream comic literature, Denny Colt captured the imagination of readers. Whether it was the stark imagery, or the variety of creators on the strip apart from Eisner, the Spirit was instrumental in the development of Will Eisner as a creative force.
Mr Vaz examines the creation of the film from inception to the players who make the film what it is. Truly, the moniker `movie visual companion' is inaccurate. The subtitle should run something like this, The Spirit: Four Color to Film, A Genetical Journey. Yes, the book does chronicle the development of the film, but it also digs into the film from story board to screen. Ever see a green screen before? After this book, and a viewing of the film, you will see exactly how those urban cityscapes came direct out of a computer mainframe. Viewed piece by piece, the creation of a movie is seemingly simple, taken as a whole, the process is daunting.
That is one of the main messages of the book. The Spirit is a marvellous character. The process of scripting, filming, and CGI are integral to the finished product. How they fit together on the screen is the real test. One thing is beyond doubt. This book, like the film, has style. Visually, there is no shortage of imagery from the comic strip, the story board, or the film making process. Still not sure why Frank appears so often admiring pieces of equipment though Is this a book by Miller about the Spirit, or a Spirit book that features Frank Miller? Here's hoping the Spirit really captures the flavour and not just the texture.
Titan Books, along with Mark Cotta Vaz should be proud of this book. It is an amazing entry in the bibliography for the prolific writer!
It's a good accompaniment to the special features on the Special Edition DVD: "Green World" and "Miller on Miller." Basically it's a production diary detailing the thought processes, costuming and technology that went in to creating The Spirit.
After Sin City, Miller and Rodriguez again teamed up to produce The Spirit, based on a different comic series, obviously. But they used much the same process, technology and visual style. It's a very reductionist / minimalist visual style, and quite distinctive.
This book steps you through the what, why, how and who, perhaps a bit of the why, too.
Thus far, I've loved this book and will probably re-read it a few times. Might have to see if they have a similar visual companion to Sin City (the movie), though the extensive bonus features on the recut / extended Sin City release are quite good.
If you like the movie and want to know how they got from point A to point B, this seems like a pretty entertaining way to find out. If you just like film production trivia, you'll probably also like this book. Overall, I thought it was great!