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By James Whittington, Monday 1st July 2013
World War Z – The Art Of The Film
The journey from page to screen for World War Z hasn't exactly been an easy one. News of expensive reshoots became common place and many predicted a rather swift transfer from screen to bargain bin. But the film has won over critics and fans and is doing great box office. It’s a smart take on the zombie genre that well worth seeing, especially on the biggest screen you can and this book helps you to appreciate the hard work that goes into making such an effective movie.
World War Z: The Art Of The Film from Titan Books 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. It’s packed with information, highlighting some of the incredible detail and thought that went into the creation of this movie.
It drips in full colour concept art which is not just for the big show stopping flashy stuff. The images of places such as Wales have a calm serenity, a million miles away from the ferocious, adrenaline laced action sequences which are also covered in eye-popping depth.
I know that this book is all about the art but I’d like to have seen more about the zombies themselves and more detail on how they came to be realised for the movie. The most impressive piece is when you appreciate the sheer scale of the zombie crowd scenes. That must have been a logistical nightmare to plan and shoot and it would have been nice to have some longer quotes from the production team to tell how they overcame some obstacles.
World War Z – The Art Of The Film does exactly what is says on the cover. Hopefully a full making of book will come along very soon, until then just enjoy some of the most beautiful concept art I’ve seen since Cabin In The Woods.
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