Art of X2: The Making of the Blockbuster Movie

Art of X2: The Making of the Blockbuster Movie "X2: X-Men United"

by Timothy Shaner, Bryan Singer
     
 

Illustrated with over 300 stills and drawings, including the complete screenplay, the only book on the making of the spectacular X-Men 2 and the X-Men film franchise.

Outcasts from society, the X-Men are genetic mutants, born with superhuman powers, who harness their special abilities for the greater good. But the human race they fight to protect rejects

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Illustrated with over 300 stills and drawings, including the complete screenplay, the only book on the making of the spectacular X-Men 2 and the X-Men film franchise.

Outcasts from society, the X-Men are genetic mutants, born with superhuman powers, who harness their special abilities for the greater good. But the human race they fight to protect rejects and fears—even hates—them.

Initially realized in the Marvel Comic Book adventures, the first X-Men major feature film was released by Fox in 2000, directed by Bryan Singer, who had previously directed Apt Pupil and The Usual Suspects. Its stunning success—theatrically grossing nearly $300 million worldwide, and becoming a video and DVD phenomenon—signaled the current wave of comics to film adaptations and guaranteed the sequel, which reunites the principal cast members and the original's key creative team, including director Bryan Singer, cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel, and production designer Guy Dyas.

The new X2 will feature several surprises, including favorite mutant characters from the vast X-Men comics universe, who are new to the film franchise. 300 color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
What would convince a director like Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects) to take on the project of adapting a venerable old comic series like X-Men for film, much less embark on a series of X-Men films, especially considering he had never even read the comics? This handsome volume more than ably provides the answer. It conjures a rich universe where mutants-the next evolution in human history, according to Marvel Comics-with names like Cyclops, Storm, Rogue and Wolverine become less muscle-bound action heroes and more grand, emotionally complex, mythological figures fighting prejudice and intolerance. Not surprisingly, the story attracted A-list talent like Singer and his laurels-heavy cast. The book's chatty opening text (which details Singer's introduction to the X-Men in all their mutant glory), the lavishly detailed art and storyboards, and complete text of the shooting script illustrate well not only the dedication of the members of the film crew to this peculiar mythos, but the ways in which they have expanded on it since the first film. The book will satisfy the desires of raving fans and the more cinematically inclined; it's a coffee-table book that both camps will actually read through, cover to cover; that great two-page spread of Wolverine in action doesn't hurt, either. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The X Men movies are based on a 40-year old comic book series. Great care was taken by director Bryan Singer to keep the loyal fan base happy. Singer's first film was "The Usual Suspects" and he had never read a comic book or directed an action film when he did the first X Men film. Storyboards and production shots of various scenes provide an interesting look at the preparation that is required to film a fantasy adventure movie. Costume illustrations show the development of the character. All aspects of the film are evolving during pre-production and filming to create the best possible movie. Each character/actor is shown in and out of costume. Rebecca Romijn-Stamos spent four and a half hours in make up to become Mystique. Detailed drawings were important in conceptualizing such sets at the Alkali Lake and X-Jet. Miniature sets were designed for the generator and dam. The book is richly illustrated with drawings and photographs. The credits for the movie are included at the end and are 5 pages long. 2003, New Market Press, Ages 8 to adult.
—Kristin Harris
VOYA
Graphic novels, comic books, and all things related to the industry seem to be the rage right now. Not surprisingly, the X-Men 2 movie has proven highly successful, and this title is an interesting look at the artwork in the movie. Unlike other movie works, there is not a lot of explication regarding the development process, but the information provided is interesting and appropriate for a book that clearly states that it is about the art. The book is divided into several parts: Singer's X-Men provides a brief explanation of the director's journey; Mutation offers a look at storyboards and set designs that focus on the characters; Augmentation presents storyboards and set-designs that focus on the universe presented in the film, including the X2 jet and Alkali Lake, with a look at the special effects used in the movie. A full copy of the script is included, in original format including some staging directions, with a note from the scriptwriters. A final section, titled The Art of X1, gives a glimpse of the first X-Men movie. There are also some unique Nightcrawler posters. The artwork is visually impressive and will satisfy its audience. Fans will devour the picture-heavy title that shows clips from the movie, drawings, and storyboard designs. In addition, teens interested in the filmmaking process might be interested in viewing this highly recommended work, especially the enclosed script. Illus. Photos. VOYA Codes: 4Q 5P M J S A/YA (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Every YA (who reads) was dying to read it yesterday; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult and Young Adult). 2003,Newmarket Press,
— Karen Jensen

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557045775
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/19/2003
Series:
Newmarket Pictorial Moviebook Series
Pages:
106
Product dimensions:
9.04(w) x 10.76(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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