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Behind the Mask of Spider-Man: The Secrets of the Movie
     

Behind the Mask of Spider-Man: The Secrets of the Movie

by Mark Cotta Vaz, Stan Lee (Foreword by)
 

An all-access, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the amazing Hollywood blockbuster

In 1962, when Spider-Man first appeared in the pages of Amazing Fantasy #15, the response was so electrifying the web-spinner was given his very own comic book series within a year. Now, on the 40th anniversary of that fateful beginning, Marvel

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An all-access, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the amazing Hollywood blockbuster

In 1962, when Spider-Man first appeared in the pages of Amazing Fantasy #15, the response was so electrifying the web-spinner was given his very own comic book series within a year. Now, on the 40th anniversary of that fateful beginning, Marvel Comics’ most popular superhero stars in his own spectacular feature film!

Here for the first time all the juicy details of Spider-Man’s journey to the silver screen are revealed. From script to soundstage, from costumes to visual effects, the book captures the creative energies of those responsible for this supreme act of illusion. Behind the Mask of Spider-Man features:

• Hundreds of never-before-seen photos, costume sketches, storyboards, and set design illustrations
• Candid reflections and delicious anecdotes from cast members, including Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, and Kirsten Dunst
• Fascinating revelations from director Sam Raimi (The Gift, Evil Dead, For Love of the Game) on how he sought to capture the outcast hero who is the essence of Spider-Man
• The magic behind the film’s dazzling visual effects and digital wizardry
• Scenes that never made it into the movie

A movie like this comes along once in a lifetime–a story of good and evil, love and cruelty, awesome powers that become both blessing and curse . . .

It is the marvelous story of Spider-Man.

Go for the ultimate spin at www.sony.com/spiderman

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
Behind the Mask of Spider-Man is full of interesting behind-the-scenes information. The title follows the path that the movie took through Hollywood politics, bankruptcy filings, litigation, and finally production. It highlights the development of new computer technologies that made the filming possible, techniques that had yet to be developed when shooting began. The book is chock-full of glossy photos of sets, concept designs, storyboards, and movie stills. The captions of the pictures are loaded with information, making this book a natural for reluctant readers. Included is the backstory of the decisions made by the scriptwriters regarding the deviation from the original Spider-Man story, which provides some insight onto the film's development. This attractive, browsable book would be a welcome addition to any collection. Illus. Photos. VOYA Codes: 3Q 4P M J S (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2002, Del Rey, 205p,
— Mary Ann Harlan
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-An intriguing glimpse into the genesis of both the character and the movie. In the foreword, Stan Lee explains how he made an end run around his editor to get the first "Spider-Man" story published. Vaz then segues into the tumultuous history of bringing Spidey to the screen amid bankruptcy and competing claims before moving on to the details of movie production. Some of this information will be familiar to anyone who has been reading magazines or watching television specials, like the story of the last-minute trip to Europe to audition Kirsten Dunst for the role of Mary Jane Watson. But there's plenty of behind-the-scenes information, too, and plenty of F/X information for those fascinated by wall-crawling, web-slinging CGI. The book is packed with photos and production drawings, including early takes on the Green Goblin, who evolved considerably in style from his comic-book origins.-Susan Salpini, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345450043
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
205
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.45(d)

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