Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon

Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon

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by Daniel Falconer
     
 

How did the filmmakers manage to take the Dragon that has lived in millions of readers' imaginations and turn him into a totally unique and unforgettable living, breathing character?

The answer can be found in Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon. Packed with stunning, exclusive new images, it reveals how he grew out of countless fantastical concept designs

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Overview

How did the filmmakers manage to take the Dragon that has lived in millions of readers' imaginations and turn him into a totally unique and unforgettable living, breathing character?

The answer can be found in Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon. Packed with stunning, exclusive new images, it reveals how he grew out of countless fantastical concept designs into the beast that is unleashed in awesome digital glory.

Compiled by the Academy Award-winning Weta Digital and Weta Workshop teams, who provide fascinating insights telling the story of the Dragon's creation, this is the perfect companion for every fan who was blown away by Smaug, the Magnificent!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062326096
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/2014
Series:
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Pages:
104
Sales rank:
442,163
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Falconer has been a designer at Weta Workshop for more than a decade, producing conceptual art as part of the design team on many of the company's high profile projects, including The Lord of the Rings, King Kong, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and the short-lived Halo movie adaptation. Daniel wrote and collated Weta's first two books, The World of Kong (Simon & Schuster, 2005) and The Crafting of Narnia (HarperOne, 2008), art books that showcased the illustrative work of the entire design departments behind on King Kong and The Chronicles of Narnia movies, and has provided descriptive copy for movie-based toys and collectibles including The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. He lives in Wellington with his wife Catherine and two daughters, reveling in his dream career of playing in imaginary worlds every day.

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Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
LynKat More than 1 year ago
A look into the collected process of bringing this grand firebreather together for the big screen. So much detail and collaboration is mentioned in this art book. The concept art of John Howe's really shows how Smaug started with various, different forms. One even looks a little equine, mixed with monitor lizard in one drawing. Examples being that the dragon started out with the classic four legs, and a more ferret form body. It later progressed through muscular adaptations to a more sinuous wyvern (a 2-legged, winged drake). John Howe's concept art really show where the dragon changed over time to make him still very anatomically to be believable. Andrew Baker, Jamie Beswarick, and several others went through an extensive process to bring out a convincing and performance-driven character. Even Mr. Cumberbatch, who provided the voice and motion capture, talked about his history and personal take on Smaug. I can't wait to see how this colossal dragon performs in the next movie now with so many other elements going on around him.
Barry0 More than 1 year ago
Gives an inner look on how Smaug was brought about.