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Stuart Little: The Art, the Artists, and the Story Behind the Amazing Movie
     

Stuart Little: The Art, the Artists, and the Story Behind the Amazing Movie

by M. Night Shyamalan, Rob Minkoff (Introduction)
 

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Published in 1945, E. B. White's classic book, Stuart Little, has sold more than 10 million copies. Because the story demanded that Stuart, the mouse, be as real as his human family, it took the imagination of many people, cutting-edge technology, and the commitment of hundreds of artists, engineers, and filmmakers to finally bring this endearing tale to the screen.

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Published in 1945, E. B. White's classic book, Stuart Little, has sold more than 10 million copies. Because the story demanded that Stuart, the mouse, be as real as his human family, it took the imagination of many people, cutting-edge technology, and the commitment of hundreds of artists, engineers, and filmmakers to finally bring this endearing tale to the screen. Stuart Little represents the first time in movie history that digital stars -- complete with personalities, performances, and lifelike qualities -- share the screen with live actors, both human and feline. How did they do that? This book answers that question in stunning detail.

Here the filmmakers reveal how Stuart was created to look absolutely real, how the actors were cast for both the live-action movie and the voice-overs, how the incredible sets were constructed and designed, how the cats were trained to act on cue, how the music was scored, how the mechanical effects were filmed, and much more.

Featuring the motion picture's complete shooting script by M. Night Shyamalan and Greg Brooker; interesting, informative sidebars from the filmmakers and stars; quotes from E. B. White's original book; cast and crew bios and film credits; and illustrated throughout with more than 200 photos, paintings, blueprints, line drawings, concept art, and computer graphics -- most in full color -- this book is a joyful celebration not only of a film destined to become an American classic but of the evolution of Stuart, from the beloved mouse of the 1940s to an actor for the new millennium.

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Children's Literature
Bringing a film to the screen is a long involved process, especially with live action and cutting-edge 3-D realism. Stuart Little was six years in the making after Columbia Pictures bought the movie rights. For fans of the movie, this is a great collection of materials. Developing the character was a great feat of animation. A lot of testing and experimentation was required to make Stuart believable. The artists, director, writer and other members of the production crew discuss their role in the process. The sailing scenes were done with models, which created its own challenges. The attention to detail is awe-inspiring. Literally months of work went into making Stuart's clothes and fur realistic. It's an interesting look at how a children's classic is remade and changed, with many of the changes driven by technology. 2000, New Market Press, Ages 8 to Adult, $24.95. Reviewer: Kristin Harris

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557044082
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/01/2000
Series:
Pictorial Moviebooks Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
8.77(w) x 11.23(h) x 0.74(d)

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Meet the Author

Linda Sunshine is the author of more than sixty books, including novels, humor books, and other Newmarket Pictorial Moviebooks on the films How to Train Your Dragon 2, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, The Mummy: Tomb of the Emperor Soldier, Angels & Demons, and Saving Private Ryan. She lives in Los Angeles.

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