The Art of Avatar: James Cameron's Epic Adventure

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Academy Award-winning writer/director James Cameron, the maker of Titanic and the creator of the Terminator series, has been crafting Avatar for over four years. The film follows the story of an ex-marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on a distant planet filled with exotic life forms. As an avatar, a human consciousness in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people. The Art of Avatar, the companion book to this ...

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Overview

Academy Award-winning writer/director James Cameron, the maker of Titanic and the creator of the Terminator series, has been crafting Avatar for over four years. The film follows the story of an ex-marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on a distant planet filled with exotic life forms. As an avatar, a human consciousness in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people. The Art of Avatar, the companion book to this epic 3-D action adventure, explores the developmental and conceptual art used by the creative team to create the original world of Avatar.
 
With over 100 exclusive full-color images including sketches, matte paintings, drawings, and film stills, The Art of Avatar reveals the process behind the creation of set designs for the imaginative vistas, unique landscapes, aerial battle scenes, bioluminescent nights, and fantastical creatures. Interviews with art directors, visual effects designers, animators, costume designers, and creature makers bring insight into this creative process. The Art of Avatar brings readers behind the scenes of this unprecedented moviegoing experience.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810982864
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/23/2009
  • Pages: 108
  • Sales rank: 260,364
  • Product dimensions: 12.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Fitzpatrick has been a writer and editor for over 15 years. She has created illustrated books for a wide variety of films and television shows including Kung Fu Panda, 24, Star Wars, Shrek, Madagascar, and The X-Files, as well as anniversary editions for Sony Pictures Imageworks and the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She lives in San Francisco.
 
Peter Jackson is a three-time Academy Award-winning director, producer, and screenwriter, best known for The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
 
Jon Landau is an Academy Award-winning producer and former executive vice president at Twentieth Century Fox, and is currently a partner in James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment.

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  • Posted February 14, 2010

    Blue inspiration

    I have recently watched the movie "Avatar" itself and after it I was very impressed by technologies with which the film was made, by story and gorgeous graphics. Still I wanted to learn more about the origins of creating the film as I am an artist, photographer & sculptor myself. The book has a lot of colourful pictures with concept materials and showing the process of movie-making. It is a great book for "Avatar" fans and a wonderful source of inspiration for artists.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

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    Great Book, Awesome Artwork

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It has a lot of information about the creation of the art and world for the movie Avatar. My only regret was that it was too short and was able to finish it in a short period of time. You get the feeling that there's enough to be said on the topic to fill a book many times the size. Naturally, it also has tons of awesome concept artwork from the movie. There are several fold out pages that are a real treat to look at.

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  • Posted February 27, 2010

    The book Avatar

    If you've seen the movie (and who hasn't!) you'll want to buy this book - amazing and informative! Avatar is a great movie; this is a great book!

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  • Posted December 14, 2009

    great book for a great movie

    really like this book if u r a fan of the movie u will love this book

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