The Lord of the Rings: The Art of The Return of the King

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With Peter Jackson's Acadamy Award-winning epic motion picture trilogy drawing to a spectacular and triumphant close, Gary Russell's detailed research takes us back into the world of Middle-earth, to relive all the visual drama and excitement of The Return of the King.

The Art of The Return of the King illustrates the creative development of the film from sketch to special effect and features 600 images, most appearing nowhere else. This fully authorized book includes pencil ...

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Overview

With Peter Jackson's Acadamy Award-winning epic motion picture trilogy drawing to a spectacular and triumphant close, Gary Russell's detailed research takes us back into the world of Middle-earth, to relive all the visual drama and excitement of The Return of the King.

The Art of The Return of the King illustrates the creative development of the film from sketch to special effect and features 600 images, most appearing nowhere else. This fully authorized book includes pencil sketches by Alan Lee and John Howe, costume designes by Ngila Dickson, magnificent full-color paintings by Jeremy Bennett, and prop designs, concepts, sculptures and digital artwork from Weta Workshop and Weta Digital. From Minas Tirith to Mount Doom, from the Army of the Dead to Shelob the monstrous spider, all the spectacular landscapes, characters and creatures are covered in stunning detail, including concepts that did not make it into the final film.

To accompany this wealth of imagery, detailed and informative commentaries appear by all the featured artists and designers, together with a special afterword by Peter Jackson. Their personal thoughts and explanations offer unique and fascinating insight into how The Return of the King was brought to life. An artistic journey begun in 1997 reaches its glorious conclusion within these pages, giving the reader a unique chance to witness the creative process that led to one of the most spectacular movies of all time.

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"Compelling peeks at the creative process"

U.S. News & World Report

"This beautiful, comprehensive volume would be in danger of demystifying the movie were [Peter] Jackson and company's achievements not so incredible that, even explained, they still seem downright otherworldly." Maxim Movies

"Fans of the cinematic version will not want to miss it, while artists and fans of Tolkien's work will treasure it as well." Deseret News

"A book that deserves to be on the shelf of any avid fan of the trilogy, as well as anyone who has an appreciation for art and color." Long Beach Union

"A detailed and fascinating look at the creative development of the film . . . This is one special book for fantasy lovers." 15MinutesMagazine.com

"This book is truly a fascinating peek into the fabulous world of movie making." Lebanon Daily Record

Library Journal
The Photo Guide and Visual Companion are simply collections of screen shots with a minimum of text-very YA. The real gems here are Art of and (especially) Weapons and Warfare, true fan books that detail costumes, props, and set designs through photos and concept drawings. Gollum is a bit of a novelty for those interested in computer special effects, as actor Serkis, who provided Gollum's voice and physical movements, explains how graphics were used to create the screen character. The indie spirit A film doesn't need to be a sweeping epic featuring a cast of thousands to be good. The market for independent films is huge, so no film collection is complete without a few of these titles. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618430291
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Series: Lord of the Rings Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.88 (w) x 11.14 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

GARY RUSSELL traveled to film production sites in New Zealand to conduct hundreds of exclusive interviews with the principal artists whose work is detailed in this book. The author of The Lord of the Rings: The Art of The Fellowship of the Ring and The Art of the Return of the King, Russell has worked widely in media as a magazine editor, novelist, columnist, and audio drama producer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2003

    The Best Of Them All

    If you saw the ROTK movie and all other of the LOTR movies, you will be enchanted by the beauty and wonderfullness of this book. I recommend it for artists, book lovers, or anybody around!

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