The folks over at Titan, who have rocked our Geekness this year with excellent publications like PROMETHEUS: THE ART OF THE FILM, ALIEN: THE ILLUSTRATED STORY, and FLASH GORDON ON THE PLANET MONGO, are back with a look at the design and making of Genndy Tartakovsky's HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA.
Author Tracey Miller-Zarneke's 160 hardcover book. THE ART AND MAKING OF HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, includes a Foreword by Tartakovsky and an introduction by Bob Osher (President Sony Picture Digital Productions) and encompasses - as its title suggests - the developmental process which brought this weekend's theatrical release to screens.
Broken into two primary sections - Character Design and Production Design - THE ART AND MAKING OF HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA includes a broad assortment of design studies featuring a number of settings and a vast array of characters. These range from hand drawn to CG work, and often offer interesting design progressions (many of which instill a new appreciation for how subtle differences in design can profoundly impact the appearance of a character).
My five year old son and I weren't able to attend last week's press screening of this film in Austin - the promise of a conflicting all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at his school proved too much for him to resist - but even though he hasn't seen the picture, he's carefully surveyed this publication on several occasions, unprompted. And then proceeded to ask further questions about the hows and why's of movie making. A testament, I think, to the relatively straight-forward presentation of this book, and to the creativity of the artists whose works are featured herein- which seems to stand alone and inspire, to some extent at least, even when detached from their product's intended medium.
Titan sent over a few pieces of art for your consideration. Not necessarily my favorite pieces in the book, but a taste of what's in store nonetheless. There's some magnificent work to be found (Joty Lam's 'Lobby Concept', Marcelo Vignali's 'Mavis' Room' , Noelle Triaureau's 'Canal', Carter Goodrich's Frankenstein studies) - be sure to check 'em out if you grab this book, or chance across it in a store.
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