- Gebundene Ausgabe: 104 Seiten
- Verlag: Harper Design (1. April 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0062326090
- ISBN-13: 978-0062326096
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19,6 x 1,3 x 24,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 70.262 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 1. April 2014
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Praise for the Weta Chronicles: 'This beautifully presented book... is a lovely treat for fans' The Sun 'Whatever your thoughts on [the film] there's no denying the attention to detail invested by Weta Workshop... and the amazing images on display in new book The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Chronicles" SciFi Now -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
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!Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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This book details how Weta; with the help of long-time Tolkien artists like John Howe, the concept art team, modelers and animators and of course Benedict Cumberbatch as the actor; brought the character to life on the big screen. The book has a great selection of concept art (though considering the hundred of images that must have been created, it could have easily been twice as much for my taste) and information provided by the designers who worked on the dragon.
The only two points of criticism would be that the book is a bit smaller in format than I imagined and that some of the movie stills are slightly lower in resolution, which considering the amazing camera resolution used while filming, is a bit surprising.
All in all a great book that gives an awesome insight into the design process behind an amazing creature and character.
Das Buch ist voller Infos und toller Bilder, Skizzen, etc.
War sehr begeistert, da es ein Hardcover besitzt und viel umfangreicher ist, als ich dachte.
Einfach Klasse..!!! Nur zu empfehlen.. :)
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Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon by Daniel Falconer (The Hobbit Chronicles #3.5)
Published by HarperCollins on April 3rd, 2014
Length: 104 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
Come face to face with Smaug the Magnificent, the most realistic, breathtaking and destructive dragon ever to appear on screen, in this gallery of exclusive images that tell the story of how he was created.
Smaug is possibly the most memorable character in JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit: a huge, malevolent, fire-breathing, talking dragon! But while he makes quite an impact in the book, in Peter Jackson’s film adaptation he is definitely the most spectacular creature ever to appear on screen.
So 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 thousands of detailed and fantastical concept designs into the beast that is unleashed in awesome digital glory.
The first thing you’ll notice about Unleashing the Dragon is that it is sooooo pretty! There are illustrations from several different artists along with models and full movie scenes to give you a visual for everything mentioned in the text.
The text for Unleashing the Dragon is interesting since there isn’t as much of the typical non-fiction feel and instead all of the text is from the various designers and people involved with the creation of Smaug. Instead of just a few quotes here and there, you get all the information straight from the source, including Benedict Cumberbatch!
Unleashing the Dragon takes you through the entire process of creating Smaug, starting from the very first exploratory sketches, all the way through making the gold for his horde, and his final dramatic scene outside of the mountain.
It turns out that most of the action scenes with Smaug weren’t written or planned out ahead of time and instead decided upon through experimentation as Smaug was being created. This means that Unleashing the Dragon gives some really fun insights into Peter Jackson’s creative process for The Hobbit trilogy, which was a fun bonus.
I feel like I learned so much about special effects and graphic design for movies! In addition to the passages from designers, there are a couple of info boxes that tell you about what each of the different departments actually focus on. Unleashing the Dragon gives you a lot of insider information about what people in the industry actually call all the various jobs and tools that they use, so you can sound cool at your next cocktail party ;-).
A couple of the designers that wrote passages for Unleashing the Dragon got a bit over-jargony in their explanations. I could figure out mostly what they were trying to say, but here and there were words that I had no context for and context wasn’t provided in the info boxes.
A lot of the scenes that Smaug is in are dark between the inside of the mountain and it being night outside for most scenes. This means that some of the images from the film (or even some sketches) got too dark to be able to easily make out on paper.
If you haven’t seen the move The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, you might not get references to various scenes since they are definitely talked about in a way that assumes you’re familiar with the movie.
Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon is a fun companion book for the movie trilogy and a great choice for any dragon lover! It is full of beautiful images, so would make a great geeky coffee table book, but it is also quite interesting to simply read straight through. If you’ve ever been curious about how the special effects for movies are created nowadays, you should definitely pick up Unleashing the Dragon.
The book is meant to be a companion piece to the Hobbit Chronicles book series (which delved into the art and design of the entire trilogy). "Unleashing the Dragon" is smaller in size compared to those book, not to mention much shorter (coming in at just over 100 pages) - but its subject matter makes it every bit as interesting as the other books in the series.
Highly recommended for fans of the "Hobbit" trilogy, particularly if you enjoyed the character of Smaug.
I had nothing to fear.
This book is an amazing insight into the wonderful creation process that gave us the King of Dragons; Smaug the Magnificent.
Like Smaug the book is magnificent filled with many, many images of would be Smaugs and just generally amazing dragon artwork. Some people have been complaining about the size of the images, there's no issue here. I can easily make out the subtleties of various stages of the artwork.
If you buy this book you will not be disappointed. I am a huge Smaug fan and everything in this book makes me appreciate just how unique, wonderful and magnificent the King of Dragons is.