300: Rise of an Em­pire: The Art of the Film

Wat er opera This widescreen com­pan­ion to the fol­low-up of 300 picks up all the de­tails of the an­cient Greeks’ ad­ven­tures at sea Au­thor Peter Aperlo Pub­lisher Ti­tan Books Price £25 Web www.ti­tan­books.com Avail­able Now

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Know­ing that ev­ery­one dies in the movie 300, we have to ad­mit to be­ing slightly con­fused when we heard 300: Rise of an Em­pire was in the mak­ing. But all of our ques­tions were an­swered in this lav­ish hard­back, which also pro­vides a vis­ual break­down of the film’s cre­ation.

Much like the new movie, this book is full of dark, stylised im­agery, com­pris­ing high-end pho­tog­ra­phy and com­put­er­gen­er­ated com­po­si­tions to de­tailed il­lus­tra­tions and beau­ti­ful paint­ings. Look out for the comic-book style sto­ry­boards and dou­ble-page spread paint­ings, all of which are eye-catch­ing.

Work­ing through the film’s cre­ation and story in chap­ters, the book’s least im­pres­sive sec­tion is its open­ing on the main char­ac­ters. We found our­selves skip­ping through the mul­ti­ple pages of mar­ket­ing-style movie stills un­til we ar­rived at the con­cept art and de­vel­op­ment work, where the book re­ally comes into its own.

No ex­pense has been spared on the top-qual­ity, glossy paper stock that pre­sents each de­sign and pho­to­graph in rich de­tail. In ad­di­tion, the book’s large for­mat makes it feel heavy and worth the price. It’s like the coolest his­tory text­book ever made, all wrapped up with beau­ti­ful and in­spir­ing im­agery for char­ac­ter and en­vi­ron­ment con­cept artists alike.

Top-notch pho­tog­ra­phy show­cases the more in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ter de­signs in the film.

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