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
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.