|aThe art of The matrix /|cscreenplay, Larry & Andy Wachowski ; principal storyboard art, Steve Skroce (black and white), Tani Kunitake (color) ; conceptual art, Geof Darrow ; additional art, Warren Manser ... [et al.] ; introduction, Zach Staenberg ; book editor, Spencer Lamm ; afterword, William Gibson ; scene notes, Phil Oosterhouse.
The Art of The Matrix goes beyond the film. But you cannot be told what this book is...you have to see it for yourself! The most unusual one-of-a-kind giftbook of the season, and the first and only book licensed by the creators of this awesome film--this is the complete pre-production archive of artwork and conceptual drawings, along with the script and commentary in the artists' own voices, in a beautifully printed, large format book, four-color throughout--long awaited by Matrix fans worldwide. Grossing more than $400 million worldwide, ranked as one of the all-time top-selling home video releases with over 2,000,000 DVDs sold, and winner of four Academy Awards--Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing--The Matrix has proven to be nothing short of a phenomenon. The tale of Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves), a computer hacker forced to confront his special destiny in the salvation of mankind, challenged our perceptions of reality and expanded our expectations of what a movie could be. Spencer Lamm writes in his introduction: "This book was created to express some sense of the massive planning that went into the film. It showcases the bulk of the artwork, presenting a close approximation of what was shown to the studio...Combining all the art, the Wachowskis were able to walk people through the script [219 scenes] producing, essentially, a 400-page giant comic book. Initially a tool to sell the picture, it became a detailed map for production." Exclusive to this volume are: * The complete shooting script by writers/directors Larry & Andy Wachowski * The complete B&W storyboards (700+) by Steve Skroce (Spider-Man, Wolverine) * The complete color storyboards by Tani Kunitake (Armageddon, 12 Monkeys) * The complete and intensely intricate conceptual illustrations by Geof Darrow (Hard Boiled, Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot), presented in four double-sided gatefolds * Introduction by Zach Staenberg, Oscar-winning Film Editor * Afterword by William Gibson, author of Neuromancer, Mona Lisa Overdrive, and All Tomorrow's Parties * 32-page color photo album of memorable stills and posters * Commentary by all the artists about their work on the film, interviewed especially for this book * Also: Thumbnail sketches by the Wachowski Brothers, deleted script excerpts, scene notes by Phil Oosterhouse (assistant to the Wachowski Brothers), three cut storyboard sequences, film credits. * 488 pages (including 4 double-sided gatefolds and 32 page photo section). 8 38" x 10 78". Over 1000 illustrations. Complete storyboards and conceptual drawings, screenplay, more than 30 movie photos, posters, credits. Four-color printing throughout. "Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself." --Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), from the shooting script of The Matrix The Matrix motion picture artwork and photography copyright (c) 2000 Warner Bros. All rights reserved.