Saturday, 13 April 2013

The Hobbit Chronicles Books One & Two by Daniel Falconer - Book Reviews

Title: The Hobbit Chronicles: An Unexpected Journey Art & Design (Book I)
Author: Daniel Falconer
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 208
Format: Hardback
Genre: Film   
Source: Bought Copy


Title: The Hobbit Chronicles: An Unexpected Journey Creatures & Characters (Book II)
Author: Daniel Falconer
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 224
Format: Hardback
Genre: Film
Source: Bought Copy



 The Hobbit Chronicles: An Unexpected Journey Art & Design


This sumptuous book celebrates the creative vision of Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It is packed with more than 1,000 images of concept artwork, photographs and development paintings by the artists working behind the scenes to bring Middle-earth to life, who each provide detailed and entertaining commentary that reveals the story behind the vision. Compiled by Weta Workshop senior concept designer Daniel Falconer, this is the first in a series of lavish hardback books written and designed by the award-winning team at Weta, who are working closely with the production team to guarantee that these books will be bursting with insider information and stunning visual imagery. (Goodreads Synopsis)

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A perfect addition to any fan's collection with gorgeous images and wonderful insight into the making of the film. This book is beautifully presented and every page is a delight. The Weta team are truly amazing and I shall certainly be buying all the future books in this series. The Hobbit Chronicles: An Unexpected Journey Art & Design is absolutely a 'must buy'.



 The Hobbit Chronicles: An Unexpected Journey Creatures & Characters

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles, Creatures & Characters explores the amazing cast of heroes and villains, beasts and beings that populate Middle-earth in the first chapter of Peter Jackson’s film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Richly illustrated with behind-the-scenes photographs, digital renders and film stills, this comprehensive book goes species by species, character by character, through the film’s huge ensemble of characters and bustling menagerie of creatures, both physical and digital, telling the stories of how each came to be realized for the film.

In first-hand quotes from the actors, make-up artists, digital effects artists, dialect coaches, prosthetics technicians, movement coach and many other crew, the stories of the production unfold, processes are described and insights into characters shared.

As a bonus feature, unique to this book, there is a special fold-out Character Size Chart, which compares all the major creatures and characters of the film, from Radagast’s hedgehog friend to the towering Stone Giants!

Compiled by Weta Workshop designer Daniel Falconer, and featuring a wealth of stunning imagery, this book puts the reader face to face with the Dwarf heroes of
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the dark denizens of Middle-earth, such as Orcs, Goblins, Trolls and Wargs, and of course, the hobbit himself, Bilbo Baggins. (Goodreads Synopsis)



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Another gorgeous book, The Hobbit Chronicles - An Unexpected Journey Creatures and Characters focuses, as you might expect, on the work done by the Weta team bringing the various characters of Middle Earth to life. From Hobbit feet to goblins, not a thing is missed out in this wonderful companion book to the film.


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