I’ve probably said this before, but I’m a total sucker for the “Art of” books. Doubly so when it is for a movie that pulls together so many of the things I love. Pacific Rim is certainly at the top of my list for must-see summer blockbusters. I can’t help but get excited for giant robots, giant aliens, and mankind’s tenacity to fight back and survive, regardless of the odds.
I think what I find most fascinating about these books is the glimpse into the creator’s mind that they afford us–watching how a mere idea progresses through character building, world building, story-boarding, and ultimately into the reality of film. Sure, I know that most of it is CG these days, but that doesn’t detract from the artistic talent and vision that went into creating it.
I’ve had many favorite Art Of books over the years. The Art of How to Train Your Dragon, and Diablo III: Book of Cain have been my favorites til now, but I believe that Pacific Rim: Man, Machines & Monsters socks them both out of the ring.
I’ve spent two evenings with this book now. The first night I just examined every sketch, illustration, photo, and their captions. The artwork is amazing and it was wonderful to see the evolution of thought as the robots and aliens went from a few scribbles in a notebook to a fully animated 3D entities. The second was spent reading the fine details of the development and movie production. I’m saving the last half of the book until after I see the movie just for fear of spoiling the plot, but so far I think what I’ve seen will only enhance the movie experience.
Check below for the trailer for the book (when did books get trailers?) and be sure to check out the movie on July 12th. The book is available now for about $30 on Amazon: Pacific Rim: Man, Machines & Monsters