Book Review – Prometheus: The Art of the Film by Mark Salisbury (2012)

Prometheus: The Art of the Film
by Mark Salisbury
Release Date: June 12, 2012
Publisher: Titan Books

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To say I am a fan of Ridley Scott is like saying that I am a fan of breathing or being alive; it’s just sorta a given. As a filmmaker, he’s one of my idols; as a storyteller, he’s one of the masters. In short, the man can do almost no wrong in my eyes. So when the fine folks at Titan Books released PROMETHEUS: THE ART OF THE FILM, I knew it was going to be a must-have for me. And the book does not disappoint in the least. It is an excellent behind-the-scenes look at the concept art that inspired and helped shape Scott’s recent reentry into science-fiction.

If you’re not familiar with PROMETHEUS: THE ART OF THE FILM, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Titan Books:

Ridley Scott, director of ALIEN and BLADE RUNNER, returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundbreaking mythology in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. On a distant world, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race…

Revealing the secrets of this epic production, PROMETHEUS: THE ART OF THE FILM showcases a wealth of breathtaking design art — including a selection of Scott’s own hand-drawn storyboards — along with fascinating behind the scenes photos.

If you’ve seen the film, then you already know how rife the imagery is with astute precision and detail. Scott is very meticulous with how his sets and props look, and this is always evident onscreen. This book takes you beyond the film, and shows you the detail that was put into every little piece of what you see in the movie.

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The photos in PROMETHEUS: THE ART OF THE FILM are breathtaking and the concept art is staggeringly good. It is always amazing to see how close the finished onscreen product can resemble the concept art, and this book gives you plenty of examples. From hand-drawn images to full-fleshed computer animation, there’s something for every science-fiction and/or art fan here.

One aspect of the book that I thoroughly enjoy is the written descriptions of what each picture is and why it is important. We get to learn many things about the film, including the reasoning behind certain events and even the functionality of some of the set pieces. This gives an air of intrigue to several items that I completely missed when I watched the film itself.

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The book itself is a very nice hardback edition with large pages and beautiful graphics. Collector’s of film memorabilia will want to snatch this one up as soon as possible, as well fans of the film and just science-fiction fans in general. This book will make a welcome addition to your library and even be a great conversation-started on your coffee table. Give it a look today.

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