Caseen Gaines ´ 2 ReviewPlica items are eproduced so well that it Oriori No Uta really looks and feels like the original materials Side note Thank you previous library patrons for notemoving these items I loved The Dark Crystal The Ultimate Visual History and I highly Four Word Film Reviews recommend it to anyone with any fondness for the film It s a fantastic journey through the making of a movie thatemains uniue An enjoyable and very informative look at the development and production of Jim Henson s The Dark Crystal presenting a wealth of art design and photography in an attractive package Author Caseen Gaines explains the complete complex process of creating a feature film entirely with puppetry with insightful contributions from the film s creative team including Brian and Wendy Froud Cheryl Henson Sherry Amott Frank Oz Brian Smithees Robbie Barnett David Odell and Brian Meehl It was very interesting to Keep Calm, Alice Is Here Affirmations Workbook Positive Affirmations Workbook Includes read about the ongoing problems with financing the initial development of ideas and numerous changes to the storyline the specificeuirements for the puppeteers and their associated performance difficulties postproduction issues and the negative feedback from the poor test screening and the delayed elease Learning about the significance of all these behind the scenes situations and how each was addressed was a genuine highlight for me and although many of the photos taken during production are lacking definition when eproduced at a large size their inclusion assists in forming an understanding of how each aspect of the film was created executed adjusted and finally performed Jim Henson s concept for a fantasy film exploring darker themes and incorporating a strong mysticalspiritual component was a very personal journey It provided the opportunity for him to evolve as a performer and director and to present his beliefs on screen where he could safely scare children with threatening characters and entertain via a detailed world of wonder and excitement His vision and determination to tell this story is very evident within the book by both You Owe Me One resisting detrimental changes that would have diluted the film s message and then byisking his creative Debbie Browns Dream Wedding Cakes reputation and possible financialuin to personally back it with his own money to take control when the production company showed a distinct lack of faith in the projectThe Ultimate Visual History is filled with sketches concept art set photography storyboards and advertising material and includes numerous printed inserts script pages notes booklets memos and a call sheet It concludes with a look at the many associated promotions and official products including the clothing collection novelization graphic novels website and a brief mention of the Netflix series Age of Resistance The book s an essential purchase for fans desiring information and a worthwhile Second Son (Jack Reacher, read for anyone interested in film production and history fantasy world building and the creative entertainment industries Hardback 192 pages This thoroughly covers the movie The Dark Crystal from the very first ideas on through the planning processaising money problems with the filming the great inventiveness of the group that worked on the film the very negative eview of a test audience major changes made in the movie and the final movie opening There are also numerous photos again covering all aspects of the making of the movie The book also covers the various merchandise made for the film up to the date the book was written covers the various merchandise made for the film up to the date the book was written course If you are a Dark Crystal fan then this is a must for your collection Now this film means a lot to me from the fact that it s imagery unsettled me emember this was early 80s where it was either very poor CGI or limited effects to the fascination of how they made so many creatures so The Thermals of August realistic I was 11 where no apparent human was present This was a truly fantastic piece of work which I thinkeally demonstrated how creative Jim Henson wasSo when I saw a book was coming out charting the history of this film celebrating its creation and giving unseen access to the behind the scenes I knew I had to add it to my collection This is an amazing book if you like the film filled with photos and art work from the film All I can say is the hand
"Of Brian Froud Is Most "Brian Froud is most front and centre with many pages of his designs for the film Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire - The Sunday Times Bestseller reproduced in all their glory One of the things I love about the books is a lot of the photos on set are black and white it gives the whole thing a personal feel there is a level of intimacy the photographer had while the film was being developed and made that I thinkeally draws you in This is a fantastic celebration of the film made all the made impressive considering how long it has taken to be published the film was 1983 after all I am impressed so much of this material has survived for so although there is cynic in me who wonders how much of this is to support interest in a ebootremake is again being banded about That said there are already comic books being published which expand the story and which I must admit I am very interested in getting hold of at some point Originally published online at BORGcomIf you had a time machine and your goal was to find someone to give a master class in storytelling a master class in worldbuilding and bringing an idea to eality would there be a better choice than Jim Henson Henson will be forever known first for his Sesame Street character Ernie and Muppets Kermit the Frog Rowlf the Dog Dr Teeth Waldorf The Swedish Chef and The Muppet Movie and The Muppet Show are beloved by generations He made the unreal seem Lost Horizon real and fantasy as close toeality as we may ever see it Yet he was perhaps proudest of the creation of the first full length live. Peerless storytelling of Jim Henson Dark Crystal is True Prosperity revered by an entire generation of fans For the first time this deluxe and highly comprehensive book tells the complete story of this deeply personal Henson project high. Action motion picture where the stars were all creatures The Dark Crystal yet another of the unforgettable films from 1982 wee celebrating this year here at borgcom The Henson family and The Jim Henson Company have opened their archive and published the Thing He Loves remarkable story of the film from idea to the film selease in The Dark Crystal The Ultimate Visual History available this month from Insight EditionsWriter Caseen Gaines new chronicle of The Dark Crystal is not a typical visual companion The story told in the text provides a most intriguing account of Henson a behind the scenes look at the man from his family and all those who worked with him as he talked through the idea for a darker story while delayed on a chance cancelled flight with his daughter as he cast a team of puppet builders creative performance artists artisans costumers and concept design artists as he leveraged the success of The Muppet Movie and strategically negotiated his way to gain investment dollars to make a film that stands alone in the history of fantasy film As daughter Cheryl Henson states in the book I don t think my father ever tried to hide how something was done because how it s done is often as interesting as the final product and that proves true in The Ultimate Visual History She provides a foreword to the book and an introduction is provided by film creators Brian and Wendy FroudGaines includes tipped in Dr. Witchs Animal Hospital replica memorabilia from the Jim Henson archives which he integrates into the narrative to illustrate the five years of Henson s concept to screen process Readers gain new appreciation for Henson as we witness his own hand written notebook pages of ideas for the characters that would transform into the dualism of the Skeksis and Mystics Brian Froud s original concept book created to sell the idea to investors outlines story treatments hand drawn sketches scene memos and a concept art pitch book by Froud for a planned seuel Photographs document a chronological preparation of characters looking at first nothing like their final on screen personas and the difficult process of creating the mechanics for each type of character for Gelflings Jen and Kira the exiled Skeksis Chamberlain Jen s dying Mystic master aoom full of potato headed Podlings the wise goddessprophet Aughra the majestic Landstriders the giant beetle like Garthim and the cute and toothy fuzzy Fizzgig The new fantasy world had its Search Marketing Strategies roots in myths and folklore yet Henson created something singular with all these magicians that was akin to Tolkien s fantasyealmHarry Lange screenwriter David Odell artist Wendy Midener Froud cinematographer Ossie Morris co producer Gary Kurtz and Henson s family of creators provide clues into the mind of Henson what motivated him why he wanted to build this new world how his own spirituality factored into his vision and the kind of open creative workspace his philosophy engendered with his fellow creators Interviews with costume creators share their own process for adding to the look of non human characters Physical performers discuss developing their own sort of Zen work ethic allowing them to experience the often grueling work of carrying operating and moving arms and legs of the fantasy beings euiring their bodies to bend in unusual waysThe pathway for the creation of the film intersected with work by
Henson and his team on Saturday Night Live The Muppet Movie The Muppet Show The Great Muppet Caper and Theand his team on Saturday Night Live The Muppet Movie The Muppet Show The Great Muppet Caper and The Strikes Back Not embraced by some audiences for its dark themes and departure from the lighthearted Muppets Henson s ideas intentionally diverged into new territory As co director Frank Oz states in the book What Jim wanted
TO DO AND IT WAS TOTALLYdo and it was totally vision was to get back to the darkness of the original Grimms fairy tales He thought it was fine to scare children He didn t think it was healthy for children to always feel safe Fans of The Dark Crystal familiar with past accounts in books and in online esources will find new photographs of the crew creating and performing the characters and images of Froud s uniue and priceless concept artwork These include one of Henson s most fantastical creations Aughra s gigantic full scale swirling orrery the Mystic Valley and Crystal Chamber sets and the giant Dark Crystal itself Get to know the late great Jim Henson and challenge your own imagination and creative process by delving into The Dark Crystal The Ultimate Visual History available now It would also make a good companion book with last year s Labyrinth The Ultimate Visual History eviewed at borgcom continuing the look at Henson and his work following The Dark Crystal Wowzers This book truly is an amazing celebration of the long journey of the Dark Crystal and all the love that went into this project It Crystal and all the love that went into this project It proclaims itself to be a visual history and this is very true given how so much the book is dedicated to beautiful sketches by Brian Froud and behind the scenes photographs of the team who helped bring the movie to life It s also a fascinating story filled with interviews with the different people who contributed their own artistry and vision to different aspects of the movie and this book tries to celebrate each and everyone one of them to the best of its abilityThis is a must ead for any fans of the Dark Crystal of Jim Henson s creative genius or just brilliant storytelling itself This thing deserves ten starsA fan of the movie since I was very young I found this book a pleasing stroll down memory lane and an in depth look at the unabashed level of designing and detailing that went into create every single element of this once in a lifetime cinematic wonderTruly a book for fans of all age. Lighting the uniue creative journey and groundbreaking techniues that brought the film to the screen Drawing from unseen archive interviews with Jim Henson and new interviews with the film’s behind the scenes creative te.