The Art of Megamind: Bad. Blue. Brilliant.

The Art of Megamind: Bad. Blue. Brilliant.

Hardback Dreamworks

By (author) Richard von Busak

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  • Publisher: Insight Editions, Div of Palace Publishing Group, LP
  • Format: Hardback | 156 pages
  • Dimensions: 257mm x 287mm x 23mm | 1,361g
  • Publication date: 23 December 2010
  • Publication City/Country: San Rafael
  • ISBN 10: 1608870049
  • ISBN 13: 9781608870042
  • Illustrations note: Colour Illustrations throughout
  • Sales rank: 116,762

Product description

DreamWorks Animation presents "Megamind," starring Will Ferrell as Evil Genius Megamind and Tina Fey as Roxanne Ritchi, the Lois Lane-esque love interest, and Brad Pitt as Metro Man in the only animated film to cast the super hero genre in an entirely new light. In its own interpretation of the superhero comic book genre, "Megamind" takes the familiar characters found on the paneled page - the brainy villain with an oversized head, the independent female reporter who never lacks a snappy comeback, the hero with great hair and a V-shaped torso - and puts them in a radically new configuration in which the villain turns out to be a good guy. On screen, Megamind's journey is one of the moral maturation, but just as inspiring is the film's visual evolution during the developmental process. Inside "The Art of Megamind" you'll find how the talented crew at DreamWorks Animation combined Silver Age comics with heavy metal aesthetics, dramatic spaces like those found in high-concept spy films with visions of blighted urban outskirts, and real-world technology with classic car designs to create one of the most inventive movie experiences this side of Metro City.

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Author information

Richard von Busack has been film critic and general arts reporter for the independent San Jose-based Metro Newspapers chain for more than twenty-five years. Covering everything from Shakespeare to comic books, his writing has also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and Entertainment Weekly. With Morton Marcus, von Busack hosts CinemaScene, a television programme and podcast. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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"The season's hot new 3-D superhero feature stands out from other similar types of books. First, the wealth of exquisite sketches, paintings and CG renders created in preparation for the movie is really astounding. Second, I love the way von Busack has organized the book in three distinct sections devoted to characters, locations and technology. Third, it's great to see the visual evolution of the characters throughout the production." -Animation Magazine "A godsend to those of us who appreciate the hand drawn artistry that never makes it to screen. Sketches, paintings, boards and much more from names you should know like Tony Siruno, Craig Kellman, Andy Bialk, Kory Heinzen and Tim Lamb (and many others) fill the pages." - CartoonBrew