The Art of Howl's Moving Castle

The Art of Howl's Moving Castle

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A hardback, prestige format book with a generous collection of concept sketches, fully rendered character and background drawings, paintings and cell images. Along with the stunning visuals, the book also presents interviews and comments with the production staff, including key points from the director.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 210 x 298 x 25mm | 1,533g
  • San Francisco, United States
  • English
  • Original ed.
  • 0
  • 1421500493
  • 9781421500492
  • 4,560

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This companion to the film has a generous collection of concept sketches, fully rendered character...
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About Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's most beloved animation directors. In 2005 he was awarded the Venice International Film Festival's Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement, and his Studio Ghibli received the festival's Osella Award for overall achievement in 2004. Miyazaki's films include Spirited Away, winner of the 2002 Academy Award (R) for Best Animated Feature Film, as well as Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, and Ponyo, all of which have received great acclaim in the U.S. Miyazaki's other achievements include the highly regarded manga series Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and Starting Point: 1979-1996, a collection of essays, interviews, and memoirs that chronicle his early career and the development of his theories of animation. Both are published in English by VIZ Media.
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When I bought the book, I was expecting a collection of photos, some half-interesting interviews and a few comments slapped here and there (my previous experiences with "The Art of..." books have not been fantastic). I was pleasantly surprised to find that this contained so much more than I was expecting, including Miyazaki's storyboards. His original concept sketches of the characters, backgrounds and settings are as beautiful as the result, and offer a glimpse into the mind of the creator. There are nearly 200 pages of scenes from the movie in sharp, rich, glossy colour and following the storyline from start to finish. The presentation leaves nothing lacking, it's clean and each scene is accompanied by the matching concept art, sketch and final print. All scenes are captioned, and often include notes and comments from the Studio Ghibli artists and animators explaining how they achieved the artistic effects that Miyazaki was looking for. There are also some beautiful prints of the Japanese promotional poster here as well. It's the perfect book to have on your coffee table (unless there are children around) and it's a wonderful addition to any bookshelf!show more
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