The Alchemy of MirrorMask

The Alchemy of MirrorMask

Book - 2005
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Discusses the collaboration of Dave McKean and Neil Gaiman in making the movie, providing drawings, still photographs, production design sketches, storyboards, and models used to create the imaginary creatures which appear throughout the film.


An oversized, lavishly produced book, The Alchemy of MirrorMask takes readers inside the making of the feature film and allows them to experience the creative process. Animated by Dave McKean and written by Neil Gaiman, MirrorMask combines animation and live action with a compelling storyline to take the cinematic experience to a stunning new level.

MirrorMask is the story of Helena, a fifteen-year-old girl who works for her family's circus. She juggles, sells popcorn, and longs to run away and join the "real world." Helena also dreams, and one day she wakes up to find herself in a strange new world populated by mysterious creatures…a dream world where she embarks on an amazing journey.

Each chapter in The Alchemy of MirrorMask begins with an introduction by McKean and Gaiman and then guides readers through the different types of visuals used to create the film, including sketches, paintings, storyboards, 3-d models, photographs, texture maps, frame blow-ups, and more. Also included are photos taken on the set and during McKean's travels to Venice, Prague, Trieste, Warsaw, and other places that provided inspiration for MirrorMask. Gaiman and McKean's insightful commentary sheds light on the film's journey from concept to screen.

Gaiman and McKean fans, cinema buffs, and visual art enthusiasts will all delight in The Alchemy of MirrorMask, a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the making of an extraordinary film.

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An illustrated, behind-the-scenes look at the Jim Henson Company film's production process outlines the ways in which designer and director Dave McKean combined animation and live-action technologies, in a volume complemented by color paintings, 3-D models, and texture maps. Movie tie-in. 40,000 first printing.

Publisher: [New York] : Collins Design, [2005]
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060823795
Characteristics: 208 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Gaiman, Neil
Henson, Lisa 1960-


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