There is no denying that Pacific Rim was one of BLURPPY’s top films of 2013. The incredible imagery, epic battles and the scope of the universe that Guillermo del Toro brought to the silver screen was staggering. Blurppy embarked on a very successful Poster Posse Project for the film with Phase 1 and Phase 2 giving everyone a look at some spectacular fan art from some insanely talented artists from around the world.
Now the folks over at Insight Editions have outdone themselves and come up with the PERFECT companion piece for the film with a book called “Pacific Rim: Man, Machines & Monsters.” From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes Warner Bros. Pictures‘ and Legendary Pictures’ epic sci-fi action adventure Pacific Rim. When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years.
To combat the giant Kaiju, a special weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are piloted by an international crew of soldiers in the Pan Pacific Defense Corps. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, two unlikely heroes-a washed up former pilot and an untested trainee-team up to pilot a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger on a mission to halt the mounting apocalypse.
Pacific Rim: Man, Machines & Monsters chronicles the production of the film with stunning concept art, captivating photography, and cast and crew descriptions of the shoot.The book features a foreward by Guillermo del Toro where he says, “The making of Pacific Rim came at a crucial time in my life and , basically, it saved it.” He goes on to call it “the best filmmaking process I’ve ever gone through.”
The book is down broken into four key parts:
PART 1: Monsters In The Mist: This section gives us a breakdown of the script and story as well as info about the main players in the movie I.E. Raleigh Becket, Mako Mori, Stacker Pentecost and Tendo Choi. It also includes info about The Australians, The Chinese, The Russian fighting teams and the scientists and Hannibal Chau.
PART 2: The Crazy Kids In The Submarine: This section goes over the art and design of the movie and covers storyboarding with detailed information on each of the Jaegars: Gipsy Danger, Striker Eureka, Crimson Typhoon, Cherno Alpha and Coyote Tango.Part 3: Doing It For Real: Here we get a look at the shooting and massive production of the film. There is extensive info on special effects and we get up close looks at the sets for: the Con Pods, Alaska and the Wall, The Shatterdome, the Tokyo Flashback, Hong Kong and The Drift.
Part 4: Simulating The Apocalypse: This portion of the book is dedicated to post production, visual effects, 3-D, sound, music and all the various Kaiju.Throughout the book we are enlightened by candid accounts from the cast and crew along with several removable items which include:
- Pages from Director Guillermo del Toro’s notebooks
- Jaeger badge stickers
- Jaeger “Victory” poster
- Russian anti-Kaju propaganda poster
- Sketches & diagrams of Kaiju showing their unique & monsterous physiology
- Jaeger blueprints and designs
- Pan Pacific Defense Corps ID badges
If you loved the movie then this book is a MUST HAVE. The detail, concept art and insight make this one of my favorite companion movie books of all time. Pick up your copy HERE and follow Insight Editions on TWITTER for announcement on upcoming books. I stopped by their booth at San Diego Comic Con and they have some amazing books lined up.