Five hundred years in the future, Captain Mal Reynolds and
the crew of the transport-for-hire ship Serenity take on two
new passengers and soon find themselves in a crossfire between
an invincible military force and cannibalistic savages.
writer/director Joss Whedon - creator of Buffy the Vampire
Slayer and Angel - makes his long-awaited feature
film directoral debut with Serenity, based on his cult
television series Firefly.
This essential companion to the movie includes a special introduction
from the man himself, plus much, much more.
Serenity: The Official Visual Companion is a great
book as film tie-ins go, but I personally feel you'd have
to be a fan of either Joss, Firefly/Serenity
or a total film buff for this book to interest you.
its great to look at, with some good little titbits for fans
and the script in full, but this might not appeal to everyone.
However, for anyone who fits in the above categories, I'd
say: "go get it, now!"
starters, the book begins with a 20+ page interview with the
man himself Mr Whedon. This is a great read, detailing his
thoughts on the film, writing it, the cast etc... pretty much
everything! Scattered in the pages between this are snippets
of Joss's opinions on certain aspects of film making. Camera
angles and lighting for one, the importance of the musical
score, and a funny rundown of Joss's history of the Serenity
there on in fans are treated to a full movie script. This
on its own doesn't appeal to me so much, however fans will
love the fact that they'll now know what they all said in
Chinese throughout the film, as under the Chinese the translation
is written in English - Hurray! Surprisingly, there were less
swearwords than I expected.
you don't get bored, the script is again littered with broken
up sections dedicated to the characters and the actors that
play them. Mini interviews abound, and all this is delivered
with a large smattering of pictures on every page. Concept
art and production shots also give you more of an insight/behind
the scenes feel to this book, which overall is a great way
to immerse yourself in the Whedon-created Serenity
in all, fans will want this book as an addition to their collection
of all things Whedon. The detail and descriptions of making
the film will appeal to all film fans, but the hard-core Serenity
followers will really love this as a glimpse into the creation
of a really amazing Sci-fi classic!
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