I like art books. To see sketches, paintings, drawings, visual research, colourscripts, etc which inform the final film or animation makes you realise how much work is put into things you might not even notice on screen.
A few years ago, a Pixar exhibition opened at ACMI in Melbourne. Of course I went, and on the whole it was pretty interesting. My favourite part by far was the last third of the exhibition which was displayed colourscripts for many of the Pixar films. It blew me away.
Seeing a 10-foot long strip of loose paintings showing the entire film from beginning to end is something to behold. It shows the thought and planning on how the overall colour enhances the mood of scenes. Amazing. I’ll never forget it.
And now I don’t have to! Seeing a post on Kottke.org about The Art of Pixar, I knew I had to have this book. I had some book vouchers left over from last year’s birthday and luckily for me, the book arrived in Kinokuniya yesterday, five days before my vouchers expired!