Friday, April 10, 2009

"Avatar" Books Available for Pre Order!!!

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**UPDATE: April 13 - Should be noted that Peter Jackson is writing the foreward for "The Art of AVATAR" - expect some great comments about the effects that Weta has done for the movie as well as 3D and its bright future!

Hey guys - Jim here. I have uncovered yet another book up for pre-order

Avatar: The Field Guide to Pandora (Paperback)

Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: HarperEntertainment (December 1, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0061896756
ISBN-13: 978-0061896750

It is interesting to note that the publisher shows the release date of this book at Dec 1, but HarperCollins Canada (from shows their release as Nov 18.

Michael here. This is awesome. I can't wait to lose myself in Pandora. Cameron is going all out when it comes to making Avatar a truly encompassing, cross-platform experience. With UbiSoft's game, Mattel's toy line, and now these books, audiences will be able to experience Cameron's world through a variety of mediums. Many will probably choose never to leave. I can't wait to see what else he has planned.

Here are the books that have been announced so far:

The Art of Avatar: James Cameron's Epic Adventure (Hardcover)

Product Description:
Academy Award-winning writer/director James Cameron, the maker of Titanic and the creator of the Terminator series, has been crafting Avatar for over four years. The film follows the story of an ex-marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on a distant planet filled with exotic life forms. As an avatar, a human consciousness in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people. The Art of Avatar, the companion book to this epic 3-D action adventure, explores the developmental and conceptual art used by the creative team to create the original world of Avatar.

With over 100 exclusive full-color images including sketches, matte paintings, drawings, and film stills, The Art of Avatar reveals the process behind the creation of set designs for the imaginative vistas, unique landscapes, aerial battle scenes, bioluminescent nights, and fantastical creatures. Interviews with art directors, visual effects designers, animators, costume designers, and creature makers bring insight into this creative process. The Art of Avatar brings readers behind the scenes of this unprecedented moviegoing experience.

About the Author:

Lisa Fitzpatrick has been a writer and editor for over 15 years. She has reated illustrated books for a wide variety of films and television shows including Kung Fu Panda, 24, Star Wars, Shrek, Madagascar, and The X-Files, as well as anniversary editions for Sony Pictures Imageworks and the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She lives in San Francisco. Peter Jackson is a three-time Academy Award-winning director, producer, and screenwriter, best known for The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Jon Landau is an Academy Award-winning producer and former executive vice president at Twentieth Century Fox, and is currently a partner in James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment.

Product Details
Hardcover: 108 pages
Trim Size: 11 7/8 x 10
Publisher: Abrams (November 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0810982862
ISBN-13: 978-0810982864

James Cameron's Avatar: The Movie Scrapbook (Paperback)

Product Details
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 48 pages
Publisher: HarperFestival (November 24, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061801240
ISBN-13: 978-0061801242

James Cameron's Avatar: The Na'vi Quest (Paperback)

Product Details
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 64 pages
Publisher: HarperFestival (November 24, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061801267
ISBN-13: 978-0061801266

James Cameron's Avatar: The Reusable Sticker Book (Paperback)

Product Details
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 12 pages
Publisher: HarperFestival (November 24, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061801275
ISBN-13: 978-0061801273

Bioluminescent nights confirmed! Watching (or should I say, living) those scenes in photorealistic 3D should be a transportive, mystical experience. Fox and Cameron have been relatively quiet until now in terms of Avatar marketing and publicity, 3D evangelism aside. But now the deluge is almost upon us...can you feel it?

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