The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2

Posted By yonghow on January 28th, 2017

The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2

The Art Of Shin Godzilla is the art/making of book for Hideaki Anno’s latest iteration of the King Of Monsters. Because of the sheer amount of content ( 560 pages ) in the book, I have broken up the book review into 2 parts; read Part 1 here.

After the concept art section, the book moves on to the incredibly detailed maquettes/models of the new Godzilla modeled by Takayuki Takeya, a prolific character sculptor/designer who previously worked with Anno to realize the giant God Warrior ( originally from Miyazaki Hayao’s Nausicaa ) for a special Tokusatsu exhibition.

The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2
The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2
The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2

(above) Incredibly detailed maquette of the stage 2 Godzilla. (below) Takayuki-san working on the models.

The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2
The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2

(above & below) Stage 3 Godzilla, now fully bipedal and able to stand on its hind legs, albeit with tiny arms.

The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2
The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2
The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2
The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2

(above & below) And finally stage 4 Godzilla, the film adult form.

The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2

The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2
The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2
The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2
The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2
The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2
The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2
The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2

(above & below ) Models of the skeletal humanoid creatures spawning from the tip of Godzilla’s tail, the final shot in the film.

The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2
The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2

From here onwards the contents cover the more physical aspects of the filmmaking process, the location hunts, principle and 2nd unit photography, miniature creation and photography, production/set design and lastly CG/VFX.

The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2
The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2
The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2
The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2
The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2
The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2
The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2
The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2
The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2
The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2
The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2

The CG in the film is created primarily by Japanese VFX house Shirogumi.

The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2
The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2

The last few pages in the book covers the numerous promotional and marketing materials for the film.

The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2
The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 1

Final thoughts – Publisher Groundworks has created a most comprehensive art/making of book for Shin Godzilla, and together with the screenplay and 2 foldout posters make a fantastic package.

That said, the main volume itself is very wordy – despite the fantastic coverage on the concept art, Godzilla maquettes and other production photographs, the rest of the book are filled with interviews and articles – in Japanese language only.

The question to ask yourself if you are keen on getting this book is whether the visual content offered in the book is worth the $92; if so, you’ll be happy with the purchase.

Read Part 1 of the book review if you haven’t already.

“The Art Of Shin Godzilla” art book details :

– Dimensions – 32.5 x 23.3 x 6.6 cm
– Hardcover ( main volume – 560 pages ) + soft cover ( screenplay book – 280 pages )
– Books come in a protective exterior cardboard case and housed in a sturdy cardboard slipcase
– Full color, in Japanese language

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3 Responses to “The Art Of Shin Godzilla Book Review Part 2”

DISTRAKT

This book is a must have! Wonder will there be or is there a live action making of on the blu ray? Regardless this book is going to make an awesome companion with the movie. A friend of mine who lives in Japan interviewed Bob Werley on his podcast called WHY COME JAPAN #4 : Bob Werley.

Geoffrey J Smith

Hello, loved the detailed review, certainly makes it easier deciding on whether or not to get this! I had a quick question in regards to how much concept art there is compared to the interviews and other non-visual information?

yonghow

Geoffrey – Sorry for the late reply ! I would say the visual content make up about 40-50% of the book, and the concept art about half of that ( 20% of the book’s total contents ).