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The Hugo Movie Companion: A Behind the Scenes Look at How a Beloved Book Became a Major Motion Picture

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A companion book-and much more!-to Martin Scorsese's movie of the #1 bestseller and Caldecott Medal Winner.

Brian Selznick takes readers on an intimate tour of the movie-making process as his Caldecott Award-winning book The Invention of Hugo Cabret is turned into a 3-D major motion picture by Academy Award-winning director, Martin Scorsese, written by Academy Award-nominat
256 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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When The Invention of Hugo Cabret first hit the shelves, I stood there at Barnes & Noble waiting for the sales clerk to cut open the box for me so I could buy my book. I've been a long-time Brian Selznick fan, and I had followed his entries on his website as he got ready for publication. I love art, travel, films, entertainment, creativity, and most especially, stories of redemption. This book had it all for me. I was already familiar with Méliès's Journey to the Moon movie, and in fact, I u ...more
I really enjoyed this book....more than I expected I would! I am a big "Hugo" fan--loved the book and the movie. Purchasing the movie companion was kind of a given for me, but I was pretty sure it would be like most such books--primarily just a way to make more money. Surprisingly, I found it to be rather interesting. I loved the pictures and interviews--it even smells good! I learned more about the author (Selznick), his inspiration for the book, and Scorsese's desire to make the film. I learne ...more
First of all, this is a gorgeous book! The packaging, the photos themselves, borders, type of paper-- very elegant. I like the way it describes the making of the film from several viewpoints. After reading this, it makes perfect sense that Scorsese would choose this as his first "children's film". I enjoyed the way he described the use of 3-D to help convey depth and personality, and the importance of films and family in his life, especially the father-son bond.

Another plus to this book is that
Drew Graham
Once there was a book about a boy named Hugo Cabret and his automaton and their adventures in Paris. Then there was a movie based on the book. Then there was this book that talks about the adaptation of the book to the movie.

The reason I read this book, or why I even knew about it in the first place, was because I saw it on the reserve shelves at the library. It was shortly after the movie had been released on DVD, so there was a waiting list for it. I added my name to the list and it finally ca
Rebecca Buerkett
If you loved The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and if you loved the movie Hugo, this book is a must read! Written by Brian Selznick but with sections by other authors and many quotes by Martin Scorsese and other members of the movie team, the book includes not only the historical background (biographical information about Georges Meliers, Paris in 1931), but also tons of behind the scenes photos and summaries of all the team members. It ends with a description of how Brian Selznick got a cameo in th ...more
Movie magic isn’t magic. It takes dedication, devotion to one’s craft and considerable sweat, toil and energy before any decent movie makes it to the big screen. This particular cinematic effort required extensive research into the background of George Méliès, one of the great pioneers of the motion picture, to bring its vision to life.

More than just a mere detailing of the technical wizardry that makes a movie, The Hugo Movie Companion is filled with interviews of the various people—actors, di
Shariam Arpi
Every detail is perfect. He gives the right amount of information as to make us feel part of the project but he also makes ys want more of it. More of the incredible world of cinema. It is overwhelming how much passion and effort is put by so many people to get the project done. It is also heartbreaking. I love the way it is not quite a technical book. It is an inspiring book. We see how everybody put their hearts in what they love to do and what brought them to do it. Definitely a mu
Charlotte Jones
I read The Invention of Hugo Cabret last month and really enjoyed it so I watched the movie soon afterwards. I really enjoyed the film too so picking this up was high up on my to-do list and it is a great book!

It is definitely one of the most fast-paced non-fiction reads that I have ever attempted to read and I think that part of that was my interest in the subject matter but also I think that it was due to the amount of illustrations and photographs included.

Unlike most movie companions I have
For anyone who's wondered what it takes to produce a large-scale, big-budget film like Martin Scorcese's Hugo, this book is likely to answer any question. I read and loved Brian Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and I really enjoyed the film adaptation Hugo. With The Hugo Movie Companion, Selznick takes readers on a journey to show how his beloved novel became a Hollywood motion picture.

With only five chapters, this book is a quick read. Regardless, Selznick goes into a good amount of det
Cat Lewis
Bei diesem Buch handelt es sich um das Buch zum Film von „Hugo“, der Romanverfilmung des Kinderbuches „Die Entdeckung des Hugo Cabret“ von Brian Selznick.

Die Geschichte des kleinen Hugo Cabret spielt im Jahre 1931 in Paris. Er entstammt einer alten Linie von Uhrmachern und auch sein Vater ging diesem Handwerk voller Leidenschaft nach. Er führte einen Uhrenladen und arbeitete nebenbei in einem Museum. Dort entdeckte er eines Tages auf dem Dachboden einen „mechanischen Mann“, den er als „Automaten
Like some other reviewers here, I'm only reviewing the companion book. Not sure why Goodreads has these linked this way-maybe this book isn't available for separate purchase.

Annnyway, first, I loved this movie. I mean, loved it like "all-time favorites list" loved it. This book is a great resource for learning about it and it's co-authored by Brian Selznick who also wrote the children's book. It's really written for all ages, not just for children (there are only a few occasions when it seemed
My Dad gets really excited about movies he likes. He will watch them with the commentary, recommend them to everyone he knows and read books about them. Hugo is one of these movies. I liked the book and the movie, but it didn't spark any sort of passion in my soul or anything. So I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed reading this "official movie companion", written by the author of Hugo. The easy-to-read book interviews each person who has a role in the movie, including actors, costume d ...more
This book was amazing. I loved it so much. Jack Nielsen introduced me to it, and at first I was hesitant. It was mostly pictures, and I didn't think the story line would be very good. I read the first two chapters and I was hooked. I loved how for a while the words would tell the story, but then the pictures would take over. When the words returned you had a moment where you realized that the pictures had told a very big chunk of the story without you knowing.

This story starts with a boy who g
Vincent Desjardins
Though this book on the making of the movie "Hugo," is aimed at a middle grade audience, it contains a lot of fascinating information for anyone who is interested in movies and how they are made. Brian Selznick, the author of "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," from which the movie is adapted, is our tour guide on this step by step journey through the translation of his book into a film. Selznick starts off by describing how he dreamed up the idea for his book and what inspired him to write this par ...more
The Hugo Movie Companion is a book about a movie that is based on a book about movies. Hm… And yet, we are actually not back to where we started. We’ve come a long way since George Melies. This charming book shows us in both pictures and words the modern day magic of movie making. It’s a behind the scenes book like no other.

Selznick intersperses photographs, drawings, and text all together in a way that is fun to read, informative, accessible to children, and also interesting to adults. For some
I really enjoyed this book; It was sad and heart warming. Hugo is the son of a clock maker who becomes orphaned when his dad dies in a fire. Hugo is then fostered by his alcoholic uncle. Hugo lives in the walls of a train station winding the clocks and trying to fix a robot that he and his late father had committed to working on. Hugo's uncle goes missing and Hugo lives as an orphan in the train station. He continues to wind the clocks and work on the robot (automaton)stealing parts from a crank ...more
When The Invention of Hugo Cabret first hit the shelves, I stood there at Barnes & Noble waiting for the sales clerk to cut open the box for me so I could buy my book. I've been a long-time Brian Selznick fan, and I had followed his entries on his website as he got ready for publication. I love art, travel, films, entertainment, creativity, and most especially, stories of redemption. This book had it all for me. I was already familiar with Méliès's Journey to the Moon movie, and in fact, I u ...more
If you're in any way interested in film (the way movies are made, film history, etc.) this book is for you! You get an inside look on the creation of the Hugo movie directed by Martin Scorsese. I wasn't expecting to get an education out of this fast read, but I learned so much and was excited to see a lot of things I already knew/am a fan of. Of course I'd recommend you read the book before picking this up, though.
Amber the Human
Seeing the movie once (at least in the theater!) and reading the book was just not enough for me, so I checked out this book. Unlike most movie companions, written by some poor copywriter who can't add any personality to their work, Selznick writes this and imbues the book with his enthusiasm about watching his book get turned into a film.
Nov 07, 2011 Pam rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who has read "Hugo" and is going to see the movie
I originally read the book "Hugo Cabret" before I gave it to my oldest granddaughter back when it first came out. She loved it and shared it with most of her friends and made many drawings from the book. So, now that the movie is coming out, I thought this would be a good thing for us to read, knowing that the movies are usually somewhat different than the book and sometimes can be quite disappointing.
I enjoyed it as it demonstrated how much really goes into making a movie which is almost beyond
Great!! This supplements the movie and book perfectly I am a huge Hugo fan from the moment I finished the movie I picked up the book then rewatched the movie and ordered this book it wasn't even part of my original BookTube-A-Thon plan but I made an exception cos I needed to read it as soon as I got my hand on it and I loved it
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Brian Selznick's fans will enjoy this detailed look into how his award-winning book was turned into a movie. Unlike many "behind the scenes of how the movie was made" books, this one is authored by Selznick, and his influence is very clear in the artistry of the book. Illustrations from "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" are contrasted with still shots from the movie, short biographies of the actors and others involved in the making of the movie are given, and over all of it, Selznick's v
Sep 27, 2014 Anne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who has read Hugo and has seen the movie
Shelves: seen-the-movie
I loved The Invention of Hugo Cabret - both book and movie - so this companion was just absolutely perfect.
I especially loved that they interviewed all the important people working at this film in front and behind the camera, talking about their relationship to films and how they knew they wanted to work in this branch. Moreover it's great that the book is written by Brian Selznick himself so you also get a little inside in the background of the book and his motives to write about Hugo.

If you l
Colette  Drouillard, PhD
Heavily illustrated, the Hugo Movie Companion closely resembles the look and feel of Brian Selznick’s original graphic novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Includes interviews of key people behind the making of the film; side-by-side visual comparisons of artwork from the book and people, props, costumes, and sets from the movie; as well as information about automatons, early cinema, special effects and 3D technology, etc. This book is visually stunning and filled with fascinating information. I ...more
Definitely one of the most beautifully produced books I've ever encountered. Seriously stunning.
I thought the movie Hugo was amazing. The book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick was my first introduction to a graphich novel. He really set the standard high for that genre of book for me. This companion book to the movie gave so more insight into the writing of the book as well. I am so glad to have had the opportunity to read this.
"The Hugo Movie Companion" is an excellent behind-the-scenes book about making the movie 'Hugo'. Selznick has brief one and two page essays on the time period of the movie, the historical background of movie making, and the people who are needed to make the movie. Not just the principal actors, but the technical people and what they do are described. The last chapter is an essay on how the last two minutes of the movie was filmed. There were lots of pictures throughout the book. This was a fun a ...more
This is a very interesting book that covers every aspect of adapting Mr. Selznick's novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, for the screen. The author profiles not only the director, Martin Scorcese, but also the screen writer, the actors and actresses, camera crew, special effects crew, costume designer, etc.

If you are curious about what is involved in bringing a book to life as a movie, this is a worthwhile read, and it is very well illustrated with photos, diagrams, drawings, etc.
The film. The music. The train station. Saw the movie in 3D twice! Purchased a copy to watch again and again on iPad, AppleTV, etc. The background in this book is enlightening without ruining the magic of the film. Unlike those awful "making of" additions to dvds. The book is full of color, photos, history. A beautiful book to own alongside the inspiration for the movie - The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Do yourself a favor and enjoy the original in hardback.
Reading this just made me love the movie all the more. J'adore.

This book is actually very interesting, having interviews with a large number of the cast and crew involved in making the film, from the director to the script supervisor. It's also packed with pictures, from the original book and from the production of the film. This is a must read for fans of Hugo Cabret, the movie or movie-making in general. Well done, again, Mr. Selznick.
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Hello there. My name is Brian Selznick and I’m the author and illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret. I was born in 1966 in New Jersey. I have a sister who is a teacher, a brother who is a brain surgeon, and five nephews and one niece. I studied at The Rhode Island School of Design and after I graduated from college I worked at Eeyore’s Books for Children in New York City. I learned all about ...more
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