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Serenity: The Official Visual Companion

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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 directorial debut wi ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Titan Books
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Nov 15, 2009 Parka rated it it was amazing
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erenity Official Visual Companion is like the director's commentary that goes on DVD. In this book, it's an in-depth interview with director Joss Whedon on the world of Serenity.

Joss Whedon talks about everything inside and outside of the movie. He talks about his inspiration, writing style, favourite scenes, Firefly (of course!) and its world, challenges, casting and all the other usual things you find in a "making of" book.

The 40 pages of interview provide a v
Vinton Bayne
Feb 15, 2017 Vinton Bayne rated it it was amazing
This has been an amazing resource for my Firefly podcast: Mighty Fine Shindig, as we covered the movie in our last episode #MFshindig
Kyle Wright
Feb 06, 2009 Kyle Wright rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Firefly and Joss Whedon
An interesting look into the production of Serenity, this book includes the screenplay, interviews with Joss Whedon about the making of the movie, and various insights, factoids, and pre-production artwork. It gives us a glimpse into how the project came to be; the work of developing the characters, transforming Firefly from the small screen to the movie theater, and on the set stories. I really enjoyed learning more about this movie and am saddened that the TV series was so short lived. It was ...more
Dec 20, 2007 Clare rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves Firefly.
The visual companion to the movie is excellent-- I wish it had interviews with more people than just Joss (did I just say that?) but it has new stuff that is so great to know. (Did you know Mal and Zoe were in a PoW camp together? Did you know this show owns my soul?)

In my copy, Amazon receipt: gift from Catherine Thangathurai.

"To Chels. For murdering you with Nathan jealousies and for Xmasy Spirity Goodness. Shiny Christmas! From Cate."
Jun 08, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it
The highlight of this book is the interview with Joss Whedon about the journey to making the movie. The script itself is interesting for the scenes that didn't make the final movie and the translations of Chinese expressions but it's the interview and behind-the-scenes stories and artwork that make this worthwhile.
Dec 27, 2009 Anastasia rated it it was amazing
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A shiny in-depth look at the production of Serenity the movie. There's even a screenplay complete with storyboards for some scenes. Lots of photographs and screenshots in full color. Oh and an interview with Joss Whedon himself! Tons of insights and facts about the movie. Must have for any Firefly fan.
Aug 11, 2013 SA rated it really liked it
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I didn't even realize this existed until I snatched it up at the library. There's some wonderful backmatter in here, and I have to say, reading the script really puts things in a stronger context. I didn't even mean to read the script, but then my eye scanned over the first lines and I was done for. Great companion to the 'verse and the film.
***Dave Hill
Nov 10, 2011 ***Dave Hill rated it really liked it
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(Original Review from Sep 2005)

Ah. Truly sweet. A lengthy intro from Joss about the making of the movie and the Firefly universe, followed by the screenplay (including a few deleted scenes), all interlaced with numerous gorgeous color shots. A wonderful book for anyone with interest in the movie, or the ‘Verse.
Aug 26, 2009 Nikki rated it it was amazing
Like the official companions to the series, the Serenity companion has the shooting script and various extras -- Joss Whedon's thoughts on stuff like art and music, lots of pictures, galleries of designs and stuff, bits about the background of the show and the movie... Well worth having, if you're a fan, and beautiful too.
Dec 17, 2015 Jenifer rated it really liked it
I loved all the pictures and behind the scenes information that made the movie much more than it actually was. I read the script along with movie and that was fun to see where the actors deviated from the script.
May 15, 2007 Liana rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just, wow. Amazing companion to a beautiful movie. Spectacular work, guys; but it makes me even more sad that it ended. But you can't stop the signal... maybe there's still hope.
Jul 18, 2007 Alexandra rated it really liked it
Read for reference for a paper I wrote in a film class on Serenity and Alien. Totally worth it if you loved the show or movie--Joss lends a lot of insight to the history, production aspects, etc.
Jul 24, 2015 Sylvester rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction, art
A nice little guide with many pictures from the scenes of the series. Not a lot of content but the visuals were nice.
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Dec 16, 2012 Kirsty (overflowing library) rated it really liked it
The majority of this is the script for the film. I did like it however because it gives you the translations for the Chinese which is used throughout and it can be quite funny. A must for a real fan
Mar 23, 2013 Ellen rated it really liked it
A must read for any Firefly fan. Loved the small details and anecdotes. Script reading not my thing.
Apr 06, 2008 Craig rated it liked it
Recommends it for: DIE HARD fans of Serenity the Movie
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A script and treatment of the movie and mostly re-hashed production materials that were, nevertheless, interesting to revisit.
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Joss Whedon (born Joseph Hill Whedon) is an American screenwriter, executive producer, film and television director, comic book writer, occasional composer, and actor, and the founder of Mutant Enemy Productions and co-creator of Bellwether Pictures.

He is best known as the creator and showrunner of the television series 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)', 'Angel (1999–2004)', 'Firefly (2002)'
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