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The Art of the Matrix

4.3  ·  Rating Details ·  522 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
The first and only book licensed by the creators of this awesome film--"A careening cyberride without the headset, a virtual masterpiece...The Bible meets Batman; Lewis Carroll collides with William Gibson, Greek and geek mythology bump and run."--Richard Corliss, Time magazine. An intimate journey into the mind's eyes of the two brothers who wrote and directed one of 1999 ...more
Hardcover, 488 pages
Published December 4th 2000 by Newmarket Press (first published November 1st 2000)
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Mar 07, 2011 Rae rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ANYONE, artists, cinema buffs, fans of The Matrix, haters of The Matrix, sci-fi nerds, art geeks
Recommended to Rae by: Anila
Every "Art of -" book should be like this. Every. Single. One.

The art is absolutely amazing, and this book doesn't just have conceptual sketches, but also includes the storyboards! These weren't any ordinary arrow-heavy, sketchy storyboards either, but fully realized graphic novel panes that perfectly captured the stylistic approaches that were eventually translated into film. It truly is amazing just how much of the action from the boards was replicated in the final cut, really showing the ski
Dec 12, 2010 Nick rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, art
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May 29, 2013 Chris Thompson rated it it was amazing
I've had this book for a number of years, purchased it when it first came out but refused to open it until recently. I'm glad I did!!! A beautiful collection of art, production notes, and design concepts from some of the greats in Graphic Art including Geoff Darrow and Steve Skroce (among others).

Fans of The Matrix, art, or movie making should look this title up. It's not cheap (I paid about $100.00 when it first came out) and is now out of print, but can be found on amazon and ebay regularly.

Sep 11, 2011 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will admit i am a sucker for art work and even more so concept art and from something as influential and as important as the Matrix but i was some what disappointed by the book - it is an expensive and heavy book which at first glance promises a lot considering it is a visually stunning film. However on closer examination there is a lot there which i think if filler - when i see the title art of... i do not expect to see a huge section of script presented in the same type face and style as the ...more
Mar 07, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it
Excellent insight into the production of the film and of particular interest to fans of graphic novels. Personally, I would have appreciated a couple more costume design sketches as there seemed to be a focus on the designs for the sentinels and machine-world things. I also found the film script a little out of place considering that this is an "art" book but it was an interesting read all the same.
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Oct 18, 2010 Eugene booker rated it it was amazing
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Jul 21, 2014 Travis rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. The art and the storyboards gave a real insight into how the movie was made. The concept artwork was absolutely beautiful. I also really liked how they showed you how the script and story boards changed as they were making the movie. If you love the Matrix or just love art then I highly recommend this book.
Mar 07, 2011 Kogiopsis rated it it was amazing
I have a newfound respect for filmmakers and actors. Never before have I really understood the difficulties of making movies or the length of the process. This book brought it home and was enjoyable to boot. Definitely reccomended for anyone interested in film, and anyone who enjoyed watching The Matrix.
Tracey King
Mar 16, 2013 Tracey King rated it it was amazing
The magic of reading, film, art and graphics all rolled into one. It made me see how much imagination goes into a story from lots of different inputs.
John Hamilton
Dec 20, 2007 John Hamilton rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: who are fans of the matrix
It has a lot of action and it is a great book.
Herman Litt
May 07, 2011 Herman Litt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: visual-concepts
Feb 21, 2015 Kayleigh rated it liked it
A hefty book containing mainly story board images with notes from the artists, and almost half of the book is dedicated to the shooting script alone, good but not as good as I was hoping for.
Indah Threez Lestari
Hail to Wachowski brothers!!!
Jan 24, 2010 Jeff rated it really liked it
Nice collection of art and the story behind it. A must have for Matrix Fans and a good book for the aspiring CGI artists out there.
Belal Khan
Jul 18, 2013 Belal Khan rated it really liked it
If you're a fan of the original film and appreciate filmmaking, then you'll love this. It includes original storyboards, script, and notes from the directors.
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Lana Wachowski (formerly Laurence "Larry" Wachowski), with her brother Andy, are American film directors, screenwriters, comic writers and producers.
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