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Heads On and We Shoot: The Making of Where the Wild Things Are

4.49  ·  Rating Details ·  63 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Maurice Sendak′s classic book Where the Wild Things Are follows the adventures of Max, a headstrong young boy who leaves home after having a fight with his mother, only to find himself in a mysterious forest bordering a vast sea. Misunderstood and rebellious, Max sets sail to the land of the Wild Things, where mischief reigns. But how do you turn one of the world′s ...more
Hardcover, 205 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Harper Collins
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El Suliman
Jan 10, 2015 El Suliman rated it it was amazing
Great book split into three sections (pre-production, production and post-production) describing the whole 5 year process of turning this Children's book with only a handful of sentences into a 100 minute Movie.
Plus if you turn to the post-production section, you can see a picture of me eating a banana, what more could you possibly want from a book! :P
Leslynn
Mar 21, 2016 Leslynn rated it it was amazing
Discovering the monumental level of hard work and dedication that went into making this film, at times I felt exhausted reading this making of. The emotions which shine through these pages make perfect sense, deeply reflecting a tangle of pain and love which was poured into a film adaptation of a book so greatly loved by a lot of people - myself included. A complexity of filmmaking rarely seen composed the production of Where the Wild Things Are, and fittingly so for such an emotionally complex ...more
Mia
Mar 20, 2016 Mia rated it it was amazing
Discovering the monumental level of hard work and dedication that went into making this film, at times I felt exhausted reading this making of. The emotions which shine through these pages make perfect sense, deeply reflecting a tangle of pain and love which was poured into a film adaptation of a book so greatly loved by a lot of people - myself included. A complexity of filmmaking rarely seen composed the production of Where the Wild Things Are, and fittingly so for such an emotionally complex ...more
Andrew
Feb 10, 2016 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Discovering the monumental level of hard work and dedication that went into making this film, at times I felt exhausted reading this making of. The emotions which shine through these pages make perfect sense, deeply reflecting a tangle of pain and love which was poured into a film adaptation of a book so greatly loved by a lot of people - myself included. A complexity of filmmaking rarely seen composed the production of Where the Wild Things Are, and fittingly so for such an emotionally complex ...more
Ilse
Sep 21, 2016 Ilse rated it really liked it
This book was so much fun! It's great to be able to get a look into the process of making a film like this one. There were so many struggles, but they kept on going, I think that's very admirable!
Parka
Dec 04, 2012 Parka rated it it was amazing
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I was pleasantly surprised with this book because it has a unique binding. If you open the book slightly looking at it from the front and top, it's bound like the letter M, with the pages fitting in the openings, on the front and back sides. It's first of its kind.

This is the movie production book is split into three sections or "books" as it's referred to on the contents page. It looks at the preproduction, production, and postproduction. Everything about the p
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Christian McKay
Jan 14, 2010 Christian McKay rated it really liked it
I'm not sure everyone would be interested in reading Heads On and We Shoot cover to cover, but once I started I couldn't stop.

It covers everything from 1960's articles where psychiatrists warn mothers not to leave their children alone with a copy of Where the Wild Things Are to the moment when the crew realizes the Animatronics inside the monster heads were to heavy for the suit actors to move forcing an impromptu rebuilding of all the costumes once they reached Australia to Max Records' list o
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Jessica
Mar 09, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing
This book is just FASCINATING. It has a lot of beautiful pictures and instead of the usual prose, it's written in dialogues between Spike Jonze, David Eggers, Maurice Sendak the crew and the cast. It is very refreshing and it gives you this internal satisfaction once you're done with it. Just like when you watch the movie.
Andrew
Mar 16, 2010 Andrew rated it really liked it
Unusually constructed "Making Of" movie tie-in title. The book is in 3 parts with 3 mini books joined together in a "W" shape. Never quite seen anything like it before.

For those that liked the movie - some great behind the scenes material and well worth a look.
Steve Husmann
May 06, 2014 Steve Husmann rated it it was amazing
No matter what you think of the movie (I loved it) this is a fascinating look into making a film, from the earliest notion of an idea to opening night. Inspiring and daunting to see how much work goes into a film of this scale.
Maarten
Nov 26, 2009 Maarten rated it it was amazing
I haven't seen the movie yet (it opens in the Netherlands on January 14) but this book is just as much fun on its own. It has absolutely gorgeous pictures and shows everything you would want to know about the adventure of making this film. A delightful book and a real gem on my shelf.
Bryony Gundy
Mar 14, 2014 Bryony Gundy rated it really liked it
If you loved the film then you'll enjoy this book. It's full of pictures, facts and lots of information about the film production and the original book. It's a lovely looking and creative book.
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