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The Making of Life of Pi: A Film, a Journey

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  866 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
The 3-D motion picture version of Yann Martel's Man Booker Prize-winning bestseller Life of Pi is the most ambitious film project to date from Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). The Making of Life of Pi: A Film, A Journey is a beautifully illustrated, graphically compelling, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of ...more
ebook, 160 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Harper Design (first published October 1st 2012)
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Kaitlyn Tulenko
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Life of Pi is an Arduous Journey
Have you ever thought about being stranded in an ocean? How about with an adult Bengal Tiger? It would be even harder with how young you are and the limited supplies you have. Most people would give up. Not many would survive. Would you? By reading the book, Life of Pi, by Yann Martel your imagination will be greatly opened and you will become thoughtless on the multiple ways someone can survive out in an ocean by this amazing work of realistic fanatical fiction.
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: movies

(More pictures on my blog)

This is a beautiful movie companion to the film Life of Pi. It's a 160-page hardcover with surprisingly thick paper stock.

The book looks behind the scenes at the film making process. There are stories on how filming is done in India and Taiwan, scouting and looking for locations, how the wave pool was created, when and how the computer graphics are used, the animals, etc.

The more interesting section is on filming in India where it's so busy and there's this huge differe
Wakako Tsujimoto
Aug 10, 2014 rated it liked it
LIFE OF PI, written by YANN MAREL, this book’s genre is fiction. Only one lifeboat survived the sinking of the Japanese freighter heart of the Pacific Ocean. The boat crammed five survivors: Orange - an orangutan, hyena, a zebra, a tiger named Richard Parker and Pi Patel, an Indian boy was 16. This little boat is the main setting, whose power could light a reader faith in God, as one of the heroes.
PI has a big courage and curiosity. I really admire him in these points. I can see it by his child
Sean Becker
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Life of Pi was an incredible book because it contains so much imagery and so much detail that helps the reader connect to the plot. In addition, even though the author is not American, he used really great phrases, word choice, and syntax. One example of how the author put his words together seamlessly was solely in the introduction to the book. While describing the beginning of the journey, Martel noted that “When you've suffered a great deal in life, each additional pain is both unbearable and ...more
Ashlyn Nelson
Life of Pi is a fantasy with lots of adventures, and and excitement in it and fantasy. It's really fun to use your imagination to imagine if you were finding fiercesome pirates or wanting to be a princess. But no until you read Life of Pi!

It all started out Pi Patel a Tamil boy who is from Pondicherry, India. And his Father who is a zoo keeper at the worlds largest zoo in India. Pi is very into learning about his religions, and living it. a famous quote from life of Pi is "If Christ spent an ang
Kareman Mohammad
Jan 07, 2013 rated it liked it
واو ايه الفيلم التحفة ده مبدع سواء في القصة اللى خيالية بس بالتدريج والتسلسل خلتني اتاكدت انها ممكن تحصل .... اعتقد صعب القصة قراءتها تكون ممتعة زى الفيلم عشان المشاهد اللى في البحر وكمان الاسماك والجزيرة المضيئة .......... القصة باختصار عن عائلة هندية تمتلك حديقة حيوانات والابن الاصغر " باي" بطل القصة يحب النمر ويحاول يصاحبه ولكن والده يعرفه الغريزية الحيوانيه اللى فيه وبعدين تبيع العائلة كل شئ وتسافر لكندا وتغرق السفينة كلها ما عدا " باي " في قارب نجاة ومجموعة من الحيوانات عشان السفينة اللى كا ...more
Mar 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book is really not necessary, but the people who made the movie felt that this was worthwhile. I disagree. I don't need to know the deep feeling between the people so engrossed in making a meaningful story become a film. Frankly, I doubt that the story is that great either, but seeing a man, on a small boat, with a docile tiger, makes me wonder at the intelligence of the man. I also, seriously wonder, as to why, the tiger is still on the boat, regardless of how far out to sea it is.
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy reading this amazing book. Although I don't know many words in it and have to refer to the dictionary while I was reading, I can still feel Pi and experience with him. I watched the movie directed by Ahn Lee at the middle of my reading, it was so beautfully depicted, a lot of plots are cut off because of time limit though. I will definitely read it one more time later in my life. Pi's intellienge and bright mind and humor shows me a good example and I love him.
Jan 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Life of Pi
“Lions and tigers and bears oh my!” In this book it’s more like, “henna and tiger and zebra oh my!” This is from the trilling book “Life of Pi written by Yann Martel” is a very entertaining book that is well written. It is about a boy named Piscine Molitor Patel but he told everyone to call him Pi. His family lives in India where they own a zoo, but they want to start a new life in Canada so they go on a ship taking them there. The ship sinks and Pi is stuck on a lifeboat with some of
May 06, 2013 added it
Life of Pi is one of my top five books I have ever read. It touches your heart with ever so much that you feel that you were with him the whole way on his journey for survival. Yann Martel described this story in such details it was like watching a movie. I feel this book would fall under the adventure, survival, and religion views. The book started out with a young Indian boy that was named after a swimming pool Piscine Molitor Patel. His nickname was Pi. His family owned a zoo in Pondicherry. ...more
Chandan Patel
I have always wanted to become the director of a famous cinema. I’ve always wondered how they film some of the effects that are placed in the films and how to professionally direct a film. The book, Making of Life of Pie, A Film, A Journey, made me feel as though I was on set with the crew making the film. It helped me understand how a professional hit movie is produced and created.

This book broke down all of the details and elements of making the movie. From finding actors, to making a wave ta
Jake Madigan
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Life of Pi is a novel about a boy from India, whose family decides to move their zoo to Canada. During their journey, the boat that is transporting his family sinks due to a severe storm. Pi thinks he is the only survivor but he is quite wrong. Pi climbs onto a lifeboat and the next morning wakes up to a surprise. Living on the lifeboat with him is a large bengal tiger. Pi understands if he does not train the tiger, it will eat him. Pi and “Richard Parker”, begin to become comfortable together a ...more
Tae Williams
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The life of Pi was written by Yann Martle. It is a fiction and religious book, it was created in September 2001. The main character Pi, goes through a lot of religious expierences throughout his journey in life. His family owns a zoo in India but soon have to move to Canada to help support the family. Leaving their memories and loved ones behind the set sail on a cargo ship known as the Tsimtsum to Canada. Nearly half way through their journey a massive storm collides with their ship. Many of th ...more
Gregory Hyun
Life of Pi by Yann Martel is an adventurous and heavily religious-based book preferably for adults as well as young adults. The genre falls under fiction resulting in a creative and pleasurable novel. It presents the contentiousness of religion through Pi’s struggles of worshipping three faiths at the same time: Christianity, Hinduism and Islam. Having a father that works in a zoo resulted in Pi’s pondering and comparison of religion to a zoo. Pi’s worshipping of three faiths even aroused confl ...more
May 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-review
Life of Pi
Yann Martel
319 Pages

Pacific Ocean July 2, 1972 to February 14, 1978

Pi, young Indian Boy, Richard Parker, 450 pound Royal Bengal Tiger.

Pi lives with he Gather, Mother and he brother Ravi. His Father owns a zoo in Pondicherry India. Pi's family decides to move their zoo to Toronto, Canada. The family loads up on the ship Tsimtsum and heads for Canada. The ship sinks for reasons unknown. Pi escapes along with a tiger, zebra Hyena, and orangutan. the hyena kills the zebra and the the orang
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
(read 30 mins friday-sunday)
I love this book so much because of the detail in the writing. Great read.
Sandelyn Sadler
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
In this book The Life of Pi, there is a boy who lives in India with his family, and they all own a zoo. Pi is recently in college studying religion, and zoology. All was normal until his family and him had to move to Canada, and start a new beginning their. But, during their long journey to Canada, all the sudden the ship sank tragicly. Pi lost his whole family during that diaster. And, that left Pi all alone and that was the start of his long journey. But, during that long journey that he went ...more
Sophie Cooper
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
1. I decided to read The Life of Pi because my family recommend it and it had a good rating. I also thought it would be interesting to read about different views on religions.
2. I found Richard Parker an interesting character because depending on which of Pi's stories you believe, Richard Parker is either a real tiger or he's simply a developed figment of Pi's imagination. I think it's interesting to read about these characters side by side and to at least imagine the possibility that Richard Pa
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Making of Life of Pi, a film, a journey by Jean-Christophe Castelli is a lavishly illustrated book that examines the steps leading up to the production of the Ang Lee movie, as well as the actual filming and post-production. Each section is enhanced and supported by a myriad of glossy colour images. There is a forward by Yann Martel, author of the book inspiring the movie, a preface by Castelli and an introduction by the movie director, Ang Lee. The how, when and why of 3D is explained; ther ...more
Jan 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I thought that this was a well written piece of writing. It certainly had a great story line and plot, how every, it is not well explained or elaborate by the author. I felt like the story was very stretched out to fit a certain length and constantly repeated it's self. That being said, there is still a great amount of action and inserting parts to this book. You may not realize it at first, but if you read it a second time, it will make more sense. There is a great display of the Indian and sou ...more
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: life-of-pi
Life of pi is a very amazing book. It has drama, and some survival guides that will actaully help on a real survival. This story is fantastic I may have watch the movie first and then read the book but the book is actaully better than the movie. It is about this kid named pi because he knew all the number to pi but he then has move his homeland to canada, by traveling on a boat. His family and himself owns a zoo. But then a big wave hits the boat. Him and some animals have survived in the horror ...more
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books i have ever read in my life. This book is about a teenager that was on a ship that had sank. He saved the animals that he saw floating.He had to survive on the boat with the other animals. The animals don't work very well together and just end up killing each other at the end. The real story though, is that those animals were not what he had to actually survive with. He made up the animals to make it more interesting, They were actually his family and others from ...more
Dec 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
I thought the Life Of Pi was an okay book. It wasn't a book I'd care to read again. It was a slow book and i did not find myself getting really into the book. Mostly because it used to many higher leveled words. As a teenager i don't really want to spend half a book trying to figure out every other word. Its to much work and i personally love to read.Id say throughout the whole book my favorite part was when Pi got on the island and decided to stay but then figured out that the island had many h ...more
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Truly, a story teaching you how to "believe" in god. In fact, a story teach you how to believe. Sadly, at first I read this story on a premise of acknowledging it as a "true" story. (By true I mean I actually thought there's an actual Piscine living on this planet Earth, which makes me miss out a lot of essential idea of the story, which makes me understand myself as an idiot.) Don't make that mistake. This is a fiction, and only if it's a fiction that I think it's idea would be manifest. A bril ...more
Don Merriam
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most of the recent reviews are of the acutal book, not the book about the film of the book. BE CAREFUL ... this may be one of those books that may affect the way you view/expereienced the film ... not necessarily for the better. Especially when it comes to "Richard Parker" ... a most incredible Tiger cast, every. The movie's tiger just blew me away. This book may be too much info, causing a movie-lover, myself included (luv 19d the movie) to experience a glitch in the matrix of Richard Parker.
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: misc-non-fiction
One of the best "Making of" books I've ever read. This book goes into incredible detail about all visual aspects of the film making process. If you've read the book, watched the film, seen the extras, then this is the next step. Following the story through this book, it shows just how much vision and imagination is needed to bring something like this to life on screen. The photographs, drawings and detailed text join together to create an amazing journey from concept to finished film.
Walter Wolfgramm
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great book, i like this book because its about a man that tell a story about Christianity and how he had faith in him and i believe in god and the magnificent things he could do. Pi loses his mum, dad and brother when there boat sunk i cant imagine what would happen to me if i lose my mum it would be hard for me to move on. This amazing story reminded me of the story noah's ark and how noah spent his time on the boat with animals. I highly recommend you guys read this book.
Latiza Quijada
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"It's important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go. Otherwise you are left with words you should have said but never did, and your heart is heavy with remorse."

-After pila ka months of feeling dead and distracted, nahuman na jud na ko ug basa!Woahhhh grabehhhhhhhh nindut kaayuu siyaaaaa. I highly recommend you to read this book. Grabehh ganahan kaayu ko sa twist baaa :'( Maypa ako nalang si Martel. lol bitaw, lami ang twist. :)))

*Thank you so much, Sir Herbese.
Makenzie Stratfold
I thought this book was very good but confusing at first. During the first two chapters I didn't want to read any more but I'm glad I did because it got really exciting after pi had to train and live on a boat with Richard Parker. This book always has you on the edge of your seat and was a very good book. If you have not read this book I recommend it. This is a great book for people who like thrilling real life situation books.
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I know this saying is over used but this story is a must read! I loved every word of it. The relationship between Pi and Richard Parker is a beautiful love story. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. The writing is unlike any other. I felt like I was the one sitting in Pi's kitchen listening to a story that reaffirmed my belief in God. I will reread this story over and over again.
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