2018 Film & TV Highlights
Published on 5 December, 2018
Authored by Titan Books
From the year's biggest blockbusters to the first officially canon Firefly fiction, we've had quite the year here at Titan. Check out some of our highlights below!
The World of the Orville by Jeff Bond (published January 2018)
Four-time Emmy Award winner Seth MacFarlane creates a new sci-fi dramedy universe on the Fox Network with his new show, The Orville. MacFarlane plays Captain Ed Mercer, an officer in the Planetary Union in the 25th century who gathers a crew from the farthest reaches of the galaxy—his ex-wife included—to man the exploration vessel Orville and patrol the mysteries of deep space. Filled with alien species, exotic worlds, futuristic technology and awe-inspiring spaceships, this lavish companion to The Orville takes you behind the scenes through concept art, on-set photography and technical schematics to explore the show’s production design, costumes, makeup prosthetics and visual effects. This is the ultimate guide to this new space-faring epic adventure.
Okja: The Art and Making of the Film by Simon Ward (published February 2018)
Meet Mija, a young girl who risks everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a fascinating animal named Okja. This is the official art book to celebrate the beautiful new movie from director Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer, The Host) and Netflix. Featuring exclusive interviews with the director, Tilda Swinton, and key crew members, combined with concept artwork, candid set photography, and VFX material detailing the production process, this is a one of a kind book for a one of a kind movie.
Tomb Raider: The Art and Making of the Film by Sharon Gosling (published March 2018)
From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Tomb Raider follows the treacherous journey of a young Lara Croft as she takes her first steps toward becoming a global hero. Academy Award™ winner Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl) stars in the lead role, under the direction of Roar Uthaug (The Wave). Showcasing lavish concept art, behind the scenes photos, insight into the stunts, and fascinating contributions from cast and crew, Tomb Raider: The Art and Making of the Film is the perfect companion to this highly-anticipated release.
Alien: The Cold Forge by Alex White (published April 2018)
With the failure of the Hadley’s Hope, Weyland-Yutani has suffered a devastating defeat—the loss of the Aliens. Yet there’s a reason the company rose to the top, and they have a redundancy already in place. Remote station RB-323 abruptly becomes their greatest hope for weaponizing the Xenomorph, but there’s a spy aboard—someone who doesn’t necessarily act in the company’s best interests. If discovered, this person may have no choice but to destroy RB-323… and everyone on board. That is, if the Xenomorphs don’t do the job first.
Lost in Space: The Art of Juan Ortiz by Juan Ortiz (published August 2018)
Juan Ortiz turns his unique eye for poster design to the classic sci-fi series Lost In Space. Each episode is lovingly reimagined as a visually striking poster, creating a one of a kind collection to accompany one of the most influential and celebrated sci-fi series of all time. Each poster has a different aesthetic, taking inspiration from 60s movie posters, comic books, pulp novel covers and blacklight posters.
Star Trek: Lost Scenes by David Tilotta & Curt McAloney (published August 2018)
Think you know everything about the Original Series? Think again. Star Trek: The Lost Scenes is packed with hundreds of never-before-seen color photos of the world’s ultimate sci-fi series. Professionally restored images are used to chronicle the making of the series, reassemble deleted scenes, and showcase bloopers from the first pilot through the last episode. Whether you’re a new Star Trek fan or a seasoned veteran, this book is a must-have.
Alien Covenant: David's Drawings by Dane Hallett & Matt Hatton (published September 2018)
Before Alien Covenant, David was stranded alone on the Engineers’ planet and – left to his own dark devices – he began to push the boundaries of creation. Delve into this exclusive collection, containing two books, to gain an insight into the android’s descent into madness.
The in-universe sketchbook contains over two hundred illustrations from the set and will take you inside the mind of David. It features the complete arc of his journey from the studies of flora and fauna, to his more sinister experiments on creatures, and the disturbing demise of Dr Elizabeth Shaw. The companion book, Developing the Art of an Android, holds an interview with Dane Hallett and Matt Hatton – the artists behind all of the beautifully grotesque sketches. Alien Covenant: David’s Drawings will satisfy every serious fan’s hunger for details of the most intriguing character from the Alien prequels.
The Predator: The Art and Making of the Film by James Nolan (published September 2018)
Witness the return of one of the most formidable movie monsters of all time as director Shane Black brings The Predator to the world’s cinema screens.
This official companion book provides a unique look at the making of the movie, including fascinating detail on all the major aspects of production such as stunt work, production design, visual effects, costumes and props. Interviews with the cast and crew highlight the evolution of the story and the challenges faced while bringing an incredible new chapter in this blockbuster franchise to life.
Captivating concept art and on-set photography reveal the creative processes behind the creatures, the technology and the breathtaking action set pieces that feature in this long-awaited new movie. This book is a must-have for all Predator fans!
Harryhausen: The Movie Posters by Richard Holliss (published September 2018)
Harryhausen – The Movie Posters showcases the posters from all of Ray’s movies, from 1949’s Mighty Joe Young, to Clash of the Titans in 1981. There has never been a book devoted solely to the promotional art associated with these classic films. Featuring posters from all over the world, as well as commentary from the Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation, this is an essential addition to any fan’s library.
First Man: The Annotated Screenplay by Josh Singer & James R. Hansen (published October 2018)
On the heels of their six-time Academy Award®-winning smash, La La Land, Oscar®-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for Universal Pictures’ First Man, the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. A visceral, first-person account, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie explores the sacrifices and the cost—on Armstrong and on the nation—of one of the most dangerous missions in history.
First Man: The Annotated Screenplay is the official companion to the movie, and features a wealth of stunning photography, alongside the full shooting script.
Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Josh Singer (Spotlight) and James R. Hansen, whose book First Man is the only authorized biography of Armstrong, provide an in-depth commentary on the challenges of dramatizing a fact-based historical motion picture. Exclusive annotations separate those facts from the dramatic fictions the filmmakers utilized, as well as explain the overarching dramatic choices made in telling the story of the man behind the icon.
Jonesy: Nine Lives on the Nostromo by Rory Lucey (published October 2018)
Aboard the USCSS Nostromo, Jonesy leads a simple life enjoying The Company cat food and chasing space rodents. Until one day, his cryostasis catnap is rudely interrupted. The humans have a new pet and it’s definitely not house-trained.
In space, no one can hear you meow.
This full-colour, illustrated book offers a cat’s eye view of all the action from the movie Alien. With new and original artwork by artist Rory Lucey, this is the perfect gift for all Alien fans (and cat lovers).
Firefly Encyclopedia by Monica Valentinelli (published November 2018)
The Firefly Encyclopedia is a lavish guide to Joss Whedon’s much-loved creation. The book includes a detailed timeline of events, in-depth character studies from Badger to Zoe, a guide to the science of the show, and sections of script with accompanying notes from the author. Alongside all of this are countless images of the characters, ships, weapons, props and sets. This is a must-have item for all fans of the ’Verse.
Firefly: Big Damn Hero by James Lovegrove, with an original story by Nancy Holder and consulting editor Joss Whedon (published November 2018)
The first original novel from the much-missed Space Western Firefly, produced with Joss Whedon as consulting editor, set in the heart of the series.
A perilous cargo
It should have been a routine job, transporting five crates from the planet of Persephone to a waiting buyer. And Lord knows, Captain Mal Reynolds needs the money if he’s to keep Serenity flying. But the client is Badger, and nothing that involves him is ever straightforward. The crates are full of explosives, which might blow at the slightest movement.
A missing captain
Just before take-off, Mal disappears. As the cargo grows more volatile by the minute, and Alliance cruisers start taking an interest in the tenacious smuggling ship, it’s down to Serenity’s first mate, Zoë, to choose between rescuing her captain and saving her crew.
A vengeful army
Meanwhile, rumours are spreading on Persephone of a band of veteran Browncoat malcontents who will stop at nothing to be revenged on those responsible for their terrible defeat. Is Mal harboring a dark secret from the war? And can the crew of Serenity find him before it’s too late?
Star Trek: The Art of John Eaves by Joe Nazzaro (published November 2018)
Over the past few decades, John Eaves has had a major impact on the look of the Star Trek Universe and played a pivotal role in shaping Gene Roddenberry’s vision. Starting with his work on Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Eaves has worked as a production designer, illustrator, and model maker across the franchise. He has been responsible for creating many of the props and ships, and helped develop the Federation design, from the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-E to the U.S.S. Discovery NCC-1031.
Star Trek: The Art of John Eaves represents the most extensive collection of designs and illustrations created by Eaves across the Star Trek Universe. Featuring fascinating pencil sketches and stunning concept art, this visually dynamic book gives fans a unique in-depth look into Eaves’ creative vision and the wealth of his remarkable work at the center of this spectacular franchise.
Narcos: The Art and Making of the Show by Jeff Bond (published November 2018)
Narcos is the hugely-popular Netflix series that follows the drug war from the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar – the man responsible for the international addiction to cocaine – to the ingenious emergence of the Gentlemen of Cali.
Need another hit? Discover the truth behind every aspect of the show’s production with behind-the-scenes photos. Then get to the source of the series with exclusive interviews with the cast and crew. Narcos: The Art and Making of the Show is a detailed investigation into the creation of this addictively gripping and shockingly authentic historical drama.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - The Art of the Movie by Ramin Zahed (published December 2018)
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse where more than one wears the mask.
Unmasking the artistry behind the hotly-anticipated movie, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - The Art of the Movie contains concept art, sketches, and storyboards, and will give you fascinating insights into the creative process. With exclusive commentary from the animation team, plus a foreword written by Miles Morales co-creator Brian Michael Bendis, this extraordinary collection of art will take readers into the Spider-Verse.