2016 was a great year for film books, with stunning new blockbusters and bumper celebrations of silver-screen legend stealing the show. Take a look at a selection of the best film books from 2016 right here…
A new hardback photography book documenting the making of Aliens, the 1986 smash hit movie directed by James Cameron. Aliens: The Set Photography reveals a unique new perspective on the making of James Cameron’s film as the focus shifts behind the cameras to capture the director, cast and crew as they bring the second action-packed installment of the Alien saga to the big screen. Released to coincide with the thirtieth anniversary of the movie, Aliens: The Set Photography features brand-new insights and memories from Carrie Henn (Newt) and Jenette Goldstein (Private Vasquez). With a wealth of never-before-seen pictures including casting publicity shots, behind-the-scenes ‘between-take’ breaks, weapons, vehicles and much more, Aliens: The Set Photography acts as a sumptuous visual celebration of this sci-fi classic.
“The lush tome delivers exactly what it promises, collecting a wealth of fascinating high resolution images that reveal the wizard behind Cameron’s curtain, effectively dividing the shots between “on set” and “behind the scenes” so one walks away with an even deeper appreciation of the magnitude and ambition of the project.” — Comingsoon.net
For the first time, Oscar-winning production designer and director Roger Christian reveals his life story, from his earliest work in the British film industry to his breakthrough contributions on such iconic science fiction masterpieces as Star Wars, Alien and his own rediscovered Black Angel.
This candid biography delves into his relationships with legendary figures, as well as the secrets of his greatest work. The man who built the lightsaber finally speaks!
“After reading Cinema Alchemist, you will absolutely watch Star Wars and Alien differently, and notice details of the film you haven’t seen in your previous 300 viewings… That is quite a feat.” — Borg.com
Packed with never-before-seen designs and plenty of behind-the-scenes secrets, The Art of the Little Prince captures the breathtaking magic of the movie. With hundreds of stunning images, this book gives fans an all-access pass to The Little Prince – see how the visuals develop from page to screen, enjoy fascinating insights into the creative process and watch an incredible story unfold through its production art.
“This tome is loaded with concept art, stills, storyboards, character design sketches, and much more. And it’s not just a picture book, often noting how the process impacted the final product.” — RogerEbert.com
Fearing the actions of a god-like Superhero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice sees Batman and Superman come together for the first time on screen. With these two icons at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it has ever known before.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: The Art of the Film, takes fans deep into this world, accompanied by insight and interviews with cast and crew, including an afterword by director Zack Snyder.
“Offers an excellent, in-depth look at this blockbuster” — Cinema Sentries
The ultimate edition — expanded and updated with more than 70,000 words of new material.
Critically acclaimed in its previous editions, The Complete David Bowie is recognized as the foremost source of analysis and information on every facet of Bowie’s work. The A-Z of songs and the day-by-day dateline are the most complete ever published. From his boyhood skiffle performance at the 18th Bromley Scouts’ Summer Camp, to the majesty of his final masterpiece Blackstar, every aspect of David Bowie’s extraordinary career is explored and dissected by Nicholas Pegg’s unrivalled combination of in-depth knowledge and penetrating insight.