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The Art of
The Polar Express

By Mark Cotta Vaz and Steve Starkey
with a Foreword by Robert Zemeckis

The Academy Award-winning team of Tom Hanks and director, Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Cast Away) reunite for The Polar Express, an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg.

When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him the wonders of life never fades for those who believe.

Using the original book as a touchpoint, Zemeckis' team has created a rich, evocative, and poignant fable that promises to become as much of classic as the original book.

In THE ART OF POLAR EXPRESS, authors Mark Cotta Vaz and Steve Starkey show readers the amazing process behind the film.

Sony Pictures Imageworks, an Oscar winner for its innovative work, with production designers Doug Chiang and Rick Carter, help bring this enchanting holiday story vividly to life through Imageworks' groundbreaking next-generation motion capture process, that allows live-action performances to drive the emotions and movements of the digital characters.

THE ART OF POLAR EXPRESS pulls together the fabulous and otherwise never-seen movie concept art with quotes from the creative team of artists, designers, and directors.

THE ART OF POLAR EXPRESS culls the best of the film's concept art and wonderfully illustrates the process behind the animation. Notes and drawings offer insight into the multi-layered creative process, while images in various stages of development reveal the evolution of the backgrounds and characters. It's all here - from quick pencil sketches and lighting studies to pastel storyboards and digital images.

In addition, THE ART OF POLAR EXPRESS includes a wealth of commentary by the creative forces behind the movie, from producers and writers to character designers and art directors.

These talented individuals explain how their ideas and visions are shaped, how the colors and lighting are developed, and how they balance realism with the fantasy of animation. This book will enthrall the animation audience and Polar Express fans.

ISBN: 0-8118-4659-8; $40.00 hardcover.

MARK COTTA VAZ has authored eighteen books, including The Art of Finding Nemo, The Art of the Incredibles, Tales of the Dark Knight (the fiftieth anniversary history of Batman), and Industrial Light + Magic: Into the Digital Realm (a chronicle of George Lucas' s effects company). Most recently his Behind the Mask of SpiderMan documents the making of the Spider-Man movie.

In 1986 STEVE STARKEY collaborated for the first time with Robert Zemeckis on Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and followed that up with Back to the Future I, II and III and Death Becomes Her, In 1994 Starkey earned an Academy Award as one of the producers of Best Picture-winner Forrest Gump. In 1998 Starkey, along with direct0r, Robert Zemeckis and Executive Producer, Jack Rapke formed ImageMovers, a company primarily focused on motion picture production, which has produced What Lies Beneath, Cast Away and Matchstick Men. He lives in Santa Barbara, CA.

ROBERT ZEMECKIS won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a Director' s Guild of America A ward for Best Director for the hugely successful Forrest Gump, Zemeckis most recently reunited with Tom Hanks for Cast Away. He directed and produced Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and directed Romancing the Stone and the Back to the Future trilogy. He lives in Santa Barbara, CA.

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