Darth Vader, Judy Garland, the art of Tintin, and more : new film books

In our picks of the film & television books this month: the cultural impact of Darth Vader and his story arc, the life and career of the unforgettable Judy Garland, and the story of how the artists at Weta Digital and Weta Workshop brought Hergé’s Tintin to life on the big screen. Plus, an introduction to film studies. Have a browse!

Syndetics book coverRed Riding Hood : from script to screen / by Catherine Hardwicke ; screenplay written by David Leslie Johnson.
The director of the motion picture provides excerpts from her own notes and sketches about the making of the movie along with the screenplay, concept art, storyboards, and costume sketches.(Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe art of The adventures of Tintin / [written by Chris Guise ; with forewords by Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson and introductions by Joe Letteri and Richard Taylor].
“The artists at Weta Digital and Weta Workshop were thrilled to get the opportunity to work with Steven Spielberg to bring Hergé’s wonderful characters to the big screen in The Adventures of Tintin. They spent five years working on this movie. This book tells the story of how the filmmakers started with the original Hergé artwork and books and ended up with what is seen on-screen. It features early concept drawings, previs sequences, models, costume designs and final stills from the film”. (description from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverThe complete Vader / Ryder Windham and Peter Vilmur ; with a foreword by Stephen J. Sansweet.
An illustrated fan’s guide traces the complete story of the infamous Star Wars villain, exploring his history, myth, and cultural impact while covering his development by George Lucas and spin-off tales as portrayed in comics and novels.(Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverJudy : a legendary film career / by John Fricke.
“Historian Fricke (100 Years of Oz: A Century of Classic Images) has compiled a fine collection of remembrances, facts, and photos chronicling the life, career, and unforgettable personal appearances of Judy Garland. Within her first ten years at MGM, Garland found full-fledged stardom, complete with wealth, fame, and all the harsh truths of show business. Fricke exposes the driving forces behind her career in sound, onstage, and on-screen, which often put her family life and health at risk, while bringing classic Hollywood fans a renewed respect for the determined star. Highly recommended for Judy Garland fans.”(Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverFilm : a critical introduction / Maria Pramaggiore & Tom Wallis.
“Updated and expanded for a new edition, this is the perfect introduction for students of film studies. The book illustrates basic film concepts in context and in depth and addresses techniques and terminology used in film production and criticism, emphasising critically thinking and writing.” (Back Cover)