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Shrek : from the swamp to the screen
Hopkins, John, 1957-
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New York : Harry N. Abrams, [2004]

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175 pages : chiefly illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
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PN1997.2.S48 H67 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Based on a children's book by William Steig (who died this past October), Shrek (and its upcoming sequel, Shrek II), are offbeat fairy-tale adventures about a big green ogre, his chattering sidekick Donkey, a feisty princess named Fiona, and a power-hungry ruler named Lord Farquaad. In this book, the four main characters have a chance to tell all - about the trials and tribulations of making the movies, the clash of egos, the scenes that didn't work - in their own words. But the human participants (writers, directors, animators, production designers) have their say too, describing the painstaking process of inventing and animating an imaginary world from scratch. The book will have both an entertaining narrative and a trove of facts and trivia, presented with a wealth of illustrations documenting the films from conception to the screen.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

This extraordinarily illustrated, in-depth look at the making of the adored animated film Shrek by screenwriter Hopkins comes just in time for the release of Shrek 2. Like many books about the making of films, it shares trivia, stills, behind-the-scenes information, storyboards and more. But it also transcends the ?book about the movie? genre, serving as an entertaining, educational look at the film?s adventurous, spunky spirit and where it comes from. Art-minded readers will relish the early renderings of the Shrek character and fantastically brilliant images from the films, while writers are bound to be drawn in by Shrek 2 director Conrad Vernon?s description of writing out a sequence for a particular scene, sketching it on storyboards and pitching it to fellow directors, producers and artists. The book is written with the same dynamism and casual hilarity displayed in the film, featuring witty ?chatter boxes,? where Shrek, Donkey and other characters shoot the breeze on subjects ranging from ?behind-the-scenes politics? to the Academy Awards (Donkey tells Shrek, ?Don?t get me wrong. Dick Clark?s an okay fella, but enough with the award shows, ya know?? Shrek responds, ?Dick Clark is not here! This is the Oscars?). And just like the film, this book?with a recipe for The Perfect Swamp Martini, explanation of how character designer Tom Hester designed ?an animal that evoked Eddie Murphy? and other grown-up offerings?has enough adult insider humor to keep older audiences turning the pages. (May 21) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.