HarperCollins's Life Of Pi tome provides a worthy companion not only to Ang Lee’s film, but Yann Martel’s source novel as well. The book establishes its credentials early on, with lengthy introductions by Lee, Martel and author Jean-Christophe Castelli, who explains his own journey from researcher on The Ice Storm to associate producer on Life Of Pi. From here, it’s on to the making of the film itself, from the moment Lee (and co-screenwriter David Magee) picked up the novel, all the way to post-production. Throughout the journey, Castelli’s uniquely personal perspective lifts the text above the accepted standard for ‘making of’ books, with numerous sub-categories, asides and tangential diversions giving the book an appropriately three-dimensional feel.
Costelli’s book boasts some 275 images, encompassing film stills, on-set photography, conceptual art, inspirational art, VFX breakdowns and sketches, all of which bring the text to vivid life. Someday, with any luck, all ‘making of’ books will be made this way.
Reviewed by David Hughes
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