Stunning concept art, powerful behind-the-scenes photography, and fascinating interviews with the cast and crew pack The Art and Making of The Lion King, offering an inside perspective on how director Jon Favreau and his talented team used the most advanced virtual cinematography and computer graphics techniques to craft a film of both legend and hyperrealism. The story of The Lion King has entered the pantheon of cultural mythology, as has its iconic music. In revisiting this tale, the filmmaking team set off for an adventure of a lifetime: an expedition across the southern portion of Kenya in Africa. These seasoned filmmakers gathered reference photographs, scans, and other materials to apply to the digital moviemaking process and in turn were immersed in the nuances of the real environment. Once back at the studio, they utilized common filmmaking tools with state-of-the-art virtual reality (VR) technology and new, ultrafast rendering technologies to create a "virtual production," a concept they pushed further than it had ever been before. The Art and Making of The Lion King documents this captivating journey and closes the circle with a discussion on a modern-day conservation program called the Lion Recovery Fund (LRF).
About the Author
Michael Goldman is a veteran entertainment journalist and author who has authored or co-authored eight books, including The Making of The Lion King. Among them are the New York Times bestseller John Wayne: the Genuine Article; Clint Eastwood: Master Filmmaker at Work, an authorized look at the legendary director's filmmaking techniques; Reality Ends Here: 80 Years of USC Cinematic Arts, the definitive history of the world's oldest and most famous film school; fan books for the TV shows 24 and Heroes and the movie Mortal Kombat; and co-authoring Filmmaking in Action, a textbook for first-year film students. Michael served for many years as Senior Editor at the famed film industry trade journal, Millimeter, and before that, as an editor at Variety. He is now a frequent contributor to another acclaimed film journal, American Cinematographer, along with publications like CineMontage, DGA Quarterly, Emmy, and Ventura Boulevard, among others. He also produces and hosts a monthly filmmaking podcast on the Studio Daily website called Podcasts from the Front Lines and writes a monthly newsletter for the Society of Motion Picture Television Engineers (SMPTE). Learn more about Michael and his work at his website-www.hollywood-scribe.com.