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Step inside the world of the talented art departments who, led by Academy Award®-winning production designer Stuart Craig, were responsible for the creation of the unforgettable characters, locations and beasts from the eagerly anticipated new adventure in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. The Art of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, edited by Dermot Power, concept art Step inside the world of the talented art departments who, led by Academy Award®-winning production designer Stuart Craig, were responsible for the creation of the unforgettable characters, locations and beasts from the eagerly anticipated new adventure in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. The Art of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, edited by Dermot Power, concept artist on the film, takes you on a magical journey through a design process every bit as wonderful as that encountered by Newt Scamander in the wizarding world: from the earliest gatherings of the artists, designers and filmmakers to the magical time of the film’s production itself at Leavesden Studios. Bursting with hundreds of production paintings, concept sketches, storyboards, blueprints and matte paintings, and filled with unique insights about the filmmaking journey from Stuart Craig and the artists themselves, this superb book – officially licensed by Warner Bros. Consumer Products – presents a visual feast for readers, and will welcome fans of Harry Potter films into the world of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.


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Step inside the world of the talented art departments who, led by Academy Award®-winning production designer Stuart Craig, were responsible for the creation of the unforgettable characters, locations and beasts from the eagerly anticipated new adventure in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. The Art of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, edited by Dermot Power, concept art Step inside the world of the talented art departments who, led by Academy Award®-winning production designer Stuart Craig, were responsible for the creation of the unforgettable characters, locations and beasts from the eagerly anticipated new adventure in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. The Art of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, edited by Dermot Power, concept artist on the film, takes you on a magical journey through a design process every bit as wonderful as that encountered by Newt Scamander in the wizarding world: from the earliest gatherings of the artists, designers and filmmakers to the magical time of the film’s production itself at Leavesden Studios. Bursting with hundreds of production paintings, concept sketches, storyboards, blueprints and matte paintings, and filled with unique insights about the filmmaking journey from Stuart Craig and the artists themselves, this superb book – officially licensed by Warner Bros. Consumer Products – presents a visual feast for readers, and will welcome fans of Harry Potter films into the world of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

30 review for The Art of the Film: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    It gets to the point sometimes when I wonder if my comments and reviews are taken seriously for various reasons (although to be honest I write these for myself since I am no reviewer - I leave that to more talented people than I). And one of those reasons is that I heap praise on a book already over loaded with high praise and gushing reviews. This book is one of them. Now I have long been a fan and ardent follower of film concept books and as such I have a reasonable collection of the great and It gets to the point sometimes when I wonder if my comments and reviews are taken seriously for various reasons (although to be honest I write these for myself since I am no reviewer - I leave that to more talented people than I). And one of those reasons is that I heap praise on a book already over loaded with high praise and gushing reviews. This book is one of them. Now I have long been a fan and ardent follower of film concept books and as such I have a reasonable collection of the great and the good and all in-between. Now this book is one of the very best. What you have here is a cornucopia of material - from early concept art, the various trials and iterations to finished frames and stills. Yes you have a lot of images and very little text - however the choice of art and how they have been presented tell much of the artistic process without lengthy treaties on how sometime was decided upon or what processed where involved to achieve a certain look. The other beauty of this book is that you could read it and it not detract from the film - something many "making of" and "artwork of" books could learn from. This ability plus the fact that anyone could pick up this book and be impressed with its contents be them young or old, fan or not makes it an amazing book to own and read. And now we are back to my dilemma first referred to at the beginning of this review - even though I feel all my comments are true will they get lost in all the noise everyone else makes about the Harry Potter franchise and everything that comes out of it- may be - may be not - what I can say is that for me I know what I think.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Miss Clark

    3.5 stars All the art is digital and I did miss some hand-drawn work, but it was just so fascinating to see the vast multitude of ideas and variations that the artists went through to arrive at their final creature and character designs. The bowtruckle especially went through hundreds of incarnations! As always, the concept art books are interesting, but lacking in some of the background info regarding the subjects that they depict that I would like to have on hand or at least referenced.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Irene

    3,5 stars Due to the nature of the book, it is one that (at least for me) doesn't make me want to immediately read through it all. You need to take your time to look at all these images and how the explanations and comments can be found in the drawings and sketches. Which is why it doesn't surprise me it took me so long to finish. I think this book is incredibly interesting, giving a good look into the design process for all the visual qualities of this film. This was especially valuable when it 3,5 stars Due to the nature of the book, it is one that (at least for me) doesn't make me want to immediately read through it all. You need to take your time to look at all these images and how the explanations and comments can be found in the drawings and sketches. Which is why it doesn't surprise me it took me so long to finish. I think this book is incredibly interesting, giving a good look into the design process for all the visual qualities of this film. This was especially valuable when it came to all the elaborate and unique creatures we see in this film. I very much appreciated seeing the changes these creatures went through, and how certain choices were made. It was like seeing a puzzle being made slowly. The two things I found less great about this book is that I was somewhat disappointed how almost every visual was a computer animated render. I understand that they are needed to make these movies, and they are extremely valuable, I guess I had just hoped to see a few more old fashioned sketches at the start of the process. But that is a personal opinion. Secondly, the book went into a lot of detail not only on the creatures, but also on set elements etc. and sometimes felt somewhat repetitive in how many different examples of very similar things were shown. And though I know this is part of the process, and small changes can have big impacts, it wasn't necessarily fun to read very similar comments again and again. So in conclusion, I did really enjoy this book and seeing all the different sketches and drawings. Especially as someone who is also in a field of design, it was very interesting. That being said, I do think I would have felt somewhat let down by the contents had I paid the full price for it, as it did leave me with something to be desired.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Hilary "Fox"

    This is a truly gorgeous book. The book, as it states, is a collection of the concept art behind Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. While the previous books I read focused primarily upon costume design, prop design, and the way the sets were built this book focused upon the actual creation of the pieces before they were brought to life by various departments. The fact the art was computer made in no way diminished its beauty - and man, was it beautiful. From the architectural designs of 1920 This is a truly gorgeous book. The book, as it states, is a collection of the concept art behind Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. While the previous books I read focused primarily upon costume design, prop design, and the way the sets were built this book focused upon the actual creation of the pieces before they were brought to life by various departments. The fact the art was computer made in no way diminished its beauty - and man, was it beautiful. From the architectural designs of 1920s New York City, and the buildings and speakeasies within, to the inside of Newt's case, wand design, and the creation of the beasts themselves (not least of which the Obscurus) the artwork is gorgeous. Small asides from the artists explain the reasoning behind the choices they made, and the Beast section is truly fascinating for all of that. The focus upon functionality behind the beasts, as well as making them believable rather than magic, was incredible to watch in the sketches. This is a great book, and a beautiful one. Any fan should take a glimpse of it at least once. Even if you aren't a fan, if you like animals the Beast section is worth looking through. Like the medieval bestiaries, it's a fascinating study in how strangely things can be pieced together.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kara Sabbagh

    Honestly incredible. I’m obsessed with this book. Not only is it beautiful, but to me it’s a much wanted look inside of the minds of the people who make these films happen. It’s fascinating to see how many iterations and redos and entirely new designs it takes to get to the creatures and places that we know and love. It’s mind blowing but fantastic getting a tiny look into the collaborations that have to take place in order to make the finished product. LOVE these books because I love love love Honestly incredible. I’m obsessed with this book. Not only is it beautiful, but to me it’s a much wanted look inside of the minds of the people who make these films happen. It’s fascinating to see how many iterations and redos and entirely new designs it takes to get to the creatures and places that we know and love. It’s mind blowing but fantastic getting a tiny look into the collaborations that have to take place in order to make the finished product. LOVE these books because I love love love the movies as a whole and absolutely appreciate them as an artistic endeavor and want to see every single second of the process.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    It's just plain ridiculous how much effort goes into creating the world for the movies. Seriously. The first third of this book is dedicated entirely to the buildings of 1930s New York, and rightly so. I loved seeing the variety of sketches the artists had. There's so much creative license and it's fascinating to see which direction they ended up going. Shout out to the platypus for being the inspiration for the niffler! The platypus is the best animal ever! It's just plain ridiculous how much effort goes into creating the world for the movies. Seriously. The first third of this book is dedicated entirely to the buildings of 1930s New York, and rightly so. I loved seeing the variety of sketches the artists had. There's so much creative license and it's fascinating to see which direction they ended up going. Shout out to the platypus for being the inspiration for the niffler! The platypus is the best animal ever!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jeni Enjaian

    This book is absolutely beautiful. I will disclose upfront that I am obsessed with books like this. I love learning about what went into the design of characters and creatures whether it be in documentary form (extended editions of Lord of the Rings) or in book form (Art and Design of The Hobbit movies). This book did not disappoint. I will admit that this is a rather expensive vein of book love. However, this book has just enough text to explain the artwork which is visually stunning. I highly This book is absolutely beautiful. I will disclose upfront that I am obsessed with books like this. I love learning about what went into the design of characters and creatures whether it be in documentary form (extended editions of Lord of the Rings) or in book form (Art and Design of The Hobbit movies). This book did not disappoint. I will admit that this is a rather expensive vein of book love. However, this book has just enough text to explain the artwork which is visually stunning. I highly recommend this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mia

    Beautiful book! Loved getting to see some early design work and versions of things that were ultimately set aside in favor of the final versions we see in the film. The book also includes notes so you can read some of the artists' decision making. It was nice reminder that exploring different options for a story isn't wasted time, but rather part of the process. Beautiful book! Loved getting to see some early design work and versions of things that were ultimately set aside in favor of the final versions we see in the film. The book also includes notes so you can read some of the artists' decision making. It was nice reminder that exploring different options for a story isn't wasted time, but rather part of the process.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rightsidefirebooks

    For fans of Fantastic Beasts (me), those interested in detailed 3D renderings, concept art, architecture and movie making. It is set up as an art book (as you might expect) with most pages featuring glossy pictures with wide white borders along with captions and explanations by the artists who did them. My favorite pages were the Occamy and Fwooper.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Faizan

    I am working at Harper Collins and I have access to all these expensive titles and I an enjoying it all.. this is beautiful with so many pictures of film set, totally liked it, never get bored of looking it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty Stanley

    Gorgeous concept art. Loved the Beasts section Also contains an envelope with three prints inc an adorable mooncalf.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Justine Comeau

    im so glad we got cute niffler and bowtruckle designs and not devil animal versions

  13. 5 out of 5

    Esmee

    Love the pictures, but I'd hope there was more background information Love the pictures, but I'd hope there was more background information

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jaimie

    It’s no surprise that the Art Of Harry Potter film books are my favourites, besides the books in the actual series, because they explore the creative genius of the teams of artists who put so much work and effort into bringing the stories to life. The author showcases a range of artwork from throughout the story of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, focusing each chapter on a specific major setting and detailing the artwork that went into creating the CGI-enhanced sets, character designs, It’s no surprise that the Art Of Harry Potter film books are my favourites, besides the books in the actual series, because they explore the creative genius of the teams of artists who put so much work and effort into bringing the stories to life. The author showcases a range of artwork from throughout the story of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, focusing each chapter on a specific major setting and detailing the artwork that went into creating the CGI-enhanced sets, character designs, and of course the beasts that populate the film. Obviously the creation of the various beasts are the real draw to the book, since each went through many different designs before settling on the one that made it to the screen and traditional bestiaries of magical creatures are a passion of mine, so I was engrossed from page one. It was also great to see each artist credited throughout the book, since they may all be working on the same film, but each has their own unique style to bring to the table. I would have honestly liked to see more focus on the artists themselves, maybe in the form of discrete bios which would give fans of fantastic and film artwork more of a portal towards their other work, but the big names and directorial team expectedly take dominance over the team aspect. I have yet to get my hands on the art book for the Crimes of Grindelwald, so I’m curious to see if the art team are the same, or if we see some new members, considering the style of the second film is very distinct from the first.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anita Eckert

    Beautiful digital concept art in here - especially on the creature and character design, my absolute favourite part. The book is nicely grouped with a clear focus for each section, however some sections seems to be... more inspired than others?! I would love to have seen a few more details (like signs, window dressings, choice of building materials and so on.) in the first section regarding a historical New York. Some of the pages was wasted on big, boring, copy-paste concept art. However there's Beautiful digital concept art in here - especially on the creature and character design, my absolute favourite part. The book is nicely grouped with a clear focus for each section, however some sections seems to be... more inspired than others?! I would love to have seen a few more details (like signs, window dressings, choice of building materials and so on.) in the first section regarding a historical New York. Some of the pages was wasted on big, boring, copy-paste concept art. However there's also some really interesting points on how they achieved some of those big city-shots without building the entire set, but beautifully merging the physical set with digital structures. The thoughts, research and concepts going in to more specific elements like Newt's suitcase, the Blind Pig and it's clientele is much more to my liking. It's shown how perspective can be used to make a scene read clearer to the viewer, how small exaggerations or a new colourscheme can really transform a character. I loved seeing the early, rough concept art and how it evolved into fully fledged personas, whole races and impactful sets. I'm definitely going through the "Fantastic Beast"-section again soon, it's the most magical part =)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jai M {Cat Crazy Dragon }

    I was looking for inspiration, ideas I could build upon, or simply steal. I love friendly monsters, adorable creatures with fangs. The scary made awww, but still scary. This was not that. This is an ode to the film and it's characters. Beautiful images, but very limited. It's everything you already knew if you've watched the film. Limited, disappointing, and kinda boring. I suppose if your a mad fan, looking for a book to have on your shelf to show off. Or maybe you need to relive, but don't want to wa I was looking for inspiration, ideas I could build upon, or simply steal. I love friendly monsters, adorable creatures with fangs. The scary made awww, but still scary. This was not that. This is an ode to the film and it's characters. Beautiful images, but very limited. It's everything you already knew if you've watched the film. Limited, disappointing, and kinda boring. I suppose if your a mad fan, looking for a book to have on your shelf to show off. Or maybe you need to relive, but don't want to watch the whole film at that moment.. Ehh, the world is filled with all tastes, all needs, all special babies. I got no issues here, but I won't bother with this again (thank goodness it's a library read).

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cait

    31st birthday present from Boyd & Rachel. Really enjoyed this. Not a long read as it's mostly pictures but you can spend a really long time just studying the details in the pictures. Loved the page showing all the wand ideas and the final designs. Like that it includes three prints in the back. Especially like the Mooncalf one. Would've liked a Niffler one. Interesting to learn about the design process. 31st birthday present from Boyd & Rachel. Really enjoyed this. Not a long read as it's mostly pictures but you can spend a really long time just studying the details in the pictures. Loved the page showing all the wand ideas and the final designs. Like that it includes three prints in the back. Especially like the Mooncalf one. Would've liked a Niffler one. Interesting to learn about the design process.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Isabela

    This is the first time I've ever actually gone through a "movie magic" book; and after reading this one, I am sure to do so again! It is simply fascinating to see the behind-the-scenes of some of the most powerful and evocative moments of a film and exactly how much work is done to accomplish such a feat. This is the first time I've ever actually gone through a "movie magic" book; and after reading this one, I am sure to do so again! It is simply fascinating to see the behind-the-scenes of some of the most powerful and evocative moments of a film and exactly how much work is done to accomplish such a feat.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bookshire Cat

    Quick read, it's a picture book of art used for the development of the Fantastic Beasts magic world. The images are accompanied with short notes from the artists. It's really cool to see the early concepts of the creatures that didn't make it to the movie. Quick read, it's a picture book of art used for the development of the Fantastic Beasts magic world. The images are accompanied with short notes from the artists. It's really cool to see the early concepts of the creatures that didn't make it to the movie.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Munaya Al salhee

    Really enjoyed reading the book and getting to know at least the behind the scenes of the graphics and the panels when there were making the movies and honestly the art works are simply Amazing!!!!!!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    F

    Beautiful arts and people with talents. I have more appreciations for hard work of the people who create such a wonderful movies.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dennis Lynch

    Splendid artwork with somewhat dry text

  23. 5 out of 5

    Frash

    Well. This book is absolutely A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. The drawings, the sketches and the words were GREAT.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    gorgeous, as expected :)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mo

    Better images of some of the creatures than the illustrated FB&WTFT.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    Really really stunning artwork in the Potterverse but of Fantastic Beasts. It’s beautiful and informs of the film.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Zip

    Gorgeous book! Really detailed drawings and illustrations that showed the amount of work and love that went into the film!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    It was an amazing book filled with the art from the movie. It was fascinating looking at the beginning ideas of different creatures and sets!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    This book was such beautiful and enjoyable read. The artwork displayed in it was intriguing and incredible. I loved seeing all of the art, from concepts to final renderings and everything in between. As an artist, I also learned a lot from reading this book. I loved gaining insight into the world of Fantastic Beasts. This is definitely a must read for any Harry Potter fan or artist. I highly recommend it!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Teija

    This was a great way to show how much work concept artists do in order to bring stories alive. With a movie like Fantastic Beasts, there was a lot of things to design, starting with how all the beasts would look like. The artists deserve the recognition and this book. I am sort of amazed by their hard work.

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