I was obsessed with Jurassic Park when I was a kid. I can pinpoint it as the sole film that was responsible for not only my love of film, but my love of how films were made. Obviously seeing realistic dinosaurs on the big screen was the reason for the former, but the reason for the latter was a book my parents bought me called The Making of Jurassic Park, which included pages and pages of behind-the-scenes photos and sketches detailing how many of the film's major sequences were done, as well as showcasing ideas that never made it into the final film. I'm sure at that young age (I was eight when the film came out), I didn't understand what was actually being explained in the book, but even then I knew it was showing me a side of movie magic I'd never seen before.

Despite that book being my bible for a summer or two, I haven't thought of it in years; not until I picked up Star Trek: The Art of the Film by Mark Cotta Vaz. I have no doubt that this book is going to do for some kid today what The Making of Jurassic Park did for me. It's an absolutely gorgeous coffee table centerpiece that, as the name implies, chronicles the making of JJ Abrams' Star Trek from the perspective of its legion of artists, featuring everything one could wish to see from behind the scenes: candid conversations with everyone from the director to the producer to the prop master to the CGI artists to the costume designers, all of which are thoroughly supported by a treasure trove of unseen concept art, pre-renders, and test photographs.
categories Cinematical