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The Art of Finding Nemo

The Art of Finding Nemo

By Mark Cotta Vaz, Introduction by John Lasseter, and Andrew Stanton


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This visually stunning underwater adventure follows eventful and comic journeys of two fish—a father and his son Nemo—who become separated in the Great Barrier Reef. The underwater world for the film was conceptualized and developed by the creative team of artists, illustrators, and designers at Pixar, resulting in a lush landscape rich with detail. The Art of Finding Nemo celebrates their talent, featuring concept and character sketches, storyboards, and lighting studies in a huge spectrum of media, from five-second sketches to intricate color pastels. This behind-the-scenes odyssey invites the reader into the elaborate creative process of animation films through interviews with all the key players at Pixar. Revealing, insightful, and awesomely creative, The Art of Finding Nemo will delight film-goers, artists, and animation fans alike.

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Size: 11 x 9 in;
Pages: 160 pp;
over 300 color illustrations
Format: Hardcover
Publication: April 2003
ISBN: 9780811839754
ISBN10: 811839753
Mark Cotta Vaz recently completed his 19th book, a biography of Merian C. Cooper, creator of King Kong which is scheduled to be published by Random House in 2005. Vaz's books on movie history include Industrial Light + Magic: Into the Digital Realm, which documents the second decade of George Lucas' famed visual effects house. He's currently working with filmmaker Leslie Iwerks on the history of Pixar Animation Studios, which will be published by Chronicle in 2005. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

John Lasseter is Pixar Animation Studios's executive vice-president of creative and the director of Toy Story, A Bug's Life, and Toy Story 2. He most recently served as the executive producer of Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo, and is currently executive producer of The Incredibles.

Andrew Stanton is the writer and director of Finding Nemo. He served as co-director and co-writer on A Bugs Life, led the screenwriting team of Toy Story 2, and helped write and executive produce Monsters, Inc.

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