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Eggers, Dave (Screenwriter); Jonze, Spike (Co-Screenwriter/Director) & Sendak, Maurice (Author). HEADS ON AND WE SHOOT: THE MAKING OF "WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE" (WITH COMPLETE SCREENPLAY) . New York City, NY: HarperCollins Publishers/McSweeneys, 2009. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. Fine.

Landmark pictorial book-length account on subject. One of the best books on film adaptation and film-making ever published. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. A brilliant production by McSweeneys: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial hard boards with titles on the covers and spines, as issued. The book is presented in three parts, accordion-style: "Heads On And We Shoot" vividly describes the actual making of the film, supplemented with drawings, original artwork, reference materials, and photographs from the filming; the complete Screenplay by Dave Eggers and Spike Jonze, lavishly interspersed with Interviews and film stills; and "Post-Production", which consists of more Interviews and post-production special effects that are beautifully reproduced on the page. Text by Dave Eggers, Spike Jonze, and various other contributors. Printed on pristine-white archival coated stock paper to the very highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents in the most beautiful format imaginable Dave Eggers' and Spike Jonze's ground-breaking film adaptation of Maurice Sendak's beloved classic, "Where The Wild Things Are". "The film incorporates the most dynamic elements of voice performance, live-action puppetry, and computer animation into a live-action adventure story that captures the magic of the book, and takes it to a new dimension. In order to preserve the realistic nature of the film, The Wild Things were not created digitally. Instead, Spike Jonze brings these characters to life in the form of physical suits built by the Jim Henson Company. These creatures, operated by a suit performer, interact with the live actor playing Max on set in front of the camera. After principal photography was finished, CGI was used to make the creatures completely life-like and convincing" (Publisher's blurb). The book is a delicious "chop suey" of sketches, storyboards, character designs, and extensive "behind-the-scenes" photographs that show both incredible live-action puppetry and computer animation. It offers simultaneously a guide for fans of Sendak's classic and its innovative film adaptation, a peek into the creative process, and best of all, a collectible book that represents an achievement of writing, design, editing, and photography in its own right. An absolute "must-have" title for Maurice Sendak, Dave Eggers, and Spike Jonze collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in metallic-silver marker on the front free endpaper by Spike Jonze. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or a bookplate. This title is now highly collectible. This is the only signed copy available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Three of the finest living American artist/writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO "THE WILD THINGS" AND OTHER MAURICE SENDAK AND DAVE EGGERS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0061645567. $300.00

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