The Art of Kong: Skull Island
Written By: James Wright
Published by: Titan Books
This gorgeous hardcover book from Titan Books covers the Art and Making of Kong: Skull Island the new hit movie/sequel to the Kong Movies. The book features a foreward by director Jordan Vogt-Roberts who talks about creating a new and hopefully classic monster film. The book explores the history of King Kong starting with the 1933 classic and how it moved the series into modern times….or at least the 1970s Vietnam era.
The book covers all aspects of the film’s production with various sections focusing on different scenes, creatures, and characters such as Kong, the creation of the island, the various other giant creatures, the villages and its people, Marlow’s boat, etc…As you would expect there are literally hundreds of photos and art from the film that sheds a light on the entire design process. Apart from the art and creation of Kong: Skull Island, this book highlights the main characters including ex-SAS tracker James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) and photographer Mason Weaver (Brie Larson). You get a an incredible feel for how all of the physical and digital elements came together to bring Skull Island and its inhabitants to life.
The Kong section Kong section delves into the his life as the last of his kind. They not only look at the creatures motivations as the island’s protector but also his relationship to the other creatures. There is a ton of detail about how Kong was created with 3D models to make for the most realistic looking Kong to ever appear on film. You can see how Kong as well as the evil Skull Crawlers evolved over the time through the production art phase until we reach the look we have in the film.
The Art and Making of Kong: Skull Island makes for a perfect accompaniment to the film. It is a high quality book with thick, glossy pages and and images that pop to life before your eyes. There is a tremendous amount of detail presented that will be sure to please and cinema buff. Titan Books is perhaps my favorite publisher of books on film and this is another winner that you will want to add to your library.