Friday, October 09, 2020

31 Days of Halloween - Day 9 - Book

Rick Baker: Metamorphosis by J.W. Rinzler.   Cameron Books, 2019

I have avidly followed the career of Rick Baker since King Kong (1976) and have been waiting for this book since I was in high school, later contenting myself with the issue of Cinefex devoted to Baker and his work. Finally, as of a year ago, this book arrived and it did so in a big way. It is a massive two volume set. Seventeen pounds of beautifully designed paged crammed with photos, drawings, text by J.W. Rinzler who is simply one of the very best writers on filmmaking out there. The book is pricey, but well worth every penny. Even for someone like myself, who considers themselves something of an expert of Baker's work, I learned so much that I did not know.

Baker and Rinzler also did what everyone tells you to do, which is to leave your audience wanting more. I was more than satisfied with what's between the covers here, but would happily pick up a third and fourth volume, which I hope will be coming since Rick Baker says there is so much material that had to be cut.

If you have any interest in film, make-up effects, or true artistry this book is a must have.


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