Kyle J. Steenblik

The Art and Making of Penny Dreadful is Stunning

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theartandmakingofpennydreadfulThe Art and Making of Penny Dreadful
by Sharon Gosling
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Titan Books (April 14, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1783293721
ISBN-13: 978-1783293728
Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.8 x 11.2 inches
List Price: $25.00
Also on Blu-Ray and DVD: Penny Dreadful: Season 1

Penny Dreadful brings some of the most famous, and infamous charterers of classic horror literature together in one place, Victorian London.  These classic charecters are woven togeather with original stories and original charecters.  With a steller cast of Reeve Carney, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Danny Sapani, Harry Treadaway, Josh Hartnett, Helen McCrory, and Simon Russell Beale.  Written and directed by John Logan.

The Art and Making of Penny Dreadful is a spectacular book and a fantastic look behind the beautifully grotesque scenes of the Showtime series.  Writer Sharon Gosling exposes the grueling detail behind the character designs, makeup and special effects, and stories inside the pages filled with hundreds of photographs and concept artwork.  Each of the 175 pages is filled, very nearly overflowing, with details and anecdotes that make Penny Dreadful such an amazing show, and that makes this book the perfect companion to the series.

Inside the pages of this book, I found two sections of particular interest, Resurrecting the Vampire, and The Birth of Proteus.  On the vampire, Gosling outlines the difficulty John Logan had in designing a vampire that was unique, without the use of computer-generated graphics.  With the help of special effects artist Nick Dudman, they were able to refine what the vampire should look like, and even how it should move.  This process included Dudman reviewing pictures of every vampire ever created on the internet.  The included concept drawings, and production photographs add a depth to the story that made me wish for much more.  The detail presented behind the birth of Proteus I found the descriptions of the physical staging of the scene most fascinating.  While this section is only two pages, it is among my favorite of the book.

To say any pages in this book were favored over another is a little unfair, it is quite possible to jump to any page and find horrific wonders, and magnificent detail in the production of those horrors.  To know the detail behind each act, it all adds to the fantastic atmosphere of the series.  This volume would make a fantastic edition to the library of anyone that loves horror, but it should be a necessary addition for any fan of the Showtime series.

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