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September 19, 2017 Insight Editions and The Jim Henson Company Present The Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History

A true masterpiece brought to life by the ingenious puppetry and compelling storytelling of Jim Henson, The Dark Crystal is an enduring modern classic that has cultivated generations of fans for the last thirty-five years.

This September, Insight Editions is publishing The Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History, the definitive collection of rare artwork, interviews, and on-set photos from the beloved Jim Henson fantasy classic.

The Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History offers an in- depth look at the day-to-day production of the film and showcases a huge range of visuals, including candid set photography, previously unseen concept art, storyboards, production notes, and more. The book also features a plethora of amazing removable items, such as script pages, notes and sketches from Henson, and other unique treasures. Drawing from unseen archive interviews with Jim Henson and new interviews with the film’s team, The Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History leaves no stone unturned in chronicling the entire production from the initial concept based on themes close to Henson’s heart to the ingenious conceptual design, puppet construction, and logistics of the shoot itself.

Celebrating the film’s thirty-fifth anniversary, this comprehensive book tells the story of this deeply personal Henson project, highlighting the unique creative journey and groundbreaking techniques that brought the film to the screen.

About the Author

Caseen Gaines is the author of We Don't Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy and several other nonfiction books on film and television. He lives in New Jersey.

About Insight Editions

Celebrated for its unwavering dedication to quality, Insight Editions is a publisher of innovative books and collectibles that push the boundaries of creativity, design, and production. Through its acclaimed film, television, and gaming program, Insight strives to produce unique books and products that provide new ways to engage with fan-favorite characters and stories. Under this program, Insight has published books covering the worlds of Star Wars, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Destiny, Assassin’s Creed, Halo, Diablo, World of Warcraft, and the Harry Potter films, among many others. Insight’s award-winning art, photography, and sports titles celebrate the artistry and history of a wide-range of subjects that include the Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, Johnny Cash, the San Francisco Giants, and the Dallas Cowboys. Other divisions include a line of deluxe stationary products, as well as a children's imprint, Insight Kids.

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The Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History

  • By Caseen Gaines | Foreword by Cheryl Henson
  • Insight Editions | September 2017 | 9.25 x 11 | 192 pages
  • Film / Television
  • Hardcover | W | $45.00
  • ISBN: 978-1608878116


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