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The Art and Making of Hannibal
The Television Series


Author: Jesse McLean
Publisher: Titan Books
RRP: £19.99, US $24.95, Cdn $27.95
ISBN: 978 1 78329 575 3
Publication Date: 08 May 2015

The Art and Making of Hannibal: The Television Series - celebrates all aspects of this unique show. A highly stylised look at the reimagining of a legendary character and the new world he inhabits. This volume is an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the production, special effects, food styling and direction of this visually stunning, critically lauded series...

In a modern age, where the Internet is the first place everyone turns to for information, publishers of Making of... books have had to redefine the genre. Like guide books, most of the information of the old style Making of... releases is normally available on the Internet for free and much sooner than any publisher can manage to rush to the bookshelves.

The Art and Making of Hannibal: The Television Series is a masterclass in how to deliver a lavish, informative read that will please fans of the show. You know you're in for a bit of a treat when you see the attention to detail of the cover, which has a dinner plate with a human heart at the centre. The blood, draining out, makes it appear like a stag's head (one of the central symbolic images on the show). The heart and blood is raised slightly and has a glossy finish so that the blood catches your eye.

The contents cover the characters, symbology, cases, food and just about every aspect of the show you can think of - all lovingly laid out with some beautiful photography (many of which are special behind the scenes images). The images work best in the special effects department, where we can get up close to some of the horrific props.

It's a book that you can dip in and out of, or read from cover to cover. This is an essential purchase for fans of the series.


Darren Rea

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