This Friday the epic sequel to the 2006 blockbuster, 300, will hit theaters everywhere. 300, created by Frank Miller and Zack Snyder, was a visual master piece that inspired a new generation of historic action/ adventure films, and the new sequel, 300: Rise of an Empire, promises to expand on the brutal saga.300_rise_of_an_empire_movie-wide At the core of these films is a unique style, and art direction, that few other films have ever achieved, but can now be glimpsed at in a new hardback book now out though Titan Books. This stunning collection of photos, production art, and story boards, called 300: Rise of an Empire: The Art of the Film is a brilliant exploration of the making of this film! Here’s the synopsis:

Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxesm, 300: Rise of an Empire is produced by Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder and Bernie Goldmann, and directed by Noam Murro from a screenplay by Zack Snyder & Kurt Johnstad.3 Told in the breathtaking visual style of 300 this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. 300: Rise of an Empire pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemisia (Eva Green), vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

Though the book is mostly photography from the film (kind of a shame since most of the movie was shot in front of a green screen – leading to volumes of books worth of FX images) it is an excellent exploration of the making of the movie. Cast, scenes, and props, are all incredibly well documented in a layout that allows readers to see the story boards mixed with the films final results. In fact, the art books best quality is its layout.5 Though descriptions and comments are prominent, most of the books pages are given over to the stunning visuals that make up this movie. Also included in the book is a foreward by director Noam Murro, and an afterward by Zack Snyder, who stepped down as director for this sequel and assumed the role as producer. The Art of the Film is an excellent choice for any would be artist, film maker, …or person who likes a book about shirtless Greeks guys floating across the Mediterranean sea on small boats… to battle! So, yeah! Manly.

300: Rise of an Empire: The Art of the Film is now available in book stores everywhere or you can get your copy online at Titanbooks.com!

I’ve posted a few extra images below with a trailer of the film, but this is just the tip of the ice berg! Get the book and go see the movie this Friday!

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