An Atomic Moo Book Review!
Way back in 1996, I was a handsome 19 year-old with a bright future. True, I would soon squander that future on many hours playing video games, and then going to school for a journalism degree, but in July of 1996 my friends and I had just gotten back from our 2nd SDCC and that night we jumped into line to see this fantastic new movie called Independence day! Which, despite a few cinematic foibles, was really fun! Big flying saucers come to Earth and blow everything up and it’s up to Brundle-fly, the Fresh Prince, and Lone Star to save our world! Epic. Yeah, ID4 has taken some criticism over the years, but since then we’ve seen giant piles of shit like Force Awakens, so… hindsight, right?
Anyways, the point is: ID4 was fun, and one of the best things about The Art & Making of Independence Day: Resurgence was remembering the good times of seeing giant alien frisbees laser the shit out of all our major cities. True, I have not yet seen the new movie. Not because of any negative reviews or anything like that. It’s just that I’m very broke right now, and getting over a nasty flu. I didn’t want to go to the movies, throw up, and have people thinking I was critiquing the movie. However, I can totally throw up from home, and write a critique on the official companion. Groovy.
Written by Simon Ward, and published by Titan books, The Art & Making of Independence Day: Resurgence is a comprehensive look at the entire ID franchise. The hard back book kicks off with an introduction by Roland Emmerich and then follows with three sections that cover the first Independence Day film, what happened between the two movies, and then what we get to see in the actual movie. Each section is full of behind the scenes information accompanied with production photos and concept art. The book also included character narratives from the likes of David Levison (Brundle Fly) and many other characters from both films. I especially enjoyed the information of the first section, which covers the 1996 film, and explained how many of the practical effects were made (Like the White House explosion) and behind the scenes insights from the cast and crew.
My only criticism about this book would be that the third segment (The Return) gives away way too many spoilers about the new movie. I don’t think they meant to do this intentionally, but a lot of information about the story and plot is provided here. I think much of this information could’ve been included in the middle section of the book without giving away important plot details. Not that the plot of an ID movie is all that deep. C’mon, most movies like this aren’t even made for the US any more but for cash paying Chinese audiences (also another big Fuck You to Disney and their shitty reinvention of Star Wars) so it’s not too hard to extrapolate what happens. Still, I haven’t actually seen the movie yet, so I still might get surprised and really enjoy it.
Overall though, I did enjoy this book. Titan Books does a fantastic job of creating film and video game art books and this is no exception. Tons of great content for the average science fiction fan with a lot of great photos and concept art.
You can get your own copy of The Art & Making of Independence Day: Resurgence in most major book stores or get a copy online at Titanbooks.com. Below I’ve included the official synopsis along with a few web pulled sample images and the films trailer.
The Art & Making of Independence Day Resurgence takes readers from the aftermath of the ’96 invasion, through the rebuilding of the planet, and the new, terrifying threat about to hit Earth. From sketch to screen, the book delves into the design and creation of the colossal spaceships, aliens, vehicles and fighter planes, weaponry, and the new characters defending the world.
This official companion is packed with incredible concept art, costume design, behind-the-scenes photography, and exclusive interviews with cast and crew including Jeff Goldblum and director Roland Emmerich.