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The Spider-Man Chronicles
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One of the most thrilling moments in movies this year has to be that one in Spider-Man 3 when the Sandman breaks out of prison with the Vulture. Don't remember that one? That's because it's from an earlier draft of Sam and Ivan Raimi's screenstory, before Avi Arad prevailed upon them to listen to fans and include Venom.

Whether or not Arad was right will be debated by fans for a while. Luckily, both versions have been preserved, or at least acknowledged with pre-production sketches, in producer Grant Curtis' new book on the making of Spider-Man 3, The Spider-Man Chronicles. A real insiders' look, the text also covers Curtis' rise from assistant to producer across the three films.

Why not celebrate that? It allowed for some good fly on the wall stuff. Although Curtis jumps around a bit from film to film, we get nice glimpses into the thought-processes behind what became a trilogy. The first chapter covers that, while including a good mixture of production art, behind-the-scenes photos, and final product. If you're looking for how the right elements came together, it's all here.

However, this kind of hefty book comes out to leak the secrets of the special effects, which Curtis covers extremely well in his second section. Some have complained that the cinematic Venom didn't go far enough. The maquettes and sketches here should prove that the production did indeed intend to push the envelope; it may have been a fear of an R rating that tamed the symbiote.
All right, smart guy, YOU tell which is which...

Though some things calmed down, it's also clear that the Sandman is an almost perfect translation from thought to screen. One shot of Thomas Haden Church alongside a CG double is indistinguishable.

No wonder, too, that actors in these big-budget extravaganzas complain about the boredom. In order for the modeling to be that accurate, all the actors had to sit around doing nothing for quite a while - while remaining completely still.

At least the pencils test are accurate, frighteningly so. Several of the sketches included here should be offered up as prints. They're surprisingly spot on to actors' features, crossing the line between what a comic book pose can be and what a real human being can do. This E.J. Krisor fellow probably makes more money in movies, but Marvel would do well to lure him out for at least a one-shot comic.

It would make a great comic boo -- heyyyyyy --
They can't lure out Curtis, though. He's having too much fun. The last half of the book comes from his on-set journal, interspersed with design notes. It's one of the clearest explanations of production design you could come across in such a mainstream book, and may inspire some kids to go behind the scenes.

To be honest, my enthusiasm to see the film had waned a bit before picking this up, and leafing through it got me pretty hyped. Chronicle Books can usually be counted on for this sort of book accompanying a superhero movie, but this one really feels the most personal. It's still hype, but it's hype with affection and sincerity, really worth having around for thumbing through at your leisure.

The Spider-Man Chronicles: The Art and Making of Spider-Man 3

Derek McCaw

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