Book Review: The Prince of Egypt: A New Vision in Animation

When The Prince of Egypt came out in 1998, it featured some spectacular visual effects ever used in animation. In this book, it shows the art and research done for the movie.
It includes set paintings, storyboards and character designs. The production design is excellent. The mood of old Egypt is recreated perfectly with the amazing use of lighting and restricted colour palette.

The text throughout explain the process of making the animation. For example, it talks about the difficulty in portraying Moses, on how costumes had to be designed to look Egyptian, on looking for the right actors for voice acting and more.

At the back of the book is the summary on all areas of production. It includes, the story structure, design, layout, voices, animation, backgrounds, music and effects.

This is a great art book.

Some of the artists involved:
Richard Chavez
Paul Lasaine
Darek Gogul
Ken Harsha
Lorna Cook
Luc Desmarchelier

Carter Goodrich
Christian Schellewald
Ron Lukas
Mike Ploog (wiki)
Carlos Grangel (wiki)
Kevin Turcotte
Sam Michlap
Simon Wells (wiki)
Guillaume Bonamy (blog)
Nathan Fowkes
Donaldo Yatomi
Bari Greenberg
Armen Melkonian
Kelly Asbury
Steve Albert
Kelly Kimball
Alexandre Puvilland (blog)
Mick De Falco
Armand Baltazar
Tianyi Han
Hani D. El-Masri
Bill Kaufman
Kathy Altieri
James Fuji
Rick Farmiloe
Paul Shardlow
Ruben Hickman
Gary Perkovac
Wade Huntsman
Marcos Mateu-Mestre
Bruce Zick
Joty Lam
Cathy Jones
Todd Kurosawa
Karl Wehrli
Ronnie Del Carmen
Barry Jackson
Zhaoping Wei
Barry Atkinson

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This book has been in my

This book has been in my bookshelf since 1999, when I took a six months animation lecture, and at that time I saw many premieres of feature animation films. I also bought some art and reference books. In reality, I saw "Prince of Egypt" about a dozen times in the theatres and once a year at least, at home.
But here in Portugal, the field is very much driven towards pseudo "auteur" movie shorts and low production value series. So I have quit, and since then I have drawn for myself. :P
I know, I'm a bit selfish but, that's life! I'm still waiting form the right moment to return to it, but maybe outside Portugal.
This has been one of my top references, alonside Disney's "Illusion of Life" "masterclass" book!!!

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