The Making of Life of Pi by Jean-Christophe Castelli
A Film, a Journey

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The 3-D motion picture version of Yann Martel's Man Booker Prize-winning bestseller Life of Pi is the most ambitious film project to date from Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). The Making of Life of Pi: A Film, A Journey is a beautifully illustrated, graphically compelling, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a film that is destined to be a classic. Written by John Christophe-Castelli, with a foreword by Yann Martel and an introduction by Ang Lee, The Making of Life of Pi is a must-have volume for every true film buff, offering entertaining text and breathtaking visuals, while providing a fascinating close-up look at the unique approach to filmmaking of one of today's most influential directors.


About Jean-Christophe Castelli

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Jean-Christophe Castelli worked as a magazine editor and freelance writer, publishing articles in Vanity Fair, Esquire, and Filmmaker before moving into film. For seven years, he was the story editor at the independent production company Good Machine. There he developed many film projects and began a long working relationship with Ang Lee, first with the cultural research on The Ice Storm (1997), followed by the story development of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000). Leaving the film world for a few years to pursue his own writing projects, Castelli has continued to do development and research for Lee, most recently as associate producer on Life of Pi (2012). He lives in New York City with his wife and twin sons. Yann Martel is the author of the internationally acclaimed and best-selling novel Life of Pi, which won the 2002 Man Booker Prize. He is also the author of the novel Self, the short story collection The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, and the book of letters to the prime minister of Canada, What Is Stephen Harper Reading? Martel's most recent novel is Beatrice and Virgil. He lives in Saskatchewan, Canada. Ang Lee was born in Pingtung County in southern Taiwan. The son of a high school principal with very traditional ideas about education, Lee chose a less conventionally academic path, which led him to the United States to study theater at the University of Illinois. In 1984, he received an M.F.A. in film from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. In 1990, Lee's scripts for Pushing Hands and The Wedding Banquet won first and second place in a Taiwanese government screenwriting competition and, with the independent production company Good Machine on board as producers, they became his first two feature films. Lee went on to direct Eat Drink Man Woman; Sense and Sensibility; The Ice Storm; Ride with the Devil; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, 2000); Hulk; Brokeback Mountain (Academy Award for Best Director, 2005); Lust, Caution; and Taking Woodstock. The father of two grown sons, he lives with his wife in New York.
Published November 13, 2012 by Harper Design. 160 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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If you liked the movie, you'll appreciate this detailed look at how it was produced.

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Jean-Christophe Castelli has written a detailed account of the film's production, The Making of Life of Pi - A Film, A Journey, now available from Harper Design.

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