A Monster Calls: The Art and Vision Behind the Film Goes Behind the Scenes

This December director J. A. Bayona’s new film, A Monster Calls, brings the emotionally gripping tale based on the novel by Patrick Ness to the big screen. To help get you ready for it, Insight Editions has released A Monster Calls: The Art and Vision Behind the Film, which tells the full story of the movie’s creation through interviews with the cast and crew plus several behind-the-scenes visuals.

The book is written by Desirée de Fez with a foreword by J. A. Bayona; it was released last month, and you can order it from Amazon now.

Look for the film in a limited Top 10 city run beginning December 23rd in 20-plus theaters before going wide in 1,500 venues on January 6th.

Synopsis:
Discover the incredible story behind the creation of A Monster Calls, the new film from visionary director J. A. Bayona (The Impossible), based on the acclaimed novel by Patrick Ness.

A Monster Calls tells the story of Conor O’Malley (Lewis MacDougall), a young boy whose world has been turned upside down by his mother’s (Felicity Jones) terminal illness. Conor’s life is thrown further into disarray when he is visited by a gigantic monster, formed from the bark of a tree in a nearby churchyard. The monster vows to tell Conor three stories over three visits and demands that Conor must then tell his own story. As his mother’s health worsens and Conor struggles to deal with everyday life between the monster’s visits, he must confront his worst fears to survive.

Also featuring the voice of Liam Neeson as the monster and an exceptional performance by Sigourney Weaver as Conor’s grandmother, A Monster Calls is an emotionally gripping tale delivered with style and panache by Bayona.

This book tells the full story of the creation of A Monster Calls through revealing interviews with the cast and crew–including Bayona, MacDougall, Jones, Neeson, and Weaver–and stunning behind-the-scenes visuals, such as concept art and on-set stills. A Monster Calls: The Art and Vision Behind the Film also delves into the electrifying special effects that bring the titular behemoth to life and the creation of the unique animated segments that accompany the monster’s stories in the film.

The ultimate companion to one of the most exceptional films of 2016, A Monster Calls: The Art and Vision Behind the Film is a must-have for film fans.

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