Art Show Offers Exclusive Preview of ‘Book of Life’

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20th Century Fox hosted a private art show Monday night in Beverly Hills to show off art from The Book of Life, an animated feature film in production at Reel FX Creative Studios in Dallas and scheduled for release in October.

The event, held at Ace Gallery in Beverly Hills, featured an extensive look at concept art, paintings and sketches that were key in developing the look of the film.

Write and director Jorge Gutierrez was on hand to talk briefly about the film, a comedy following a young man named Manolo, who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears.

The film, which is being done in CG and will emulate a stop-motion look, is heavily inspired by Latino art in general and the Day of the Dead celebration in particular.

Gutierrez introduced a pair of live musical performances from Gustavo Santaolalla, who won Oscars for his work on the scores to Brokeback Mountain and Babel. Santaolalla’s originals will be complemented by Latin-style covers of popular rock songs.

Gutierrez also played a short video welcome from Guillermo del Toro, who is producing the film.

On hand for the celebration were Fox Filmed Entertainment Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopoulos, Fox Animation Studios President Vanessa Morrison, and cast members Ana de la Reguera and Cheech Marin.

The Book of Life

The Book of Life

The Book of Life

The Book of Life

(from left) Jorge Gutierrez and Cheech Marin

(from left) Jorge Gutierrez and Cheech Marin

(from left) Jorge Gutierrez and Vanessa Morrison

(from left) Jorge Gutierrez and Vanessa Morrison

(from left) Jorge Gutierrez and Gustavo Santaolalla

(from left) Jorge Gutierrez and Gustavo Santaolalla

  • Usman Olomu

    It looks beautiful. Aesthetically it’ll be intriguing to see a CG film have this look and not the polished look we’ve all become accustomed to.

  • mike

    those pics look good but judging from ReelFX recent feature Free Birds, which was horrible, I’m not very optimistic about the quality of their next film

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