A special book signing of Once Upon a Dream was held at the Center Stage Gallery on Sept. 23rd.
The book chronicles the making of both the 1959 animated classic and this summer's live-action blockbuster starring Angelina Jolie. The book is profusely illustrated with artwork from both films, including many never-before-seen paintings by Eyvind Earle and over 100 pieces of concept art from the new film.
The book is signed by:
Robert Stromberg - Director, Maleficent
Robert is a special effects artist, designer and filmmaker. He was Production Designer on Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland", James Cameron's "Avatar" and Sam Raimi's "Oz the Great and Powerful". He has earned two Academy Awards for Best Art Direction.
Dylan Cole - Production Designer, Maleficent
Dylan is a Digital Matte-Painter and concept artist specializing in work for film, television, and video games. He has worked on films such as "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, "Avatar", "Alice in Wonderland" and "Tron: Legacy".
Don Hahn - Executive Producer, Maleficent
Don is a film producer who has worked on some of the most successful animated films such as "The Lion King" and "Beauty and the Beast".
Charles Solomon - Author
Charles Solomon is an internationally respected critic and historian of animation. He has written on the subject for The New York Times, TV Guide, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times, Modern Maturity, Film Comment, and The Hollywood Reporter. His books include Tale As Old As Time: The Art and Making of Beauty and the Beast; Disney Lost and Found, The Prince of Egypt: A New Vision in Animation, The Disney That Never Was, and Enchanted Drawings: The History of Animation, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and the first film book to be nominated for a National Book Critics' Circle Award.
About the book:
With its themes of a beautiful princess, a dashing prince, and love triumphing over powerful magic, "Sleeping Beauty" remains one of the most beloved of all fairy tales. The story was first published by Charles Perrault in 1697. Perrault's vision of the ageless, enchanted princess slumbering in her vine-encrusted tower has fascinated readers and artists for more 300 years three times as long as the heroine slept.
This heavily-illustrated book will trace the history of that fascination, which has manifested itself in literature, fine art, poetry, music, and film.
The most celebrated cinematic version of Sleeping Beauty is Walt Disney's, the glorious finale of the animated fairy tales he began in 1937 with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Although Briar Rose/Aurora was the most beautiful and beautifully animated of the Disney princesses, the film was dominated by Maleficent: Perrault's shriveled old fairy was transformed into the epitome of the lovely but terrible sorceress of fantasy literature.
The book will conclude with the development and creation of Maleficent, including interviews with Angelina Jolie, Imelda Staunton, Linda Woolverton, Sean Bailey, Joe Roth, Don Hahn, and director Robert Stromberg (Oscar-winning art director of Avatar and Alice in Wonderland); behind-the-scenes details and photography; costumes, props, and makeup; and plenty of movie magic!
Introduction by Don Hahn.