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The Ballad Of Rango by David S. Cohen

1/04/2011. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts

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The Ballad Of Rango: The Art & Making Of An Outlaw Film by David S. Cohen. pub: Titan Books. 156 page oblong illustrated hardback. Price: GBP 27.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-0-85768-475-2.

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In many respects, ‘The Ballad of Rango’ is what if a spaghetti western was made with a variety of animals. Even more unusual, rather than pursue the acknowledged animation companies in the field to put it together they went after Industrial Light & Magic instead. It isn’t as though IL&M haven’t dabbled in some areas of the field over the years but as a complete feature, no. Their workforce was more than willing and I suspect it made a break from their regular work even if they had to learn new techniques that might also have been seen as a decent research benefit along the way.



I can’t speak for the film itself but only for this book which explores the creation of the characters from sketch to CGI. As this book shows, there was a lot of attention made in creating all the characters, including those who must have had minor supporting roles. With so many of the characters also reptiles and keeping in with how the centre of the eyes don’t really move, they are to rely on light and such to get the necessary inflection. If the film shows that as good as this book then it should be interesting to see how it dimensionalises out.



Certainly it pays attention to a variety of characters that you will know from the spaghetti westerns although it doesn’t appear that anyone wanted to step on Eastwood or Van Cleef’s shoes, not even to scuffle them. There’s a nice version of Klaus Kinski as...well...er...Kinski, humpback included.



The problem with books such as these are that pages samples don’t do justice to the entire book. Whether this is seeing the sculptors making models of the characters before they are digitised to addressing all the sketches that were made to test things out.



The problem with books such as these are that pages samples don’t do justice to the entire book. Whether this is seeing the sculptors making models of the characters before they are digitised to addressing all the sketches that were made to test things out.



If you’re after this book seeking the actual story of the film then this book might not be for you although I did get the gist from what was inferred. If you’re looking for a pre-production book and a lot of character studies then you are going to really enjoy this book and want it on your shelf, assuming you’re not going over the pages again and again. If so, keep it on the coffee table. Wagons roll.

GF Willmetts

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