When we are obsessed with a movie or book, we can't get enough! We don't just want Hunger Games books and movies... we want to consume the whole process that went into making these blockbusters, and that's what a great behind the scenes documentary or book does. They allow us to learn more, satisfying every curiosity and craving for information. They're hard to do well, though, so we've sifted through the hordes and found the absolute best behind the scenes books and films about our favorite sci-fi and fantasy masterpieces.
(1) Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey
This is pretty much the definitive book on the Harry Potter movie series. Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey details exactly how the creative team behind these beloved movies took J.K. Rowling's descriptions from the page and brought them to life for us onscreen. Its 500+ pages will tell you everything you ever wanted to know (and everything you didn't even know you wanted to know) about the artistry and detail behind these visually stunning movies.
(2) The Lord of the Rings Extended Edition documentaries
These aren't exactly a standalone films, per se, but we think they merit inclusion anyway. Each of The Lord of the Rings films—The Fellowship of the Rings, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King—has hours upon hours of documentaries in their extended edition formats. Not only do the actors get to detail their experiences with the films, but you get to hear from the set designers, directors, producers, costume designers, even the weapon designers. It's amazing how much is in these documentaries; they are incredibly inclusive in large part because they were being filmed alongside the actual movies, so you get a close-up view of exactly what was going on.
(3) Firefly: A Celebration
It's amazing that Firefly, a show that has been off the air for ten years and only had one short season, has become so ingrained in geek culture today. It spawned a movie, Serenity, and a comic book series, and even though its actors have gone on to do bigger and better things, they all still hold Firefly near and dear to their hearts. Celebration is actually a compendium of three already existing behind-the-scenes books on the show (so be warned if you already own them). The result is one big, 500+ page, beautifully put together package. If you've become a fan of this cult show, or know someone who is, this book is an absolute must-have.
(4) The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy
The concept and visual design of these movies was so interesting and unique that it just makes sense that there's a book dedicated to it. It's the story of all three films, from beginning to end, and features all kinds of behind-the-scenes interviews. And considering the word "art" is in the title, you know it's got some amazing pictures.
(5) Inside HBO's Game of Thrones: The Collector's Edition
Though George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series was considered to be a defining fantasy classic, there's one thing that fans agreed on: It was unfilmable. Except that it wasn't, and HBO has done an incredible job bringing the books of this complex series to life. This book features the behind-the-scenes story of seasons one and two (A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings, in book terms), plus the collector's edition has scrolls of maps, storyboards, an artist's portfolio, and more. It also comes in a gorgeous case, making this a great gift for the Game of Thrones lovers among us.
What show or movie do you want to see a behind the scenes documentary of?