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Paperback: 160 pages, stills, notes, credits
Written by Larry and Andy Wachowski
Foreword by William Gibson
If you can't afford to pick up The Art of the Matrix (which includes the script), then The Shooting Script is a must! A nicely designed, large-format paperback, this book is an invaluable resource for the Matrix fan. Not only do you get every word spoken in the film, there are a number of scenes in the script that didn't make it into the finished film. The cut scenes offer additional information on some of the primary themes of the movie.
Two of my favorite expanded scenes are:
Along with the complete script, there are scene notes written by Phil Oosterhouse, assistant to the Wachowskis. These notes offer background and anecdotes on many of the pivotal scenes in the movie. The scene notes are followed by a number of official stills and the complete credits for The Matrix.
Last, but definitely not least, the Foreword is written by none other than William Gibson!
This is a book no Matrix fan should be without. It offers more information, answers questions, and gives the reader some idea of how this movie evolved from the printed page to the screen.
Get The Shooting Script for yourself today!
Did You Know?
There were reports during rehearsal and filming of Neo's fights for Reloaded that after the day's shooting Keanu Reeves was carried to a kiddie pool full of ice for the aches, pains, and injuries sustained in the intense scenes. Jada Pinkett Smith shot a couple days of wire stunt work and thanks to the swelling and soreness afterwards realized the ice wasn't just eccentric movie star behavior.