I was asked by David Rudnick to collaborate on the design of a book to accompany Darren Aronofsky’s movie mother! The book acts as a technical manual rather than a simple behind-the-scenes and documents the making of the climactic 20 minutes of the film.
The book is broken down into 4 sections: an introduction with credits, a day-by-day examination of the filmmaking process, frames from the sequence itself and an interview with the cinematographer featuring set photography.
The first section of the book is a credit sequence. The crew is listed in full before the cast, flipping the usual movie end crawl to focus on the technical production of the sequence and the film.
The main section of the book is an exhaustive documentation of the details that went into the 13 days of shooting the sequence. Each section includes Aronofsky’s annotated floorplans of the house, the script being covered that day, daily call sheet information and more.
After the day spread, the unedited shots from each day are shown in stills according to shot length.
The final section of the book consists of an interview with Matthew Libatique, the cinematographer, accompanied by on-set photography.