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Published on April 18th, 2012 | by Kelly Sater


Books Review: ‘Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol’ Shooting Diary

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Photographer David James showcases his expert eye in his latest book Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol Shooting Diary. The film, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, starring the one and only Tom Cruise was released on Blu-Ray and DVD today but if you want an in-depth look into the making of the film, be sure to check out the book.

The shooting diary is filled with over 200 pages of images taken while on the set. He followed the crew to multiple locations across the globe like: British Columbia, The Czech Republic, and Dubai. The images range from pre- production all the way to the end with notes from the photographer about each image. James’ notes provide a unique insight into just how complex it is to film one of the year’s best action movies.

The most impressive images are those taken at the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, in Dubai. One spread shows Tom Cruise sitting alone atop the building, barefoot. James’ notes on the shoot reveal how stressful the process was yet the image came out so peaceful.  It’s amazing to see.

In addition to the photo on top of the Burj Khalifa, James captured multiple images of the stunts Tom performed on the exterior of the building. It’s no secret that Cruise likes to perform his own stunts, but something about seeing the images behind the scenes showed just how hard working he is. When watching the film it’s easy to think, “It couldn’t have been that scary or the producers wouldn’t have had Tom do it.” On seeing James’ photographs it shows the reality of how stomach dropping the experience must have been. It will make you have a new appreciation for Tom Cruise.

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol Shooting Diary is perfect for any fan of film, especially action. It shows behind the scenes shots and notes on how some of the special effects were achieved. On the other hand, this book is a must for any Tom Cruise or Mission Impossible fan.

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol Shooting Diary is in bookstores now.


7.5 / 10

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