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Guillermo del Toro’s Notebooks Expose His Monster-Loving Mind

Perhaps in the last few weeks you have seen Guillermo del Toro’s gorgeous new film The Shape of Water, for which he just won the Golden Globe for Best Director. The film is about a lonely janitor played, by Sally Hawkins, who falls in love with an amphibious monster-man who is being held captive at the government base where she works. The charming love story that unfolds between them is captured by del Toro in the most aesthetically pleasing of ways, and showcases the simplicity and innocence of a love between two entirely different individuals.

 

The Shape of Water

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In his acceptance speech del Toro said

Since childhood, I have been faithful to monsters. I have been saved and absolved by them. For monsters, I believe, are patron saints for our blissful imperfection, and they allow and embody the possibility of failure. For twenty-five years I have handcrafted very strange little tales made of motion, colour, light and shadow… these strange stories, these fables have saved my life. Once with The Devil’s Backbone, once with Pan’s Labryinth and now with The Shape of Water.

 

You can watch his full acceptance speech here

 

Over the last two decades writer-director de Toro has mapped out a territory in the popular imagination that is uniquely his own. Those fascinated by his work would jump at the chance to see the inner workings of this man’s mind, and luckily, there’s a way 2013 saw the release of Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions which offers us a glimpse into the personal musings of this creative visionary over the last twenty-five years. Most if not all of his films were conceived on these cluttered pages filled with small, neat script and wonderfully detailed sketches of the monsters he loves so much.

 

De Toro Book

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The following images are taken from his personal notebooks which are featured in the 256 page collection which, through reading, he hopes other people like him who create and fawn over the fantastical domain of writing and art will have the chance to meet a kindred spirit over oceans of time and geography, and in turn perhaps their lives, their stories, their art will be positively effected. The book reveals the inspirations behind his signature artistic motifs, sharing the contents of his personal notebooks, collections and other obsessions. 

 

pan's Labyrinth

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Pan's Labyrinth

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The Cabinet of Curiosities includes a running commentary, multiple interviews with the creative visionary and annotations that contextualize the ample visual material. These pages show the meticulous planning of the Pan’s Labyrinth monsters.

 

Guillermo

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The book contains a forward by famous Canadian filmmaker James Cameron, an afterword by none other than Tom Cruise and contributions from other luminaries including Neil Galman and John Landis. The image above showcases the musings behind Hellboy II.

 

The next image shows the creative process and illustration behind Pacific Rim.

 

Pan's Labyrinth

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And finally, here are a few images from the notebook that created At The Mountains of Madness. 

 

At the Mountains of Madness

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At the Mountains

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At the Mountains of Madness

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