Flatland: The Movie Edition

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Princeton University Press, Mar 1, 2009 - Fiction
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Edwin Abbott's beloved mathematical adventure novel Flatland (1884) is being introduced to a whole new generation of readers and viewers through Flatland: The Movie, a dramatic computer-animated adaptation starring Martin Sheen, Kristen Bell, Michael York, Tony Hale, and Joe Estevez. This book is the companion to the movie--and the ultimate edition of the classic book on which it is based. A beautiful, large-format volume, Flatland: The Movie Edition includes: the full text of the original novel; the screenplay of the movie; essays on the making of the movie by the writers and filmmakers--producer Seth Caplan, director Jeffrey Travis, and director and animator Dano Johnson; color illustrations; and a new introduction by Thomas Banchoff, a Brown University mathematician and Flatland authority who served as an advisor to the filmmakers. By describing the challenges the filmmakers faced in updating a Victorian mathematical allegory for a new generation and transforming it into a compelling animated story, Flatland: The Movie Edition makes watching the movie and reading Abbott's book even more illuminating and enjoyable. You'll never think about the multiple dimensions of space in the same way again.

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Edwin A. Abbott (1838-1926), the author of more than fifty books, was headmaster of the City of London School and one of the leading educators of his time. Thomas Banchoff, a professor of mathematics at Brown University, is an authority on Abbott. "Flatland: The Movie" was written by producer "Seth Caplan", director "Jeffrey Travis", and director and animator "Dano Johnson". Caplan's film "Duncan Removed" received a student Emmy and was a student Academy Award finalist. He is also the producer of "In Search of a Midnight Kiss". Travis is an award-winning filmmaker who directed and wrote "Except For Danny", a 20th Century Fox television pilot. Johnson's animated short films, music videos, and political advertisements have won multiple awards and been shown in many film festivals.