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Hugo' companion book releases for ages 9 and up

A behind-the-scenes look at Martin Scorsese's upcoming film Hugo in 3D, is explored in a new book titled The Hugo Movie Companion on bookshelves this week, in time for the film's release November 23 in North America.

books Updated: Nov 04, 2011 06:17 IST

A behind-the-scenes look at Martin Scorsese's upcoming film Hugo in 3D, is explored in a new book titled The Hugo Movie Companion on bookshelves this week, in time for the film's release November 23 in North America.

Written by Brian Selznick, the author of the award-winning children's novel that the film was based on -- The Invention of Hugo Cabret, the book is geared toward children, ages 9 and up, reports the Los Angeles Times.

An insider's view, the book describes how a film gets made, including interviews with 40 crew members in the production, from the director to the dog trainer, the set decorator to the dialect coach who were asked to define their jobs for children.

Subtitled "A Behind the Scenes Look at How a Beloved Book Became a Major Motion Picture," the book features full-color photos from the set with anecdotal stories from actors, concept art, images of props, costumes, and Selznick's illustrations.

In the book, Scorsese said his job is "the same thing that children do when they play ... make up stories, give people parts to play, and figure out where they go and what they do."

Information about the automaton featured in the film is included, and French filmmaker Georges Méliès, who inspired the film is described in an essay by Scorsese. Méliès created technical innovations in early cinema, particularly with the use of special effects.

Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret was a National Book Award finalist, Caldecott Medal winner, New York Times bestseller and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year.

The film Hugo releases in North American theaters November 23, and then rolls out in December and January around the world.