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by Dianna Ranere

Dune Part One: The Photography

My husband is a huge fan of the book and the original movie Dune. He was beyond excited when they announced the remake that came out in 2021 and was not disappointed in the film at all. He loved it and was happy with the way they tackled this classic. When I heard about the Dune Part One: The Photography book I just knew that my husband had to have it.

Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, disembarking from a life-size ornithopter prop in Jordan.

In the book DUNE PART ONE: THE PHOTOGRAPHY by unit photographer Chiabella James, she gives us a behind-the-scenes look at every moment of Dune, director Denis Villeneuve’s Oscar-nominated sci-fi epic based on Frank Herbert’s classic novel. It is brilliant! Seeing the images of the actors and the sets gives you a deeper look into how the film came to be. It’s so cool. If you are a fan or know someone that loved the film, then grab this book because it is the perfect gift!

Boom operator György Mihályi alongside extras playing spice workers. Denis Villeneuve inside the cockpit of the ornithopter.
Babs Olusanmokun shades himself from the heat during a rehearsal in Wadi Rum. Timothée Chalamet and Olusanmokun film the scene in which Paul and Jamis fight.

DUNE PART ONE: THE PHOTOGRAPHY is curated from thousands of stills shot throughout the filming of Dune. This deluxe volume compiles the most compelling photos to form a remarkable visual journey that fully captures the unique spirit of the production. Encompassing the epic vistas witnessed on location shoots, through to candid moments between Villeneuve and key cast members including Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Zendaya, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, and Jason Momoa, this book also features a foreword by executive producer Tanya Lapointe (TheArt and Soul of Dune), a preface by Ferguson, and an afterword by Brian Herbert. 

DAZZLING IMAGES: Curated from thousands of photos shot throughout the filming of Dune, this visually stunning compilation features the most remarkable photos from the set, including the epic vistas of location shoots.

Paul (Timothée Chalamet) with training mannequins on the training room set. Denis Villeneuve looks for a new angle while filming on the training room set.
Rebecca Ferguson, Jason Momoa, and Denis Villeneuve rehearse a scene. Sharon Duncan-Brewster and Ferguson share a laugh together between takes.

BEHIND-THE-SCENES CONTENT: Witness candid moments between director Denis Villeneuve and key cast members, including Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Zendaya, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, and Jason Momoa, plus never-before-seen photos from the set. 

Javier Bardem rehearses his lines, which have been translated into Chakobsa, the Fremen language. Zendaya is filmed using a 16mm film camera in Wadi Rum.
Rebecca Ferguson on the rocks of Wadi Rum. Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho. RIGHT Sharon Duncan-Brewster as Dr. Liet Kynes.
An armored Josh Brolin with extras portraying Atreides soldiers on the Origo Studios backlot. Wearing Lady Jessica’s arrival gown, and trailed by ladies in waiting, Rebecca Ferguson shoots the Arrakis arrival scene.

Dune Part One: The Photography is available now, get your copy wherever books are sold on July 25, 2023. 


Chiabella James is a British feature film, editorial, and portrait photographer. Her portfolio has been published in outlets such as Vanity FairVogueEmpire, and Entertainment Weekly. Her features include Mission: Impossible – FalloutDune, and King Richard. She splits her time working between Los Angeles and London.


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OscarÒ nominee Denis Villeneuve directed Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ Dune. The film stars OscarÒnominee Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, OscarÒ nominee Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, Chang Chen, David Dastmalchian, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, with OscarÒ nominee Charlotte Rampling, with Jason Momoa, and OscarÒ winner Javier Bardem. Villeneuve directed Dune from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts and Villeneuve and Oscar® winner Eric Roth, based on the novel of the same name written by Frank Herbert. The film’s producers were Oscar® nominee Mary Parent, Villeneuve, Cale Boyter and Joe Caracciolo, Jr. The executive producers were Tanya Lapointe, Joshua Grode, Herbert W. Gains, Jon Spaihts, Thomas Tull, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert, with Kevin J. Anderson as special consultant.  Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Present a Legendary Pictures Production, a Film by Denis Villeneuve, Dune. The film is slated to be released worldwide this fall, in theaters from 15 September internationally and in the U.S. on October 22. The film has been rated PG-13 for sequences of strong violence, some disturbing images and suggestive material.