Full Metal Jacket Diary

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Full Metal Jacket Diary
File:Full Metal Jacket Diary.jpg
Author Matthew Modine
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Rugged Land
Publication date
October 25, 2005
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 224
ISBN 1-59071-047-9

Full Metal Jacket Diary is a book written by American author, actor and photographer Matthew Modine and published by Rugged Land October 25, 2005. The book contains photos and diary entries of his experiences over a two-year period while working on the epic Stanley Kubrick film, Full Metal Jacket.[1]

Modine played the lead role of Private Joker, a U.S. Marine who is sent to Vietnam as a war correspondent for Stars and Stripes. While filming, Modine was encouraged by Kubrick to keep a diary of his experiences. Notorious for his closed film sets, Kubrick granted Modine the rare privilege of photographing the process, capturing moments on the set. Modine felt keeping a photographic and written diary would be a beneficial opportunity for his preparation as a war correspondent in the film.[citation needed]

Modine used a Roleiflex camera, capturing glimpses of Kubrick's artistic and professional process. Full Metal Jacket Diary was published in limited edition book form in 2005 with a metal book jacket.[2] "I always wanted to do something with the pictures because I think they're beautiful..." says Modine of his decision to publish the book. "Now I feel enough time passed and I can look back at those days as being part of another person's life, this young kid who went on a journey to work with a legend..."[3]

In addition to being a critical success,[citation needed] the book won the AIGA "50 Books/50 Covers of 2006" design award with a juror noting that it's "the only book I can imagine covered in a metal jacket".[4]

In 2010, Modine partnered with producer Adam Rackoff to begin transforming his book into an interactive iPad application, by raising funds through Kickstarter.[5]

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