Troy Benjamin has been a professional writer for over 15 years, with experience in print publications, online column and editorial writing, comic book writing, and magazine/newspaper journalism. He is the author of several hardcover Marvel-published behind the scenes books and a contributor to the definitive encyclopedia of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is also the author of numerous 22-page comic publications.
In addition, he is a developer and copywriter of a wide range of Hollywood industry corporate materials, including story bibles, proposals, on-screen copy for interactive menus and games, production notes, and promotional/advertising spot scripts. Clients include Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm, Disney, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios
Troy is also a screenwriter for film and television in narrative, documentary, and hosted genres with experience in 22-minute, 45-minute, and feature length formats.
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"MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. SEASON FOUR DECLASSIFIED"
- BY TROY BENJAMIN
New top-secret details on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Four await in this keepsake volume! While ex-agent Daisy Johnson tracks down threats to her fellow Inhumans, former S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Phil Coulson is tracking her - and new player Ghost Rider is hot on both their trails. And the intrigue only heats up: With Life Model Decoys infiltrating S.H.I.E.L.D.'s ranks, who can Coulson trust? The world of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues to evolve, hurtling toward an astonishing Season Four conclusion that will leave our team's lives barely recognizable. This incredible new volume showcases never-before-seen photography, production-design details and exclusive behind-the-scenes information and interviews with cast and crew. The events of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s fourth season will rock the characters you know and love to their core. Don't miss a single detail!
Coming Fall 2017!
"MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. SEASON THREE DECLASSIFIED"
- BY TROY BENJAMIN
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns for an action-packed third season! Director Phil Coulson and Agent Daisy Johnson lead the charge amassing a new breed of warrior as Inhumans emerge across the globe. But Coulson and his team soon find out they're not alone - there are others on the hunt for these Inhumans, and while some may be friend, others may be foe. Meanwhile, the evil organization Hydra rebuilds from the ground up under a new and deadly leader. Get the top-secret details in this keepsake volume showcasing never-before-seen photography, production-design details, and exclusive behind-the-scenes information and interviews with cast and crew. The events of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s third season will rock the characters you know and love to their core. Don't miss a single detail with Season Three Declassified!
Reviews (Coming Soon)
"MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. SEASON TWO DECLASSIFIED"
- BY TROY BENJAMIN
Season One revealed the intricate pieces of the latest saga in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now learn new secrets of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in this keepsake volume. In the wake of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s collapse, Agent Coulson and his team must work even harder to protect the world against the threats it doesn't even know exist. Starring Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge, along with a star-studded list of guests, Season Two is a whirlwind of betrayal and heroism. This collection will put fans on the inside with exclusive interviews, detailed production art and never-before-seen photography. The creators of the hit show reveal all!
Review by Graham Swearington (via Amazon):
People had some issues with the first season of AoS, but Season 2 seemed to correct the course of the show. And just as Season 2 was better than Season 1, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 Declassified is even better than the first book.
We get a great introduction from Agent Phil Coulson himself, Clark Gregg that recaps his journey and arc through the last 2 seasons. There are tons of glossy photos and splash pages, lots of in-depth interviews with cast and crew. I really enjoy the episode recaps because you get a really deeper look into the episode itself and some of the easter eggs that tie into Marvel Comics you may have missed, as well as how some of the bigger aspects of the episodes were accomplished. Great sections dedicated to conceptual art, costume design, prosthetic make-up and cgi effects, character breakdowns, tie ins to Avengers: Age of Ultron and a deeper look into the Inhumans that will be taking center stage in Season 3. Just like the Season 1 Declassified book, you get to see how many talented people it takes to make a show, how much love and effort and time goes into every aspect of making AoS, a lot of things that most people probably don’t even think about. It’s pretty amazing to see how so many peoples hard work pays off so well on the small screen. Any fan of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or the Art of Marvel books is really going to enjoy this. The slipcase and book itself are quality and nice, and the content inside really adds a nice layer to Season 2 that makes me appreciate it even more. This show is just really fun, all dramatic moments aside. Characters like Coulson, Fitz and Simmons, and now Morse and Mack have helped elevate season 2 to a whole new level. This book comes FULLY APPROVED. - (5/5 Stars)
GUIDEBOOK TO THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE
- BY THE OHOTMU WRITING STAFF (TROY BENJAMIN AS CONTRIBUTOR)
The official handbook of the Marvel Cinematic Universe takes you all the way through Phase One and to the dawn of Phase Two! Filled with fact sheets, movie-to-comic comparisons, behind-the-scenes art and production stills, this volume details the first eight blockbuster Marvel movies - from 2008's Iron Man to 2013's Thor: The Dark World. In-depth character profiles give you the whole story on heroes like Captain America, the Hulk, Black Widow, War Machine, Hawkeye and more! Deadly villains including Abomination, Loki, Red Skull and the Mandarin! Plus a universe of supporting characters like Nick Fury, Bucky Barnes, Peggy Carter and Phil Coulson! It's your indispensable guide to the MCU!
Volume 1 (Iron Man through Thor: The Dark World) - Released April 2017
Volume 2 (Captain America: The Winter Soldier through Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2)
Coming December 2017
Individual Issues of the Guidebook to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Troy contributed (released monthly):
"Iron Man" - Released October 2015
"Iron Man 2/Incredible Hulk" - Released November 2015
"Thor" - Released December 2015
"Captain America: The First Avenger" - Released January 2016
"Marvel's The Avengers" - Released February 2016
"Thor: The Dark World"/"Iron Man 3" - Released May 2016
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier/Ant-Man" - Released May 2016
"Marvel's Agents of SHIELD Season One" - Released June 2016
"Avengers: Age of Ultron" - Released August 2016
"Marvel's Agents of SHIELD Season Two" - Released October 2016
"Captain America: Civil War" - Released January 2017
"MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. SEASON ONE DECLASSIFIED"
- BY TROY BENJAMIN
For more on how this project came about and some words from Troy on its creation, check out this blog entry from the July 29, 2014 release date.
Learn the secrets of MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. in this exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of Marvel’s first live-action TV show! Hear from the cast, creators and crew as they reveal never-before-shared details from the first season. This deluxe keepsake volume offers an insider’s look into the making of the blockbuster espionage series on ABC produced by Joss Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen & Jed Whedon and Jeffrey Bell; and starring Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennett, Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge.
Review from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Fansite SHIELDTV.net:
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Declassified is a must have for any fan of the show, no.. really, I’m not just saying that!
Each episode has a feature that spans several pages and includes basic details, a “Mission Briefing” summary, “Field-Op Notes” which include interesting trivia like connections with comic roots and “Running Behavioral Observations”. Writer of the book Troy Benjamin takes readers on a journey through each episode and includes discussion with cast and crew and covers topics like writing, comic tie ins, visual effects and set building.
I had high expectations for this book from the moment I heard about it but I’m delighted to say its more detailed and interesting than I had anticipated and a thoroughly enjoyable read. There sheer volume of information in this book will keep readers engaged for hours, this is definitely a must have for any fan of the show. I look forward with anticipation to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Declassified books for the coming seasons!
REVIEW FROM JOBLO.COM:
While the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season One Declassified is equally beautiful in design and execution, it is not a mere art book. With Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. delivering over 20 hours of Marvel goodness, this book serves more as an episode guide for the freshman season. The opening chapters give a background on the origin of the series with comic book history for the organization. There is also a nice section on the return of Phil Coulson and how Clark Gregg's portrayal has permeated the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Each chapter covers an episode of the season, giving a synopsis of the plot, key easter eggs you may have missed, and even the running behavioral themes from each character that you may have missed on first viewing. The biggest perk of this book is learning all of the Marvel Comics references that were peppered through each episode. We may have seen the character references and appearances from Deathlok and Graviton, but there were numerous other ones you may have missed.
In addition, almost every episode comes with a schematic, map, or diagram of a key scene from that episode. These are very cool treats for fans of the show as they can both see how the show developed these intricate scenes as well as a nice way to delve deeper into the series. The layout fo the book acts as if it is a S.H.I.E.L.D. computer, so everything appears encoded and gives the impression that the reader is accessing this top secret database of information.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. got a lot of criticism for having an unbalanced debut season. While it didn't quite find its legs until the final half dozen episodes, this book supports that the showrunners and producers had a definite idea of where they wanted the show to go. There are few hints at where the upcoming second season my go, but if they plan to put one of these books out every season, it would be well worth the investment for fans.
REVIEW FROM BETWEEN DISNEY:
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season One Declassified by Troy Benjamin reads like a S.H.I.E.L.D. report that you must be properly clearanced to access. Luckily Level Seven agents are cleared to review this report. // I mentally file Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season One Declassified into the art book category. So generally this means my expectation is low word count with maximum visuals. The book does completely win over the reader with images which include production photos and concept art, like one expects. And the book design as a S.H.I.E.L.D. file by Nelson Riberio puts the reader into the proper spy frame of mind. There is no denying the book looks great in its slipcover sitting on the book shelve. But the real win for me was the large amount of text found in the book. Benjamin provides his readers massive amounts of intelligence on the show. I have found some art books in the past rely on massive amounts of dead space to help frame the prized images. Here text pages are rarely sparse but instead densely packed with information for the fact loving fanboy (like me). // I fully admit it, I am the audience of this book. Though the price tag is pretty high. So I can understand if you have to pass. But if you are going to spend your money on a Disney/Marvel art book, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season One Declassified is the type of book to consider with its balance of great art and facts about production. It made me a hot mess and I thoroughly enjoyed reading through it, and plan to return to it again as a reference in my fandom.
Review from Teoh Yi Chie on Parka Blogs/Amazon:
The 240-page hardcover is designed sort of a like a dossier. It starts off with an introduction that looks back at the comics that the series was inspired by. You get to read about Phil Coulson and the the character profiles for the other agents. Because Phil Coulson's character started off from the movies, there's quite a bit to read on his part in the movies as well.
The main bulk of the book looks at the production of each episode in the series. The detailed writeup talks about how filming was done, the sets and the story. It's accompanied by lots of behind the scenes photography, graphics for the set and props, and nice little profile of the crew members and their responsibilities. It's an insightful read that should delight viewers who like the little details, easter eggs, especially when Marvel is trying to link everything together in the Marvel Universe...
This is a good informative companion for those who like the TV series and would want to learn more about the actual filming and interesting stories during production. - (5/5 Stars)