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The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film

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ISBN13: 9780345477613
ISBN10: 0345477618
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More than thirty years ago, filmmaker George Lucas realized a longtime dream, creating a swashbuckling sf saga inspired by vintage Flash Gordon serials, classic American westerns, the epic cinema of Japanese auteur Akira Kurosawa, and mythological heroes. Its original title: The Star Wars. The rest is history — and how it was made is a story as entertaining and exciting as the movie that has enthralled millions for the past three decades.

Using his unprecedented access to the Lucasfilm Archives and its trove of never-before-published "lost" interviews, photos, production notes, factoids, and anecdotes, Star Wars scholar J. W. Rinzler hurtles readers back in time for an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the nearly decade-long quest of George Lucas and his key collaborators to make the "little" movie that became a phenomenon. For the first time, it's all here:

  • the evolution of the now-classic story and characters — including "Annikin Starkiller" and "a huge green-skinned monster with no nose and large gills" named Han Solo
  • excerpts from George Lucas's numerous, ever-morphing script drafts
  • the birth of Industrial Light & Magic, the special-effects company that revolutionized Hollywood filmmaking
  • the grueling, nearly catastrophic location shoot in Tunisia and the following breakneck dash at Elstree Studios in London
  • the intensive auditions that won the cast members their roles — and made them legends
  • the who's who of young 1970s film rebels who pitched in to help — including Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, and Brian DePalma
But perhaps most exciting, and rarest of all, are the first interviews conducted before and during production and immediately after the release of Star Wars — in which George Lucas, the film's stars, composer John Williams, effects masters Dennis Muren, Richard Edlund, and John Dykstra, Phil Tippett, Rick Baker, legendary production designer John Barry, and a host of others share their fascinating tales from the trenches and candid opinions of the movie that would ultimately change their lives.

No matter where you stand in the spectrum of this thirty-year phenomenon, The Making of Star Wars stands as a crucial document — rich in fascination and revelation — of a genuine cinematic and cultural touchstone.

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In May, 1977, the release of Star Wars changed movies forever. Now to commemorate the film's 30th anniversary, Rinzler presents the exclusive, official, never-before-in-print story behind the original movie, with a new interview with George Lucas, along with new material from the Lucasfilm archives that has literally been shelved for years.

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In 1995, James Cameron began work on a story that would, more than a decade later, evolve into Avatar, the blockbuster of 2009 and no less than the movie event of the decade. Opening to international critical acclaim (including nine Academy Award® nominations) and unprecedented box-office success, Avatar quickly, within a few short weeks, became the highest-grossing film on record. An epic for our times, this next-generation spectacle blends action, adventure, and romance with a timely message of ecological responsibility while using, and inventing, cutting-edge technologies to transport audiences to a lush, fully realized alien world. 

No less epic, however, was the groundbreaking and exhaustive process of bringing the film to life. Early brainstorming sessions in Malibu jumpstarted a vast production effort that ultimately spanned several years and multiple continents. The Making of Avatar reveals never-before-seen illustrations and photographs, with a text that charts the technical challenges, innovations, and discoveries that made the film?s breakthroughs possible. Working in tandem, artists and technicians created new tools and processes to realize the film?s vision, including those for performance capture, which allows the nuances of the actors? performances to be translated faithfully to their digital characters; a virtual camera system, which empowered Cameron to direct within a virtual world with unprecedented range, generate real-time composites, and blend live action and special effects more naturally and intuitively than ever before; and stereoscopic photography, which produced the most immersive 3-D experience to date. Here is the behind-the-scenes celebration of this monumental undertaking, the official record of how Cameron, the actors, and the crew made a film, and made history. 

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J. W. Rinzler, executive editor at Lucasfilm Ltd., is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Making of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, as well as The Art of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, The Art and Making of Monster House, and Creating the Worlds of Star Wars, which he co-authored with visual-effects supervisor John Knoll. J. W. Rinzler now lives in Petaluma, California.

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Kayla Rhodes, August 3, 2013 (view all comments by Kayla Rhodes)
This is one of the best non-fiction Star Wars books. It tells the most in depth story about the creation of Star Wars and the making of the first Star Wars movie. The creation of Star Wars is really a huge success story because nobody, including George Lucas, thought Star Wars was going to succeed, when really it was going to become the most enduring movie of all time because even now, 33 years later, there are still Star Wars Celebrations held every 2 years or so and more and more of the younger generation is being introduced to it. This book even included all of the drafts (summarized) of the original Star Wars movie so the reader can see how the story evolved to what it is today. This was an awesome book!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345477613
Subtitle:
The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film
Publisher:
LucasBooks
Author:
Rinzler, J. W.
Author:
Duncan, Jody
Author:
Fitzpatrick, Lisa
Author:
Jackson, Peter
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film & Video - General
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film - Direction & Production
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Subject:
star wars;film;science fiction;non-fiction;movies;reference;film history
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Star Wars - Legends
Publication Date:
20070424
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
500 color photographs and illustrations
Pages:
324
Dimensions:
11.88 x 9.25 in

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"Synopsis" by , In May, 1977, the release of Star Wars changed movies forever. Now to commemorate the film's 30th anniversary, Rinzler presents the exclusive, official, never-before-in-print story behind the original movie, with a new interview with George Lucas, along with new material from the Lucasfilm archives that has literally been shelved for years.
"Synopsis" by , CN
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In 1995, James Cameron began work on a story that would, more than a decade later, evolve into Avatar, the blockbuster of 2009 and no less than the movie event of the decade. Opening to international critical acclaim (including nine Academy Award® nominations) and unprecedented box-office success, Avatar quickly, within a few short weeks, became the highest-grossing film on record. An epic for our times, this next-generation spectacle blends action, adventure, and romance with a timely message of ecological responsibility while using, and inventing, cutting-edge technologies to transport audiences to a lush, fully realized alien world. 

No less epic, however, was the groundbreaking and exhaustive process of bringing the film to life. Early brainstorming sessions in Malibu jumpstarted a vast production effort that ultimately spanned several years and multiple continents. The Making of Avatar reveals never-before-seen illustrations and photographs, with a text that charts the technical challenges, innovations, and discoveries that made the film?s breakthroughs possible. Working in tandem, artists and technicians created new tools and processes to realize the film?s vision, including those for performance capture, which allows the nuances of the actors? performances to be translated faithfully to their digital characters; a virtual camera system, which empowered Cameron to direct within a virtual world with unprecedented range, generate real-time composites, and blend live action and special effects more naturally and intuitively than ever before; and stereoscopic photography, which produced the most immersive 3-D experience to date. Here is the behind-the-scenes celebration of this monumental undertaking, the official record of how Cameron, the actors, and the crew made a film, and made history. 

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