A must-have for Star Wars fans—the definitive behind-the-scenes history of the classic film that started it all Book 1 of 3 in the Star Wars: The Making of Series . The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film by J.W. Rinzler (April 24 ) on Book 1 of 3 in the Star Wars: The Making of Series. The Making of Star Wars book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. After the success of American Graffiti, filmmaker Geo.
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Apr 24, Pages download. Apr 24, Pages. Lucas envisioned a swashbuckling SF saga inspired by the 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 thirty years—a story that has never been told as it was meant to be.
Until now. No matter how you view 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.
Senior editor at Lucasfilm Ltd, J. Rinzler attended… More about J. Reading this book is almost like being present at the opening of a time-capsule! How did you discover the archival material comprising the book, and why was it overlooked for so long? So one reason we had never done one is that some people thought there was already a book about the film—and there were many partial ones, and many non-licensed ones.
The interviews themselves were dormant because no one knew they existed except a very few people, some of whom no longer worked for the company. What were your feelings as you realized what you had found? Joy and relief. I knew it was going to make a great book—with months of collating and editing and writing.
While we always keep the fans in mind—by trying to show new things and addressing some of the esoterica—we are essentially a filmmaking company, which Lucas formed from the money he made on American Graffiti , Star Wars , Empire , and the rest of them. So I felt it was important to situate Star Wars in the history of cinema, not as a cultural phenomenon—that would be another book.
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Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Hardcover Verified download. Amazing, detailed, exhaustive, informative Rinzler's book on the original "Star Wars" film a. For any fan of film history, and especially lovers of all things Force-related, this book is essential for your collection. From the first ideas George Lucas had while making "THX" and "American Graffitti", all the way to the original release and the movie's enduring cultural impact I honestly can't imagine a better source of information and inspiration.
I'll definitely be grabbing Mr. Top Contributor: Star Wars. This is a very impressive book in many respects. That is probably more than a casual fan would spend on a Star Wars book, but if you can get your hands on this one, it is well worth it.
I've read all of the prequel making of books and I find that this one is much stronger than any of those and not just because the original movies are a lot better than the prequels either.
What is impressive is how detailed and well-researched the Making of Star This is a very impressive book in many respects. What is impressive is how detailed and well-researched the Making of Star Wars is. At times there is too much detail or the author focuses on technical aspects like script changes that aren't all that interesting, but most of the time this book is really engrossing.
There was a lot of drama with making A New Hope and there is also plenty of insight into how things were done. What makes this book such a great read is that information is all from around the time the movie was made. There is no romanticizing the movie making process or actors who are overly thankful for a movie that made their careers. There are a lot of behind the scenes images in the book, mostly of people involved in making the movie, including George Lucas, and some of the actors.
There are other Star Wars books that cover set design for example. Despite plenty of images, this book is meaty and takes a substantial amount of time to read because the text is very small. This may seen nitpicky, but I would have rather paid more money for a book with more pages and larger text. I have excellent eyesight and had no trouble reading this book and I still think the text is smaller than most books which doesn't seem quite right in a premium book like this. I'm really glad I got to read this book and my appreciation of Star Wars has only grown by reading it.
If things went differently, one of the greatest movies of all time would have never been made. This book will proudly sit on my bookshelf for a really long time. This is probably one of the best overviews of the film-making process from idea conception to the premier. I'd forgotten what a huge impact Star Wars made on my life when I was a kid, and this book brought back memories of reading the Marvel comic book adaptation first and having to wait until it was re-released in the Summer of '78 to finally see the movie.
I enjoyed the interviews--from crew, actors, and other film-maker friends of George Luca This is probably one of the best overviews of the film-making process from idea conception to the premier. I enjoyed the interviews--from crew, actors, and other film-maker friends of George Lucas--along with the conceptual artwork and candid shots.
The author gives the reader a taste of the long road to making this movie and frustrations Lucas encountered along the way. One of the more interesting parts of the book is the summary of the different drafts of the screenplay. The book includes lots of entertaining tidbits. Up until Carrie Fisher auditioned, Lucas was leaning more toward Terri Nunn, who eventually became the lead singer for Berlin, only he later decided Nunn had too much of a hard edge to play Princess Leia.
The other entertaining story relates how Star Wars was filming in Tunisia at the same time as Franco Zeffirelli was filming the Jesus of Nazareth miniseries. While filming a remote-controlled R2-D2 disappear behind a sand dune, the remote failed and the little robot rolled onto the set of Jesus of Nazareth. It brought to mind a reimagined nativity scene with livestock, shepherds, the three wise men, and a small astro droid.
This book is incredibly detailed about the making of the movie. It's amazing that it captures the first moment George Lucas brought up the idea and discussed it publicly through the multiple drafts and studio issues all the way through the release and Lucas's "retirement" from directing.
While I've always had respect for George Lucas, this open my eyes even more to what he brought, and is probably still bringi The Making of Star Wars is a book that all Star Wars fans and enthusiasts should read. While I've always had respect for George Lucas, this open my eyes even more to what he brought, and is probably still bringing, to the franchise.
One of the most amazing things is all of the details and the history of the Star Wars universe he created and couldn't use for the first movie. These details, as you read them, are used throughout the next five Star Wars movies. I would actually compare George Lucas to a modern day J. Tolkien for the depth and history he brought to his created universe.
After finishing the book, not only do I have more respect for the original trilogy, I know have more respect for the prequel trilogy Lucas made. I still admit it is not a perfect trilogy and doesn't come close to the original, but the ideas and the history he is trying to tell and inject into his universe is sensational.
Some of the ideas he originally had in he saved and molded it and used in the prequel. I can't offer this book enough praise, all I can say is read it if you have any interest in Star Wars or the history of film. George Lucas is shown in a human light, flaws and all, throughout the book, but what really shines through is his effort to give us the best product and that he was constantly striving to push the movie to perfection.
This book was a really interesting look at all the difficulties George Lucas went through in creating Star Wars. It's strange to think about how different that movie and the times were, especially now in a post-Star Wars world.
I liked the use of sources contemporary to the time. It's refreshing to read people's doubts about the movie even being finished, let alone as successful as it was. I liked the discussion of the changes to the different drafts, and I really appreciated the appendix that in This book was a really interesting look at all the difficulties George Lucas went through in creating Star Wars. I liked the discussion of the changes to the different drafts, and I really appreciated the appendix that included great summaries and notes for each of the drafts.
There is also a good deal of discussion of all aspects of the effects, from the models to props to sets to sound effects to music.
Everything was touched on a little bit, although I would have liked a little more detail in some areas. I only had one problem with the book, but it's rather significant. I read the paperback version of what is essentially a big picture book. There are several picture sections, but they don't capture nearly enough of what is being discussed. There are many, many references in the book to drawings or images that aren't present in this edition.
That was really frustrating. Also, in keeping with the idea that "a picture is worth a thousand words," I think that's why the text was a little disappointing.
If you were looking at all the imagery from the hardback edition, the text would be merely supplemental, and it would be just fine. Here, it seemed a little lacking. Still, a good, interesting book. I'd probably give the hardback edition a full five stars. Sep 30, Bookworm rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Making of Star Wars by J. Library This is a massive coffee-table book but it is covering a big topic: There are so many pictures, excerpts from early scripts, quotes from many of the principal figures, both on and off screen talent.
The best part is that those quotes are culled from interviews from about , right as the instances happened and not as involved i The Making of Star Wars by J. The best part is that those quotes are culled from interviews from about , right as the instances happened and not as involved in the success and hype that followed. Nobody anticipated the runaway success Star Wars was! While I knew about some of the challenges faced during production, I didn't know the half. In general, the technology of the time was not able to cope with the demands of George Lucas for this film, which resulted in a lot of frustration and compromise.
Some of the parts were confusing to me as there are many people and technologies mentioned that were previously unfamiliar to me. However a careful reading helps to sort that out.
My favorite sections were about the actors and John Williams' score, as they were the parts I sort of knew already. It definitely made me want to go rewatch Star Wars and also listen to the soundtrack because it really is such great music. Looking forward to The Making of The Empire Strikes Back so I can find out how they created Yoda and came up with that spoiler-you know the one ; because as of the first film, that wasn't part of the plan.
Oct 13, Jlawrence rated it really liked it. It's hard to think of the Star Wars franchise now without summoning up the glitzy mediocrity of the prequels or Lucas' seemingly unending attraction to worse and worse ideas refusing to allow the original theatrical release to be restored, despite various offers from industry experts; plans to re-do the the original trilogy in 3D, etc. It also shows how amazing it was that the film came together at all, given various financial battles with the studio, countless setbacks on location shoots, and the tremendous technical and deadline hurdles faced.
Along with intriguing info about all aspects of the production process, it's also jam-packed with amazing photos, beautiful production art and sketches, and a good dose of 70s fashion via the production crew.
The Force may no longer be with us, but at least a healthy portion of it is excellently preserved here. If I had to call it I would say I'm a bigger film fan generally than a Star Wars fan specifically but this was in the library and I'd heard good things about it.
It's an immense but thoroughly readable chronicle of Star Wars from inception to release. The level of detail is enough to satisfy most people, certainly a casual fan and there's a lot of fine print detail, far deeper than the usual anecdotes most people are aware of. I found it fascinating for the most part, occasionally a bit too much If I had to call it I would say I'm a bigger film fan generally than a Star Wars fan specifically but this was in the library and I'd heard good things about it.
I found it fascinating for the most part, occasionally a bit too much the repeated script comparisons for instance and the contemporary interviews recreate a wonderful sense of the excitement and expectations of the time.
Lucus is portrayed as a tortured genius, constantly plagued by an inability to fully express his dreams and forced to create the technology as he went. The copious illustrations from behind the scenes stills, storyboards, crew shots and memos along with the wonderful concept work from Ralph McQuarrie really bring it all to life.
If I had any complaint, I would say a chapter on the legacy of Star Wars along with the subsequent revisions and changes made by Lucus down the line would have really completed the package, though I'm aware there are other books that cover similar ground. For Star Wars fans this is a must and for anyone with a general interest in film making it's full of rich detail and insight.
Well worth it and it left me with a strong desire to re-watch the film. Oct 16, James rated it really liked it. I was six years old in Which means Star Wars was my favorite drug as a kid.
Reading this book was a major fix. The main thing that struck me was how this movie pretty much ushered in the modern age of entertainment. From ancillary marketing to special effects to the size of the audience. It's the blueprint for what everyone wants to do these days.
Which affects everything. Before Star Wars, what was there to match it? Everything that orbits the beating star at the center of the nerdy enterta I was six years old in Everything that orbits the beating star at the center of the nerdy entertainment universe has to admit they're pretty much orbiting the Star Wars phenomenon.
As a record of the production it's very meticulous. As a book it's extremely readable. As a visual experience the photos are some of the best I've seen from the making of this movie. Every little breath and drop of sweat that went into making this monster is recounted.
Lucas was a mess for the entire production, holding on with white knuckles. I forget that American Graffiti had been such a smash success and without that, Star Wars would never have been made. I love how the story recounts the need to work one's ass off even when the future seems bleak. You can only complete the work in front of you today and hope that it all adds up to a fine outcome tomorrow.
And someday maybe you'll efforts will be retold in such a fine piece of work. Jun 09, Brad Wheeler rated it really liked it Shelves: I'm adding this to my "history" shelf for a reason.
Instead, it surprised me by being and exhaustively detailed and comprehensive look at the four-year process of getting Star Wars made. A lot of the broad info I already knew, but this book is worthy of calling itself "definitive. Lots of interviews, storyboards, personal conversations It's also a cool look at the process of getting any film made, something I'd never read about before. It's cool for that reason apart from my admitted fanboyism. And yes, it does tend to venerate George Lucas.
Not entirely unfairly, I think; the story of the book is one of incredible success against overwhelming odds in the real world too. For all his latter-day faults, nobody can question that Lucas turned popular film-making on its head to say nothing of his technical accomplishments.