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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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.

A fascinating read for any Star Wars fan that wants to learn everything about the production of the first film. Rinzler's coverage is very in-depth and explores the years before preproduction even started, as well as the actual development and production of the film.

His description of the film's release and the unprecedented reception is exhilarating, and effectively captures some of that same excitement that moviegoers must have felt as the film first swept the nation. As with Rinzler's followup "Making of" books for Empire and Jedi, The Making of Star Wars' biggest fault is that it focuses too much on the rough drafts of the script.

Maybe it's just me, but I don't need to hear the story from start to end five times, even with revisions.

Rinzler made the rather silly decision to provide a bullet-point list of plot elements that were retained for the final film after each draft, which is subjective, annoying, and pointless. He wisely decided not to repeat this in the later books. This is a great book, but I'm mystified as to why this page says it includes audio and video when those add ons do NOT work using the site app.

Since this is a site book, it's mind boggling that they are incapable of making the audio and video clips work using their own software.

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Incredibly dumb. Otherwise, the book itself is well worth a read. Two stars off for the idiotic decision made by whoever decides these things to disable the add ons. The actual text is great, loved it, better than I expected.

There was nothing saying that this content was not available to Android users. So I downloaded the app to my pc, and same thing, "content not available".

So, I 'll say it here, separately. Never read the coffee table book, but the trade-offs with the site version made it the better option. 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.

Q:What did you find most surprising in researching and writing the book? And the studio pulled the plug at a certain point!

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Though it sounds technical, essentially, after a disastrous time in Tunisia, Lucas had a key component of studio shooting literally fall apart in front of his eyes! For just one example, the character that became Luke Skywalker was called Luke Starkiller earlier in the script.

But also a desire to make an uplifting movie. At a certain point he could have abandoned Star Wars and made Apocalypse Now, but he elected to make the happier film.

JWR:Yes, but it happened slowly. A few of the key members elected to stay in LA after the first film. In some ways, Spielberg was their first outside client, with the Indiana Jones films.

The Making Of Star Wars book review

Q:Lucas had difficulties with his prior films, but in terms of the shooting and in his dealings with the studio, but nothing like what he experienced in Star Wars, which at one point drove him to check into a hospital.It worked. Videos About This Book. You can only complete the work in front of you today and hope that it all adds up to a fine outcome tomorrow.

East Dane Designer Men's Fashion. I've seen at least a dozen "making of" documentaries and shows, and even attended a 30th anniversary screening of the film after which George Lucas, Carrie Fischer, Mark Hammill, and the special effects, sound and editorial crews r I first saw Star Wars at the age of 3, and from my early childhood until today, I have spent countless hours reading about that movie.

We get a sense of how his use of lighting, motion, editing, camera movement, and story-telling radically changed the movie industry, but I'd have liked more technical explanation of the contrast to other films of the era. Lucas has a tendency to mis-remember what happened when he gives current-day interviews. From every little cut, from every moment that a tie fighter has to fire a weapon or do this or that, one can see that this was a guy really into this film, and yet was more than able to let his team do their work and get their best done albeit the struggles with Fox, who sort of become oddly enough the background villains of this story as they don't give much of a shit for the production, made the filmmaking rushed in some cases due to a shortened and underfunded pre-production.

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