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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download The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film 01 by Jonathan W. Rinzler, Book 1 of 3 in the Star Wars: The Making of Series. Author Q&A. Q:Reading this book is almost like being present at the opening of a time-capsule! How did you discover the archival material. The Making of Star Wars by J. W. Rinzler, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.
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.
What did you find most surprising in researching and writing the book? A couple of things leap to mind: And the studio pulled the plug at a certain point! 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. Unfortunately I think Charles Manson had something to do with that late change—hardly the work of the Force. 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.
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.
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. His insistence on creative and marketing control seems incredibly far-sighted. According to his lawyers and agent, Jeff Berg, Lucas was the driving force. Write a customer review.
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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 Kindle app. Since this is a kindle book, it's mind boggling that they are incapable of making the audio and video clips work using their own software.
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 Kindle version made it the better option.
Devices read on: Videos and audio work on those devices, and they're amazing. Own a Nexus 7, you're SoL. Nothing plays, which is too bad considering the Nexus 7 was my favorite device for actually reading the book. Great detail without going dull. Lifelong Star Wars fan, so getting this much narrative of the production itself is like nothing I've ever seen.
Being able to actually read this thing anywhere is great. I don't see how I would have consumed the coffee table edition, outside of the occasional bored skim. One of my all-time best Kindle downloads. For Star Wars fans, the need to have this book is self explanatory, but for Filmmakers this book might not grab you first off as being a definitive film making resource, but it is! This book chronicles the entire process of the making of Star Wars, one of the most successful movies of the 20th century.
Rinzler did a great job tying in George Lucas's past experiences with what eventually was seen on screen. It also shows you the money trail that allowed Lucas to make this movie, something that a lot of "behind the scenes" books leave out.
Want to know how Lucas retained the merchandising rights to Star Wars in a time when the studios retained All rights to all movies, it's in there. This book is an exhaustive resource on film making the the film business as much as it is a look into the lore and story of the movie we call Star Wars. For costumers, the full page glossy photos are a very good resource at times, but for the most part the photos in the book are focused on production stills from the producers and concept artist points-of-view.
There are enough exclusive behind-the-scenes images in this book though that justify a Star Wars costume fanatic to download this book. All in all I would recommend this book to anyone wo is a Sta Wars fan of an level.
It's is a monster read took me three weeks to read it in my off time but the time spent in these pages is well worth it. See all reviews. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.
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