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Star Wars: Frames Hardcover – October 29, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1419704703 ISBN-10: 1419704702 Edition: 1st
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"Cinematography is not about technology. It's about art, it's about taste. In the end it's about understanding your craft."- GEORGE LUCAS""FRAMES" is about allowing the reader the time and the space to examine fully that ("cinematography") craft."- J.W. RINZLER, Executive Editor, LucasFilmAuthor of "The Making of Star Wars"

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George Lucas is the creator of the Star Wars films.

Guillermo del Toro made his feature directorial debut in 1993 with Cronos.  Since then, he has gone on to direct Mimic, The Devil’s Backbone, Blade II, Hellboy, Hellboy II, and Pan’s Labyrinth, which garnered enormous critical praise worldwide and won three Academy Awards®.  His novels The Strain and The Fall, with Chuck Hogan, are international best sellers.
J. W. Rinzler, executive editor at Lucasfilm Ltd., is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Making of Star Wars and The Making of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, as well as the London Times bestseller The Complete Making of Indiana Jones.

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  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1 edition (October 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419704702
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419704703
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 3.5 x 13.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 18.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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George Lucas is the founder of Lucasfilm Ltd., one of the world's leading entertainment companies. He created the Star Wars and Indiana Jones film series. Among his story credits are THX 1138, American Graffiti, and the Star Wars and Indiana Jones films. He lives in Marin County, California.

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Noah K Mullette-Gillman on October 29, 2013
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I was uncertain about spending so much on this book. But I'm really glad I kept my pre-order.

It arrived today from Amazon TRIPLE-boxed. At 21 pounds, it really needed that!

More than 1400 frames between the two books, and they really tell a story. If you'd never seen the movies, you could read this like a graphic novel and you would understand the whole wordless story. The frame choices are evocative. I found myself "hearing" aunt Beru calling for Luke, hearing Boss Nass's spitting noises. The choices of frames were phenomenal. And it was apparently a truly monumental task to create this book. Lucas began working on in it 2005! He could have given us another movie or two with all of the work which went into this.

The first 4 movies were all shot on film. Episodes 2+3 were recorded digitally. As a result, they look very different when examined as single frames. They look like paintings or heavy ink work. But this is apparently accurate. These are essentially the raw frames - no airbrush or editing. What you see is what you would see on a theatre screen. I measure each page as 12"x 13.5". There are two frames per page.

Since I was a kid I've wanted to hold Star Wars in my hands. I wanted to be able to stare at the images which raced by my eyes. It led to buying lots of toys. But, maybe this book is what I really wanted all along. Now I can just stare and drink it all in.

Here's the bottom line: If you like Star Wars, this is the only Star Wars book you've ever needed. It's not background or expanded adventures. It IS Star Wars. Don't think about it, buy the sucker!!!!

Noah K. Mullette-Gillman
Luminous and Ominous
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kristofer Sandlund on October 29, 2013
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Star Wars Frames arrived today! This is easily my favorite book from the movies that changed modern cinema. I have always enjoyed pausing blu-ray movies to analyze the shots. A good director sets them up as if he/she is taking an Ansel Adam's photograph of Yosemite! The beauty is in the detail, the lighting, the background, the angle... and much more. If you ever wondered why directors look through hand held lenses- this book reveals why. Star Wars fanatics can finally see what George Lucas was after when he created this universe. Cinema is meant to be a work of art, not just serial photographs or new mind bending technology.
Compare these "frames" to what you see in the remake of "Total Recall". The later is well done, and has great detail, but the coloring, lighting, and effects are all limited in their range. (Somewhat monotone). Now open "Star Wars Frames: The Original Trilogy" and enjoy the spectacular and varying scenery, the incredible attention to detail, the costuming, and the pathos which these invoke. You will find yourself enveloped by the images, and you won't want to put the books down!
A few observations: "Frames" is beautifully presented, with thick paper and very high quality workmanship... which makes it very heavy! Thank George!
Secondly, "The Original Trilogy" is simply better than the "Prequel Trilogy", just as the original three movies are better than Episode's I-III. I actually believe that "Frames" should be studied by all film students. It reveals so much of what makes a great movie into a masterpiece! I am one who likes the prequels, but adores the originals! The proof of the difference is found here- exhibit one and two are these two volumes. Monet vs Modern Art!
Of great importance: These reproductions are PRESENTED AS THEY APPEAR ON SCREEN.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By JMM TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 27, 2013
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I am a big fan of Star Wars - I love all six movies and think that the saga is one of the best-looking series of films ever created. So naturally, I had high expectations for this book of Star Wars Frames. I have mixed feelings about the results... I love the concept of the book and what it represents, but I think the execution of the idea was poor in a few areas.

As a play-by-play through the films, this book is a massive success. A person who hand never seen Star Wars would get a good idea of the overall story just by looking at these frames (over 200 images per film). Virtually every scene/sequence of the saga is represented with at least one frame. If you love the movies, this book is a trip down memory lane.

As for the printed image quality, I think it is quite good - although you must understand that these are frames taken directly from the films and adjust your expectations accordingly. Since the images are not enhanced in any way, the entire frame is not always in focus (and some action shots are going to appear blurry altogether). What you see in the book is essentially what you'd see if you paused a blu-ray of the movie and looked at one frame.

Apparently George Lucas himself curated this massive collection of frames, going through over a million images and reducing it to the 1400 that appear in this book... a remarkable feat, and one that no doubt was very time-consuming. But I'll be honest: in looking through the book, it sometimes feels as though the frames could have been randomly selected. I am assuming that's not the case, but some of Mr. Lucas's decisions are bewildering to me - I would love to get some insight into why he chose what he chose.

Obviously, Star Wars is first a motion picture.
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