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Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy shows just how much pre-planning went into the original iconic trilogy.”
(The Week Magazine online)

Star Wars fans, take note . . . the book offers a glimpse into the detailed planning and rounds of story revisions that went into the original films.”
(Parade Online)

"Star Wars fans, rejoice — today is the big day that Lucasfilm opens up the archives and bestows upon you Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy."
(Flavorwire)

"The book contains fantastic insight into how the films' stories and characters were conceived…"
(Esquire.com)

"Nerd out over how Star Wars might have been."
(Wired)

"Every Star Wars fan should get this Star Wars Storyboards book."
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About the Author

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. He lives in Petaluma, California. Joe Johnston served as a storyboard and concept artist on the original Star Wars trilogy. He has since directed The Rocketeer, Jumanji, and Captain America: The First Avenger. He lives in Los Angeles. Nilo Rodis-Jamero served as the assistant art director of visual effects for The Empire Strikes Back and as costume designer for Return of the Jedi.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1 edition (May 13, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419707744
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419707742
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.2 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was a great pre-order purchase.
MonkeyWrangler
Pretty cool book to get showing the storyboard process to create the original 3 films.
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Overall, a great book packed with some fun information.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 19, 2014
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Seeing that there's already Star Wars Storyboards: The Prequel Trilogy, it's probably not surprising to expect a second book to complete the set.

Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy is as thick as the earlier book at 352 pages. It's hardcover and the paper quality is nice.

The storyboards featured are split between Episodes IV, V and VI, with 82, 112 and 142 pages devoted to each respectively.

These storyboards are of course way older than those from the Prequel Trilogy book. Some of the storyboard artists include Joe Johnston, Ralph McQuarrie, Nilo Rodis-Jamero, Roy Carnon and more. There are 15 artists total. You can see different drawing styles, and medium such as in pencil, ink, markers and even watercolours.

Not every sequence in the film are included of course. In this book are mostly those that require visual effects, or action scenes, or the more complex sequences. It's cool to study the composition and story flow, and the handling of space and perspective is impressive.

The art is fantastic. Many of the storyboards are drawn quite detailed. You can actually make out the designs for the mask that rebels and stormtroopers are wearing. Same goes for the many spaceships and robots.

It's interesting looking at the storyboards for these three old films. Even though the technology supposedly outdated by today's film or sci-fi standards, it doesn't feel that way because of the suggestive nature of art.

The text only comes in the form of short captions describing the scenes on each page.

This is a great artbook that goes well together with the Prequel Trilogy book.

Highly recommended to those who love Star Wars and storyboards.

(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Alan Hall on May 13, 2014
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I pre-ordered this book nearly a year ago when little information was available, and when this big, beautiful hardback arrived today, it blew me away. Much better than I expected. So used to seeing the same tired storyboards over and over for the three films. The introduction, foreward and commentaries on individual boards by the artists make this book more than just something to glance at. I'm looking forward to comparing it, page by page in some cases, to my Star Wars: Frames, to see the actual transition from board to frame.I've only had this book a few hours and already feel it will hold up to multiple viewings for many years to come.

If you are interested in how the original trilogy movies were made, I would say this is a significant book, second only to Rinzler's series on THE MAKING OF STAR WARS, EMPIRE and JEDI. This storyboard book makes a great companion to those books as well as FRAMES.

One of many nice surprises in this book was finding boards drawn for THE STAR WARS, an early draft of the movie (when Alderaan was a floating city, for example).

Really didn't know what to expect when I ordered this. So pleased that I did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By WD Preece on May 21, 2014
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I'd say author/editor J.W. Rinzler deserves an MVP award for his current contributions to Star Wars fandom. He's hit another home run for the team with this OT Storyboards book. I loved his "Making of" books, and this is a perfect companion piece for them. It just keeps getting better. This book is not just a collection of various storyboard art. For the first time (I believe), Rinzler uses the original storyboard art to re-tell the stories of the three original movies (A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi) in their original theatrical release form.

Text is sparse in this book. Beyond the foreward and introduction, it's all artwork with brief captions.

If there is a drawback to this book, it's that not all scenes are included--probably to keep the page count and price manageable. One glaring omission is the Cantina scene. Given how choppy the Kenobi/"Walrus Man" battle was, I'd like to see how it was portrayed in storyboards.

If there is one treasured advantage to this book, it's that we see more drawings based on early designs that didn't appear in the movie. For example, the original Millennium Falcon was the Blockade Runner ship from Ep4's first scene. The cockpit was reused for the MF's "hamburger" design so the BR got a "hammerhead" cockpit. In these boards we see the original MF design escaping from Mos Eisley and being captured by the Death Star. That kind of stuff pleases me to no end!

SPOILER ALERT! You won't believe what Alderaan originally looked like! It looks pretty familiar!

It appears that Rinzler kept his choices as close to the finished movies as possible. That means that pretty much none of the cut scenes are included.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MonkeyWrangler on May 19, 2014
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Then you see the Storyboards for the entire Original Trilogy, and they're complex, detailed, and show you how a scene was set to look, and how it ultimately changed. How the films evolved dramatically. How graphic and violent they could've been, and how tuned down they ultimately became.

It's really a fascinating read into the creative minds that propped up George Lucas and his vision. No man does it alone, and Lucas is no exception. This book was a great pre-order purchase. Very worthy.
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