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Star Wars Storyboards: The Prequel Trilogy
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
TOP 50 REVIEWERon May 15, 2013
The title of the book says it all. Star Wars storyboards for the prequel trilogy.

The book's a 352 page hardcover. The paper quality is surprisingly quite thick.

Storyboards are printed quite big whenever possible. They are of selected sequences so you won't get the full story. The amount of storyboards featured for each film varies quite a bit. Episode I got over 180 pages, II with over 90 pages and III with over 70 pages.

The art and action sequences are great. You get to see work from storyboard artists such as Iain McCaig, Ed Natividad, Jay Shuster, Rodolfo Damaggio and even Terryl Whitlatch, and more! They are amazing.

The storyboards are sometimes drawn quite detailed and precise. Someone can ink over them, add speech bubbles and you'll have a comic book. I'm pretty surprised that many artists actually hatch lines instead of just flat shading because hatching takes much more time. Natividad even hatch lines for some of the motion arrows. It's nice to see a variety of styles from the pencils, ink and markers.

Commentary from the artists are sparse but always insightful. Wished there were more.

Recommended to Star Wars fans and if you like storyboards.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2013
Title says it all. If you've ever done story boards or have an interest in them pick this book up, it's amazing. I've done story boards in the past and this really hit home. Also if you're interested in concept design this is great because some of the panels really show off character development and how the story evolved over time.

One of the only regrets I have is that some of these ideas were so much better than what actually happened in the movies. I found myself actually saying "why did they change that!?!". Some panels have appeared in the other "art of" books, but overall this a gem to have in your collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2013
This book is essential to any artist arsenal of books. If you want to see how "real" storyboards are done, look to the Lucas team. Some of these look like finished pieces of artwork and not just concept drawings if you ask me. One of the King's of story telling Iain McCaig not only writes the introduction but also displays his storyboards from the projects. This is such a keeper!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2014
Very nice edition: an appropriated thematic dust jacket but a little disappointing cover design. The interior matte printing over high quality but flexible paper gives the aspect of having the original storyboards on your hands while in a readable format.
The content is very interesting and shows you scene by scene the movie stories; nevertheless, as far as I can tell, it doesn't have any deleted scene or deleted relevant character. It also gives you a complete perspective of the original art concepts for hairs and costumes, but with some particular exceptions it lack of surprises respect to creatures, buildings, ships or weapons.
The drawing styles and techniques are very wide: Ink, stylograph, colored pencil, graphite pencil, charcoal, etc. But don't hope for more than 2 colors (eventually 3) per panel. Also, there are a some of them (a very very few of them) that seem to have lost some quality during the re-sizing to fit the pages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2013
I like this book because sometimes you see alternate ideas of what was originally going to be filmed. Especially the scene at the end of Episode 3 with Anakin and Padme is much more violent than what you see in the actual movie. This book is a collector's piece for Star Wars fans, in my opinion. It's big and heavy, the paper is a great quality and the art in the book does not look like it was simply printed to the page. It looks as if it was drawn on the pages themselves that you are looking at. High quality product.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2014
Ive been a fan of star wars since a kid, but never a collector of stuff beside the movies.
This got me intrested when i got Word of its reléase, so i preordered, and oh man this thing is amazing.
This book weights like 5 pounds alone, its really big, each page have storyboard of the movies, and in perfect postion to fully appreciate it.
The paper use for printing is of excelent quiality, and i think 25 dollars for it is a real deal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book is SUCH a bargain for the price. A huge glossy hardback packed full of gorgeous storyboard after gorgeous storyboard, with a sprinkling of commentary thrown in by the board artists to keep things fun and interesting. Even if you aren't a filmmaker, or you weren't a big fan of the prequels, it's worth having this just to be inspired by the dynamic linework and the cinematic power of 2D imagery drawn by the best in the business.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2013
Highest possible recommendation for aspiring storyboard artists and professional storyboard artists alike. Even the casual Star Wars fan will get their money's worth with the gorgeous book of incredible storyboard art by some of the best in the business. Really inspiring stuff!

Great storyboards by Iain McCaig, Warren Drummond, Ed Natividad, Terryl Whitlatch, Derek Thompson, Rodolfo Damaggio and many others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2013
Big book packed cover to cover with storyboards. It's so refreshing (and educational as an artist) to see these elegant yet still raw pieces of art and storytelling. Absolutely lives up to it's title, and with it's size and hard cover presentation, makes a great coffee table book too. Probably my favourite art/storyboarding/movie book I own.
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on May 27, 2014
If you love Star Wars then this book is a must have. It's packed with favorite scenes from the films, alternative character design, and different views of key moments. The book itself looks great on my book shelf due to the high quality work that went into publishing it. The pages are heavy, and the printing and colors look awesome. There's also a storyboard book for the Original Trilogy that I highly recommend.
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