- Series: Star Wars - Legends
- Paperback: 324 pages
- Publisher: LucasBooks (April 24, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345477618
- ISBN-13: 978-0345477613
- Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 1 x 10.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 216 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #797,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film (Star Wars - Legends) Paperback – April 24, 2007
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About the Author
J. W. Rinzler, executive editor at Lucasfilm Ltd., is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Making of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, as well as The Art of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, The Art and Making of Monster House, and Creating the Worlds of Star Wars, which he co-authored with visual-effects supervisor John Knoll. J. W. Rinzler now lives in Petaluma, California.
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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.
Devices read on:
* iPad (retina)
* Nexus 7 (2013)
* iPhone 5
Still pretty, and many are illuminating, but by default they're never full page -- always a ton of white space around 1-3 zoomable pictures -- so you lose the ease of flipping through pages and just landing on something pretty
*Audio and Video only playable on some devices*
If you have an iPad or Kindle Fire, you're golden. 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.
* Everything else:
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 purchases.
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. Wonder how ILM got those amazing special effects on a such low budget ($3 million), 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 buy 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. Buy-Buy-Buy!!!!
So, I 'll say it here, separately. BUYER BEWARE, SPECIAL CONTENT NOT AVAILABLE ON ADROID/PC