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Sculpting a Galaxy: Inside the Star Wars Model Shop Hardcover – November 14, 2006
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This meticulous look at the models, miniatures and sculptures that make up the Star Wars movie universe is sure to make the short list for fans. Model and sculpture designer Peterson takes the reader through a guided tour of the Star Wars series, giving extra attention to fan favorites. Some of the more popular vehicles, such as the AT-AT Walkers and the Millenium Falcon get their own detailed gatefolds. Peterson's tight prose keeps the book on track, offering all sorts of trivia without dwelling on minutiae. While the later movies have certainly benefited from computer-generated special effects, he explains it was more cost-effective and realistic to create many of the sets, backgrounds and vehicles via sculptures and models. Readers will learn that the crowds watching the pod race from The Phantom Menace, for example, were not entirely computer generated-thousands of painted Q-Tips were used to fill out the stadium, "ultimately creating an image that looked very realistic." Peterson covers everything from how to create fake blood for a severed arm (raspberry yogurt mixed with tempera paint) to employing wheelchair motors in order to enable R2-D2 to navigate the gritty Tunisian desert where the first film was shot. Fans will find everything from the holographic chess set from the first film to Darth Vader's mask from Revenge of the Sith lovingly photographed and described in detail. Many of the models regularly tour museums, but this comprehensive examination offers fans a more informed appreciation for the work that went into the series.
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About the Author
Lorne Peterson is one of the founding members of Industrial Light & Magic. He was hired by George Lucas to help create the models for the first Star Wars movie in 1975. In 1978, Peterson was invited by Lucas to oversee the entire production of models for The Empire Strikes Back. His signature is evident on nearly every model used in the original trilogy. Peterson's work is also showcased in the entire Star Wars saga, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Jurassic Park, Men in Black, Galaxy Quest, and the Pirates of the Caribbean films. He was honored with an Academy Award® and a BAFTA Award for the special effects work in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. This is his first book.
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I looked into having it rebound. It was some what expensive but the part that really turned me off was they said I would loose some of the page where it was originally bound. Well, there are quite a few pictures that go into the binding as it is and I didnt want to loose more. If it ever comes out from a different publisher, I'll buy it again.
HOWEVER, as another reviewer mentioned, the binding leaves much to be desired. My copy started to disintegrate as soon as I opened it. A shame, as I would rate the book 5 stars if it had an intact spine. As such, it hardly gets looked at now as every turn of the page could be the last thanks to the inferior binding.
Like the others it is chock full of behind the scenes & stunning photographs of movie Icons , but more specifically the Star Wars films. Having direct access to the Lucas Film archives , each object is photographed & described beautifully.
The book is broken up into several designations/Chapters, Craft - fighters/destroyers/cargo/ground effect, etc , enviroments - planets/worlds /buildings etc. Each chapter is highly detailed with double & triple page
Photo spreads of a featured model.
Highly recommended for Star Wars Fans , Film buffs , modellers & those who just like this feild presented by people who love what they do & want to talk about it.
The Special Edition contains many many more photos - 500 hundred more i believe, a very well specially produced Documentary Diary DVD narrated by Lorne Peterson, multiple solid resin reproduction props as used in the production of Star Wars - A New Hope, and an additional thinner paperback book focusing on the CG elements of the later films.
As other reviewers have mentioned, some of the images suffer from low resolution, tho not many. Fans would have been better served with more emphasis placed on the creatures created for the films, the index at the rear of the book with 1/2" x 1/2" images is more comprehensive, tho disappointing at the very small scale. Fortunately the included DVD does a great job of showcasing the creatures and the shenanigans in the studio.