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Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy Hardcover – May 13, 2014

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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." (

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

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

"Every Star Wars fan should get this Star Wars Storyboards book." (

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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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 1419707744
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Abrams; 1st edition (May 13, 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9781419707742
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1419707742
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 4.01 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 9 x 1.25 x 11.87 inches
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Former executive creative for 15 years at Lucasfilm, Rinzler wrote and directed an animated short "Riddle of the Black Cat," which was shown at numerous film festivals, including the Montreal World Film Festival. His adaptation of George Lucas's original rough draft became "The Star Wars" graphic novel and was a #1 New York Times best-seller.

Born in Lakewood, New Jersey; grew up in Manhattan/NYC and Berkeley, CA, J W Rinzler fell in love with old monster films, such as Dracula and Frankenstein, as well as Robin Hood and other adventure movies.

His historical-fiction novel ALL UP, a thriller about the first Space Age, from World War II to the Apollo 11 mission, will be out in July 2020.

"All Up is an exceptional book that takes the reader beyond the usual descriptions of the challenges and achievements of the first Space Age, by describing the human reality behind the extraordinary efforts of intelligence and will that made it all possible. Imagine if we could meet Wernher von Braun, Jack Parsons, and Sergei Korolev, and hear them speak about their lives, their failures and hopes and their eventual successes. That is the story told in All Up, a timely contribution at the moment America is seriously considering a return to the Moon, and a valuable guide to the stunning voyages to come."—Dr. Jacques F. Vallée, computer scientist, winner of the Jules Verne Award for science-fiction

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As a Storyboard Artist, I have found this book to be a fascinating insight into how the trilogy evolved from the early stages of film production. By looking at the earliest sketches, you can really get a sense of the artist's collaboration with the directors and to see how the characters had developed in these shots.

It also highlights the wonderful draftsmanship, composition and layout, which I will carry over into my work. Even for my 5-year-old daughter loves this book, and being a fan of the series it's one of her favourite 'picture books'.
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