The Making of Star Wars (Enhanced Edition) [NOOK Book]

Overview

This enhanced eBook transforms The Making of Star Wars into an immersive multimedia experience worthy of the original film. It features exclusive content pulled from the Lucasfilm archives by author J. W. Rinzler:

• 26 minutes of rare behind-the-scenes video*
• 29 minutes of rare audio interviews with ...
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Overview

This enhanced eBook transforms The Making of Star Wars into an immersive multimedia experience worthy of the original film. It features exclusive content pulled from the Lucasfilm archives by author J. W. Rinzler:

• 26 minutes of rare behind-the-scenes video*
• 29 minutes of rare audio interviews with the cast and crew
• New bonus photos and artwork not found in the print edition

After the 1973 success of American Graffiti, filmmaker George Lucas made the fateful decision to pursue a longtime dream project: a space fantasy movie unlike any ever produced. Lucas envisioned a swashbuckling SF saga inspired by the Flash Gordon serials, classic American westerns, the epic cinema of Japanese auteur Akira Kurosawa, and mythological heroes. Its original title: The Star Wars. The rest is history, and how it was made is a story as entertaining and exciting as the movie that has enthralled millions for more than thirty years—a story that has never been told as it was meant to be. Until now.

Using his unprecedented access to the Lucasfilm Archives and its trove of “lost” interviews, photos, production notes, factoids, and anecdotes, Star Wars scholar J. W. Rinzler hurtles readers back in time for a one-of-a-kind behind-the-scenes look at the nearly decade-long quest of George Lucas and his key collaborators to make the “little” movie that became a phenomenon. It’s all here:

• the evolution of the now-classic story and characters — including “Annikin Starkiller” and “a huge green-skinned monster with no nose and large gills” named Han Solo
• excerpts from George Lucas’s numerous, ever-morphing script drafts
• the birth of Industrial Light & Magic, the special-effects company that revolutionized Hollywood filmmaking
• the studio-hopping and budget battles that nearly scuttled the entire project
• the director’s early casting saga, which might have led to a film spoken mostly in Japanese — including the intensive auditions that won the cast members their roles and made them legends
• the grueling, nearly catastrophic location shoot in Tunisia and the subsequent breakneck dash at Elstree Studios in London
• the who’s who of young film rebels who pitched in to help — including Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, and Brian DePalma

But perhaps most exciting, and rarest of all, are the interviews conducted before and during production and immediately after the release of Star Wars — in which George Lucas, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Sir Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels, composer John Williams, effects masters Dennis Muren, Richard Edlund, and John Dykstra, Phil Tippett, Rick Baker, legendary production designer John Barry, and a host of others share their fascinating tales from the trenches and candid opinions of the film that would ultimately change their lives.

No matter how you view the spectrum of this phenomenon, The Making of Star Wars stands as a crucial document — rich in fascination and revelation — of a genuine cinematic and cultural touchstone.

*Video may not play on all readers. Please check your user manual for details.

This enhanced eBook transforms The Making of Star Wars into an immersive multimedia experience worthy of the original film. It features exclusive content pulled from the Lucasfilm archives by author J. W. Rinzler:

• 26 minutes of rare behind-the-scenes video٭
• 29 minutes of rare audio interviews with the cast and crew
• New bonus photos and artwork not found in the print edition

After the 1973 success of American Graffiti, filmmaker George Lucas made the fateful decision to pursue a longtime dream project: a space fantasy movie unlike any ever produced. Lucas envisioned a swashbuckling SF saga inspired by the Flash Gordon serials, classic American westerns, the epic cinema of Japanese auteur Akira Kurosawa, and mythological heroes. Its original title: The Star Wars. The rest is history, and how it was made is a story as entertaining and exciting as the movie that has enthralled millions for more than thirty years-a story that has never been told as it was meant to be. Until now.

Using his unprecedented access to the Lucasfilm Archives and its trove of "lost" interviews, photos, production notes, factoids, and anecdotes, Star Wars scholar J. W. Rinzler hurtles readers back in time for a one-of-a-kind behind-the-scenes look at the nearly decade-long quest of George Lucas and his key collaborators to make the "little" movie that became a phenomenon. It's all here:

• the evolution of the now-classic story and characters — including "Annikin Starkiller" and "a huge green-skinned monster with no nose and large gills" named Han Solo
• excerpts from George Lucas's numerous, ever-morphing script drafts
• the birth of Industrial Light & Magic, the special-effects company that revolutionized Hollywood filmmaking
• the studio-hopping and budget battles that nearly scuttled the entire project
• the director's early casting saga, which might have led to a film spoken mostly in Japanese — including the intensive auditions that won the cast members their roles and made them legends
• the grueling, nearly catastrophic location shoot in Tunisia and the subsequent breakneck dash at Elstree Studios in London
• the who's who of young film rebels who pitched in to help — including Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, and Brian DePalma

But perhaps most exciting, and rarest of all, are the interviews conducted before and during production and immediately after the release of Star Wars — in which George Lucas, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Sir Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels, composer John Williams, effects masters Dennis Muren, Richard Edlund, and John Dykstra, Phil Tippett, Rick Baker, legendary production designer John Barry, and a host of others share their fascinating tales from the trenches and candid opinions of the film that would ultimately change their lives.

No matter how you view the spectrum of this phenomenon, The Making of Star Wars stands as a crucial document — rich in fascination and revelation — of a genuine cinematic and cultural touchstone.

٭Video may not play on all readers. Please check your user manual for details.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345542861
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/22/2013
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 266,787
  • File size: 521 MB
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Meet the Author

J. W. Rinzler, executive editor at Lucasfilm Ltd., is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Making of Star Wars, The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, as well as the London Times bestseller The Complete Making of Indiana Jones.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2010

    The Must-Have for Any True Star Wars Fan!

    The book is well written and constructed in a way that seems to squeeze every ounce of information from the first of the classic Star Wars saga. The pictures included are fantastic and really make this book one-of-a-kind. It's great for any collector looking for great photographs capturing the magic on screen and behind the camera or just for someone with an appreciation for ground breaking film making!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    I actually bought this product and I'm about halfway thru it. Wa

    I actually bought this product and I'm about halfway thru it. Wanted an ebook version as I had the print edition and am very glad I got it for my Nook HD+ tablet. Layout works fine on my tablet and the audio and video clips are a very nice addition. I also like how I can watch a small thumbnail in the body of the text or enlarge it full screen if I prefer. All in all, a very nice ebook version of a very good movie book. Lots of details in the writing,filming and selling of Star Wars with tons of behind the scenes photos and information, making you feel like you were there at the beginning. A must have for any SW fan interested in ALL aspects of bringing this blockbuster to the silver screen. Can't wait to read the others two books in the trilogy by Rinzler.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    Won't load in App or Computer version

    Seriously? Releasing a book ONLY for nook tablets? How lame.

    0 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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