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The Making of The Empire Strikes Back: Star Wars The Definitive Story (Hardcover)

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    J. W. Rinzler, executive editor at Lucasfilm Ltd., is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Making of Star Wars, as well as the London Times bestseller The Complete Making of Indiana Jones.
    In this lavish thirtieth-anniversary tribute to the blockbuster film Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, New York Times bestselling author J. W. Rinzler draws back the curtain to reveal the intense drama and magnificent wizardry behind the hit movie—arguably the fan favorite of the Star Wars Saga.

    Following his The Making of Star Wars, the author has once again made use of his unlimited access to the Lucasfilm Archives and its hidden treasures of previously unpublished interviews, photos, artwork, and production mementos. The result is a comprehensive behind-the-scenes, up-close-and-personal look at the trials and triumphs, risks and close calls, inspiration, perspiration, and imagination that went into every facet of this cinematic masterpiece. Here’s the inside scoop on:

    • the evolution of the script, from story conference and treatment to fifth draft, as conceived, written, and rewritten by George Lucas, famed science-fiction author Leigh Brackett, and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan

    • the development of new key characters, including roguish hero Lando Calrissian, sinister bounty hunter Boba Fett, and iconic Jedi Master Yoda

    • the challenges of shooting the epic ice planet battle in the frozen reaches of Norway and of conjuring up convincing creatures and craft—from tauntauns and snowspeeders to Imperial walkers

    • the construction of a life-sized Millennium Falcon and the swamp planet Dagobah inside a specially built soundstage in Elstree Studios

    • the technique behind master Muppeteer Frank Oz’s breathing life into the breakthrough character Yoda

    • the creation of the new, improved Industrial Light & Magic visual effects facility and the founding of the now-legendary Skywalker Ranch

    In addition, of course, are rare on-the-scene interviews with all the major players: actors Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and David Prowse; director Irvin Kershner; producer Gary Kurtz; effects specialists Richard Edlund, Dennis Muren, Ken Ralston, and Phil Tippett; composer John Williams; and many others. Punctuating the epic account is a bounty of drawings, storyboards, and paintings by Ralph McQuarrie, Joe Johnston, and Ivor Beddoes, along with classic and rare production photos. An added bonus is a Foreword by acclaimed director Ridley Scott.

    The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is a fittingly glorious celebration of an undisputed space-fantasy movie milestone. Search your feelings, you know it to be true.


    ISBN 9780345509611
    Genre PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Direction & Production
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 361
    Publisher Date 2010-10-12 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Lucasbooks
    Copyright Year 2010
    Height 10.75 in
    Wdth 11.5 in
    Thickness 1.5 in
    Unit weight 5.15 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle Star Wars The Definitive Story
    Series Name Star Wars
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Rinzler, J. W.

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    • The Making of Star Wars: Episode V...

      The Book is hard bound and as discribed, graphics on nearly every page and the information given isn't readily avaible everywhere.

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    • Hard to place this book down and walk away from

      Excellent book, excellent read. The photos alone give this book high praise. This book is beautifully bound and the pages within are of the best quality paper. Reading the comments and the personal notes that go along with this production are worth its weight. Any fan that loves STAR WARS would enjoy having this book.

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