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The making of Star Wars, the empire strikes back : the definitive story /

The making of Star Wars, the empire strikes back : the definitive story /
Rinzler, J. W.
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Marks the thirtieth anniversary of the second Star Wars film with previously unpublished photographs, production notes, storyboards from the Lucasfilm archives, and anecdotes from set locations.
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Control No. 722084
LCCN 2010537210
ISBN 9780345509611
ISBN 0345509617
Author Rinzler J W
Title The making of Star Wars, the empire strikes back : -- the definitive story / -- J. Rinzler ; [foreword by Ridley Scott].
Varying Title Title on dust jacket : -- Making of The empire strikes back
Varying Title Empire strikes back
Edition Statement 1st ed.
Publisher Information New York : -- Del Rey Books, -- 2010.
Physical Description ix, 361 p. : -- ill. (some col.) ; -- 28 x 30 cm.
Bibliography, Etc. Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of "The Empire Strikes Back," this lavish, fully illustrated book offers an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the making of arguably the greatest of the "Star Wars" films. Includes never-before-published photos, design sketches, paintings, and more.
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Annotation 1 Marks the thirtieth anniversary of the second Star Wars film with previously unpublished photographs, production notes, storyboards from the Lucasfilm archives, and anecdotes from set locations.

Annotation 2 A 30th-anniversary tribute to the second Star Wars film features previously unpublished photos, production notes and storyboards from the Lucasfilm archives and shares anecdotes from set locations. Movie tie-in.

Annotation 3 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author has once again made use of his unlimited access to the Lucasfilm Archives and its hidden treasures of previously unpublished interviews, photos, artwork, and production mementos.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.


 reviews (2)

Booklist Reviews 2010 June #1
*Starred Review* For Star Wars fans looking for a way to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the release of The Empire Strikes Back, this book will seem heaven sent. Rinzler follows up his magnificent The Making of Star Wars (2007) with this in-depth account of the production of the second act in George Lucas' original three-act epic. The author distills information gathered from a variety of sources: interviews with the actors and filmmakers recorded while the movie was in production; archival records; newspaper and magazine articles; new interviews; and books (including the now-rare Once upon a Galaxy, Alan Arnold's 1980 making-of book). Rinzler explores every aspect of the production, from the writing of the screenplay to casting to location filming to special effects to composing the score and designing print ads. The book is profusely illustrated with preproduction sketches, on-set photos, excerpts from various script drafts, reproductions of Lucas' handwritten notes, and more. Even fans who consider themselves quite knowledgeable about the movie might be surprised at some of the information here (Jeremy Bulloch, who played bounty hunter Boba Fett, was the half-brother of associate producer Robert Watts; the design of one of Empire's classic posters was modeled on a poster for a rerelease of Gone with the Wind). A splendid, comprehensive, and utterly indispensable book. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2010 July #1
A fitting sequel to his wonderful The Making of Star Wars, Rinzler provides a superbly detailed A-to-Z account of Empire's arduous production. You'd think that after the tumultuous experience of filming SW, the second film would go more smoothly, but actually it was worse. A more ambitious script featuring ice and bog planets and employing a puppet as a core character took its toll on the cast and crew, pushing the production over budget and off schedule. It's also unbelievable that after making the most profitable film in history, creator George Lucas struggled with financing to finish Empire. The story of its creation unfurls through interviews with principal cast and crew and takes readers from the earliest drafts of scripts and concept art through postproduction and release. Some of this information has appeared previously, but there's new material aplenty-especially a gold mine of killer never-before-seen pix that fans are ravenous for-more than 1200 images! VERDICT Rinzler again captures the magic, and this book-like the film it commemorates-is a thrilling successor to the original. SW fans will love it. It's pricey, but that will drive readers into libraries for it.-Mike Rogers, Library Journal/LJXpress Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.


 author biography

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.

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