The Making of the Empire Strikes Back: The Definitive Story

The Making of the Empire Strikes Back: The Definitive Story

Hardback Star Wars (Del Rey)

By (author) J W Rinzler, Foreword by Ridley Scott

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  • Publisher: LUCAS BOOKS
  • Format: Hardback | 361 pages
  • Dimensions: 274mm x 300mm x 36mm | 2,223g
  • Publication date: 12 October 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0345509617
  • ISBN 13: 9780345509611
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, frontispiece
  • Sales rank: 113,626

Product description

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has once again made use of his unlimited access to the Lucasfilm Archives and its hidden treasures of previously unpublished interviews, photos, artwork, and production mementos.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

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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."

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Advance praise for "The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" "These books are the acid flashback they've been promising us without the mess and fuss of dropping acid . . . again. A trip worth taking."--Carrie Fisher, actress/author Praise for "The Making of Star Wars" "Rinzler's books sort of freak me out--because I feel when I'm reading them that I'm right back there!"--Robert Watts, "Star Wars" production supervisor ""The Making of Star Wars" is perhaps the most insightful account of what it's really like to make this kind of movie. The untainted perspective from the pre-release interviews offered inspiration when I found myself in the uncertainty brought upon by the chaos of day-to-day filmmaking."--Jon Favreau, director of "Iron Man, Zathura, " and "Elf"