The wait is over. On 19 May this year (2005), all remaining
questions will be answered when Star Wars: Episode III
- Revenge of the Sith hits our screens. Over a month before
the event, The Making of... book of this movie arrives
in bookshops to give fans an exclusive behind-the-scenes look
at the production of the film...
of the Sith is the Star Wars film that fans have
been waiting to see, and with that in mind two books that
any true fan should treat themselves to this year are being
published (The Making of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
Art of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith).
love these coffee table books. The Making of... is
a fascinating look into the process of film making. Usually,
these books are little more than promotional material, with
little depth and little in the way of insight. This book,
however, is something very different. It is quite literally
a look behind making the film on a day to day basis. Through
the book you get to see just how the process of bringing Revenge
of the Sith happened. It covers the creation of General
Grievous and explains why some characters were included and
some dropped. It's fascinating to see how George Lucas and
Rick McCallum often made decisions about the direction of
the film on the fly under great pressure.
this is a chronological account of the film, containing the
magnificent to the mundane, it's not the sort of book that
you are likely to want to read cover to cover, but rather
like the Art of... it's a book that is worth dipping
into again and again. And this is where the dates come in.
Rinzler has cleverly linked the two books by this method,
so if you're reading about what was happening on a particular
date you can pick up The Art of... to see what was
being created as concept art at the same time.
created Art of... it would be redundant to fill The
Making of... with concept art, so what he has filled it
with are hundreds of behind the scenes photos, story board
designs and even some parts of the script which were either
rejected or revised. Included also are exclusive interviews
with those involved and a look at the fascinating process
of editing which, Lucas himself confesses, is his favourite
part of the film making process.
who is Rinzler, some lucky fan boy who got to follow the good
and great for a couple of years? What makes these books so
complete and fascinating is that he is in fact a senior editor
at Lucasfilm. So, for once, this really is an insider's view
of Revenge of the Sith, warts and all.
their interconnectivity it really is worth getting both books,
it would even be worth getting a coffee table, to display
these heavy tomes on, just to make your friends jealous.
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