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Creating the Worlds of Star Wars: 365 Days (Abrams' 365 Days) Hardcover – Special Edition, 7 Oct 2005

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  • Hardcover: 744 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.; De Luxe edition edition (7 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810959364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810959361
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 6 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 838,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Knoll is visual effects supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic, three-time Academy Award nominee, and a creator of Adobe Photoshop.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr Ghostface VINE VOICE on 20 Oct. 2005
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This is a very nicely presented, uniquely styled book. It's hardback in landscape format, with very good quality colour photographs throughout. It moves through the films in production order (which I like) showcasing production photographs and different film elements, many of which I haven't seen before. I would have prefered to see more matte paintings reproduced, as there aren't that many included, but there is plenty of other stuff. The notes that go with the photographs are very incisive, giving great detail in most cases about the scenes displayed.
It's a good, solid book and worth every penny. Well done, Mr Knoll.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A T GEARY on 14 Oct. 2005
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This book is great. It has hundreds of photos from behind the scenes. They really have looked into the darkest corners of the archive for some the photos. Some have NEVER been seen before outside of skywalker ranch. It covers all 6 films, hence it being a very thick book (over 700 pages)
In my opinion well worth the money of any Star Wars fan!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Johnentwistlespout VINE VOICE on 5 Dec. 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book took me a bit by surprise as I'd heard absolutely nothing about it. It’s fantastically well presented and sort of reminded me of the original Star Wars trading cards – I almost expected the pages to smell of bubblegum! Some of the early photos are just awesome (full size Millennium Falcon being built and crew filming a miniature Sandcrawler in a New Hope being my favourites) and it’s all a bit sad and melancholy now it’s all over. Buy it, now!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Milsom on 30 Dec. 2006
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This book is the finest selection of Behind The Scenes Star Wars photos I have ever seen. Forget ALL the others, you collection of Star Wars trivia is incomplete without this book.

John Knoll proves he is a consummate Effects man - he IS Star Wars, living through both the first Trilogy and the second. His text is lively, informative and tells you exactly what you wanted to know, the thoughts and emotions, not just the well trodden facts and statistics.

But the books real strength is its archive photos. I certainly had never seen most of these before - not in 20 years of collecting books and mags on Star Wars.

The force is well and truly with John Knoll. Highly Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By onnawech on 8 Aug. 2013
Format: Hardcover
For a star wars fan, this book is excellent value for money, but
do not be mistaken, this must be a re-release of the Star Wars-book from 2005, but with a different cover.
It is a wonderful book full of interesting text and pictures, but the new cover does not justify buying this book a second time.

not convinced? just take a look at the date from the earliest reviews - the're from 2005 !!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 13 Feb. 2009
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John Knoll, Visual Effects Supervisor of Industrial Light & Magic sums up the book perfectly in the first sentence of his introduction.

"The object of this book is to reveal how the environments of Star Wars were created, and to explain why some were done one way and some another."

Specifically, there are 365 chapters. They are chapters because one of them talks about the founding of ILM, and the other on the staffing. Both of which I think can't be done in a single day. The rest of the chapters are on how they create the sets, props, environment, vehicles and ships.

Not just creation, the book also includes how they the props were used to create illusions. For example, Luke's speed was supported by a welded pipe, shot out of frame or blocked by an object like R2D2. To show the speeder movie, a mirror was place underneath it to reflect the ground, creating the illusion that it's floating on air.

The book is very thick because each chapter has two pages. The left explains while the right provides the photos, often spilling over. This book is easily a nice photography book without any text.

The chapters cover all the six episodes. One can easily see how movie making and technology have evolved since the first Star Wars movie. The book also comes with a CD, containing additional photos and videos on the props creation.

This should be another wonderful addition for any Star Wars fans.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 17 Nov. 2013
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Great pics. Well laid out. Too many of the new films though for me! Worth buying if you want just a simple coffee table book.
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By Jenseri on 6 Mar. 2014
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Stylish cover promises you something else. As I'm a graphic designer myself I see that it's inside visuals are looking quite cheap, or maybe the target audience for this book are teenage boys or under(?), or something, I'm not really sure (but book's design is an important thing too). About the content, there was some really interesting stuff about the deveploment of the films and I especially enjoyed the behind the scenes photos most.
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