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  • Hardcover: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (12 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845135555
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845135553
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 29.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Immaculately presented. Unendingly fascinating.'

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'Nothing less than electrifying, 150 pages of Star Wars history that must not be missed'

(SFX Magazine)

`Much like the movie itself, this is utterly essential'

(Total Sci-Fi Online)

‘Fascinating'

(Jonathan Coates SFX Magazine)

About the Author

J. W. Rinzler, executive editor at Lucasfilm Ltd., is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Making of Star Wars and The Making of The Empire Strikes Back, as well as The Times bestseller The Complete Making of Indiana Jones.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 15 Oct. 2010
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Just received this from Amazon. This is a very detailed look into the making of this great movie. I think it would be fair to split a review of this book into two parts; the first concentrating on the contents, the second about its presentation...

The content is simply superb. It offers a wonderfully detailed accounts of the pre-production, production and post-production phases, interspersed with the development of major parts of the script. Having seen the film many many times (yes, I am a bit of a fan), I was amazed to see how much of the original ideas changed into the dialogue we know and love. I'll not spoil anything by giving away the details, but there were several revisions of the script, and many of the familiar characters changed along the way. The book provides the details of all of this concept work, through to the design of droids, ships, creatures, costumes, props, landscapes and indoor environments - everything is described in exquisite detail. Indeed, the book provides a great insight into how concepts are developed - useful for animators, film-makers and game developers anywhere. The original concepts by Ralph McQuarrie (RIP) are simply wonderful, but sometimes surprisingly miles away from the on-screen results. But the book isn't just a collection of excerpts and pictures; these elements are bound together by the story of the making of the film. This is THE detailed account of just how ESB was made, and it's just excellent.

The technical details of designing and shooting the film are also given, with production and shooting schedules, as well as hundreds of photographs backing this up showing the actors and production crew at work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark West on 19 April 2014
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Having read Rinzler’s excellent “The Making of Return Of The Jedi” earlier this year, I decided I wanted to go back into the wonderfully informative environment he created and asked for this for my birthday. Luckily for me, since I’m so difficult to buy for (apparently), it was gratefully bought.
Using mainly contemporary interviews (from late 1977 through to 1980), with a few conducted in the 90s and 00s, this covers the whole of the production from the opening of “Star Wars” (which took everyone by complete surprise) to the opening of “Empire Strikes Back” and touches on pretty much every aspect of the production in between. As with the Jedi book, the research is thorough and extensive, which even extends to captioning pictures and identifying people way in the background. The success of “Star Wars” does help the cause a bit here, since “Empire” benefited from an accomplished unit publicist in Alan Arnold, who later published “Once Upon A Galaxy: A Journal of the making of The Empire Strikes Back”, which I read a couple of years ago. A thick paperback, it was the official making of (there was also a magazine too) and Rinzler quotes from it extensively, whilst also drawing on other interviews Mr Arnold made at the time but which have previously been unpublished. At first I thought this overlap of information might be too repetitive but it isn’t at all, with the longest lift (where Irvin Kershner was miked up on the Carbon Freezing set) being interspersed with later comments made by the principals concerned.
By the end of 1977, George Lucas was already at work on the sequel and brought in Leigh Brackett to shape the screenplay.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Mar. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Hardback Edition.
372 Pages.
Author: J.W.Rinzler.
Foreword By Ridley Scott.

What's The Story.
J.W. Rinzler, author of the acclaimed The Making of Star Wars, once again uses his unprecedented access to the Lucasfilm archives & their treasure trove of never-before-published photos, design sketches, paintings, production notes, interviews, anecdotes, & scripts, to take us back thirty years to relive the entire production process for one of the most anticipated movies ever produced - along the way unveiling stories as entertaining, enthralling & mind-boggling as the film itself.

Timelord Thoughts.
This is one of the most in-depth books I've read that deals with the making of The Empire Stikes Back.

Written by J.W.Rinzler who had huge access to the Lucasfilm archives & had full cooperation from George Lucas & the late Irwin Kershner this hardback book delivers the definitive story of all you need to know about the sequel to one of the biggest movies in film history.

The attention to detail of the facts in this hardback book are quite a phenomenal achievement yet Rinzler amazingly pulls it off as the book covers everything from casting, Models, Yoda, Musical score, Costume design, Visual effects & much more as the author takes us through the pre-production process to the actual production on the movie itself to final post production & the movies eventual release in 1980.

This book covers the whole production & showcases some great concept art, Never before seen photos, Production notes, Design sketches, Interviews with the cast & crew whom share many enjoyable anecdotes.

This is a highly recommended read & an essential purchase for Star Wars fans who no doubt would like to read about the making of one of the most anticipated sequels of all time.

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10/10
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