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The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Enhanced Edition) [Kindle Edition with Audio/Video]

J. W. Rinzler , Ridley Scott
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‘Immaculately presented. Unendingly fascinating.'

(Shortlist )

'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 )


(Jonathan Coates SFX Magazine )

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This enhanced eBook transforms The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back into an immersive multimedia experience worthy of the original film. It features exclusive content pulled from the Lucasfilm archives by author J. W. Rinzler:

• 28 minutes of rare behind-the-scenes video*
• 29 minutes of rare audio interviews with the cast and crew
• New bonus photos and artwork not found in the print edition

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 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.

*Video may not play on all readers. Please check your user manual for details.

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  • File Size: 385139 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks (22 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Insightful, Packed with Detail 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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Force Is Stong With This One 27 Mar 2014
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Hardback Edition.
372 pages.

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, interesting. Definitive 30 Nov 2010
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Filled with rare and previously unseen photographs, production notes and interviews of the cast and crew this book represents the ultimate inside view of the film most Star Wars fans believe to be the best of the series.
Even if you are a long-time fan there's plenty in this book of interest and people who read the original "Once upon a galaxy" back in the day can rest assured this isn't just a reprint.
If you are a fan of the films, this is one of the better books out there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Hi guys,

what can I say? This book is a dream of every hardcore and casual Star Wars fan. I can't wait until the third one comes out. (Making of Return of the Jedi). Probably we should wait 3 years again and it will be released for the 30th anniversary of the film. I would like to see similar making ofs from the prequel trilogy as well. I know there are books out there but not this kind of book for the prequel trilogy. All I can say is: Don't hesitate, buy it! If you hesitate buying it I can quote the best line of Darth Vader: I FIND YOUR LACK OF FAITH DISTURBING!!!!!! Lol
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another superb entry in the series 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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