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A Pefect gift for the fan who has everything
on 1 June 2005
I was giving this book as a present, and boy am I thankful.
If you ever wanted to know how Lucas comes up with his ideas for the movies, then you need this book.
It is full of sketches, high quality concept art, paintings and drawings showing each thought and idea that led to the birth of Episode III.
Along side each image and painting is a small diary showing the development of the story and the movie. At the rear of the book is the entire script for the movie. You will even find scenes and parts of the movie that never made it to the big screen.
These scenes were made, but left on the cutting room floor. Gives us hope for the directors cut or extended version coming out soon.
You find out that Lucas did'nt actually come up with many of the ideas in the movie, his concept artists did. The planets seen in the movies were the brainchild of the artists. Lucas gave them a simple brief, come up with ideas for planets to be used for the clone wars. Simple.
The aliens, the animals and the enemies were also thought up by the concept artists. Yes this book will shatter any illusion that Lucas made the Universe himself. Although he did have final say as to what stays and what goes. He used two stamps to mark ideas he liked. One stamp to mark an idea or drawing is approved and will be allowed to be worked on, another stamp 'fabuloso' meant that no more work was needed on the concept and it was perfect and to be used.
If you think General Greivious was always going to be the villain of the movie, think again. There is a whole section of the book where all the concept artists try to out do each other with ideas for the big baddie of the movie. See who you think was the best.
If you are an artist you will love this book, if you are an art lover you will love this book, if you are a star wars fan you will love this book and if you are wanting to make it in the world of cinema you will need this book.