Saturday 10 February 2018

Book Review: The Art of Star Wars - The Force Awakens

Title: The Art of Star Wars - The Force Awakens
Author: Phil Szostak
Publisher: Abrams
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 256
Format: Hardback
Genre: Non-Fiction / Film
Source: Bought Copy

Step inside the Lucasfilm art departments for the creation of fantastical worlds, unforgettable characters, and unimaginable creatures. The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will take you there, from the earliest gathering of artists and production designers at Lucasfilm headquarters in San Francisco to the fever pitch of production at Pinewood Studios to the conclusion of post-production at Industrial Light & Magic—all with unprecedented access. Exclusive interviews with the entire creative team impart fascinating insights in bringing director J.J. Abrams’s vision to life; unused “blue sky” concept art offers glimpses into roads not traveled. Bursting with hundreds of stunning works of art, including production paintings, concept sketches, storyboards, blueprints, and matte paintings, this visual feast will delight Star Wars fans and cineastes for decades to come. The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the definitive expression of how the latest chapter in the Star Wars saga was dreamed into being. (Goodreads Synopsis)

The Art of Star Wars - The Force Awakens is a gorgeous coffee table book. I like it better than the book for the second movie, because it offers more interesting material and is laid out in a chronological manner. Unlike The Last Jedi, in which all the images are instantly recognisable from the final movie, this book shows a lot of material that didn't make it into the film, and it is fascinating to see how the characters and plot developed and changed during pre-production.

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