The Making of The Empire Strikes Back #2020

The Making of The Empire Strikes Back By J.W. Rinzler Ridley Scott The Making of The Empire Strikes Back 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 int
  • Title: The Making of The Empire Strikes Back
  • Author: J.W. Rinzler Ridley Scott
  • ISBN: 9780345509611
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Making of The Empire Strikes Back By J.W. Rinzler Ridley Scott 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 againIn 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author has once again made use of his unlimited access to the Lucasfilm Archives and its hidden treasures of previously unpublished interviews, photos, artwork, and production mementos The result is a comprehensive behind the scenes, up close and personal look at the trials and triumphs,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.
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    1. J.W. Rinzler Ridley Scott

      J W Rinzler has authored seventeen books including two New York Times bestsellers and a 1 best selling graphic novel With than 600,000 copies in print, his books have been translated into seven languages.Born in Lakewood, New Jersey, J W Rinzler grew up in Manhattan, New York City, and then in Berkeley, California He fell in love with old monster films, such as Dracula and Frankenstein, as well as Robin Hood and other adventure movies He was an avid comic book and novel reader, an intrepid moviegoer, and had his mind blown by The Beatles, Star Trek, Bruce Lee, Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, Frank Frazetta, Michelangelo, and Mad Magazine.Rinzler drew his own comic books badly , then, in his 20s, moved onto figurative oil painting okay ly, but self taught He lived in France for almost 10 years, where he began writing Back in the USA, he worked as executive editor at Lucasfilm for fifteen years, chronicling the work of George Lucas and his genial collaborators in a series of books about Star Wars and Indiana Jones.During this time, Rinzler also directed and wrote an animated short Riddle of the Black Cat, based on an Edgar Allan Poe story, which was accepted into several festivals, including the Montreal World Film Festival.His latest book is an epic novel called ALL UP, about the Space Age.Rinzler is married and has two daughters He lives on the northern California coast.

    904 thoughts on “The Making of The Empire Strikes Back”

    1. 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 com [...]


    2. More pictures at parkablogs This book is finally out after being postponed for a few times It s actually 362 pages, slightly thicker than the previous book, The Making of Star Wars The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film, which is already a massive book It seems that no paperback edition is available yet at the launch.Once again, I m marveled by the amount of information packed into the book by author J.W Rinzler I can t even begin to imagine the amount of research and effort is needed to [...]


    3. This book is not just a loo inside the making of a movie this isn t the fluffy 30 minute studio documentaries that air on HBO that have canned talking points and the same ol, same ol behind the scenes look this is a step by step, almost to a fault, look at a movie s creation from idea on a napkin to its delivery on a movie screen I mean EVERYTHING people talking about concepts, putting them down on paper, getting together and putting them on typed paper, formulating a script, revising a script, [...]


    4. I m just as used to having things fail as I am to having the succeed, says Lucas It s a reasonable risk that I m willing to take, being a reasonably cautious person But I usually have to bet the store in order to make it work, so everything either sinks or we swim There is no in between p 346 It was a darn good story dashingly told, and beyond that I can t explain it failure has a thousand explanations Success doesn t need one Alec Guinness p 2 When I was much, much younger, like first really be [...]


    5. The second in a trilogy of extensive making of books dealing with the original Star Wars films Once again, an extremely difficult film to make Despite having learned how to do many things in the first film, the ambition behind its sequel was to make it even better The pressure was on as sequels normally don t do as well as the originals, and as Star Wars had become a huge phenomenon by itself It is now considered one of the greatest films ever made, and fans are pleased that Lawrence Kasdan chie [...]


    6. You may have heard of this movie It is pretty okay.The main thing you learn, again and again, is that the reason this film is the best of the trilogy is because Irvin Kershner was at the helm Kasdan s contributions were few and Brackett s were nonexistent I find the behind the scenes struggles to be really captivating Lucas trying to build his own artistic empire 500 miles from Hollywood, the crew shooting in the frigid snowdrifts of Norway, Stuart Freeborn praying his radio controlled Muppet wo [...]


    7. The Making of The Empire Strikes Back isn t a fluffy coffee table book celebrating Empire s 30th anniversary with behind the scenes pics and recycled stories It s an epically detailed tome which completely covers every aspect of the movie, from the corporations Lucas established to finance the movie to Lucas luring talent away from Battlestar Galactica and the changes he asked Universal to enact to detailed breakdowns of almost every shot with special attention to the Han and Leia s scene in the [...]


    8. A fantastic look at every aspect of the making of The Empire Strikes Back from the preparation and development of the script including the way the story and names evolved , the filming itself, script changes, special effects, to post production and release Each chapter contains a mixture of interviews with George Lucas and other major players in the movie s production, as well as recorded conversations, script drafts and other articles There are plenty of photographs and stills from the movie, a [...]


    9. Like The Making of Star Wars , The Making of The Empire Strikes Back stands as the only single book to contain everything a person could ever desire to learn about the epic motion picture After receiving a copy of the book from Del Rey SWAT fcrps Revan97 , I was not surprised to discover that this volume contains a greater amount of information than its predecessor, just as the film The Empire Strikes Back possesses a greater length than the first Star Wars movie If you have been in search of al [...]



    10. Okay, so I enjoyed the Making of Star Wars A New Hope immensely, and this one is just as good, if not better A few surprises, one of which being how difficult it was to film the carbonite chamber scene, and also, most surprisingly, Leigh Brackett s contribution to the movie, which was just about zero All other books I ve read have said she helped write it Indeed, because the tension is so taut in the movie, I thought she may have helped write it But no, it was Lawrence Kasdana big surprise.But y [...]


    11. It s always a bit of a conundrum My favorite movie of all time is The Empire Strikes Back I know it s not the best movie ever made, but it is my favorite I was seven when it came out in 1980, and it opened my eyes to a bigger world than I had experienced with the earlier Star Wars Tragedy, romance, mysticism and adventure were all amped up in Empire, and every part of it put me on the edge of my seat Thirty years later, I still love it, and still claim it as my Favorite Movie Ever, even though I [...]


    12. Empire Strikes BackI like to think I m pretty well versed in the making of the Star Wars films I ve watched countless documentaries, listened to audio commentaries and read various making of books over the years.But that s nothing compared to this book Containing interviews with most of the major players, taken from the late seventies right up until the release of The Empire Strikes Back, this has a real fly on the wall feeling Nobody knew whether this was going to be as good as the first film, [...]


    13. Once again, J.W Rinzler provides a detailed, backstage look at the creation of one of the most successful films of all time the first sequel to Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back was a huge, personal gamble for George Lucas After the stress and strain of the first Star Wars, which was financed by studio 20th Century Fox, Lucas decided to finance the sequel himself, using the profits from Star Wars merchandising as collateral for the bank loans This gave Lucas complete creative control, but also i [...]


    14. To say this piece of work is extensive is an understatement Rinzler covers and uncovers nearly every imaginable aspect of making The Empire Strikes Back, from an early story meeting with Lucas to the rigorous filming, and the massive special effects undertaking of post production It s an exhaustive amount of information and detail, not to mention the trove of rarely and never before seen picture from the film s production One of the book s greatest sequences is a transcript of on the set audio d [...]


    15. Rinzler, who wrote the Making Of for the first Star Wars film, once again does an excellent job telling the complete story, start to finish, of the monumental task that was Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back.He again utilizes period interviews, archived material, and internal memos to tell the as it happened story of Empire Showcased with wonderful photography, this books gives the reader the inside look at what it took to make the sequel to the biggest movie of all time.While there were many bit [...]


    16. The Making of The Empire Strikes Back by JW RinzlerBallantine Books, 2010351 pagesNon fiction Movie5 5 starsSource LibraryLike the previous book The Making of Star Wars, this book takes an in depth look at the making of a film with new pressures The success of Star Wars had many implications Its financial success enabled George Lucas to retain control as it was a proven commodity but no sequel had ever done as well as its predecessor so the entire operation was dicey Lucas was drained from dire [...]


    17. After reading this book about one of my ten favorite movies of all time, it boggles the mind that this movie was even half as good as Star Wars, let alone better than the original This book gives an insider s perspective on the entire motion picture from brainstorm, script, production all the way through to final cut and release with everything thrown in from location shoots in arctic temperatures, to set design, special effects, make up, costumes and art direction And the problems To speak as Y [...]


    18. It s hard to find fault with this behind the scenes book Rinzler gives you a detailed, almost daily diary of the production, from pre to postproduction As much as I ve read about SW, it was full of fascinating anecdotes One of my favorite moments comes from an audio transcription of Kershner working on the set with Ford, Fisher, and Williams on the pivotal I know moment when Han is frozen in carbonite To see how that scene artistically evolved through collaboration was illuminating Also, funny t [...]


    19. There is not enough space or time to write a proper review for by far the best making of book that I have ever read I considered myself someone who knew a few things about the Best Sequel Ever Made than the next guy, but this book proved that I knew very little about what happened while this movie was being made Lucas s struggles to create a financially stable ILM David Prowse, the walking spoiler alert the difficulties filming in the frigid cold and snow for the Hoth scenes Alec Guiness s poor [...]


    20. At first I was a little uninterested in this book, only because most of my free time for reading is on the train and this isn t really the kind of book you can read on the train The photos and artwork really do benefit from the size though, and the book itself is an expansively detailed and entertaining look at the making of this film in particular, but also in giving a sense of what making a big budget film can be like Certainly, not all the problems are delved into as deeply, but this is far f [...]


    21. I actually read the Kindle Fire version of this book, which has all the text, plus pictures and even some vintage video clips some about the making of, some that are interviews with the cast and crew as well as some audio clips I had been waiting for it to come out in paperback form as the hardback version was out of my price range and was thrilled to find it extremely affordable on the Fire Covering pretty much every detail about the making of Empire Strikes Back through to the premiere and ea [...]


    22. Now here s a book right up my alley Fans of The Empire Strikes Back tend to give too much of the credit to director Irvin Kershner for the film s greatness I know I did But Rinzler s new book explains how all the ingredients the plot, the characters, the designs, the richness came from Lucas imagination On Empire, what Kershner did so well unlike Jedi director Richard Marquand, and Lucas himself on the prequel trilogy is that he put a lot of time and thought and Lucas money into how to logically [...]


    23. Excellent and highly detailed making of the best of all the Star Wars films At points it almost gets too detailed, but the whole narrative is fascinating not just because of details, photos, drawings, and recorded transcripts but also because the story of ESB is also that of Lucasfilm and Industrial Light and Magic The risks Lucas took in financing ESB and the creation of his tech empire did pay off, but the roller coaster ride of all of these is riveting, especially since we know how it finally [...]


    24. As with the first volume, this is a comprehensive account of the production of what many myself included consider the best film in the series.Rinzler relies a lot, and acknowledges this early on, on Alan Arnold s excellent Once Upon a Galaxy , published at the time of the film s release in 1980 For an officialy sanctioned book, it is surprisingly candid regarding the production problems and the rift between Lucas and Kurtz.Beautifully illustrated The kindle edition again adds some interesting be [...]


    25. Continues where the excellent Star Wars book left off The best part was the transcript of the conversations between director Irvin Kershner, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Billy Dee Williams before filming the scene where Han is frozen a really fascinating insight into the creative process as they try to get to the heart of the characters amidst the trappings of a major production Empire is hands down the best of the Star Wars films and I think it s because of the room that Kershner gave the c [...]


    26. While this book was written along the same lines as the Making of Star Wars, which I gave 5 stars, there was just something about this follow up that made it, for me, less interesting I still loved the extra behind the scenes photos and info, but it just didn t seem to flow as well as the first book, and some section became somewhat of a chore to read, regardless of how interesting the information was.


    27. Buku keren Banyak trivia soal shooting filmnya yang ga bakal ada di atau Saya makin respect ke Kershner Lucas equally karna kontribusi mereka lebih total dibanding apa yg biasanya disuggest Belum lagi ke tim ILM, berapa kali tuh revisi shot special effectnya sampe overbudget Maklum Kershner kewalahan karna nih pertama kalinya dia buat film grand semacam ini, productionnya hampir terancam hancur Tapi hasilnya tetep masterpiece


    28. This was the first book I read on my Kindle Fire that was than its presentation in other formats While I really like Rinzler s other coffee table books about A New Hope and Indiana Jones , I really enjoyed the Fire version For one thing, it s cheaper and, for another, it has the words Don t Sorry, couldn t resist The second thing I really enjoyed was the video and audio footage Really added a brand new dimension to reading a book


    29. Certainly what it says on the boxtive Sometimes TOO definitive, like when listing bookkeeping details or random crew hires Rinzler has ZERO editorial observation, and is very dry, but the he finds so many fascinating nuggets buried way back when And simply by telling the tale straight, without fluff, a huge chunk of it is fascinating and inspirational the massive risk, the dedication, the pride Best bit is the transcript when Kersh is miked for the I know day Legendary.


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