The Art of Star Wars
Star Wars: The Force Awakens shattered box-office records as one of the highest-grossing films of all time, and its eagerly awaited sequel, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is sure to do the same. Written and directed by Rian Johnson (Looper, The Brothers Bloom, Brick) and production designed by Rick Heinrichs (Fargo, The Big Lebowski, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Captain America: The First Avenger), this chapter, like every chapter before it, owes its visual language and fully imagined cinematic landscape to an incomparable art department: the Lucasfilm “visualists.” The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi explores their vision and illuminates their creative process in stunning detail. Featuring concept art and costume sketches, storyboards, and blueprints, fans will take a deep dive into the development of the fantastic worlds, characters, and creatures—both old and new—of The Last Jedi. Featuring unforgettable art and exclusive interviews with the filmmakers, this visual archive highlights moviemaking magic at its finest.

The Art of Star Wars Details

TitleThe Art of Star Wars
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 15th, 2017
PublisherAbrams
ISBN-139781419727054
Rating
GenreMedia Tie In, Star Wars, Art, Science Fiction

The Art of Star Wars Review

  • Brandon St Mark
    January 1, 1970
    Really liked this a lot! Like I said in my one update for this, I haven't seen the film yet, but I have read the spoilers (of course, I've said many times before that I purposefully spoil myself for things). I'm not sure how I feel about the spoilers, but I'm definitely not going to say anything either way until I actually see the film (either this Thursday or sometime after Chirstmas). Anyway, I think this was a really good choice to read before the movie because obiviously it isn't going to sp Really liked this a lot! Like I said in my one update for this, I haven't seen the film yet, but I have read the spoilers (of course, I've said many times before that I purposefully spoil myself for things). I'm not sure how I feel about the spoilers, but I'm definitely not going to say anything either way until I actually see the film (either this Thursday or sometime after Chirstmas). Anyway, I think this was a really good choice to read before the movie because obiviously it isn't going to spoil anything for me (since I've already done that), but it does maybe give a little... reasoning behind said spoilers. Plus I really love concept art, it inspires me a lot.Overall I like the "The Force Awakens" artbook more because it shows more of the "could've-been" versions the sequel trilogy, some of which i think would've been cooler if I'm being honest, but this still was very enjoyable and a cool look behind the scenes of the making of The Last Jedi.
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  • Seth Woodley
    January 1, 1970
    This is filled with beautiful artwork and conceptual images from the making of the film. It features stunning visuals and interesting descriptions of the creative process. This is a fascinating work for any Star Wars fan.
  • Jim Kettner
    January 1, 1970
    Well, this gem arrived underneath the tree X-Mas morning and in the past 48 hours I've devoured it cover to cover. I don't really know how I could begin to criticize this tome. Not only is it jam packed with gorgeous illustrations, character designs, and story boards, there are also oodles of easter eggs and insights into the creative process of making this film from producers, designers, and writer/director Rian Johnson. I know this movie has caused a stir amongst fans, but for my money, The La Well, this gem arrived underneath the tree X-Mas morning and in the past 48 hours I've devoured it cover to cover. I don't really know how I could begin to criticize this tome. Not only is it jam packed with gorgeous illustrations, character designs, and story boards, there are also oodles of easter eggs and insights into the creative process of making this film from producers, designers, and writer/director Rian Johnson. I know this movie has caused a stir amongst fans, but for my money, The Last Jedi has been my favorite Star Wars film since I saw Return of the Jedi in the theatre when I was five. It's the first film since eighty three that does an adequate job capturing the spirit of what I loved about star wars, putting the opera back in space opera with big ideas, a big canvas, and mythic storytelling. I really dug the film, and so the behind the scenes peek was especially great. I love seeing the evolution of certain characters and hints of whole sequences that were cut from the film. The essays and blurbs provide a great inside view of how the writer informs the illustrators and vice versa. Amazing how the shape of the story can be powerfully influenced by a painting that hits just the right chord to inspire the imagination. This sort of filmmaking just seems like such a fun collaborative process not unlike my experience working on a graphic novel...and so it was not so surprising at all to find beloved comic artists like Chris Weston and Jock among The Last Jedi art team. A must for everyone who left this movie feeling excited and inspired about the new places the Star Wars universe can go.
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  • Austin Martin
    January 1, 1970
    I was listening to movie reviews on NPR this morning and I enjoyed hearing what others thought of this movie and how it compared to the other films. The concept art and design was so greatly thought out and after hearing the reviews about what is going to happen, I can't wait to see this movie! What I liked the most was hearing the process in what went into the design of the various landscapes, the costumes for the characters, and seeing all new creatures and places like the design of the starsh I was listening to movie reviews on NPR this morning and I enjoyed hearing what others thought of this movie and how it compared to the other films. The concept art and design was so greatly thought out and after hearing the reviews about what is going to happen, I can't wait to see this movie! What I liked the most was hearing the process in what went into the design of the various landscapes, the costumes for the characters, and seeing all new creatures and places like the design of the starships or the design of Snoke's guards. Great read to see new locations and events that will be happening in the movie. Cannot wait to see it!
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  • Javier Saldaña
    January 1, 1970
    This ‘Art of...’ book was well-written but it lacked something that the last entry had. Or maybe was it because of the curse Rian Johnson took vs the one JJ Abrahams did? With the Art of TFA book they did have a blank canvas, and the magic of the book was laying the new characters and ground, getting new ideas and exploring paths, with Art of TLJ this was more like a work diary, maybe because it had less locations/planets? Maybe because the ‘new’ vibe had already faded? But it was too technical This ‘Art of...’ book was well-written but it lacked something that the last entry had. Or maybe was it because of the curse Rian Johnson took vs the one JJ Abrahams did? With the Art of TFA book they did have a blank canvas, and the magic of the book was laying the new characters and ground, getting new ideas and exploring paths, with Art of TLJ this was more like a work diary, maybe because it had less locations/planets? Maybe because the ‘new’ vibe had already faded? But it was too technical on the ships and creatures/aliens and less about the ideas explored or characters, I mean not even a mention of Poe, Hux, Maz or R2? Anyway, the few sketches and insight info is beautiful and well explained, recommended for SW or art fans.
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  • Kelly K
    January 1, 1970
    I'm glad they included events from Episode 7 (to prevent spoilers) in this one though honestly you should be watching the movie before reading the art book. I'm expecting that the art book for Episode 9 will then have things from The Last Jedi in it because there are some scenes I wanted so badly to be in this book so I could get a closer look but they weren't. Still, I loved taking a closer look at things and learning that a lot of things in this film were inspired by WWII machinery.
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  • Perhapsme
    January 1, 1970
    Great book full of beautiful artwork and some insight into the creative process of the movie. One star off bc it's missing some stuff that i was really looking forward to seeing (they should've just delayed the publication if they were worried about spoilers). I seriously wish there was an actual MAKING of the movie book (for this and TFA).
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