The Art of Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith

The Art of Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith

Packed with breathtaking visuals created by a team of world class artists The Art of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith charts the visual genesis of this epic saga s climactic finale. For years George Lucas s handpicked group has created characters costumes droids star ships planetary vistas digi matte paintings and sculpturesevery type of visual imaginable. This e...

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Title:The Art of Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith
Author:J.W. Rinzler
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The Art of Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith Reviews

  • Natasha

    One of thee most fascinating books to glance through, I now have a true appreciation for all the hard work that goes into making the visual concepts in movies, especially movies like Star Wars.

  • Parka

    (More pictures at

    )

    Putting this book down is difficult after you flip through a few pages. There are hundreds of pieces of conceptual art and beautiful paintings. It is apparent right from the start that George Lucas only hire the best artists for his movie.

    The art genre is science fiction. You'll see a lot of concept art on cityscape, robots, planets, costumes, creatures, architecture, props and characters relating to the Star Wars movie. This book is all about art, you won't see

    (More pictures at

    )

    Putting this book down is difficult after you flip through a few pages. There are hundreds of pieces of conceptual art and beautiful paintings. It is apparent right from the start that George Lucas only hire the best artists for his movie.

    The art genre is science fiction. You'll see a lot of concept art on cityscape, robots, planets, costumes, creatures, architecture, props and characters relating to the Star Wars movie. This book is all about art, you won't see any movie stills.

    There are two versions of the book. The one with the movie script has 272 pages. The one I'm holding has only 224 pages.

    Design concepts are explained for the characters and set. There's not much text but enough. The level of detail, effort and creativity displayed by the artists is simply marveling. This genre is really a playground for artists to explore with their imagination.

    For Star Wars fans, there's no reason not to get this book. For art book lovers, especially those who like sci-fi, this book should be on your shopping list.

    This review was first published on

    . There are more pictures and videos on my blog.

  • (Jen) The Artist Librarian

    A great book to borrow from your library. As some have said, to look at and just see the process that movie concept artists go through --it's neat to read the thoughts and ideas these creative people had while coming up with character, costume, vehicle, and set designs ...

  • Andrew

    This is the last of the star wars artwork books (for now) and just as colourful and rich in ideas and material as the attack of the clones book however they do not capture for me the same excitement as the original trilogy of books (but if you have read the earlier reviews you will know that i am biased) however its still a brilliant insight in to the various ideas and evolutions of characters, locations and their ships. Also the small snippets of dialogue (nothing too great to detract from the

    This is the last of the star wars artwork books (for now) and just as colourful and rich in ideas and material as the attack of the clones book however they do not capture for me the same excitement as the original trilogy of books (but if you have read the earlier reviews you will know that i am biased) however its still a brilliant insight in to the various ideas and evolutions of characters, locations and their ships. Also the small snippets of dialogue (nothing too great to detract from the art) give a tiny view in to creation of such icons.

  • Dan Foster

    Beautiful art that speaks either to Lucas' genius or his folly. Fascinating to see conceptual artists working for a full year without GL telling them what the story will actually be about. Worth looking at the process and again, amazing art.

  • Matthew Lloyd

    There are few who would dispute that

    is the best of the

    prequels. Its success is perhaps in part because it presents a climax presumed by the original trilogy, even if the preceding two prequels completely failed to establish a route to that climax. Throughout

    there are references to

    , as well as ideas and locations which have been part of the

    mythology for decades without being realised on

    There are few who would dispute that

    is the best of the

    prequels. Its success is perhaps in part because it presents a climax presumed by the original trilogy, even if the preceding two prequels completely failed to establish a route to that climax. Throughout

    there are references to

    , as well as ideas and locations which have been part of the

    mythology for decades without being realised on film - Kashyyyk, Mustafar - and an accidental look forward to

    on page 89, where Warren Fu is quoted as saying: "

    is all about dangerous catwalks." But

    is still a

    prequel and is, thus, proverbially bad. There's so much still to get through that the film feels like a rush; I remember thinking back in 2005 that the film felt like a sequence of fights designed to answer variations on the question "who would win between..." - General Grievous and Obi-Wan; Mace Windu and Palpatine; Yoda and Palpatine; Obi-Wan and Anakin. To the latter, of course, we knew the answer - this time. The rematch would go quite differently. But how to get there? This film was supposed to provide the answer.

    suggests that George Lucas had no idea where he was going with the prequels. There are a few scenes and locations known, but the process seems to have been to throw an idea at the artists and see what they could make of it, then craft these ideas into a film. On page 81 there's a quote from Lucas: "By the third film you have a lot of characters left over from before, and they're all running around yipping and yelling and saying, 'What about me?'". There was no overall plan for this trilogy; he had seemingly no clue where most of these characters would be when he created them - there seems to have been a question at one point whether Padmé would even give birth. The film ends up like a series of events which seemed cool at the time - Obi-Wan rides a lizard and fights a cyborg! Yoda fights Palpatine and is friends with Chewbacca! - which ultimately fail to carry the unsatisfactory plot. This method does produce the best of the prequel trilogy, but that bar was low and the film is far from classic. But, as a method, it results in a lot of art.

    In contrast to the arts of the original trilogy,

    is huge, and detailed, and still needs to reduce some paintings to tiny thumbnails (despite page 165 being entirely devoted to a close-up of the floor of the Trade Federation Cruiser). There's not much description of what's going on - George Lucas asks for something, they paint it, he moves on to another idea - and because it's presented chronologically, the development of certain scenes requires looking backwards and forwards to follow to completion. There's a lot that's great, but mostly there's just a lot. It's characteristic of the prequel trilogy that digital creation reached a point where these designs didn't take as much time and money wasn't an obstacle so hundreds of them were produced. Many of them are fantastic. There's enough in here to have produced a couple more

    films.

    As a process, it seems wasteful and indulgent. Again, characteristic of the prequels. Rather than focusing on making a few things well it seems like the aim was to make a lot of things look cool. To be fair, this process is more successful in

    than in the previous two films. Ultimately,

    is overwhelming and exciting, indulgent and exasperating, filling in a universe with places and things, but without character or personality. It's good to look at, but I was hoping for much more.

  • Sarah

    this book is more to look at than to read - theh environment art here is amazing

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