Star Wars: The Making of The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars the Empire Strikes Back is hands down one of the greatest movie sequels ever created, and probably the best sci-fi film ever made to boot.

The shear imagination and work that went into creating the original Star Wars trilogy was mind boggling. Aside from the production teams and cast working on the films, you had entire art departments creating incredibly detailed models and miniature environments that to this day look better than the CGI we got in the Star Wars prequels years later.

Here at Headstache.com we love to find out about all the behind the scenes details that go into making a film, and that is why the new book by J. W. Rinzler named The Making of Starwars: The Empire Strikes Back is one of the most interesting books we have come across. We can’t wait to sink our teeth into this bad boy.

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Here are some awesome behind the scene pictures found in the book and more details:

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author has once again made use of his unlimited access to the Lucasfilm Archives and its hidden treasures of previously unpublished interviews, photos, artwork, and production mementos.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.

You can find out more information about the book at Random House Inc.

You can see the rest of the behind the scene pics at Vanity Fair.

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