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The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Staff Review: "The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi" by Phil Szostak

★★★★★

The Star Wars universe is a vast and constantly growing thing. But did you ever stop to wonder what makes something look like it belongs in a Star Wars movie?

In The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, readers see the various stages of planning that went into creating new creatures, vehicles, costumes and locations for the latest film in the franchise. Through sketches, computer-generated renderings and hand-drawn story boards, we get an up-close look at how the crew created new planets for Episode VIII, such as the salt flats of Crait and the casino city of Canto Bight, as well as the designs for new creatures like the crystalline fox-like vulptices and the wide-eyed and adorable porgs. Readers also get to see where the artists draw their inspiration from, including unused drawings and sketches from the original trilogy from the 1970s and ‘80s, and how they strive to give everything they do the classic Star Wars look.

As a huge Star Wars fan (that’s putting it mildly), I found it fascinating to learn the thought process and stories behind the latest creations that appeared in The Last Jedi. I was also amazed at how much the film’s crew could accomplish in just three years of work, and couldn't help but think about what they’re brewing up for us for Episode IX. If you’re a Star Wars fan, this book is for you.

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, movies, movie tie-ins

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