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J. W. Rinzler - Author

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Rick Baker: Metamorphosis

Rick Baker: Metamorphosis

Author: J. W. Rinzler Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/10/2019

The definitive visual history of the thrilling make-up artistry of the legendary Rick Baker, a must-have for collectors and special effects afficionados. From the gory zombies of Michael Jackson's Thriller to the staggeringly lifelike results of Bigfoot in Harry and the Hendersons to the groundbreaking effects in An American Werewolf in London, Baker's special effects, makeup, and prosthetics are some of Hollywood's most enduring legacies. This deluxe, two-volume set is replete with more than 1000 four-colour images and original sketches. It covers the makeup artist's 40-plus-year journey, from his early days as a young monster maker , creating body parts in his parents' kitchen, to his more than 70 film and television credits--that earned seven Academy Awards, one Emmy, and three BAFTAs, among numerous other awards.

The Making of Alien

The Making of Alien

Author: J. W. Rinzler Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/07/2019

Comprehensive and definitive volume telling the complete story of how Alien was made, featuring new interviews with Ridley Scott and other production crew, and including many rarely-seen photos and illustrations from the Fox archives. In 1979 a movie legend was born, as Twentieth Century-Fox and director Ridley Scott unleashed Alien - and gave audiences around the world the scare of their lives. To celebrate the movie's fortieth anniversary, author J.W. Rinzler (The Making of Star Wars) tells the whole fascinating story of how Alien evolved from a simple idea in the mind of writer Dan O'Bannon into one of the most memorable sci-fi horror thrillers of all time. With brand new interviews with Ridley Scott and other key members of the original production crew, and featuring many never-before-seen photographs and artworks from the archives, The Making of Alien is the definitive work on this masterpiece of popular cinema.

The Making of Planet of the Apes

The Making of Planet of the Apes

Author: J. W. Rinzler Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/11/2018

FOREWORD BY FRASER HESTON In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Planet of the Apes, the classic science-fiction film from 1968, The Making of Planet of the Apes tells the film and offers exclusive, never-before-seen photographs and concept art. Based on Pierre Boulle's novel La Planete de singes, the original Planet of the Apes was one of the most celebrated films of the 1960s and beyond. Starring Hollywood icons Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowall, the movie struck a chord with the world and sparked a franchise that included eight sequels, two television series, and a long-running comic book. Now, five decades after its theatrical release, New York Times bestselling author J. W. Rinzler tells the thrilling story of this legendary Hollywood production-a film even Boulle thought would be impossible to make. With a foreword by Fraser Heston, Charlton Heston's son, The Making of Planet of the Apes is an entertaining, informative experience that will transport readers back to the strange alternate Earth ruled by apes, and bring to life memorable characters such as Cornelius, Dr. Zira, Dr. Zaius, and Taylor, the human astronaut whose time-traveling sparks an incredible adventure. Meticulously researched and designed to capture the look and atmosphere of the film, The Making of Planet of the Apes is also packed with a wealth of concept paintings, storyboards, and never-before-seen imagery-including rare journal pages and sketches from Charlton Heston's private collection-as well as color and black-and-white unit photography, posters, and more unique ephemera. Comprehensive in scope, The Making of Planet of the Apes is the definitive look at the original blockbuster film, a must-have for fans, film buffs, and collectors alike.

The Making of Star Wars The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film

The Making of Star Wars The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film

Author: J. W. Rinzler, Peter Jackson Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/10/2013

A gloriously illustrated celebration of one of the greatest movies ever made, this exclusive behind the scenes book documents a piece of cinema history. It is the true story of human endeavour and creativity that led to the production of one of the most outstanding and innovative movies of all time. George Lucas spent nearly ten years bringing his dream project to life: a ground-breaking space fantasy movie. It would be a swashbuckling sci-fi saga inspired by vintage Flash Gordon serials, classic American westerns, and mythological heroes. Its original title: The Star Wars. The rest is history. Yet its production is a story as entertaining and exciting as the film itself. Now, recounted in the words of those who were there, it is finally being told, for the first time. During the years 1975 to 1978, over fifty interviews were conducted with key members of the cast and crew. Remarkably these interviews have sat, undisturbed, in the Lucasfilm Archives for three decades. Until now. The interviews are fresh, candid and - above all - more accurate than many other reported accounts. George Lucas, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, composer John Williams, legendary production designer John Barry, and a host of others share their fascinating tales of overcoming obstacles - storms, crises, technical limitations, high stress and bitter disappointment - while displaying real ingenuity, heroism and creativity. Using his unprecedented access to the Lucasfilm Archives and this trove of never-before-published 'lost' interviews, photographs, production notes, factoids and anecdotes, J. W. Rinzler hurtles readers back in time for a definitive look at the making of Star Wars.

The Making of Return of the Jedi The Definitive Story Behind the Film

The Making of Return of the Jedi The Definitive Story Behind the Film

Author: J. W. Rinzler, Brad Bird Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2013

Just as Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi completed the most successful cinematic trilogy of its generation, perhaps of all time, this splendid thirtieth-anniversary tribute concludes New York Times bestselling author J. W. Rinzler's trio of breathtaking books celebrating George Lucas's classic saga. Once again, the author's unprecedented access to the Lucasfilm Archives has yielded a mother lode of fascinating and often unexpected revelations from behind the scenes of a blockbuster in the making. Brimming with previously unpublished photos, concept artwork, script excerpts, storyboards, on-set interviews and present-day commentary, The Making of Return of the Jedi chronicles 'how George Lucas and his crew of extroverted artists, misfits and expert craftspeople roused themselves to great heights for a third time' to create the next unforgettable chapter in one of the most beloved stories in movie history. Get up close to the action and feel like a studio insider as: * George Lucas, Oscar-nominated screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and director Richard Marquand huddle in a script conference to debate the destinies of iconic Star Wars characters * The artists and technicians at the ground-breaking Industrial Light & Magic facility surpass their own revolutionary innovations with boundary-pushing new visual effects * A crack team of sculptors, puppeteers, actors and 'monstermakers' brings Jabba the Hutt and his unsavoury cohorts to startling, slobbering life * Actors and crew race to the finish line at Elstree Studios, in a fiery desert and beneath the canopy of a dense redwood forest to provide answers to the questions that audiences had waited three years to find out: Is Darth Vader really Luke's father? Who is the mysterious 'other'? And who, or what, is the Emperor? Star Wars luminaries from both sides of the camera, including Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, David Prowse, Alec Guinness, director Richard Marquand, producer Howard Kazanjian, Ralph McQuarrie, Joe Johnston, Dennis Muren, Phil Tippett and mastermind George Lucas, all weigh in with candid insights on everything from technical crises and character design, to the Ewoks and the ultimate challenge of bringing this phenomenal space fantasy to a dramatic close. A gloriously illustrated and painstakingly researched tribute to a truly spectacular movie, The Making of Return of the Jedi invites you to return to a galaxy ...far, far away.

Star Wars The Blueprints

Star Wars The Blueprints

Author: J. W. Rinzler Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/08/2013

Star Wars: The Blueprints brings together the original technical drawings from deep within the Lucasfilm Archives. Combined with commentary from J. W. Rinzler, the collection maps in precise, vivid, and intricate detail the genesis of one of the most enduring onscreen stories. Special features: more than 250 blueprints; more than 500 photographs and illustrations; and, ten gatefolds.

Making of the Empire Strikes Back

Making of the Empire Strikes Back

Author: J. W. Rinzler, Ridley Scott Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2010

An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of arguably the greatest and most cherished of all the Star Wars films, the most important motion picture sequel of all-time, and a movie that changed pop culture forever: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. J.W. Rinzler, author of the acclaimed The Making of Star Wars, once again uses his unprecedented access to the Lucasfilm archives, and their treasure trove of never-before-published photos, design sketches, paintings, production notes, interviews, anecdotes, and scripts, to take us back thirty years to relive the entire production process for one of the most anticipated movies ever produced - along the way unveiling stories as entertaining, enthralling and mind-boggling as the film itself. As a long-standing member of the Lucasfilm staff, J.W. Rinzler has enjoyed unparalleled co-operation and support from the original moviemakers, including both George Lucas and veteran director Irvin Kershner. The result is a truly definitive account that is destined to become a must-have for all true Star Wars fans and serious cinephiles. Jonathan Rinzler is a New York Times bestselling author and longtime editor at Lucasfilm Publishing.

The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film

The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film

Author: J. W. Rinzler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2008

George Lucas spent nearly ten years bringing his dream project to life: a ground-breaking space fantasy movie. Its original title: The Star Wars. The rest is history. Yet its production is a story as entertaining and exciting as the movie itself. Now, recounted in the words of those who were there, it is finally being told, for the first time. Between 1975 and 1978, over fifty interviews were conducted with key members of cast and crew - George Lucas, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, composer John Williams, legendary production designer John Barry amongst many others. Remarkably, these candid and revelatory interviews have sat, undisturbed, in the Lucasfilm Archives for three decades. Until now. Using his unprecedented access to the archives and this treasure trove of never-before-published 'lost' interviews, photographs, production notes, factoids and anecdotes, J.W. Rinzler hurtles back in time for a definitive look at the genesis of a cinematic legend. A true story of human endeavour and creativity, The Making of Star Wars reveals exactly what it took to produce one of the most outstanding and innovative films of all time.

The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film

The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film

Author: J. W. Rinzler Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/04/2007

Star Wars was released in 1977 and went on to earn almost $775 million at the worldwide box office. It would change film making forever. Published for the 30th anniversary of the original Star Wars movie, this is a must-have book for all Star Wars fans and movie lovers. Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of images spanning the creation of the film, and including previously unpublished interviews and stories, The Making of Star Wars is a piece of cinema history; and the story behind the making of this book is almost as intriguing. When author J.W. Rinzler heard that a similar book had been started back in the 1970s - around the time of filming - curiosity got the better of him. He was directed to four boxes within the vast Lucasfilm archive. He discovered that over fifty interviews had been conducted between 1975 and 1978 with key members of the cast and crew. These boxes had sat undisturbed for three decades. Until now. The interviews were fresh, candid and - above all - more accurate than many other reported accounts. Interviewees included director George Lucas; producer Gary Kurtz; actors Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher; and production designer John Barry (who died in 1979). Conducted long before the film was released in 1977, those interviewed are completely unaware of the future impact of the film and the direction that their careers would take. Since 1977, Star Wars has spawned two sequel films, three prequels, countless books, comic books and video games, television shows, and innumerable interviews. But the original story in its original words has remained hidden, until now. With unrestricted access to the archive, Rinzler has created a unique document that is set to become a seminal piece of film history. It reveals how a small group of gifted artists and craftspeople led by one inspired writer-director overcame obstacles - storms, crises, technical limitations, high stress and bitter disappointment - while enlisting ingenuity, heroism, but most of all dogged determination, to get to the end of their adventure. Lavishly illustrated throughout, this is the true story of human endeavour and creativity that led to the production of one of the most outstanding and innovative films of all time.

The Making of Star Wars Episode II: Revenge of the Sith

The Making of Star Wars Episode II: Revenge of the Sith

Author: J. W. Rinzler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2005

In 1977 George Lucas brought Star Wars to the big screen - and made cinema history. Almost thirty years later he completed the saga with Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. This is the behind-the-scenes look at the making of the most important Star Wars film, the movie that explained the rise of the Empire and the creation of Darth Vader. With hundreds of images pulled from the official Lucasfilm archives, and full insight in to the movie-making process gleaned from interviews with the cast, the crew and George Lucas himself, this is the perfect book for fans of Star Wars.

The Art of Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith

The Art of Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith

Author: J. W. Rinzler Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/04/2005

This is second of two official tie-in books to the explosive conclusion of the Star Wars saga, Revenge of the Sith, and the sequel to the 1999 Sunday Times bestseller, The Art of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. This is the only book that includes the actual movie script. A visual journey through hundreds of pieces of lavishly-rendered artwork: exotic characters, worlds, devices and mind-bending action. Enjoy an insider's perspective from the talented artists who created these wonders. Jonathan Rinzler, has also written The Making of Star Wars Episode III.

The Art of Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith

The Art of Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith

Author: J. W. Rinzler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2005

This is second of two official tie-in books to the explosive conclusion of the Star Wars saga, Revenge of the Sith, and the sequel to the 1999 Sunday Times bestseller, The Art of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. This is the only book that includes the actual movie script. A visual journey through hundreds of pieces of lavishly-rendered artwork: exotic characters, worlds, devices and mind-bending action. Enjoy an insider's perspective from the talented artists who created these wonders. Jonathan Rinzler, has also written The Making of Star Wars Episode III.