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Title:
Star wars, mythmaking : behind the scenes of Attack of the Clones
Author:
Duncan, Jody.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Ballantine Publ. Group, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
224 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
"Lucas books."

"A Del Rey book"--T.p. verso.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780345431288
Format :
Book

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Summary

In producing all the thrilling characters, action, and romance that infuse the Star Wars epic with life, George Lucas and a host of talented actors, special-effects wizards, set designers, and visionaries of every sort have created a myth of stunning imagination. The saga has entered a new and startling phase with Attack of the Clones--and this book is the ultimate backstage pass to the making of this highly anticipated film.

Filled with revealing observations from the myth-makers themselves, and featuring hundreds of exclusive, never-before-seen color photographs from the Lucasfilm archives, this extraordinary volume begins before a single frame was shot. From scouting locations to casting decisions, the pre-production drama is brought to life. Then author, Jody Duncan, takes you through the complete filmmaking process, following the story--scene by scene--and reveals the secrets and the marvelous anecdotes that lie behind the movie magic. Inside you will find:

• Candid insights from stars Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Samuel L. Jackson, Hayden Christensen, Christopher Lee, and Jimmy Smits--as well as from the man behind the phenomenon--George Lucas
• The secrets of the set designs, including the new planets of Kamino and Geonosis, explaining how the concept paintings and sketches led to three-dimensional models and elaborate constructs on the vast sound stages in Australia
• The character developments that allowed the actors to bring new depth and drama to Anakin Skywalker, Padmé Amidala, Mace Windu, and Yoda
• The introduction of terrific new characters, including Senator Bail Organa, bounty hunters Jango Fett and Zam Wesell, Queen Jamillia, and Taun We
• Accounts of new digital wizardry and dazzling special-effects by Industrial Light & Magic, from the airspeeder chase to the climactic clone battle
• Insights from producer Rick McCallum, editor Ben Burtt, and a full team of creative talent, from costumemakers to sound technicians to lighting designers
• The story behind scenes that were cut from the final film--and the challenges of shooting an entire movie, for the first time in history, on high-definition digital videotape

The only total-access look at the making of Star Wars: Episode II--Attack of the Clones--Myth Makers is a rare chance to watch creativity spring to life in George Lucas's monumental saga of good versus evil.


Author Notes

Jody Duncan has worked as a journalist covering the film industry for the past twenty years, and has authored books on the making of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Jurassic Park, Dragonheart, The Lost World and the X-Files movie, among others. With co-author Laurent Bouzereau, she wrote The Making of Star Wars: Episode I--The Phantom Menace. Jody also has written dozens of articles on motion picture technology for Cinefex magazine, and has served as that publication's editor since 1992. Her play, A Warring Absence, won the national award for best original play from the American College Theater Festival in 1992. She lives in Los Angeles.