The Art of Star Wars by Phil Szostak

The Art of Star Wars

Written and directed by Rian Johnson (Looper, The Brothers Bloom, Brick) and production designed by Rick Heinrichs (Fargo, The Big Lebowski, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Captain America: The First Avenger), Star Wars: The Last Jedi, like every chapter before it, owes its visual language and fully imagined cinematic landscape to an incomparable art department: the Lucasfilm “visualists.” The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi explores the...

Details The Art of Star Wars

TitleThe Art of Star Wars
Release DateDec 15th, 2017
PublisherHarry N. Abrams
GenreMedia Tie In, Star Wars, Art, Nonfiction

Reviews The Art of Star Wars

  • Andrew
    And so on to the next of the star wars concept art books. I must admit that Abrams are doing a far better job of printing them than the early artwork books. True the price now matches the book but they are now hardback and with so much more material in them.So much so that to be honest I wish they had used more of the material although I suspect it would have pushed the budget through the roof. As always the book is lavishly illustrated with larg...
  • Brandon St Mark
    Really liked this a lot! Like I said in my one update for this, I haven't seen the film yet, but I have read the spoilers (of course, I've said many times before that I purposefully spoil myself for things). I'm not sure how I feel about the spoilers, but I'm definitely not going to say anything either way until I actually see the film (either this Thursday or sometime after Chirstmas). Anyway, I think this was a really good choice to read before...
  • Diz
    The art in this book, like all art of Star Wars books, is great. The attention to detail is amazing. Besides, it is always fun to look at these kinds of books to see what kind of designs weren't used. However, the text portion was not as fun to read as it usually is for these types of books. The reason is that when I read the director and artists getting swept up in designing sections of that were not that great (the casino scenes), I always had ...
  • Mark
    Following the same format as Szostak’s “The Art Of The Force Awakens” (and last years “Rogue One” by Josh Kushins), this takes the story of “The Last Jedi” from initial concepts (and also includes some spoiler moments from “The Force Awakens”) right through production. Lucasfilm and Abrams have this kind of thing down to a tee now and the book is beautifully designed, with plenty of artwork throughout which is essentially what y...
  • Seth Woodley
    This is filled with beautiful artwork and conceptual images from the making of the film. It features stunning visuals and interesting descriptions of the creative process. This is a fascinating work for any Star Wars fan.
  • Trike
    This is a good but not spectacular entry in “Art of ____ movie” books. Quite a bit of the art is gorgeous, of course, and there are some interesting tidbits about the making of the film — such as how they only built half the bridge of Snoke’s ship and then flipped the image to show the other side — but it’s told in a fairly dry way.I did like how one of the artists late in the book declares that the vehicles and such in Star Wars make...
  • Austin Martin
    I was listening to movie reviews on NPR this morning and I enjoyed hearing what others thought of this movie and how it compared to the other films. The concept art and design was so greatly thought out and after hearing the reviews about what is going to happen, I can't wait to see this movie! What I liked the most was hearing the process in what went into the design of the various landscapes, the costumes for the characters, and seeing all new ...
  • Gemma F
    I'm simply amazed at how much work goes into one movie. Especially one as big as Star Wars!
  • Jim Kettner
    Well, this gem arrived underneath the tree X-Mas morning and in the past 48 hours I've devoured it cover to cover. I don't really know how I could begin to criticize this tome. Not only is it jam packed with gorgeous illustrations, character designs, and story boards, there are also oodles of easter eggs and insights into the creative process of making this film from producers, designers, and writer/director Rian Johnson. I know this movie has ca...
  • Neil Coulter
    I don't know what it is with The Last Jedi, but I like everything about it more than the actual film. The movie is by far one of my least-favorite Star Wars films, but when I look at anything about it (documentaries on the blu-ray, the novelization, and now The Art of book), I think it must be an amazing film (if only I hadn't actually seen it). The story has really good ideas, there's a nice balance to other films in the series, but somehow . . ...
  • Kelly K
    I'm glad they included events from Episode 7 (to prevent spoilers) in this one though honestly you should be watching the movie before reading the art book. I'm expecting that the art book for Episode 9 will then have things from The Last Jedi in it because there are some scenes I wanted so badly to be in this book so I could get a closer look but they weren't. Still, I loved taking a closer look at things and learning that a lot of things in thi...
  • kerrycat
    of course this is incredible - not just visually, but the text explains the process, from conception to end, from writing to all of the details, that made this film come to life, as well as the timeline overlaps with TFA and RO (production-wise, which was a little tricky). how and why the director led this team to create something new while adhering to the original spirit of Lucas' ideals from the seventies - it's all here. an absolute pleasure t...
  • Jonathan H.
    I love "art of" books and seeing the design process. The illustrations and sketches in this book are amazing and if you liked The Last Jedi, you'll really enjoy flipping through this to see what various costumes and aliens and vehicles looked like as they were being designed.There's also a good amount of text that talks about the production of the film, which I found interesting particularly in knowing how much things overlapped with the making o...
  • Lisa
    If I could give this 3 1/2 I would. I think that I am too used to Marvel and their way of doing their books. I really wish that there was more concept art in this book. It seems more to be a story board than anything else. While it was interesting, it wasn't what I wanted.
  • Mikayla
    Okay, honestly I wanted more info about the First Order and Kylo Ren and Hux was like, barely mentioned. But I understand that most of the movie is not about that. I guess I was hoping for more bonus content like you would see on the DVD edition or something. There was a little bit of that, but more about the setting challenges and Rian Johnson's gushing about how natural and fun it was to work on Star Wars. I wanted more about lightsabers and ac...
  • Kelly Sedinger
    I always love the "Art of..." books for all the STAR WARS movies, and this is no exception. The books gather lavish selections of concept art for each film, including storyboards, matte paintings, costume designs, and more. These are of particular interest to STAR WARS fans, obviously, but I also find them a good source of visual inspiration for my own writing (particularly my space opera books). I think that books like this belong in the library...
  • Joe
    I love these "The Art of..." Star Wars books they release with the film. They not only show where the cool visuals and ideas came from but, even more intriguingly, they show which ideas they didn't use. That last point is even more powerful because I didn't care for "The Last Jedi" at all. There were so many heartbreakingly cool ideas that were left on the intellectual cutting room floor that it broke this old Jedi's heart.The alternate versions ...
  • Naomi Bowen
    Absolutely loved the Last Jedi, so knew I had to get this! A beautiful book which gave me deeper appreciation for the huge amount of work that goes into making these films, a lot of which the audience will never see on the screen. 'What could have been' is a common theme in these art books.Would have liked a bit more explanation behind some of the choice made but would still recommend to a Star Wars fan.
  • Jenn
    The artwork and concept information was excellent, but I was disappointed that there wasn't more text on key characters.
  • Sarah
    these books are perfect. tlj's edition is no exception.
  • Javier Saldaña
    This ‘Art of...’ book was well-written but it lacked something that the last entry had. Or maybe was it because of the curse Rian Johnson took vs the one JJ Abrahams did? With the Art of TFA book they did have a blank canvas, and the magic of the book was laying the new characters and ground, getting new ideas and exploring paths, with Art of TLJ this was more like a work diary, maybe because it had less locations/planets? Maybe because the ...
  • Gustaf Hultman
  • Eric Hart
    In the absence of a more thorough "making of" book such as those by J.W. Rinzler for the original trilogy, this still provides a great insight into the creative process behind The Last Jedi. Just keep in mind that the focus is on the visual design, not so much on the development of the story or the production itself.
  • Perhapsme
    Great book full of beautiful artwork and some insight into the creative process of the movie. One star off bc it's missing some stuff that i was really looking forward to seeing (they should've just delayed the publication if they were worried about spoilers). I seriously wish there was an actual MAKING of the movie book (for this and TFA).
  • Emily
    The artwork in this book was absolutely beautiful but I just wish there was more of it. This art book was not as organized as the TFA one, where things were split month by month. None the less I enjoyed reading and seeing how TLJ was created.
  • Matthew Lloyd
    "... the vibe was never, 'Let's recreate and idolize the past.' The vibe was always, 'We all know this world in our bones from growing up with it. But let's make something new and exciting in it.'"- Rian Johnson, quoted on p. 241 of The Art of Star Wars: The Last JediFirst things first: I absolutely loved The Last Jedi as a movie and a Star Wars movie. To me it seems that Johnson and his crew grasped how to take what they had in a completely new ...
  • Marathon County Public Library
    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 loo...
  • Monica
    Cover: 5/5This is mainly a book of concept art for the movie The Last Jedi. It has commentary from the artists talking about the art they did. It also has text at the beginning of the chapters giving a chronological timeline of the production of the movie. It's a bit weird though. The titles of the chapter and the text that follow them have nothing to do with each other or even what art is included in that chapter. It's just kind of a hodge podge...
  • RumBelle
    I always enjoy reading books like these that describe the creative processes behind my favorite films. This book highlighter, amongst other tings, General Leia, the planet Crait, Canto Bight, Rey and Luke and First Order ships. Within each section were drawings, paintings and digital art highlighting characters, planets, setting, ships and more. In addition to that, is text explaining the creation and evolution of the visual side of this film.One...