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

Author: J. W. Rinzler
Ebury Publishing
RRP 14.99
ISBN 0 091 89737 8
Available 02 April 2005

The wait is over. On 19 May this year (2005), all remaining questions will be answered when Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith hits our screens. Over a month before the event, The Making of... book of this movie arrives in bookshops to give fans an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the production of the film...

Revenge of the Sith is the Star Wars film that fans have been waiting to see, and with that in mind two books that any true fan should treat themselves to this year are being published (The Making of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and The Art of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith).

I love these coffee table books. The Making of... is a fascinating look into the process of film making. Usually, these books are little more than promotional material, with little depth and little in the way of insight. This book, however, is something very different. It is quite literally a look behind making the film on a day to day basis. Through the book you get to see just how the process of bringing Revenge of the Sith happened. It covers the creation of General Grievous and explains why some characters were included and some dropped. It's fascinating to see how George Lucas and Rick McCallum often made decisions about the direction of the film on the fly under great pressure.

As this is a chronological account of the film, containing the magnificent to the mundane, it's not the sort of book that you are likely to want to read cover to cover, but rather like the Art of... it's a book that is worth dipping into again and again. And this is where the dates come in. Rinzler has cleverly linked the two books by this method, so if you're reading about what was happening on a particular date you can pick up The Art of... to see what was being created as concept art at the same time.

Having created Art of... it would be redundant to fill The Making of... with concept art, so what he has filled it with are hundreds of behind the scenes photos, story board designs and even some parts of the script which were either rejected or revised. Included also are exclusive interviews with those involved and a look at the fascinating process of editing which, Lucas himself confesses, is his favourite part of the film making process.

So who is Rinzler, some lucky fan boy who got to follow the good and great for a couple of years? What makes these books so complete and fascinating is that he is in fact a senior editor at Lucasfilm. So, for once, this really is an insider's view of Revenge of the Sith, warts and all.

With their interconnectivity it really is worth getting both books, it would even be worth getting a coffee table, to display these heavy tomes on, just to make your friends jealous.

Charles Packer

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