Industrial Light & Magic Presents: Making Solo: A Star Wars Story (英語) ハードカバー – 2019/4/16
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Industrial Light & Magic Presents: Making Solo: A Star Wars Story is an eyewitness account of the film’s production from visual effects supervisor and coproducer Rob Bredow. The book gives readers an intimate glimpse into the journey that Solo took from pre-production, production, and post-production, fully documenting how this film came to the big screen.
Making Solo gives a chronological overview of how this multiple-Academy-Award-winning visual effects company created new worlds, aliens, droids, and vehicles for a galaxy far, far away, including insights into how the train heist on Vandor, L3-37, the Kessel Run, and the reimagined Millennium Falcon were brought to life. A must-have for Star Wars fans, this authorized, all-access book will be an indispensable work for all movie fans and devotees of popular culture.
"From pre-production concept art, to behind-the-scenes photos from filming, and eventually insight into how ILM's post-production work helped bring the galaxy far, far away to life once again, Making Solo offers a glimpse into what went into bringing this pivotal chapter in the life of one of Star Wars' most beloved heroes to the big screen."--Gizmodo商品の説明をすべて表示する
There is a serious flaw within these pages and that is worthwhile content. I was expecting detailed behind the scenes processes of characters and vehicles and creatures and was met with bland photos of set locations and crew standing about. Seriously, two thirds of the book is nothing but location photos. Take the planet Vandor. It's a snowy, mountainous world. Okay. So let's take dozens of pictures of mountains. Snow-covered mountains. I can look at National Geographic for that! Where's all the costuming decisions? Where's the process behind the range troopers? (One photo, by the way). The train? The cast? It is literally nothing but photos of crew members in wide-angled shots standing around with little to no context explaining why.
And what of Neal Scanlan and his FX team who brought such a wonderfully diverse bunch of aliens to this film? Barely ten pages. If even. Very little showing the sculpting phase or mechanics. Nothing but 'on set' photos. Nothing but the final product, which can already be seen in the movie.
There are other examples, of course. Enfys Nest, Val, Dryden Vos and his collection, much of the Mimban set or Kessel get very little attention. A photo or a page, at most. So disappointing.
I hold ' Making of' books in high regard and have come to expect a certain quality to help understand the choices filmmakers make to bring these worlds to life. Instead I'm left with photos of crewmembers doing....what, I don't know. Crowding the page, it seems.
The last third of the book is what really shines. Here, they discuss the action sequences, visual effects and droids. It's a small section, but it really helps bring much of the creative decision together.
Overall, had I the chance to peruse the book before I bought it, I would have passed. A curiosity to be sure, but not much else.
That being said....When I get a book about the making off a sci-fi/fantasy/horror movie what I generally expect is a couple of pages on the crew, the script, the casting, the music....the basic stuff....but I expect the VAST majority of the book to be concept sketches, lots of behind the scenes photos of how they made the robots, the creatures, the ships, etc. Captions detailing what's going on in each photo.
There's some of that in here, but not nearly enough. Most of the photos are captionless. Pages are spent with big pictures of the locations (mountains, a beach) and there are endless pics of the crew (not so much the cast) doing random stuff, smiling at the camera, etc.
So if you're in the business and like several pictures of camera men and things like that, you may like this book.
As a fan of the movie, I was a bit disappointed.
The book itself is full of behind the scenes photographs (mostly) taken by the author while on-set. Many of the photographs are glimpses into what it was like on the Solo production, with nearly all of the photos being candidly captured of people making the movie "in the moment".
One of the things that I wish it would have done a bit better is to have a caption for each photo. I wasn't on the set, and I don't know many of the people/things/places that are in the photos themselves. For example, we're treated to a beautiful black and white two-page spread of people doing something in a cool looking location, but there's no context for it. I wanted this book SO badly to be like the Rinzler books, but alas, it falls short. Also, I wish it were longer. Many of the scenes and props that ILM created for this film are briefly mentioned, but mostly skimmed over (the digital model of the Falcon, for example, gets just two pages in this book).
Overall, it's a solid effort, and I'm happy with the purchase. Just don't go into it thinking it's the be-all-end-all BTS book ala the Rinzler making-of books.