The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Step inside the Lucasfilm art departments for the creation of fantastical worlds, unforgettable characters, and unimaginable creatures. The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will take you there, from the earliest gathering of artists and production designers at Lucasfilm headquarters in San Francisco to the fever pitch of production at Pinewood Studios to the conclusion of post-production at Industrial Light & Magic—all with unprecedented access. Exclusive interviews with the entire creative team impart fascinating insights in bringing director J. J. Abrams’s vision to life; unused “blue sky” concept art offers glimpses into roads not travelled.

Bursting with hundreds of stunning works of art, including production paintings, concept sketches, storyboards, blueprints, and matte paintings, this visual feast will delight Star Wars fans and cineastes for decades to come. The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the definitive expression of how the latest chapter in the Star Wars saga was dreamed into being.


The Making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Mark Cotta Vaz. Forewords by J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy.
ISBN: 9781419720222

About the Author(s)
Phil Szostak, Lucasfilm Ltd and Rick Carter

Image archivist Phil Szostak was embedded with The Force Awakens art department as a conceptual researcher and archivist from December 2012 through the end of production, and has worked in conjunction with Star Wars art departments for six years at Lucasfilm. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York, Szostak worked for Wild Brain Animation on the Disney Channel series Higglytown Heroes, and he ran the JAK Films Art Department on Skywalker Ranch for over three years before joining the narrative design team on LucasArts' Star Wars: 1313. He resides in San Francisco. 

Production designer Rick Carter has won two Academy Awards®: One for his design of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, and one for his otherworldly production design on James Cameron’s mega-hit Avatar. Carter received his first Oscar nomination for his work on Robert Zemeckis’s Forrest Gump, and an additional nomination for Steve Spielberg’s historic epic War Horse. Carter served as co-production designer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and is currently collaborating with Steven Spielberg on The BFG. He lives in Los Angeles.


"Stand-out pieces for me are the haunting interpretations of an ageing Luke Skywalker (hinting to a darker Empire-like second act maybe?) and the exploration of the Anakin/Vader ghost. Concept drawings fulfilling their purpose by inspiring ideas and tickling the imagination about what might come next. Needless to say, its essential reading for fans."WingsArt

"The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a bit of a treasure. Its packed with notes and artwork from the production of a spectacular film. "Starburst Magazine

For fans of Star Wars, either old or new, this book is a gorgeous treasure trove that you can dip in and out of at your leisure. The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is perhaps the ultimate behind the scenes book on 2015s cinematic sci-fi juggernaut and a great gift for the Star Wars aficionado in your life.Tripwire Magazine

"This visual feast will undoubtedly delight Star Wars fans and cineastes for decades to come. The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the definitive expression of how the latest chapter in the Star Wars saga was dreamed into

New publication The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a beautifully detailed hardback featuring concept art by production designers Rick Carter and Darren Gilford, and art director Doug Chiang, also holds several clues to the deleted scenes as well as offering a wealth of information about some of the early designs, characters and stories that never made it into the finished film. Telegraph

"Over three years in the making, the finished version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens has changed almost beyond recognition. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in this collection of concept art, more of which you can find in The Art Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a breathtaking collection, of art, images and drawings from one of the most eagerly awaited films of all time. Here, the artists themselves talk about bringing the saga to life. SciFi Now

"Once youve been wowed by Kylo Ren, Finn, Rey, BB-8, and Poe on the big screen, find out how they came to life in this stunning hardcover from Abrams Books. Star Wars Insider

"If you only buy one Episode VII tie-in, make it The Art Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which tightly tracks the design process and offers glimpses of paths not taken: if you thought the film was already stuffed with Episode IV nods, wait till you see the original storyboards Total Film

For those of you whove seen the latest Star Wars and want to know how they made it all look so damn beautiful, this book will likely never be bettered. But even if your not a fan, any artist will find a lot to be fascinated by in this colourful account of how concept artists drove this blockbuster moviewed probably have brought it for the text alone. But the real joy of this book lies in the 600 colour illustrations every spare inch of the 258 pages is crammed with breathtakingly imaginative art" ImagineFX

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