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The Art Of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Book Review

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“The Art Of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is an essential part of any “Star Wars” fan’s collection.

With every new “Star Wars” film released, there’s one thing fans can always count on- a new Art of book. To no surprise, “The Art Of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” continues that tradition with the recent release of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” Throughout these pages, fans can expect digital and hand painted concept art pieces by the likes of Doug Chiang, Thang Le, Ryan Church, David Hobbins, Matt Allsopp, Jon McCoy and much more. Images include everything from alternate character designs to breathtaking two-page pieces depicting a scene. Of course, this isn’t just an art book as there is written material as well. Author Josh Kushins provides a wealth of information about John Knoll’s pitch, the filmmaking team (led by Gareth Edwards), script changes, concept art storyboards, connections to “A New Hope,” ships (namely the U-Wing), monitors and display screens, characters (from Jyn to K-2SO), and planets (Scarif, Mustafar, Jedha, etc.). The book also includes a whopping 3 forewords by legendary artist Doug Chiang, production designer Neil Lamont and director Gareth Edwards who has a very passionate piece about his love of the art of books and the artists.

Of all of the SW movie tie-in books, the art of releases are always my favorite. From Raph McQuarrie’s iconic work on the original films to Doug Chiang’s visionary modern work, it is endlessly fascinating to see alternate takes on characters, depictions of what could have been, and to do mental comparisons of the final product with the displayed art. On top of that, you get to witness hundreds of art pieces each of which would be worth framing on any wall.

As if all of that wasn’t enough, there is so much to geek out about if you are a hardcore “Star Wars” fan like myself. I was particularly fond of seeing tidbits about scrapped characters (Senna and Lunak), a gorgeous 2 spread of Hyn’s ship by David Hobbins, hints at Bor Gullet’s once expanded role, art of Darth Vader in the Bacta Tank, a visually stunning Star Destroyer docking base, an amusing Area 51 adventure story between Gareth Edwards and Matt Allsopp which inspired an idea, and some decidedly creepy takes on Saw and his cave. Simply put, it’s a treasure trove of goodness.

Overall Thoughts: “The Art Of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is a perfect companion piece for the great film. Buy it.

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January 13, 2017 - Posted by | Book review | , , ,

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