Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Phil Szostak, Rian Johnson, Lucasfilm Ltd
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 their vision and illuminates their creative process in stunning detail. Featuring concept art, costume sketches, and storyboards, this book takes fans on a deep dive into the development of the fantastic worlds, characters, and creatures—both old and new—of The Last Jedi. Exclusive interviews with the filmmakers and with the Lucasfilm visualists provides a running commentary on this unforgettable art, and reveals the inspirations behind moviemaking magic at its finest.
Image archivist Phil Szostak has worked in conjunction with Star Wars art departments for eight years at Lucasfilm and is the author of The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Abrams, 2015). 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’s Star Wars 1313. He resides in San Francisco.
“The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, in case you’re wondering/hunting for Christmas presents for your Star Wars-obsessed social circle, is a lush coffee table tome detailing the complex concept art that went into Rian Johnson’s film. Telling the story of how various characters, creatures and locales were created, the book is packed with interviews from those who helped make the movie. One last bonus? It’s an extremely beautiful volume (think pages of hand-drawn porgs!), packed with nerdy nuggets and unexpected artistic insights (porgs could have been purple!).” Daily Telegraph
“Through 300 gorgeous illustrations, Phil Szostak takes you through the Lucasfilm storyboards, character profiles, and concept art that became Rian Johnson’s triumphant The Last Jedi.” Esquire online
“Thanks to the newly released Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi book, we have a sneak peek at where Lucas would have gone with the sequel trilogy” Independent.co.uk
“ship-loads of pictures of critters . . . Johnson supplies a foreward and plenty of input thereafter” Total Film 5 Star Review
|Publication Date||15 December 2017|
|Illustrations||300 colour illustrations|