Original Storyboards for the Original Star Wars Trilogy

To be honest with you, the concept of a coffee table book seems kind of silly to me. However, I think that I found one that I must own.

io9 released some images from Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy. It shows what the original storyboards looked like. It is amazing to see how they thought the scenes would look as compared to what the movies turned out to be. Also, there are great little tidbits about how they were made. Here is one that the report included:

With artists working frantically to produce tons of images under deadline. The little notes in the margins reveal that Joe Johnston once created 40 storyboards in a single day, as Lucas kept changing his mind about how the Death Star trench run sequence would go — and all the VFX artists were waiting for Johnson to sketch the new version.

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Early Star Wars Storyboard Are Familiar Yet So Bizarre

To promote the upcoming book Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy early storyboards for the film trilogy have been released. The boards show the work of artist Alex Tavoularis, Joe Johnston, and Ivan Beddoes. The images look familiar but look like some kind of foreign knockoff. Depending on the production storyboards can be really basic and these have more detail than your average one. The key production art by illustrator Ralph McQuarrie is the closest to the final productions look, but it's interesting to see how much of the look was established in these early boards.

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'Star Wars' Storyboards Reveal Strange Alternate Versions of Your Favorite Characters

Star Wars’ cast of characters are some of the most iconic in all of film history – but as these storyboards prove, a few of your favorite denizens from a galaxy far, far away were originally conceived looking at least a little differently than the ones that wound up in the film. This group of storyboard photos, released to promote the new book Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy, feature work by artists Alex Tavoularis, Joe Johnston and Ivan Beddoes. The images show iconic characters like Darth Vader, C-3Po, R2-D2 and Yoda as they were originally envisioned. What’s striking about the artwork is that all of the characters look relatively similar to their on-screen counterparts, but even the minor changes in the storyboards stick out. Take Darth Vader...

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Drafting Darth Vader: Early Drawings From Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy

Drafting Darth Vader: Early Drawings From Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy
Chewbacca, R2-D2, and C-3Po didn’t emerge fully formed from George Lucas’s brain in 1977—he had help from storyboard artists like Alex Tavoularis, Joe Johnston, and Ivan Beddoes. The new book Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy collects the early drawings that gave the Star Wars movies their visual inspiration. Click through the gallery ahead to see nascent versions of a pipe-smoking Yoda, young Luke Skywalker, and more.*This article appeared in the April 21, 2014 issue of New York Magazine.
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'Casino,' 'Curse,' top ADG Awards

'Casino,' 'Curse,' top ADG Awards
"Casino Royale", "Curse of the Golden Flower" and "Pan's Labyrinth" were the winners in the three feature film categories at the 11th annual Art Directors Guild's Excellence in Production Design Awards on Saturday night.

"Casino Royale" production designer Peter Lamont won for best production design among the year's contemporary films, while "Curse of the Golden Flower"'s Huo Tingxiao won in the period-film category and "Pan's Labyrinth"'s Eugenio Caballero took the prize for the top design among fantasy films.

The ADG decorated the Beverly Hilton Hotel's International Ballroom like a '30s supper club, complete with floating candles, red columns, white flowers and tape measures as table favors. During the black-tie dinner, Johnny Crawford's swinging orchestra played standards like Irving Berlin's "Isn't This a Lovely Day".

The evening's host, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" star Steven Weber, tried to get some chuckles out of pretending that he was at an Adult Film Awards show. Charles Durning did wring some guffaws out of a tired bestiality joke. And while presenter Annette gamely worked her way through a tongue-twisted list of global names, Jon Voight mangled those of the winning design team for "Curse of the Golden Flower".

Warren Beatty praised lifetime achievement award winner Dean Tavoularis as "one of the greatest production designers in the history of time." The veteran production designer in turn thanked Beatty for giving him his first job as a designer on "Bonnie and Clyde". Receiving a warm standing ovation from his peers, he also thanked "the dreaded" Francis Ford Coppola, his early mentors at Disney Studios, and his brother Alex Tavoularis.

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