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The Art of Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones [Hardcover]

Mark Vaz
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April 30 2002
For more than twenty-five years, the visual brilliance of the Star Wars films has captivated audiences far and wide. From lush words to intricate landscapes, from lavish costumes to amazing creatures, the Star Wars design artists have pioneered the technological revolution, while never surrendering the dazzling sense of wonder.

Filled with stunning examples of beautiful, never-before-seen movie artwork, The Art of Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones takes us through an takes us through an incredible gallery of astonishing images. As an added bonus, this volume features the exclusive illustrated screenplay, as well as:

• More than 500 extraordinary illustrations—including sketches, costume designs, set pieces, models, and brilliant full-color paintings
• An in-depth look at the amazing new creatures introduced in Episode II
• Fascinating behind-the-scenes accounts and anecdotes related by the artists themselves
• Magnificent visuals of exotic new planets, exciting new spacecraft, and dramatic new characters such as Jango Fett, Count Dooku, and Jedi Luminara Unduli
• Thrilling movie poster art art created especially for Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones

Experience the Lucasfilm magic with visuals more striking than ever before, and become one of the first to witness the worlds and the wizardry of Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones.

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Mark Cotta Vaz is a senior writer for Cinefex magazine, as well as the writer for From Star Wars to Indiana Jones: The Best of the Lucasfilm Archives, Industrial Light and Magic: Into the Digital Realm, and Star Wars: Secrets of Shadows of the Empire. A past member of the board of directors for the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, he has also studied and explored Tibetan Buddhism. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I Wish I had a Witty Title, but I Don't... Jan. 23 2004
I was hyped up for Episode 1 only to be let down by one 3-worded mistake: Jar Jar Binks. Of course, if you've read my review for The Art of Episode 1, the you know that I still thought well of that book, despite certain Gungan monstrosities. The Art of Episode 2 proves that the Stars Wars films are like leftovers from dinner, they just taste better and better. Aside from showing the reader sketches of returning locations (Such as Tatootine, Naboo, and Coruscant), it also expands on these locations by showing us things like Coruscant's lower levels, and new areas of Naboo. Added to this is artwork for two new planets in the Star Wars universe: the dry and desolate Geonosis and the watery and storm-shrouded Kamino. Also there are sketches of a certain army cloned from a certain bounty hunter whose son captured a certain Han Solo. If you're a Star Wars addict then get this book as soon as humanly possible because the only Art of Star Wars book better than this will probably be The Art of Episode 3.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Attack of the Clones Art Book Strikes Chords July 11 2003
One of the saddest things about seeing the Star Wars prequels taking such a drubbing from critics and fans is knowing how hard the artists and designers work to make these movies go from concept to the finished film. I admit it; I am one of those rare fans who apparently enjoyed Episodes I and II, and I owned this book several weeks before Attack of the Clones was released in May 2002.
The book is beautifully designed and Mark Cotta Vaz's accompanying text to the conceptual art is authoritative yet accesible even to younger readers. The many designs -- even those not used in the movie -- evoke memories of the earlier trilogy's Art of...series, and one can see the "evolution" of the many ship and costume designs to what fans call Classic Star Wars. (To me, the most interesting "fact" is that Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter's lines will be echoed in the evil Empire's Imperial Star Destroyer.)
The screenplay by George Lucas and Jonathan Hales (who also wrote the story for The Scorpion King) is included. It is the complete "before edits were made to the film" draft, which allows readers to catch glimpses of Padme Amidala's family and other scenes that were filmed but later deleted. (Those scenes are included on the extra features disc of the Episode II DVD set, but some fans may only have the VHS version instead.)
For Star Wars fans and film art aficionados, this book is definitely a keeper.
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"The Art of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones" would be worth it just for providing the complete shooting script, altered to match the dialog of the final cut. That said, it's valuable for much, much more. Mark Cotta Vaz has compiled a diverse sampling of the hundreds and hundreds of drawings/paintings/sculptures created for designing the latest entry of the Star Wars saga. All five planets from the film - Coruscant, Kamino, Naboo, Tatooine, and Geonosis - are featured prominently from character designs, to location designs, to costume designs to lighting designs. A notable addition since Episode I is Dermot Power, noted for his work on Judge Dredd and Batman, whose comic book style contributions will make this book valuable to comic fans as well.
In addition to the script and the varied high-res artwork, Cotta Vaz fills the remaining space with blurbs detailing the production from start to finish. Many quotes from the artists themselves are featured.
As has been mentioned, the hardcover version serves as an elegant coffee table book as well.
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This book should be absolutely a must for art students, directors (especially art directors), illustrators, designers, fantasy and science fiction readers, writers (current and future) and visualists of all genres and mediums.While the movie looks pretty good these ideas in sketches and designs and character studies-as well as full production scenes-are more inspired and potentially more appealing than the film ('potentially' because most artists and art students will get this more than most people who just watch the movies).Some of the technical work while well designed is a bit flat. Even that is a small nitpick. This book is a well researched view into the behind the scenes ideas that make the visual essence of the film. I don't think a person even needs to like the Star Wars stories to enjoy this book on a visual level.This hardback edition is a beautiful addition to unique coffee table books. It's a blast to browse through all these artists' heads as the ideas of forms, lines and color spill out onto the paper, boards, canvas and digital screens.The compositions contained within these pages are wonderfully inspired, strange and mythic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the Episode I book... June 6 2002
As excited as I was about getting this book, I ended up being a bit disappointed in it. I'd recently purchased the "Art of Episode I", and, based on the reviews posted here, I was expecting more of the same. Unfortunately, that didn't quite happen. Most of the artwork in this Episode II book is final production art, showing only the *last* piece of concept art, as it was approved by George Lucas. I've seen the film, I didn't need to see drawings of those same characters. Rather, I wanted to see the *concept* art, leading up to the final designs. Does Cotta Vaz expect me to believe they drew only ONE picture of Dexter Jettster, and George approved it? The Episode I book had an entire chapter devoted to the development of the Gungans, but here we get only a page or two per character/location/ship. There are only a few instances in the book where we actually see concept art that differs from what was shown in the film.
Comparing the two, there's a lot more writing in this one, interviews with the artists, etc. This takes up quite a bit of space that could better be used for more artwork.
As for the artwork itself, I was quite impressed. The drawings maintain the same high level of professionalism and detail I came to expect. I wasn't too impressed with the digital paintings, I would have preferred more concept work.
The script in the back of the book certainly takes up space. I've seen the film, and I have the novelization, I don't need the script, especially in a book that's not about the script. In answer to the observation below about how this script is different from the film, well of course it is. The shooting script NEVER matches what's on-screen, it just doesn't happen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great look at the art behind Star Wars
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Published on Feb. 12 2009 by Parka
4.0 out of 5 stars Bright Lights, Small Type
Nice art.
Small text and caption numbers.
Read in bright light.
Nice tie-in of illustrations to screenplay that may be missed by some. It's pretty subtle. Read more
Published on April 4 2003 by Tiki Noob
3.0 out of 5 stars Star wars the Maximum!
Read the book STAR WARS attack of the clones there is a bounty hunter trying to kill the senator of naboo and there is a big fight against the sith on the planet of genosis. Read more
Published on March 11 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars This book misses McQuarrie
It misses him so much, I knocked it down three stars. Chiang did such a good job on the Episode I art, and in this one he appeared sloppy and rushed. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2003 by N. Cappiello
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars freaks will love this book.
great book for previz artists and star wars freaks like me.
includes script with deleted scenes
Published on Dec 5 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Star Wars book!
One of the best of the AOTC companion books, The Art of Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones (written by Mark Cotta Vaz) is a fascinating book, including many different faecets of... Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2002 by Kristy M. Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Where it all began
From paper to "digital film", this book shows the reader how early concepts develop into what we see on screen. Read more
Published on July 29 2002 by Mario G. Perez Fonseca
5.0 out of 5 stars Una gran compilación
Para todos los amantes de Star Wars en latinoamérica, este es un libro que se debe tener. No sólo te fascina con sus imagenes y todas las posibilidades que son y que... Read more
Published on July 17 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful concept art for great SW movie
Just like it's awesome predecessor for Episode 1, 'The Art of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones' really delivers the goods, presenting the beautiful concept art for the film. Read more
Published on July 12 2002 by Benjamin Denes
5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
It's always interesting to look at the conceptual design for Star Wars films, and this book offers plenty of sketches and designs and character studies-as well as full production... Read more
Published on June 20 2002 by Kristy M. Ross
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