The Art of Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones Hardcover – Apr 30 2002
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About the Author
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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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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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
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 morePublished on March 11 2003
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 morePublished on Jan. 16 2003 by N. Cappiello
great book for previz artists and star wars freaks like me.
includes script with deleted scenes
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 morePublished on Aug. 17 2002 by Kristy M. Ross
From paper to "digital film", this book shows the reader how early concepts develop into what we see on screen. Read morePublished on July 29 2002 by Mario G. Perez Fonseca
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 morePublished on July 17 2002
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 morePublished on July 12 2002 by Benjamin Denes
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