- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Titan Books (July 26 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781783299003
- ISBN-13: 978-1783299003
- ASIN: 1783299002
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.3 x 24.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 658 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #171,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Cinema Alchemist: Designing Star Wars and Alien Hardcover – Jul 26 2016
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"a refreshing in-the-trenches look at how stuff came together on set in the movie that shaped a generation" - Rolling Stone
"...a fascinating, engrossing tale of the mad dash that leads to movie magic, a tribute to the passion and drive needed to make cinematic art. ...a magic window into the past that only enhances the originals." - San Francisco Book Review (Five Star Review)
“A really important release...for all Star Wars fans who want to talk with authority about that production I think this is a book you’ve just gotta get” - Rebel Force Radio
“After reading Cinema Alchemist, you will absolutely watch Star Wars and Alien differently, and notice details of the film you haven’t seen in your previous 300 viewings of the films. That is quite a feat.” - Borg.com
“A wonderful resource for those interested in the movie business” - Adventures in Poor Taste
“Roger is more than just a set designer and art director, he is a creative builder of visual dreams for films. Film historians and cinema buffs will want to pick-up this book as part of their film library.” - Retrenders
About the Author
Roger Christian is an award-winning production designer and filmmaker, whose significant contributions to the global success of Alien and Star Wars are legendary. As a director, Roger’s work includes Black Angel, The Sender, and Nostradamus, and he acted as second-unit director on Star Wars: Episode VI – Return Of The Jedi, and Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.
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Roger also worked on Alien as a set-decorator / prop maker as well as made his own film, Black Angel, which was released in Europe in conjunction with The Empire Strike Back. These chapters were more than filler, they were chock full of fascinating struggles and accomplishments. Reading Cinema Alchemist felt like getting a personal tour through late 70s film making by a humble master craftsman and true lover of film history.
I've bought tons of products from Amazon over the years but this is the first time I felt like I had to give a review so all the Star Wars fans and film lovers didn't miss out on a fantastic book.
If you want insight into the props making Star Wars and Alien on a low budget then this book is for you. Very enjoyable read.