Reviews: The Art of Rogue One – a Star Wars Story

Published On February 7, 2017 | By Richmond Clements | Books, Film TV & Theatre, Reviews

The Art of Rogue One: a Star Wars Story,

Josh Kushnins,

Abrams

I hope you’ve all seen this movie by now, but if you’re one of those who waits until the home release, fear not, I’ll be as light on spoilers as I can throughout this review. As with The Force Awakens, Rogue One has divided the audience into those who think it was an amazing and exciting adventure and a brand new wrinkle in the Star Wars universe and those who are totally wrong.

One thing that both sides can surely agree on is that the design work and high level of imagination visualised on the big screen was second to none. This book will give you a peek behind the curtain at just how much works goes into making that happen, to imagine, design and create what you see on the screen. It moves chronologically, starting with the opening scenes and making its way through the movie (but you know what chronologically means…). It is also absolutely packed with background information and interviews with many of the designers and draftspeople who worked on the movie.

One of the highlights of the movie – and of this book – was K-2SO, the reprogrammed Imperial security droid who was part of infiltration team. As is explained in the book, the character silhouette is all-important in Star Wars. Every character needs to have an instantly recognisable silhouette, and the amount of work that went into finding one for K-2SO is a sight to behold. There are pages and pages of the hundreds of different designs they went through, and it’s interesting to see the clear evolutionary line that took them from the early designs to the iconic droid we have today. What? You don’t think he’s iconic – well I beg to differ.

I could go on – there are equally brilliant chapters on things like the Rebellion’s U-Wing craft, and the recreation of the famous jungle moon with South American style ruined structures, the Yavin 4 base, exterior and the interiors (as seen in the original movie way back in 1977), as well as each of the characters getting their own ‘origin’. If you’re a Star Wars fan, or are just interested in the creation process of complex films, this books is a must buy.

Our review of The Art of Star Wars: the Force Awakens, also published by Abrams, can be read here.

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About The Author

Richmond Clements

Richmond Clements has been both writing about comics and writing the comics themselves for many years, as well as other works, including being an editor for FutureQuake Press and being co-founder of the Hi-Ex series of comic conventions in Inverness.

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