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Tripwire’s editor-in-chief Joel Meadows reviews Industrial Light & Magic Presents: Making Solo A Star Wars Story out now…
Industrial Light & Magic Presents: Making Solo A Star Wars Story
Writer: Rob Bredow
Foreword: Ron Howard
The history of books that go behind the scenes on the various Star Wars films goes back to the original trilogy. This hardcover, Industrial Light & Magic Presents: Making Solo A Star Wars Story, is the latest book from Abrams in their Star Wars series that takes a look at the making of Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story.
This film had a very checkered production history, losing its original directors Lord and Miller who had shot a decent chunk of the film already. Bredow was co-producer on Solo and so this book is very much an insider’s view on its production.
For all of its faults, for me Solo: A Star Wars Story still had some very enjoyable elements and this book celebrates the genesis and creation of Howard’s film. Bredow breaks things up into pre-production (preparing to shoot), production (the shoot itself) and a little bit on post-production (adding the effects to the film). He has documented the shoot with a lot of photos he took while the film was being made and they do offer a fascinating snapshot into the creative processes that brought Solo’s scenes to life on the big screen.
We get glimpses into how the production crew turned the Dolomites into Vandor in the film and how Fawley Power Station became Corellia. Bredow takes great candid photos and the book really gets inside the headspace of how the film was made.
The fact that this is written by a member of the film’s crew rather than an outside writer brought in to document Solo lends it an extra air of intimacy as a project. Details like the way the Kessel Run was shot or how they created Savareen help to enhance the viewer’s enjoyment of the film. The bool also emphasises the ingenuity of the production team, who are able to turn real world locations into alien worlds or black holes thanks to a combination of thinking laterally with high end technology. The technicians making Star Wars films these days are able to push what can be done in terms of visual effects.
For fans of Star Wars, Solo or even just readers who are fascinated by how big sci-fi movies are made, this is a must-buy book. It offers a unique glimpse into the production of a huge Hollywood sci-fi blockbuster like this.
Industrial Light & Magic Presents: Making Solo A Star Wars Story is out now from Abrams Books.