Industrial Light & Magic Presents: Making Solo: A Star Wars Story by Rob Bredow is about as close to an inside look into the making of a Star Wars film as most us will get. That alone makes the book an invaluable addition to the library of any fan. However, that’s not all you get with Making Solo. In this book you will find a wealth of photographs, taken by the author himself — providing a unique and personal vantage point — that help illustrate the creative process and the level of work, commitment, cooperation, and love involved in bringing a Star Wars film to the screen.
Rob Bredow is the Executive Creative Director and Head of Industrial Light & Magic, and served as the Visual Effects Supervisor and Co-Producer on Solo: A Star Wars Story. As he recounts in the book, he always had a camera with him on set, and before he knew it he had more than enough material for a book. With the blessing of Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, Industrial Light & Magic Presents: Making Solo: A Star Wars Story was born.
Most of the photos included in Making Solo have never been seen before — candids of the cast and crew, glimpses behind-the-scenes, and stunning images of locales photographed during scouting trips. From the Dolomite Mountain range of Northeastern Italy (Vandor), to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands (Savareen), and to the Fawley Power Station in the United Kingdom (Corellia) — All the photographs are designed to bring us along on an intimate journey of the making of Solo.
You don’t necessarily have to be a Star Wars fan to appreciate what Industrial Light & Magic Presents: Making Solo: A Star Wars Story has to offer. The book itself is an enlightening look at the entirety of the filmmaking process, from pre-production planning to filming to post-production. As such, the book is filled with informative, entertaining, and personal anecdotes — including charming contributions from his daughters — presented in a coherent, thoughtful, and effective manner. The conversational tone of Making Solo makes it a highly engaging read — one I’d been looking forward to since it was announced last year. I’m pleased to say the book, much like the film it chronicles, has exceeded my expectations in every way.
I’ve been a Star Wars fan since 1977, and I am proud to declare Solo: A Star Wars Story is my favorite of the films. Making Solo serves as a perfect companion piece to that wonderful film that has only expanded my already considerable gratitude for all involved. The cast and crew poured their hearts into Solo, and that truth can be seen clearly on-screen, and on the pages of Making Solo.
As for any drama surrounding the making of Solo: A Star Wars Story, you will have to look elsewhere. Thankfully. Making Solo keeps its focus on the creative and collaborative processes, which I find infinitely more interesting and rewarding. That’s not to say the contributions of Chris Miller and Phil Lord are overlooked. Quite the contrary. They are properly noted both in photographs and in discussion of the development and filming of Solo. Clearly, Rob Bredow has a great deal of respect for both filmmakers, as well as the director brought in to finish Solo, Ron Howard (who wrote the foreword). Making Solo will also give you an appreciation for the hard work and complete dedication it took to deliver Solo on schedule. It was not an easy task, by any means.
If you are a Star Wars fan, Industrial Light & Magic Presents: Making Solo: A Star Wars Story is a must-have for your collection. If you are an aspiring filmmaker with an eye toward visual effects, this book will be an indispensable resource. If you love photography, you will find inspiration.
If you love Solo: A Star Wars Story anywhere near as much as I do, Making Solo is a book you will want to revisit time and time again.
My rating: 5/5
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