Cinema Alchemist: Designing Star Wars and Alien

Cinema Alchemist: Designing Star Wars and Alien

by Roger Christian

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Overview

For the first time, Oscar-winning production designer and director Roger Christian reveals his life story, from his earliest work in the British film industry to his breakthrough contributions on such iconic science fiction masterpieces as Star Wars, Alien and his own rediscovered Black Angel.
  This candid biography delves into his relationships with legendary figures, as well as the secrets of his greatest work. The man who built the lightsaber finally speaks!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783299003
Publisher: Titan
Publication date: 07/26/2016
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,248,909
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.30(d)

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword J.W. Rinzler 7

Author's Note 11

Preface 13

Cinema Alchemy 17

Lucky Lady-the road to Star Wars 17

Star Wars: how it began 20

Star Wars 31

Once Upon A Time In The West 80

Djerba 97

Tozeur 99

Final day's prep for Tunisia 121

Star Wars first day shoot looms 130

Star Wars becomes a movie 132

British attitude at the time Star Wars was made 141

Twin suns-a hero's journey moment 142

Problems mount for George 160

Star Wars summation 173

Marty Feldman's The Last Remake of Beau Geste and the Sex Pistols 174

Monty Python 183

Alien 195

Standby art director 204

Dan O'Bannon 205

Nick Allder and Brian Johnson: SFX 207

Nostromo bridge set 222

The crew fire up the Nostromo 248

Tension on the set 256

Ridley punches through the bridge ceiling 257

Jones the cat in the locker 258

Crew quarters 260

Nostromo commissary 261

Mother 263

Back to Life Be Brian 285

Back to film school 290

Black Angel 293

The script 293

Where do stories originate? 295

The true origin of my story 296

The script evolves 297

Vangelis 313

Giant heavy horses 315

Black Angel: Day 8 332

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi 349

Final Words 353

Star Wars 353

Alien 354

Black Angel 355

Acknowledgments 363

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