Written and directed by Rian Johnson (Looper, The Brothers Bloom, Brick)and production designed by Rick Heinrichs (Fargo, The Big Lebowski, The Nightmare Before Christmas,Captain America: The First Avenger), Star Wars: The Last Jedi, like every chapter before it, owes its visual language and fully imagined cinematic landscape to an incomparable art department: the Lucasfilm "visualists." The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi explores their vision and illuminates their creative process in stunning detail. Featuring concept art, costume sketches, and storyboards, this book takes fans on a deep dive into the development of the fantastic worlds, characters, and creatures--both old and new--of The Last Jedi. Exclusive interviews with the filmmakers and with the Lucasfilm visualists provides a running commentary on this unforgettable art, and reveals the inspirations behind moviemaking magic at its finest.
Phil Szostak has worked in conjunction with Star Wars art departments for eight years at Lucasfilm and is the author of The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Abrams, 2015). A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York, Szostak worked for Wild Brain Animation on the Disney Channel series Higglytown Heroes, and ran the JAK Films Art Department on Skywalker Ranch for over three years before joining the narrative design team on LucasArts's Star Wars 1313. He resides in San Francisco.