Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The Making of Steven Spielberg's Classic Film

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 2007 - Performing Arts - 383 pages
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(Applause Books). "Morton has written the definitive book on this innovative movie by Steven Spielberg...Meticulous research of this caliber is not found in other books on Close Encounters . Fans will find Morton's take informative and fascinating." Library Journal . Steven Spielberg's 1977 masterpiece used all of the power and magic of cinema to tell a story of man's first meeting with extraterrestrial beings. Renouncing the fear and pessimism of the day, writer/director Spielberg boldly envisioned this as a peaceful, spiritual event full of hope and possibility. This awe-inspiring message made a powerful impact on audiences desperate for something to believe in. The film was a massive box-office hit and revolutionized the movie industry; along with Star Wars , it helped to create the modern blockbuster and ushered in a new era of hi-tech effects. Based on in-depth research and the recollections of many of the film's principal creators, Close Encounters is the first book to chronicle the making of this classic film from its inception through its tumultuous production to its many releases in "special" editions. The book features new interviews with star Teri Garr, producer Michael Phillips, photographic effects supervisor Douglas Trumbull, production designer Joe Alves, and several cinematographers, screenwriters, and special-effects legends. John Hill, Jerry Belson, Hal Barwood, and Matthew Robbins; and special effects legends Richard Yuricich, Robert Swarthe, Dennis Muren, Scott Squires, Greg Jein, and Rocco Gioffre.
  

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Thirty years after its release, Close Encounters of the Third Kind remains a beloved film. Morton (King Kong: The History of a Movie Icon from Fay Wray to Peter Jackson) has written the definitive ... Read full review

Contents

Invaders from Mars
9
From Amblin to Sugarland
27
The Producers
49
Kingdom Come and Meeting of the Minds
65
The Screenplay
81
Assembling the Team
99
Black Backings and Green Lights
117
Casting
129
Special Photographic Effects Part
209
Making Saucers Fly
221
Putting It All Together
239
PostProduction
253
Close Encounters Scene by Scene
271
Release
289
The Special Editions
305
Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind
321

Music Aliens and Melinda Dillon
143
Wyoming
155
Mobile Part I
163
The Director
175
Mobile Part II
183
Back to Los Angeles and on to India
197
After the Glow
329
Cast and Crew
347
Notes
355
BibliographySource List
367
Index
375
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