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A comprehensive and definitive volume telling the complete story of how Alien was made, featuring new interviews with Ridley Scott and other production crew, and including many rarely-seen photos and illustrations from the Fox archives.

In 1979 a movie legend was born, as Twentieth Century-Fox and director Ridley Scott unleashed Alien - and gave audiences around the world the scare of their lives.

To celebrate the movie''s fortieth anniversary, author J.W. Rinzler ( The Making of Star Wars) tells the whole fascinating story of how Alien evolved from a simple idea in the mind of writer Dan O''Bannon into one of the most memorable sci-fi horror thrillers of all time.

With brand new interviews with Ridley Scott and other key members of the original production crew, and featuring many never-before-seen photographs and artworks from the archives, The Making of Alien is the definitive work on this masterpiece of popular cinema.

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“Rinzler does a fine job of showing why, exactly, Alien became one of cinema’s greatest creations” - The Film Stage 

“completely enthralling...For fans of the film and the franchise, you couldn’t ask for more for this year’s 40th anniversary of Alien.” - Borg.com

“a jaw-dropper of a book, a must-own for Alien fans that''s positively overflowing with excellent artwork, new interviews, script excerpts, and a whole bunch of behind-the-scenes photos I''d never seen before” - Birth.Movies.Death

“a gorgeous hardcover book that follows the making of the film from its inception in the mind of writer Dan O’Bannon to the mark it has left on the world...I think it’s safe to say that this book is a must-have for fans of the Alien franchise” - Dread Central 

“tells the fascinating story of how Alien germinated from screenwriter Dan O''Bannon''s simple extraterrestrial stowaway idea into one of the most indelible works of scare cinema ever produced” - SYFY 

“J.W. Rinzler has previously set the bar for "The Making of" genre. By the end of this book he''s becoming the platinum standard. This is easily the most well done and comprehensive look at Alien fans have ever seen.” 10/10 - Adventures in Poor Taste 

“author J.W. Rinzler brilliantly guides us through the long and fascinating origins of this unforgettable film by Ridley Scott” - Dead Enertainment 

 “a gorgeous book and a must have for fans of the franchise” - Fangirl Nation

“an extraordinary revelation of a film we thought we already knew.” - Film School Rejects 

 “an exhaustive volume, one that works on two levels...you can page through, just soaking in the extraordinary illustrations and concept art from Ron Cobb, Chris Foss, H.R. Giger, and Scott himself. It’s also a book that provides some phenomenal detail into the story of the film’s production, and how it fit into the larger picture of cinema.” - The Verge 

 “While I can’t recommend The Making of Alien highly enough to fans of the movie, it’s also an interesting look into the creative process, shedding light on the creation of one of the greatest films of all time. Rinzler and Titan have released a top-quality book that should interest any fan of horror, science fiction, or good film in general” - Ravenous Monster

“a perfect 40th anniversary dedication” - Geekisphere

 “shines a light into these neglected corners of the animation legend''s career” - SYFY

"An engaging tribute to a widely respected film, but also a treat for fans of books about moviemaking." - Booklist

“A fantastic in-depth look behind the scenes at Ridley Scott''s horror/sci-fi masterpiece and a must-own for fans of the Alien franchise” - Cinema Sentries 

“Rinzler does a fine job of showing why, exactly, Alien became one of cinema’s greatest creations” - The Film Stage

About the Author

J.W. Rinzler was born in Lakewood, New Jersey; grew up in Manhattan/NYC and Berkeley, CA. J W Rinzler fell in love with old monster films, such as Dracula and Frankenstein, as well as Robin Hood and other adventure movies.

Former executive editor for 15 years at Lucasfilm, Rinzler wrote and directed an animated short ''Riddle of the Black Cat'', which was shown at numerous film festivals, including the Montreal World Film Festival. His adaptation of George Lucas''s original rough draft became ''The Star Wars'' graphic novel and was a #1 New York Times best-seller.

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Umaneo
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The New Definitive ''Making Of'' Book!
Reviewed in the United States on July 31, 2019
Just when Alien aficionados think they have read, seen and heard everything on this classic, here comes ''The Making of Alien'' by JW Rinzler from Titan Books . There are so many books, documentaries, articles, websites and podcasts that cover the making of this masterpiece.... See more
Just when Alien aficionados think they have read, seen and heard everything on this classic, here comes ''The Making of Alien'' by JW Rinzler from Titan Books . There are so many books, documentaries, articles, websites and podcasts that cover the making of this masterpiece. This book takes previously known material and combines it with unreleased information, documents, shooting schedules, photos and brand new interviews. The book is beautifully written and gorgeously compiled. It''s not just about the making of Alien, it sheds light on the making of film, from the creative process to the release. I can''t praise it enough. Something I find very amusing: I have never seen a film (or franchise) where so many people try to take credit for someone else''s work. However when fate intercedes and the same thing happens to them...well you would think its the biggest injustice ever committed. The funniest example is regarding the writing credit and the resulting arbitration. I hope,the author writes the stories of ''Aliens'' and ''The Shining.''
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Oscar Solis
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Overwhelming but wonderfully so
Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2019
There''s a lot of stuff in here. In fact I found it overwhelming but wonderfully so. The amount behind the scenes photos and paintings were excellent. It''s a good book to own if you love Alien. This is a wonderful companion piece to the behind the scenes documentaries... See more
There''s a lot of stuff in here. In fact I found it overwhelming but wonderfully so. The amount behind the scenes photos and paintings were excellent. It''s a good book to own if you love Alien. This is a wonderful companion piece to the behind the scenes documentaries featured on Alien Disk Two in the Quadrilogy dvd. Reading the behind the scenes fights that Dan O''Bannon had over his credit as well as the battles that Ridley Scott fought to make this film were compelling. The only problem I had was that I felt the visual effects behind the scenes stories were shortchanged (there''s a part in the book where a tracking shot that moves past planets and stars up to the Nostromo where the crew can be seen in the windows is mentioned and how it was as good as anything in 2001: A Space Odyssey but that shot isn''t in the final cut-what happened to it?) . Anyhow, an excellent book. Now if you want more info on this marvelous film look up Alien Makers on the internet, dig up Fantastic Films magazine for interviews with the creators (where some of the quotes by some of the crew members came from and finally Cinfex issue #1 which is really in depth regarding the visual effects.
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Matthew Snopenhauer
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Beautiful, inexpensive book filled with great writing and art about a classic horror film
Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2019
Great book, well under-priced for what you get. This is an art book, an offbeat coffee table book, a book of ideas. Rinzler knows his stuff. Personally, I enjoyed the story of Alien''s humble and troubled beginnings as a screenplay, but Rinzler does a great job tour-guiding... See more
Great book, well under-priced for what you get. This is an art book, an offbeat coffee table book, a book of ideas. Rinzler knows his stuff. Personally, I enjoyed the story of Alien''s humble and troubled beginnings as a screenplay, but Rinzler does a great job tour-guiding the reader through the whole film, its release, and its aftermath. Beautifully laid out, thick pages, gorgeous stills and pictures, and wellwritten. It''s almost TOO MUCH info on A L I E N, but, again, worth getting and checking out. One understands how talented forces such as O''Bannon, Giger, R Scott, et al, got together to bring this sci-fi horror film into existence, and Rinzler delivers the story with humor, interesting details, and even academic authority. I learned a lot and was of course inspired to watch A L I E N again. Right.
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Warren Rusk
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Amazing collection...
Reviewed in the United States on August 4, 2019
I am a huge Alien fan. I thought I knew about everything there was to know about the film there was to know. Boy was I wrong. This is the most in depth collection of stories and artwork that has ever been compiled. I kept feeling that the whole time I was going through the... See more
I am a huge Alien fan. I thought I knew about everything there was to know about the film there was to know. Boy was I wrong. This is the most in depth collection of stories and artwork that has ever been compiled. I kept feeling that the whole time I was going through the book, I had gotten a steal of a deal by purchasing this love letter towards one of the greatest sci-fi horror films ever made. If you are a devoted fan of Alien. you must add this book to your collection.
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Draw1967
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The ULTIMATE Testament To The Movie ALIEN
Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2019
Simply put: This is unequivocally the magnum opus for every last detail and behind-the-scene record for the gestation, creation and birth of the iconic 1979 sci-fi/horror masterpiece ALIEN. This effort dwarfs the two other formidable entires in the field (ALIEN Vault and... See more
Simply put: This is unequivocally the magnum opus for every last detail and behind-the-scene record for the gestation, creation and birth of the iconic 1979 sci-fi/horror masterpiece ALIEN. This effort dwarfs the two other formidable entires in the field (ALIEN Vault and ALIEN Archives) with it''s more nuanced and in-depth descriptions of the history, people, ideas and events that fell into place for this seminal movie to reach the big-screen. It''s stories you''ve read before but MORE SO.... it''s photos you''ve seen before but MORE SO. New interviews and unearthed commentary by fringe contributors shine a whole new light into the never-before-known corners of this production. A true crown-jewel for any hard-core ALIEN fanatic. A 10-out-of-10 collector''s dream come true! HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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Robyn
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Hands down a Must-Have book for the Alien fan.
Reviewed in the United States on July 21, 2020
I thought I knew everything about the movie but this book opened it up to another level. The amount of detail about the production (not just the actual shooting but nearly all other aspects) are really amazing. You just get absorbed in the details. The narrative jumps... See more
I thought I knew everything about the movie but this book opened it up to another level. The amount of detail about the production (not just the actual shooting but nearly all other aspects) are really amazing. You just get absorbed in the details. The narrative jumps around quite a bit but it''s going pretty much in chronological order in terms of how the movie was made. Yes I wish there could have been more photos but honestly what is there is really good even if some of the pics are really small in places. I have no problem giving this book 5/5 stars and it should be a must-have addition for any fan of the film.
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Scott Rogers
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Rinzler does it again.
Reviewed in the United States on June 7, 2020
Like with his excellent Star Wars books before this, Rinzler again proves himself to be the master historian of genre movies. His books are massive, painstakingly researched and yet still weave the fascinating and enjoyable story of the development of this classic movie. I... See more
Like with his excellent Star Wars books before this, Rinzler again proves himself to be the master historian of genre movies. His books are massive, painstakingly researched and yet still weave the fascinating and enjoyable story of the development of this classic movie. I have read every other history book on the film (from The Book of Alien to The Alien Vault) and yet I still learned new things from this book. Worth purchasing.
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christopher olson
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Fantastic book
Reviewed in the United States on July 31, 2019
What a beautiful book. I have pretty much every book about Alien that''s ever been published, and this one is about the best. Great material and photos that have never been seen before. Well worth the price for any Alien fan. Highly recommended.
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The Stationmaster
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The Making Of ALIEN
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 26, 2019
Author J.W Rinzler, 1st edition July 2019, 11" by 12" landscape format, 336 pages, B/W Color Illustrations. This is a luxuriant heavy volume giving us the story of the creation and production of ALIEN, from the fevered imagination of Dan O'' Bannon to the realization by...See more
Author J.W Rinzler, 1st edition July 2019, 11" by 12" landscape format, 336 pages, B/W Color Illustrations. This is a luxuriant heavy volume giving us the story of the creation and production of ALIEN, from the fevered imagination of Dan O'' Bannon to the realization by British director Ridley Scott. Rinzler goes through each stage and chapter quite methodically though not into complete detail--(there is a very useful Sources chapter at the end to take any detailed enquires further--Books, Magazines, internet sites etc.)--as the movie slowly but surely takes shape added with early concept sketched some of which are splashed across the page, other are thumbnail sized, of interest is each chapter is annotated with a nice Cobb Semiotic Symbol which i really liked. If you have read or have Rinzler''s previous volumes of Star Wars and Plane Of The Apes you can an equal companion with this book and expect the same level of attentiveness and information, Rinzler doesn''t miss a beat and makes for an informative volume especially for the younger and newer ALIEN fan, he draws upon a mine of material such as continuity Polaroids, pre-production blueprints, sketches, production notes and photographs most of which were taken by the late Bob Penn. Interestingly Rinzler does not voice any personal opinion regarding the stories, comments and history of ALIEN but silently keeps supplying a ream of information, politics and constant changes during production which can be hard to keep track off, but Rinzler allow us to be distracted and tucks in those elements as the story goes along. To the much older veteran ALIEN fan like myself there isn''t really any magical breathless revelations but it is i feel a very important book, a well written constructed volume worthy of (To date..) the 40th anniversary of the premiere of ALIEN and a wonderful salute to the whole production who brought us this seminal landmark movie and a notable worthy reference tome for the library, of personal interest is a bit more information regarding the air duct scenes involving Dallas (Tom Skerritt) which for some reason over the years hardly any information and instead endless viewing and careful study gave some of us an idea but no real clarification of how long it took to film, and location etc, there is a pre-production schematic of the air ducts for you to study but the set was hastily built and just as quickly struck after filming the required scenes but a very interesting interval nevertheless. The book takes us from the final scenes in ALIEN and carries us into post-production involving editing a rough 3 hour version down to the average 118 minute edition, soundtrack and music construction with Jerry Goldsmith and other incidental music added into the footage, we then go toward test screenings and selected theater showings before finally the after the Monte Carlo Premiere in May 1979 we have the iconic premiere at the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles complete with lavish prop and set displays -- we remember famously the Space Jockey construction being brutally incinerated by a arsonist thus losing forever a very large portion of Giger''s creation, the other elements such as the eggs, Lunar vehicle, the entry vestibule to the computer terminal (one of the very few surviving elements of the sets as Ridley had most of the sets destroyed at the end of production at Shepperton.) a scale model of the Nostromo and large Refinery model which was slightly modified and some scale models of the shuttle, landing legs and hypersleep chamber making for a very attractive entry into the theater for a rollicking paced rollercoaster of a movie! we finally see a variety of promotional items such as posters, TV spots etc before finally we reach the end of this magnificent volume and i must say well done and many thanks for a remarkable study and salute to ALIEN and i personally like to see as a suitable memorial to those who are no longer with us: Dan O'' Bannon, Gordon Carroll, H.R Giger, Bolaji Badejo, John Hurt, Terry Rawlings, Derek Vanlint and Harry Dean Stanton. (To Date.) Of particular excitement is possibly Rinzler is working on a Making of The Shining! Highly recommended and a landmark volume to the ALIEN Library.
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Dr. Sebastian Knuckledick
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Absolutely incredible! A sheer joy to read for hardcore Alien fans.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 7, 2019
I''ll get straight to the point. As a huge fan of the first Alien film since I was a young boy, I have collected many books on Alien and other films in the series over the years, in addition to many art books and other items by HR Giger (at great expense!), and I have to say...See more
I''ll get straight to the point. As a huge fan of the first Alien film since I was a young boy, I have collected many books on Alien and other films in the series over the years, in addition to many art books and other items by HR Giger (at great expense!), and I have to say that this masterfully researched and written volume is the cherry on the cake. I am still fairy early on in the book and I am constantly surprised by new insights and archive material I have never read about or seen elsewhere. This stunning book has gone so far beyond my expectations that I am finding myself shaking my head in awe at the sheer depth of the information presented. In terms of the physical qualities of the book, it is very large, heavy and solidly made. Beneath the dust jacket is a smooth black cover with a small sketch by Giger of an early Facehugger concept on the front and a smaller sketch of a Facehugger leaping from its egg on the back. There are a large number of illustrations and photographs throughout the book that are beautifully printed on high quality paper. Quite a few pages are all-black with white text which not only matches the dark theme of the material but is quite costly to produce. In summary, I can only suggest that if you are a serious fan of Alien and wish to revel in an abundance of fascinating information about all manner of topics relating to this incredible film you will most certainly need to buy this wonderfully authoritative book as soon as possible. I would also like to send a huge thank you to the author J. W. Rinzler who is deserving of all the high praise he is receiving for his talent and unparalleled efforts in creating what will certainly become a classic amongst film books. Very highly recommended!
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MR B WHARTON
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Not as gorgeous as I''d hoped - but still essential reading for fans of the original movie
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 29, 2019
Text-wise this a fantastically researched and well-written book. I loved the author''s previous work on the original Star Wars trilogy and this is at a similar level of quality. But there''s something incredibly disappointing about this book - and that is the layout and the...See more
Text-wise this a fantastically researched and well-written book. I loved the author''s previous work on the original Star Wars trilogy and this is at a similar level of quality. But there''s something incredibly disappointing about this book - and that is the layout and the way the images are used. This is ''coffee-table'' book, and as such the large format gives the publisher / author a chance to use the double page spread format to create drama / awe as well as illuminate tiny details. But in this book, images seem to be boxed in to huge amounts of text, minimising the impact of designs, faces, lighting etc. There are of course exceptions, but it almost seems as if page count / size became an issue and reducing the lavish use of images was a consequence. Also choices of colours for things like the reproduction of set technical drawings makes understanding them / appreciating them very difficult, which is tragic. The cover of the book promises so much in terms of using the film''s imagery in a cinematic way, but it just doesn''t hold up as a beautiful artifact you want to treasure, and that is a real shame.
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Mr. N. J. Voice
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One of the best film production and history books I have ever seen
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 24, 2019
For anyone who is a fan of Ridley Scotts A L I E N this beautiful book is a must buy. A huge tome filled with preproduction artwork,original excerpts from Dan O''Bannons Star Beast script, original early designs,Ridley Scotts "ridleygrams" and early story boards. It has a...See more
For anyone who is a fan of Ridley Scotts A L I E N this beautiful book is a must buy. A huge tome filled with preproduction artwork,original excerpts from Dan O''Bannons Star Beast script, original early designs,Ridley Scotts "ridleygrams" and early story boards. It has a wealth of information on the amazing production design by Moebius ,Chris Foss and of course H.R Geiger. As well as information on the effects,shooting days ,internal arguments and fall outs,scoring,release plans and poster artwork. This monster book is the last word on this phenomenal film from 1979. .HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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I. D. Smith
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The definitive book on the making of a science fiction/horror masterpiece
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 14, 2019
I didn’t think the author would surpass his excellent “Making of Planet of the Apes” book which came out a few months ago, but he’s gone and done it again, with the definitive book on one of the best science fiction/horror films ever made. It’s lavish enough that it could...See more
I didn’t think the author would surpass his excellent “Making of Planet of the Apes” book which came out a few months ago, but he’s gone and done it again, with the definitive book on one of the best science fiction/horror films ever made. It’s lavish enough that it could have come out on the Taschen imprint and gives the real story behind the making of this masterpiece.
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