Star Wars - Ep IV - A New Hope

Lot # 698 - Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction - Extensive Production Budget and Cost Binder Set

Stock #114368

A production budget and cost binder set from the productions of George Lucas' Star Wars: A New Hope and Irvin Kershner's Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. The set contains extensive, specific details of the budget and final costs of A New Hope, and the budget of The Empire Strikes Back.

The black vinyl binder with a yellow-and-black dollar-sign sticker contains 145 pages of the working budget paperwork for The Empire Strikes Back, as well as an additional 129 pages of budget and cost reports from A New Hope. These consist of four key components: a handwritten preliminary, detailed UK budget of £4,401,576 for The Empire Strikes Back, dated "4/25/78"; a handwritten and typed preliminary US budget of $6,725,523 for The Empire Strikes Back dated "4/27/78", likely from associate producer Jim Bloom; a typewritten production budget of $7,751,917 for "The Star Wars" dated "11/5/75" from production supervisor Robert Watts and Jim Nelson; and an undated Industrial Light and Magic production cost report for A New Hope showing a cost of $3,137,742, with specific cost information for all models, including such details as the X-Wing Fighters' total cost of $38,021.

The teal canvas three-ring binder contains a 107-page original, undated typewritten production budget of $9,245,18 for The Empire Strikes Back. The budget appears to be a working version pertaining only to the US costs of production, with incomplete details regarding key crew and department costs, as well as a set of typewritten "Final Picture Cost Recap" documents for A New Hope dated "12/17/77" identifying the total spend to date and a document regarding the designers and copyright owners of various alien characters.

The blue paper folder contains an 80-page original, typewritten total production budget of $8,228,228 for A New Hope, which was compiled 15 March 1976 with additional pages dated 1 February 1976. Based on a 20th Century Fox template, this budget features cost information for key cast and crew, a cost breakdown for all locations and studio sets, ILM's "miniatures" budget, a set decoration budget, a props budget (noting 20 laser swords coated with "3M reflective material[21]", among other things), a wardrobe budget, and more. Dimensions (each): 30 cm x 28 cm x 12.75 cm (11 3/4" x 11" x 5")

£1,500 - 2,500 Ω

Certificate of Authenticity This item comes with a Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity.

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