Creating the Worlds of Star Wars: 365 Days is a 744-page book by John Knoll that covers the sets and landscapes of all of the planets of the Star Wars saga. It was released on October 1, 2005. The book comes with a CD with videos and other material on it.
The book was re-released in 2012 without the interactive CD-ROM.
John Knoll was 14 years old when the first Star Wars film (Episode IV) came out in 1977, and it changed his life. By the time the first prequel, The Phantom Menace, was released in 1999, he was its visual effects supervisor—in charge of all special effects—a position he held through Episodes II (Attack of the Clones) and III (Revenge of the Sith). With Knoll as tour guide, this deluxe addition to Abrams' 365 Days series provides the single most comprehensive collection of Star Wars images, including breathtaking 360-degree panoramic shots of sets and models, as well as concept art, props, film stills, and memorabilia.
The only book that covers all six films, Star Wars: 365 Days is Knoll's spectacular survey of the visual world created by those films. It shows us George Lucas and his crew creating their universe on location and in the studio—in pages dense with imagery and information, documenting a remarkable sustained creative effort by hundreds of devoted filmmakers and craftsmen.
- The text accompanying Spread 17 (Mos Eisley 2) mentions "a furry, dressed creature that was perhaps originally a llama". The creature in the photograph is a Jerba.
- The photo accompanying Spread 22 (Millennium Falcon Exterior 2) featured an unidentifed, unmasaked female performer dressed as a Rodian in the deleted Jabba the Hutt sequence. Writer John Knoll suggests that this is the same actress who played Greedo (Maria De Aragon) during the Cantina reshoots. This is incorrect as the Docking Bay scenes used British extras and Maria De Aragon only took part in the US shoot.
- The text accompanying several smaller photos on spread 51 mentions the cameos of Joe Johnston, Ralph McQuarrie and Michael Pangrazio in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back but the men in the still frame are Johnston, Michael Kelly and Harrison Ellenshaw.
- Spread 92 features a matte painting from the deleted scene in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi that shows the outside of the cave in which Luke Skywalker constructs his new lightsaber. Writer John Knoll incorrectly suggests that this background was from the deleted sandstorm sequence instead.