Thursday, February 02, 2012

Crowd-Sourced Star Wars: Combining 500 Clips into One Film

Star Wars fans are dedicated. Look around online, and you'll find a plethora of fan fiction, fan films and custom costumes. Building on this dedication, filmmaker and web developer Casey Pugh solicited the help of Star Wars fans from across the globe to recreate the 1977 movie that started it all: Star Wars: A New Hope. Individuals were assigned a 15 second clip from the movie to re-film, and all of the clips were put together seamlessly for a feature length film.

Star Wars Uncut, as seen above, was released earlier this year online, and the initial response was huge. The movie has already received millions of hits on Youtube and hundreds of thousands more on Vimeo. Featuring an eclectic mix of animation, Lego pieces, and amateur acting, the movie remains surprisingly coherent. Every scene of the original Star Wars: A New Hope was included with some personal touches added by the contributors.

Those personal touches make for a funny, light-hearted homage to the original film. And the movie keeps you on your toes. For instance, juxtaposing Lego stormtroopers with costumed fans running down hallways makes you wonder how every new scene will be interpreted by the next contributor.

Although Star Wars is a great movie, it still contains several physics flaws throughout. The ubiquitous laser sounds in space, for instance, wouldn't be audible in a vacuum. Because sound waves require a medium — like air — to travel through, the "pew-pew" effects aren't realistic in space.

But in a galaxy far, far away, maybe the same rules don't apply.

On the other hand, some of the physics in Star Wars was simply before its time. Tatooine — Luke Skywalker's home planet — now holds its own place in the realm of astrophysical research. Since 2005, researchers have been finding more and more planets that orbit around not one, but two suns just like in the movie.

In regards to Star Wars Uncut, a sequel is already in the works. According to the movie's Facebook page, Pugh is looking to adapt the next movie in the series, The Empire Strikes Back.

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