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This Shot-for-Shot Empire Strikes Back Remake Was Made By 480 Fans
Star Wars fans are a wildly devoted bunch, and 480 of them just had their dreams come true. The Empire Strikes Back: Uncut is a shot-for-shot remake of Episode V, composed entirely of 15-second clips filmed and submitted by very creative fans.
This is fun to watch. Each of the scenes are uniquely different—live-action and illustration and puppets and stop motion, really polished (and really not) and totally silly—all seamlessly edited into a full-length feature. And it’s actually the second installment in the experimental series; Episode IV was a huge hit a few years back, so mastermind Casey Pugh took on the monumental task of sifting through thousands of entries for this follow-up.
Star Wars Uncut is the brainchild of Casey Pugh, a developer dedicated to creating new and fun experiences on the web.
Working as a developer at Vimeo, Casey became interested in using the internet as a tool for crowdsourcing user content.
Star Wars was a natural choice to explore the dynamics of community creation on the web – the response from fans has been overwhelming worldwide and the resulting movie is incredibly fun to watch.
A year and a half ago, Pugh set up a website where he dissected Lucas’ 121-minute epic into 473 15-second segments, and invited volunteers to claim up to three of the mini-scenes and reshoot them any way they wanted. After receiving close to 1,000 submissions in the first six-months from as far away as Germany, Japan, and Africa, Pugh stitched all of the snippets into a Frankenstien-monster mashup called Star Wars Uncut.
Star Wars Uncut has been featured in documentaries, news features and conferences around the world for its unique appeal.
StarWarsUncut.com won a 2010 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media – Fiction.
Sources: www.starwarsuncut.com, Entertainment Weekly 4.8.11