Friday, January 20, 2012

Star Wars Uncut, crowd-sourced fanfilm complete online

George Lucas has certainly been in the news a lot lately.

He's been doing the circuit promoting this weekend's release of Anthony Hemingway's Red Tails on which he was a producer. The film tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen who were black pilots during World War II. Reviews haven't been too good so far but I applaud him for getting behind the project and exposing the racism in Hollywood in interviews such as on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He points out that no one in Hollywood would support the project because it was a black movie.

He also caused a minor ripple this week when he mused about retirement or at least abandoning blockbuster filmmaking to make smaller films as his friend Francis Ford Coppola has done. He's quoted as saying “I’m retiring. I’m moving away from the business, from the company, from all this kind of stuff.”

So wouldn't you know it, he pops up yet again with sudden news that the ongoing project Star War Uncut has just finished the first Star Wars film which was changed (as everything Lucas touches usually does) to Episode IV: A New Hope.

Star Wars Uncut was a project whereby the original film was divided into 15-second segments and fans could sign up to remake that 15-second portion however they wished. Many of the recreations are very clever and imaginative. Some did it in full costume, others used toys or props, while many relied on the various forms of animation. It is fascinating viewing from many perspectives.

The film in its entirety is presented below.

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