This morning just got really weird. First there was the bacon AT-AT. And now there’s… this. It’s a trailer for something called “Star Wars: Uncut.” No words– just watch.
If you navigate over to StarWarsUncut.com, you can actually learn what the point of this bizarre piece of video is. “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” has been divided up into 15-second clips. Fans from all over are invited to create and upload their take on up to three of these quarter minute-long “scenes”; the end result will be cut together into one massive fan-remade version of “Episode IV.”
What makes this idea particularly compelling — as you saw in the above video — is the wealth of content creation possibilities available to amateur creators in today’s world. The trailer features a dizzying array of visual styles: straightforward scene reshoots, parody, people wearing masks, multiple types of animation — hand-drawn, stop-motion, storyboard, computer-generated, claymation — …there’s even, impossibly, a “Big Lebowski” reference.
What I love about this is the sheer fan appreciation on display here. There’s no sense of the anger that tends to underline a lot of the present-day news coverage of “Star Wars.” No revisionist “the prequel trilogy sucked, so we’re going to do it the right way” BS. This is literally just a bunch of fans who love the first “Star Wars” so much that they’re ganging together to recreate it collaboratively, almost like an audio-visual quilt. I know this has been around since last summer, but today is the first time I spotted it online (via IGN).
What do you “Star Wars” fans think? Cool idea? Have you submitted anything to it?