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150: Star Wars Uncut (15 seconds of The Empire Strikes Back)

February 2, 2013

Have you heard about this project called Star Wars Uncut?

A group of people basically cut the entire Star Wars movies into 15-second chunks, and people re-film the chunks on their own. Then, they stitch the new scenes together, creating a fan-made, hodge-podge feature length copy of the film. I’ve never been very into Star Wars, but the project seems pretty fun.

The first movie is done, and they’re currently in the process of making The Empire Strikes Back, so some friends* and I picked a scene. This is what we did:

We reserved a studio and did it the right way. Our friend Devin Belmain has some impressive video/lighting skills and equipment. I ended up sizing some shirts to fit actors, so this previous post‘s experience came in handy. Even though the scene is only 15 seconds, we had a month to recreate it, and we used pretty much all of that time.

So, the funny thing about shooting for 4 hours to film 15 seconds… You end up with a lot of extra footage. Kevin Cox edited together this gag reel that’s actually about 4 times longer than our entire clip.

*By the way, here’s the cast:

Darth Vader / EditorKyle Hepworth
General Maximilian Veers / Box Stacker – Dan Neidecker
Admiral Kendal Ozzel / Rebel Trooper / Director / Costume DesignerKevin Cox
Naval Guard / Shawn Valdez / VideographerDevin Belmain
Admiral Firmus Piett /┬áRebel Officer – Matt “Sausages” Sowecke
[P.S. I seriously can’t believe these guys all have names and backstories]

Darth screengrab

5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 3, 2013 4:32 am

    Reblogged this on Analoog..

  2. Susanna permalink
    February 3, 2013 9:42 pm


  3. Deborah Hepworth permalink
    February 4, 2013 7:47 am


  4. icearrow88 permalink
    February 9, 2013 10:02 am

    Frickin’ love it. You don’t even know how far these back stories go. In fact, I remember reading that the character name Shawn Valdez is based off a real life kid who died of cancer. The first time his name appeared was in the collectible card game: I need to check and see if I have that card…

  5. March 27, 2014 2:25 pm

    Hello there! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be ok.
    I’m undoubtedly enjoying your blog and look forward to new posts.

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