In 2010, Star Wars fans from around the world remade Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. This was a shot-for-shot recreation of the “Special Edition” version of the film made from fifteen-second segments. The full film was made available on the Internet in August 2010 and could be watched for free.
Fans are currently developing the sequel–a remake of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. The rules and guidelines for the remake is as follows (taken directly from StarWarsUncut.com):
- Original: You may only upload videos you yourself have made. This is your time to be creative! Do not include 3rd party brands or content. We all love [insert product here], but we don’t want to get sued over it.
- In 30 Days. After accepting your scene, you have 30 days (720 hours) to complete and upload it.
- Without the original audio: This includes the original Star Wars audio track…part of the fun is making the audio yourself! We will be adding in the soundtrack in the final cut.
- OK for the kids: Please, no sexually explicit videos or derogatory language.
- HD: Try to shoot and upload your video in the highest quality possible. 16:9 format is preferred.
- Precise: Each scene is 15 seconds, so let’s try to keep it exact. Going over or under a few seconds is fine. Make sure the beginning and end of your scene matches up closely to the original. That way, the final piece will be smoother than Jabba’s backside.
- FUN! This is your moment in the Star Wars sun. This project comes from the fans and will be as great as our collective minds create it. Pull out all the bells and whistles and probe droids.
- Choose partners. You may work in groups of three to five. Each member in the group is expected to contribute in an equitable manner.
- Claim one of the available scenes from StarWarsUncut.com. You have until May 1 to claim a scene and 30 days to complete and upload the scene. If you are unfamiliar with the scene, choose the scene first and then speak with the teacher who has a copy of the film.
- Generate ideas! You may use ideas from the original Star Wars Uncut for inspiration but be creative!
- Prepare a proposal at the end of the week. The proposal must describe in great detail: (1) the role of each member, (2) the style of filming, (3) the materials your group needs, (4) the days and times your group plans to film, (5) the locations your group plans to film, (6) the general timeline for filming, editing, publishing and promoting–calendar. The timeline must outline each person’s responsibility for each class. In addition, the proposal must also include a visual storyboard (about 10-15 frames).
- Get filming! You may use class time to film the video. You will also receive some general tips about good video recording techniques in class.
- Edit and publish! You may use the video editing software in the school. If you have software at home (e.g. iMovie, Adobe Premiere, Vegas Pro), you may use it instead.
- Promote it! The more “Likes” you have, the more likely the scene will be used. It is recommended that your group publishes the video one week before the deadline (May 29) so that you have enough time to promote it!