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‘Star Wars’ fans remake ‘The Empire Strikes Back’

1500 'Episode V' experts contribute to fan-made 'Star Wars Uncut'.
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Corrina Allen, April 22, 2013 2:31:03 PM

Star Wars Uncut, say the organizers behind the project, is “a crazy fan mashup remake of the original Star Wars movies.” With a homemade cut of A New Hope already under his belt, developer Casey Pugh is hard at work soliciting fan-made videos to edit together into a re-imagined version of Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

Here’s how it works: Pugh cuts the original film into hundreds of separate, 15-second scenes and posts them on Starwarsuncut.com. Fans can select and claim their scene and make a video re-enacting that scene using whatever means they choose. The scene can be animated, made with puppets or clay figures, or it can be live-action—with your vacuum cleaner standing in for R2-D2, your dog playing Chewbacca (a popular option), and your kids cast as Leia, Luke, and Han (just make sure they’re taller than whoever you give the role of Yoda to).

The crowd-sourced clips will then be edited into a new version of The Empire Strikes Back. The remake of A New Hope had almost a thousand contributors and went on to win a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media. ”We are continuously blown away by the creativity and craft we’ve seen from every user,” says the team behind the project. So far, Pugh has had over 1500 people send in videos for the Episode V edit, but he’s still accepting clips (you have until May 1 to claim yours, then 30 days to finish filming). Check out the trailer—made from some of the scenes fans have already sent in—below:

Star Wars Uncut: The Empire Strikes Back TEASER from Star Wars Uncut on Vimeo.

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