Whether it be family members and friends traipsing around their living rooms in full costume while reciting the lines or stop-motion animation using cardboard cut-outs or toys, each scene is meticulously recreated with 15-second bits made by fans that are seamlessly stitched together to match the 1977 original.
The finished result may not be as compelling a story as its inspiration, but in its herky-jerky reinterpretation, there is an addictive and enticing peek into the great potential of creation-through-crowd-sourcing on the web.
Casey Pugh started “Star Wars Uncut” as an experiment in 2009. He wanted to see how he could inspire people to create and upload videos. One of the founding developers of Vimeo, a more highbrow version of YouTube, Pugh built the “Star Wars Uncut” Web site in his free time. He sliced “Star Wars: Episode IV” into a series of 15-second scenes—500 mini-clips in all. Thousands of fans from 100 countries logged on to Pugh’s site and chose one of those mini clips to remake.
Star Wars Uncut took two characteristics of the web—the desire to create and the desire to participate—and mashed them together. The resulting movie is a riotous revolt of filmmaking. The stars are the audience; the audience watches themselves perform.
We also watch, not to see what will happen next in the plot, but to see what will happen next in the mysterious minds of the many filmmakers. We are able to witness the limitlessness of human creativity in a two-hour window.
Pugh uploaded his Director’s Cut version on Jan. 18 and has already gotten more than 1.4 million views on YouTube and more than 4,000,000 on Vimeo.
See it for yourself, in all of its two hours of glory, below.