Posts Tagged ‘Fan Films’

Empire Strikes Back Gets ‘Sweded’

Bonnie Burton | April 16, 2008

Nothing excites me more than seeing crafty fans get out cardboard, socks and foil to make their own DIY Star Wars sets, costumes and props. I can’t get enough of this ‘Sweded’ version of The Empire Strikes Back — complete with a homemade costumes, a comical puppets including one of a comical Wampa, lightsaber effects, ringtone soundtrack and a backyard Dagobah jungle!

VIDEO: Empire Strikes Back in 60 seconds

Be sure to also watch Cardboard Star Wars too!


The Force is Strong on Telnet

Bonnie Burton | April 1, 2008

Here’s an oldie but goodie from the archives of Star Wars online fandom.

Check out this Telnet server that broadcasts Star Wars Episode IV to your command line as animated text. From any command line, type: telnet and watch A New Hope unfold in ASCII style!

Be sure to also watch Star Wars Asciimation here.

SOURCES: Lifehacker, The Register

TRON Gets ‘Sweded’

Bonnie Burton | March 26, 2008

It seems that director Michel Gondry’s film Be Kind Rewind has been inspiring fans everywhere to make “Sweded” versions of their favorite movies which include everything from classics like Star Wars to this creative tribute to the 1982 sci-fi film TRON!

The level of detail in the costumes and cardboard vehicles is quite impressive. We want more! What movie would you like to see get “Sweded” next?

Check out the video here:

Star Wars Gets ‘Sweded’

Bonnie Burton | March 17, 2008

If you’ve already caught director Michel Gondry’s film Be Kind Rewind that involves video store employees creating their own DIY versions to classic flicks like Ghostbusters and Driving Miss Daisy, then you might want to check out these fans who made their own “Sweded” version of Star Wars.

Chris Parrott and his friends used cardboard, fast food chicken buckets, a beer keg (for R2-D2) and more in a fun video they entered in the Be Kind Rewind Youtube Competition. You can see photos of all their crafty costumes and props here: Cardboard Star Wars.

Watch the video here.


Star Wars Galaxies Cut Footloose

Bonnie Burton | October 18, 2007

What happens when gamers need a break from fighting in Star Wars Galaxies? They dance! Dance like they’ve never danced before to the musical stylings of Kenny Loggins. That’s what!

Watch your favorite Star Wars: Galaxies characters reenact dance moves from the last scene in the ’80s classic teen flick Footloose!

Check out the fancy digital footwork here:
Footloose (Star Wars Galaxies)

20 Things Star Wars Fans Have to Look Forward To Team | September 24, 2007

3-yoda recently posted a list of 20 things Star Wars fans have to look forward to in the future, including the CG animated Clone Wars series, the live-action TV series, The Force Unleashed video game, Fanboys, Hasbro’s Star Wars Mighty Muggs, and a whole bunch more to keep your Force-sense tingling. Head on over to to check it out.

Unemployed Palpatine Team | August 16, 2007


We’ve seen Chad Vader lose his day manager position, but it would seem others in the Imperial executive staff are also between jobs at the moment.

G4 posted “The Emperor Gets a Job” some time ago, but in case you missed it, Palpatine visits a temp agency to find work after the destruction of the second Death Star. Check it out here.

May the Plastic Be With You: Straw Wars

Bonnie Burton | August 15, 2007

Relive (or recycle) all the magical, action-packed moments you love from A New Hope with this fan-made tribute created with drinking straws, pipe cleaners, plastic forks and soda bottles!

From the trash compactor scene to the thrilling Death Star trench run, these filmmakers have thought of every detail. We especially love the X-wing starfighter made from a soda bottle and the fork chairs in the Death Star conference room.

Watch the film here:
Straw Wars

Dark Side of the Deli

Bonnie Burton | August 1, 2007

While some Star Wars fans dress up as Jedi and duel with lightsabers in live-action fan films, others let hot dogs do the stunt work. Case in point, the 1998 fan-made film Star Wieners.

The latest issue of Geek Monthly magazine tracked down the filmmaker — computer animator Andrew Burke — to chat about what compelled him and his friends to re-imagine A New Hope with hot dogs wearing handcrafted costumes.

“Blame Wal-Mart,” Burke laughs. “When you stock plastic food items next to the action figures you’re just asking for trouble. Mix in a pack of hungry nerds with time to kill and it was the obvious conclusion.”

The most impressive aspect of the film are the tiny costumes for the hot dog characters including droid metal, Princess Leia hair buns, Yoda ears, Jedi robes and mini lightsabers. “I sat down a few evenings and molded the outfits and props out of Fimo,” Burke says. “I used old socks and shirts for the costumes without even sewing, thanks to the magic of Superglue.”

Burke and company (friends Robin Kuniski and Adam Freeman) did such an impressive job on the film props they won an action figure design contest in Toyfare Magazine which published a picture of the cast. “Officially, that makes Star Wieners an award-winning film,” Burke smiles.

Be sure to check out the full interview in Geek Monthly magazine, Issue 5/6.

SOURCE: Geek Monthly magazine

Fan Film Winner Profile: Essence of the Force Team | June 8, 2007

As the winner for the Best Action Award with his film Essence of the Force for the Fan Movie Challenge presented by Lucasfilm and AtomFilms, Nevada-based filmmaker Pat Kerby discusses the challenges of making an impressive action film on a tight schedule when your Sith Lord has a day job.

What prompted you to make a Star Wars fan film? How has George Lucas and his films influence your work?

George Lucas’s films were a big inspiration to me. Once I decided I was going to be a filmmaker I paid close attention to what he did. I learned that good casting and a good story are very important. I admired his independent spirit of filmmaking, for the most part working outside of the Hollywood system. I hope he continues to work to revolutionize filmmaking. The distribution system needs revamping!

What is the backstory regarding your film? Where did you get your idea?

One day my wife asked me to do something and I told her that I’d try. She said, “There is no try, there is only do” — butchering the quote from Yoda. As I started to explain what Yoda actually said, it hit me that that phrase would be a great punch line for a Mountain Dew commercial. I pitched the idea to some friends, and we decided to do it. I had met Thomas Dupont, a brilliant swordsman who worked at the King Arthur’s Tournament show at Excalibur in Las Vegas at the time (he has since become the sword master on Pirates of the Caribbean, and your very own Indiana Jones 4), and had been wanting to work with him. He loved the idea, and after that everything just fell together. The Las Vegas filmmaking community came together to support the project, and after a month or two of pre production, three nights of shooting, and about six months of post (between regular jobs), we had a product that was a nice demo for myself, Thomas, and the whole Vegas filmmaking community.