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Fans Come Together To Complete Star Wars Uncut 179

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eldavojohn writes "Star Wars Uncut has taken a novel approach to remaking Star Wars IV: A New Hope. You merely sign up for a 15 second clip, film it and submit it. The trailer is now complete and I will suspect you might enjoy the high quality (and low quality) of some of the already accepted scenes. 251 scenes remain in need of claiming with 688 claimed and 291 finished. Do your part to remake one of the greatest movies by filming fifteen seconds of yourself and your friends!"

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Fans Come Together To Complete Star Wars Uncut

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  • Cool (Score:5, Insightful)

    by MBGMorden (803437) on Tuesday October 06, 2009 @03:47PM (#29661787)

    You know, I have no doubt that the end result of this will mostly suck if viewed on it's own merits, but I have to give them credit for one of the most interesting and creative ideas in fan-fiction I've seen in a long time. Hopefully the Lucas hammer of wrath won't destroy this.

    • Re:Cool (Score:5, Funny)

      by NoYob (1630681) on Tuesday October 06, 2009 @03:52PM (#29661883)

      You know, I have no doubt that the end result of this will mostly suck if viewed on it's own merits, but I have to give them credit for one of the most interesting and creative ideas in fan-fiction I've seen in a long time. Hopefully the Lucas hammer of wrath won't destroy this.

      No. He'll remaster it and digitize it and release a "Special Edition" version.

      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by Idiomatick (976696)
        I think passing this off to a team of really good video editors and special effects people when its completed would be a neat idea. But people already did their own special effects in the clips which doesn't help. I suppose they could try asking for the raw clips but people won't all have them.
        • by Gabrill (556503)

          . . . which would completely destroy the whole concept. It's already awsome BECAUSE it's so disjointed.

          • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

            by dzfoo (772245)

            Right, because crap is the new cool.

                    -dZ.

            • by mcvos (645701)

              Right, because crap is the new cool.

              It's been for some time now.

              You're probably new to this internet thing, aren't you?

      • by Kynde (324134)

        >> You know, I have no doubt that the end result of this will mostly suck if viewed on it's own merits, but I have to give them credit for one of the most interesting and creative ideas in fan-fiction I've seen in a long time. Hopefully the Lucas hammer of wrath won't destroy this.

        > No. He'll remaster it and digitize it and release a "Special Edition" version.

        And lemme guess, Credo shoots first?

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by jfengel (409917)

      Having seen the trailer, I've probably seen as much of this project as I really want. But the concept is amusing enough that I'm glad they're doing it.

      • by Fred_A (10934)

        Having seen the trailer, I've probably seen as much of this project as I really want. But the concept is amusing enough that I'm glad they're doing it.

        I too am not really convinced anybody could sit through 1 1/2 hours (or whatever the duration of that film was) of such a disjointed mishmash. I find the idea creative, wacky and fun, but I really wonder if it'll work for anything beyond 15 or 20 minutes (if that).

        Good luck to them anyway, at least they're probably having fun doing it. That's the main thing after all.

    • It's the music. (Score:5, Insightful)

      by mortonda (5175) on Tuesday October 06, 2009 @04:24PM (#29662357)

      This is just proof that you can put any sort of crap to great music such as John Williams and make it look interesting. How many movies has he saved, anyway?

      • by Tetsujin (103070)

        This is just proof that you can put any sort of crap to great music such as John Williams and make it look interesting. How many movies has he saved, anyway?

        He did pretty well with "Daddy-O"...

      • Re:It's the music. (Score:4, Informative)

        by camperdave (969942) on Tuesday October 06, 2009 @04:59PM (#29662841) Journal
        John Willaims has done music for pretty much every blockbuster of the past 30+ years:

        Fiddler on the Roof
        The Poseidon Adventure
        Earthquake
        The Towering Inferno
        Jaws
        Star Wars
        Close Encounters of the Third Kind
        Superman
        The Empire Strikes Back
        Raiders of the Lost Ark
        E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
        Return of the Jedi
        Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
        Empire of the Sun
        The Witches of Eastwick
        Born on the Fourth of July
        Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
        Home Alone
        Hook
        JFK
        Jurassic Park
        Schindler's List
        Seven Years in Tibet
        Amistad
        Saving Private Ryan
        The Phantom Menace
        The Patriot
        Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
        Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
        Minority Report
        Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
        Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
        The Terminal
        Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
        Memoirs of a Geisha
        Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

        If I were ever to make a movie, I'd get John Williams to do the soundtrack.
        • You could also use some Gustav Holst. Would probably fool a lot of people. ;)
        • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

          by mrjb (547783)

          John Williams has done music for pretty much every blockbuster of the past 30+ years

          Although I appreciate John W's work (especially Schindlers list, Seven years in Tibet), he's not the only composer on the block. It seems somehow you've missed Hans Zimmer then. With well over 100 soundtracks under his belt, I'm surprised you managed to overlook him. Some block busters that carry his name are:

          - Rain Man
          - Gladiator
          - The Davinci Code
          - The Lion King
          - Backdraft
          - Pearl Harbor
          - Pirates of the Carribe

          • by liquidsin (398151)

            the segment on the dark knight extras where they talk to zimmer about the sound of the joker is one of the most intriguing things i've seen on a dvd extra. that alone made it worth the buy.

          • I'll have to look into Hans Zimmer's work then. Although, to be honest apart from Pirates of the Caribbean, Thunderbirds, and Hakuna Matata (two of which were not Zimmer's work), I can't remember the title tracks to any of these movies. With a lot of the John Williams stuff, you're still humming it in the shower three days after seeing the movie.
          • some of those are a lot more blockbustery than others, Thunderbirds?
          • by rossdee (243626)

            "The Lion King "

            I thought that was Elton John.

          • by Acer500 (846698)

            John Williams has done music for pretty much every blockbuster of the past 30+ years

            Although I appreciate John W's work (especially Schindlers list, Seven years in Tibet), he's not the only composer on the block. It seems somehow you've missed Hans Zimmer then.

            Oddly enough, I haven't seen most of those, and can't recall any of those soundtracks (understandably), but even for those I did see. OTOH I do recall most of John William's work :) . Anecdotal, but there you have it :)

      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by Torodung (31985)

        We could have World War III, and if it had a John Williams soundtrack, it'd be awesome.

        --
        Toro

    • Epileptic Warning (Score:3, Informative)

      by iYk6 (1425255)

      A warning to those with epilepsy, a history of nausea, or good sense. Do not watch the trailer!

      • by Tanktalus (794810)

        A warning to those with [...] or good sense. Do not watch the trailer!

        At least that doesn't eliminate anyone here.

    • by Binestar (28861) *

      You show your ignorance when you say "Lucas hammer of wrath"

      George Lucas is a huge supporter of projects like this.

      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by MBGMorden (803437)

        Yet he's gone after any replica props that don't even bear the Star Wars name like the KGB. Yeah, HUGE supporter of the fan community . . .

        • by natehoy (1608657)

          The OP never claimed he was a huge supporter of the fan community.

          He said Lucas is a huge supporter of "projects like this", which is true. Anything that feeds StarWarsMania is a good thing for continuing sales of DVDs and plastic crap, so it's in Lucas' best interest to support such projects.

          However, direct infringements on things which do not increase sales, such as replicas, are not in Lucas' best interest, therefore he goes after them.

          Lucas is a businessman, who has a franchise that is making him shedl

  • A higher than average concentration at the start of the thread? This doesn't bode well.

  • The Jedi Abides (Score:3, Insightful)

    by fearanddread (836731) on Tuesday October 06, 2009 @03:49PM (#29661809)
    1:41 Big Lebowski meets SW. Brilliant!
  • No Flash (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward

    If you don't have/want flash/javascript, get the trailer here [vimeo.com].

  • by Auroch (1403671)
    If this is the big-box hit that the first 3 star wars were ... do I get some sort of cut for my 15 seconds of fame? I mean, that'll still be tonnes!
  • by tiedyejeremy (559815) on Tuesday October 06, 2009 @03:52PM (#29661877) Homepage Journal
    some of these submissions will likely be much better than the original.
  • by swanzilla (1458281) on Tuesday October 06, 2009 @03:53PM (#29661889) Homepage
    Star Wars Kid [wikipedia.org]
    I, for one, would absolutely love to see him flail around with a lightsaber...
    • by Idiomatick (976696) on Tuesday October 06, 2009 @04:06PM (#29662113)
      The kid's a pussy, apparently he/parents sued everything and anyone that had anything to do with that video and he's been scarred by the horrific experience. I'd cut in the original star wars kid clip but again... sued into oblivion seems risky for a non profit joke movie.
      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward

        Actually his parents only ever brought suit against four kids at his school when he became a walking punchline and subject to a torrent of face-to-face day-to-day abuse. It's arguably a bit excessive but if I turned your hilariously asymmetric visage into an internet meme, and you became the office joke and punching bag, you'd probably sympathise.

        • by Strange Ranger (454494) on Tuesday October 06, 2009 @09:00PM (#29665163)
          "if I turned your hilariously asymmetric visage into an internet meme, and you became the office joke and punching bag, you'd probably sympathise."

          I call BS. You don't lash out and sue. You teach your kid to take lemons and make lemonade out of them.
          He probably could have gone on Letterman, ran for class president, and started his own highly successful blog, if his parents wouldn't have been total morons and instead had helped him the right way.

          Millions of people of all ages would give their left foot for the kind of spotlight he had on him. He took beautiful lemons and made poison out of them.
          • by lawpoop (604919)

            He probably could have gone on Letterman, ran for class president, and started his own highly successful blog, if his parents wouldn't have been total morons and instead had helped him the right way.

            Sheesus. The proper thing to do in response to this is go on Letterman? Haven't we seen time and time again that fame makes people go crazy, especially the younger they are when they become famous?

            How about a proper response being going about a normal life, not trying to sue people, become a Highly Successful Bloggist, or get on David Letterman?

            • by natehoy (1608657)

              Because a quick stint around the Hot Air Circuit could have made him some fast bucks. If the parents had managed the interviews and money correctly for the kid, there would probably have been enough for a personal trainer for a year or so (weight loss and confidence gain) and enough left over for a nice deposit into the kid's college fund.

              Plus, if the kid had managed to compose himself well while on-air (flailing around with a stick really doesn't tell us much about his personality), he might have leverage

  • Someone was definitely feeling their wheaties when they edited/timed the first face-paced segment. Some of the stuff is brilliant, though they should have allowed multiple submissions per segment; I saw some really, really bad stuff. As in, "hey, let's grab my point-and-shoot and spend 5 minutes on this." Somehow, the SVX seems strangely appropriate as a Millenium Falcon...ugly, cranky, and very weird. Nevermind it's absolutely hilarious when the driver shifts it into park to 'punch it'...
    • by interkin3tic (1469267) on Tuesday October 06, 2009 @04:11PM (#29662187)

      Some of the stuff is brilliant, though they should have allowed multiple submissions per segment

      I disagree. They'd then end up with 400 submissions for "I'm Luke Skywalker: I'm here to save you," and big gaps elsewhere, like that critical 15 seconds early in the movie with Leia just sneaking around.

      (They'd also probably end up with 800 takes of "That's no moon" in which there WAS a "moon." And they probably don't want to subject anyone to that.)

      It also seems very interesting to me to see a frankenmovie of 15 second stretches of wildly varying quality. That's far more interesting to me than a frankenmovie of entirely medium to high quality 15 second clips.

      Anyway, once they get the whole movie covered, then they can start accepting submissions for redoing scenes, then have a rating system for each segment. They'll then be able to make a -complete- movie of all the best scenes, emphasis on complete (the aforementioned Leia sneaking around might be pretty poor quality in the "best of" but at least it would be there).

      And, again more interesting to me, they could then have a "worst of" where all the worst clips were strung together. And maybe they could then throw in some of the actual movie, like Mark Hamill's original "I'm here to save you!"

      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by Idiomatick (976696)
        I think this will actually result in an interesting curve in the quality levels. The boring pointless parts will be at a glance boring and pointless. With the cool parts that would suck to see badly done all... done well. A "worst of" version sounds like it could end up kind of painful. I think multiple ratings for funny or well done, high quality... could produce a variety of movies though.
        • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

          by Anonymous Coward

          Oh, oh, I know!! You could set up a web site with all the clips collected together, but with a user-moderation system for each clip. Then you could view the whole movie at +5 or -1 and depending upon whether you want Funny, Insightful, or Troll, etc. (some people have strange tastes).

      • by cabjf (710106)
        You make this sound like American Idol: Star Wars Edition.
      • by kungfugleek (1314949) on Tuesday October 06, 2009 @04:57PM (#29662819)

        the aforementioned Leia sneaking around might be pretty poor quality in the "best of"

        Only for very low values of "Leia".

    • by chrisG23 (812077) on Tuesday October 06, 2009 @04:14PM (#29662227)
      They did allow multiple submissions per scene, and say they plan to have some sort of rating system to see which makes the final cut, and to keep the alternates so people can watch it differently. Its in the FAQ on their site, which has more text than all of the rest of the site as far as I could see.
  • This is fantastic (Score:4, Interesting)

    by NYMeatball (1635689) on Tuesday October 06, 2009 @03:54PM (#29661901)
    Maybe we'll actually see Mark Hamill [imdb.com] in a motion picture again, after all these years! He was pretty fantastic in robot chicken, though.
  • She Said: "Aren't you a little short to be a stormtrooper?"

    He Should Have Replied: "Aren't you a little young to have them sagging like that?"

    • Well, she did have quite a large cup size. I didn't really notice until I was older. If given the chance I hook up with her today. Last time I saw a picture of her she was still looking good.

  • As if... (Score:5, Funny)

    by Linker3000 (626634) on Tuesday October 06, 2009 @04:00PM (#29662019) Journal

    ...as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror...and in completely uncoordinated voices, scenes, style, gender, costumes, visual effects, height, weight, gestures, inflection, lighting, weather conditions, technology, continuity, tone, background, accent, mood, passion, interpretation, make-up, age, production techniques, storyboarding, stock types, DV formats, exposure, sound levels...

  • Implications (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Idiomatick (976696) on Tuesday October 06, 2009 @04:01PM (#29662029)
    If they let people do any part they wanted.... They could with a little bit of programming have it pick a random 15second clip of what is available for the time slot. It would be a bit different each time. Or people could vote on the best rendition for each time slot to improve the thing.

    In any case it is a pretty cool project. And the first 'Open Source' over the internet fan made movie I've heard of. I've been in fan made anime dubs before but that was mostly to horrify anyone that downloaded it to the point of tears.
    • Re:Implications (Score:5, Interesting)

      by PRMan (959735) on Tuesday October 06, 2009 @04:05PM (#29662105)

      I actually thought it would be cool to have people do this with the Bible. It will be interesting to see how this turns out, quality-wise.

      • by eison (56778)

        Have you seen http://www.lolcatbible.com/ [lolcatbible.com] ? I'd be scared if they added video cameras to the mix.

    • Not cool to reply to myself and all but. Going to the site it appears you can do w/e part you want, I'm not sure how they'll pick which one to use for the final product. Totally not how I read the summary or the other comments. Since it is open I bet people will remix their own or indeed make it random. Yay~
    • by ignavus (213578)

      If they let people do any part they wanted....

      I want to play the part of a wolf dressed in sheep's clothing. I will call this character "Baa Baa Jinx"

      Ooops. Wrong episode. That should be Episode One : The Bantam Menace.

      (When we users get finished with Star Wars, Lucas won't recognise it. Perhaps that's a good thing.)

    • by PhilHibbs (4537)

      ...the first 'Open Source' over the internet fan made movie...

      Second [elephantsdream.org]

  • Sounds like a copyright violation to me. After all, it's not a parody, it's a remake.
  • by bazorg (911295) on Tuesday October 06, 2009 @04:45PM (#29662641)
    What a great idea! I'll get my camera and get started right away!

    -- Mr. Goatse

  • I'm amazed there isn't a scene made from inside world of warcraft for this yet...

    maybe a scene using flying mounts to simulate star ships?
    maybe one of the lightsaber duels?
  • by RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) <taiki@cUMLAUTox.net minus punct> on Tuesday October 06, 2009 @04:55PM (#29662791)

    Big question, who has to shoot first in this one? Han or Greedo?

    IMHO, Greedo shot first, I have video evidence.

  • Why remake the good Star Wars IV movie? I'm all for redoing the stupid ones: I, II and III.

    If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

  • by VGPowerlord (621254) on Tuesday October 06, 2009 @06:51PM (#29664097) Homepage

    You underestimate the power of the Dork Side!

  • We should do this for The Thief and the Cobbler.

    I call the toilet flushing scene!!

  • You know, one of the worst things that made YOUtube so great, is what makes this fan-movie.

    As much as I love Star-Wars (and I do LOVE the Star-Wars universe), I don't think I could stand to watch much more
    than it's trailer, and do you know why? YOUtube!

    Anyone of you guys who have ever browsed YOUtube videos, knows that it consists of ENDLESS drivel and "look-ma-I'm-on-TV" teenagers who can't get enough attention, and you've got to fight like insane for hours to get 1 % actually COOL footage.

    One hour of the

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