One of the greatest things about the Internet is the way it engages people’s creativity. Who knew there were so many budding comedians, dramatists, dancers, actors, handymen, and directors out there? It proves that imagination knows no bounds — nor budgets. Case in point — Star Wars: Uncut. Remember “Be Kind, Rewind“? This is that.
Essentially, the idea is this: “Star Wars” has been chopped up into bite-sized pieces of 15 seconds in length, 1,123 in all. Your task is to film your own version of these snippets to replace the actual film. Once all the pieces are in, it will be stitched together to create an open source masterwork.
The rules are simple. You may claim up to three scenes. There are many scenes that have more than one person working on it. Work in a 4:3 format, no sexually explicit scenes, and try not to use actual “Star Wars” audio. You can check out the original scenes, and those scenes that have been finished, but the whole thing isn’t quite done yet, from the look of the front page, though the site itself says it’s 100% done. I haven’t watched it yet, so they could be right. There are 160 free scenes listed, so it’s not too late, you auteur, you.
There’s no reason why this project needs to stop with “Star Wars”, either. Imagine a homebrew “Gremlins” or “Tremors”! Or “Jurassic Park” or “Alien” or “Predator”! I hope this continues; Hollywood needs to get knocked down a peg or two.