With more than 480 fan-made segments culled from over 1,500 submissions, The Empire Strikes Back Uncut (also known as ESB Uncut) features a stunning mash-up of styles and filmmaking techniques, including live action, animation, and stop-motion. The project launched in 2013, with fans claiming 15-second scenes to reimagine as they saw fit – resulting in sequences created with everything from action figures to cardboard props to stunning visual effects.
I love these “Star Wars Uncut” fan projects, because not only do they afford filmmakers a showcase for their artistic talents, but they’re using source material that nearly everybody knows and loves. It doesn’t matter if things become incomprehensible in The Empire Strikes Back Uncut because we all know the movie by heart. You can watch the full thing above, and as a special bonus, here’s the Uncut version of A New Hope too!