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Weekend Project: The Empire Strikes Back. Again.

Katie Armstrong
August 31, 2012 by Katie Armstrong Alum

Three years ago in a galaxy not so far away, interwebular genius and former Vimeo developer Casey Pugh spoke, and the Internet answered. His call to arms galvanized the most powerful of online hordes: Star Wars nerds, nearly 1000 of whom came together to create the sublime crowdsourcing triumph that is Star Wars Uncut.

For SWU first-timers out there, the project is a shot-for-shot recreation of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Fans were asked to claim and recreate 15-second scenes from the classic 1977 film, which were then stitched together in order, resulting in a hilariously diverse, wonderfully nostalgic remake.

In short order, SWU blew up like the Death Star. It was featured in documentaries, news features, and conferences around the world, and it even won a 2010 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media! But the fun doesn't stop here, folks.

We're thrilled to announce that Star Wars Uncut has just launched the next chapter of this amazing saga: Empire Strikes Back Uncut. Participate, will you? Yes, mmm.

Head to, sign up with your Facebook login, and claim a 15 second scene from Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Recreate your scene in whatever style you fancy, be it live-action, stop-motion, droid-delivered hologram, or some new form of visual art we've yet to encounter (we see lots of droid holograms). Everyone is welcome to play -- it's super easy and fun! Once you're ready to share your scene with the world, upload your clip to the Star Wars Uncut site. Don't worry, the clip will also be automatically added to your Vimeo account!

What are you waiting for? Continuing to read this post will only Force-choke you with Star Wars references, so go now to claim your scene and help us finish the film. Do or do not; there is no “try.” You’re our only hope!


Luke Pellizzari Plus

Well, I have been harassed all my life for having the same name as Skywalker...might as well make the most of it now!

Philiac Music Plus

For a long while I was under the impression that the real Star Wars was a remake of SWU.
It all makes more sense to me now.

Mike Armstrong

All I have is some super-cool lyrics to the Star Wars theme song:
Star Wars, nuttin' but Star Wars...gimme some Star Wars....doodle-de-dooooooooooo!!!!!! Maybe I'll get Cleo to do a Yoda scene.....

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