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July 29, 2009 11:04 AM   Subscribe

Star Wars Uncut is an attempt to recreate Star Wars: A New Hope 15 seconds at a time.

Individuals pick a 15-second segment and give it their best shot. Some of the results are predictably bad, some are abstract, and some are kinda awesome.

There's still time to sign up for Round Two.
posted by logicpunk (43 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

 
The interface for the videos is non-intuitive. In order to view the contributions, click on the blue bordered thumbnail in the upper left of the video window.
posted by logicpunk at 11:07 AM on July 29, 2009


Unfortunately a court order prohibits me from visiting websites that include the word "uncut" in their names.
posted by GuyZero at 11:15 AM on July 29, 2009 [3 favorites]


This is a lot of effort for something that will be unwatchable.
posted by mazola at 11:15 AM on July 29, 2009 [2 favorites]


Strike that, this could be awesome.
posted by mazola at 11:18 AM on July 29, 2009 [4 favorites]


I predict that the finished version will become a new favorite "Hey let's watch this while we're baked" movie at colleges everywhere.
posted by jbickers at 11:18 AM on July 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


The scene you want is unavailable.

These are not the scenes you are looking for.

Move along.
posted by tkchrist at 11:18 AM on July 29, 2009 [4 favorites]


Sorry, but haven't we all had enough Star Wars?
posted by gonna get a dog at 11:19 AM on July 29, 2009


Blasphemy!
posted by Solon and Thanks at 11:21 AM on July 29, 2009


The interface to view the clips is humongously awful, but the concept is all kinds of awesome. I enjoy even the bad ones.
My fave so far is scene#46
posted by forforf at 11:21 AM on July 29, 2009


I get "This scene is no longer available." for all three of the linked clips.
posted by jedicus at 11:28 AM on July 29, 2009


Ah, I see, you have to click the little icons.
posted by jedicus at 11:30 AM on July 29, 2009


I get "This scene is no longer available" on all the links in the post...and if I click on thumbnails on the page. Is the problem mine, somehow?
posted by not that girl at 11:30 AM on July 29, 2009


Jedicus that means that it's not available to be re-created as someone has already taken it. You can see the finished product by clicking on the blue-framed box in the top left corner.

Also, you all can mock if you want, but that shit is AMAZING.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 11:32 AM on July 29, 2009


The interface was designed by someone who hates humanity, but the idea is grand, I for one look forward to seeing this potentially much improved version.
posted by dearsina at 11:33 AM on July 29, 2009


jedicus: that presumably means its unavailable to be re-enacted, because someone has already chosen it. Click on the little icon in the top left of the clip to play it.
posted by Infinite Jest at 11:33 AM on July 29, 2009


I predict that the final edited together movie will be better than the Phantom Menace.
posted by Staggering Jack at 11:35 AM on July 29, 2009 [3 favorites]


Hell, I said that and then re-read everyone's comments and realized that, in fact, most people were totally on board with this. Ignore my preemptive defensiveness and enjoy away!
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 11:40 AM on July 29, 2009


It seems to be that 15 seconds / scene is too short for the stitched together movie. It might be great for getting people to take and create scenes but with four changes/minute you won't even have time to acknowledge each new absurd take.
posted by lucasks at 11:42 AM on July 29, 2009


Ok, so who feels like linking them all together?
posted by scrutiny at 11:44 AM on July 29, 2009


Yes, I know they'll do it, but I want to see it now
posted by scrutiny at 11:45 AM on July 29, 2009


Its like Buñuel does Lucas, x473.
posted by googly at 11:54 AM on July 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


Sorry, I'm still confused. I can watch several of the scenes, including the awesome one forforf linked above, but none of the ones linked in the FPP work for me. I click (what seems to be) the right icon, and I get the message, "So-and-so is still working on this scene."
posted by roll truck roll at 12:23 PM on July 29, 2009


It seems to be that 15 seconds / scene is too short for the stitched together movie. It might be great for getting people to take and create scenes but with four changes/minute you won't even have time to acknowledge each new absurd take.

You may be right; if I were doing it, I might have gone with 30 second blips instead. It varies depending on people's takes, though. Some gags can get across in just a few seconds.
posted by roll truck roll at 12:25 PM on July 29, 2009


Oh. It's easier to watch them on the blog.
posted by roll truck roll at 12:30 PM on July 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


Well, I signed up for one. I couldn't decide which I wanted so I decided to press "random" 10 times in a row and take that one. I got a really good, but really tricky one. The laser fight before Luke and the gang take off their stormtrooper masks. Scene 292

As for the scenes needing to be longer, sheesh. I feel like mine is already too long!
posted by dirtdirt at 12:33 PM on July 29, 2009


Oh, yeah, forgot to mention: this is totally boss!
posted by dirtdirt at 12:33 PM on July 29, 2009


Sorry, but haven't we all had enough Star Wars?

Flagged as offensive.
posted by Pollomacho at 12:33 PM on July 29, 2009 [4 favorites]


I predict that the final edited together movie will be better than the Phantom Menace

If the clips made so far are a fair sample, I predict that the final edited together movie will be better than an Obama made of bacon, riding a unicorn made of lolcats, cantering down an avenue carpeted with ironic hipster t-shirts.

A broken Kinder Surprise toy pressed into a crack in the asphalt of an overgrown playground in Prypiat would be better than the Phantom Menace.
posted by CynicalKnight at 12:36 PM on July 29, 2009 [2 favorites]


That navigation is awful (rollovers, please?) so could someone save me the hassle of finding the whiniest line in the history of film?

("But I was going to Toshii station to pick up some power converters!")

Because that one could be refilmed gold.
posted by rokusan at 12:58 PM on July 29, 2009


A broken Kinder Surprise toy pressed into a crack in the asphalt of an overgrown playground in Prypiat would be better than the Phantom Menace.

The last twelve minutes, the fight with Maul, is great. I saw the film a second and third time just for that.

I don't remember much of the rest.
posted by rokusan at 12:59 PM on July 29, 2009


How to build a Vimeo playlist, on embedr, if you want to do the legwork.
posted by Pronoiac at 1:03 PM on July 29, 2009


Old Ben apparently inspires some wierdness.
posted by Ogre Lawless at 1:53 PM on July 29, 2009


Interesting, the last time I was linked to this, you could download the original clips in MP4 format very easily. Wonder if they got copyright-policed.
posted by smackfu at 1:54 PM on July 29, 2009


Interesting, the last time I was linked to this, you could download the original clips in MP4 format very easily. Wonder if they got copyright-policed.

I'm confused about why George Lucas hasn't nuked this from orbit... maybe now with some extra attention he will.
posted by geos at 2:36 PM on July 29, 2009


I predict that the final edited together movie will be better than the Phantom Menace.

I predict that the final edited together movie will be better than Star Wars: A New Hope.
posted by jack_mo at 2:52 PM on July 29, 2009 [3 favorites]


Someone get Shatner onto this project.
posted by Muddler at 3:06 PM on July 29, 2009


But I was going to Toshii station to pick up some power converters!

"Uncle Owen, I'm just a space nerd!"
posted by kirkaracha at 3:22 PM on July 29, 2009


I just came in here to make a circumcision joke but of course I'm too late.
posted by Burhanistan at 3:28 PM on July 29, 2009


I'm so old I remember when it was just Star Wars without either Ep 4 or A New Hope in the credits.

I wish it was still that way.

Also, does this version have the horrible CGI "fixes" Lucas did to bring it "up to date?"
posted by localroger at 5:40 PM on July 29, 2009


this is ace, and I'm having a go.
posted by 6am at 5:55 PM on July 29, 2009


Of course, what we need to do is reinvent Episode One. That's where it all goes horribly, horribly WRONG ...
posted by philip-random at 7:03 PM on July 29, 2009


Hello! You and 2,731 other people have the chance to recreate The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

No?

No?

No.
posted by Wataki at 7:39 PM on July 29, 2009


Ugh. The correct strategy is to let star wars die and have an actual director (not writer turned hack) reboot the series and make love and muffins for everybody. Yayy! I love muffins!

This is good too I spose.
posted by Submiqent at 10:39 PM on July 29, 2009


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