To no one’s surprise, a film series as famous and well-loved as Star Wars has attracted many to the idea of creating their own movies set in the same universe. “Fan films,” as they are simply known, are independently-developed creations made from a love of Star Wars and cinematography. There is, in fact, an official Star Wars Fan Film Award in different categories such as audience choice, best comedy, best original concept, and the “George Lucas Selects Award.” Since there are a lot of ways to point at one certain film and say “that is the best,” we’ll be collecting a number of highly-regarded or famous films for your enjoyment:
Star Wars Uncut
Perhaps the most famous fan creation, Star Wars Uncut is a novel idea that requires, from the filmmakers themselves, only the position of editor. The movies (so far, A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back have been released) are split into fifteen-second segments, segments are claimed by contributors, and then those segments are filmed in any manner they choose: live-action, action figures, Legos, animation, and more. That’s just in the first five minutes! The fifteen-second segments will be compiled and re-made into the feature length film! Enjoy the films here
One of the earliest fan films, Troops is a mash-up of the Star Wars universe – specifically the Stormtroopers – and the classic television show Cops. However, instead of the subdue-and-arrest method featured on Cops, the law enforcement in Troops has a shoot first, ask questions later approach. The film was first featured at the San Diego Comic Con in 1997, and not only has the classic look and feel of Cops, but features special effects and easter eggs about sections of Episode IV. You can watch it here.
I.M.P.S. The Relentless
Short for Imperial Military Personnel Stories, I.M.P.S. shows a number of troopers that are part of missions across the galaxy. Including some of the cast and crew of Troops, the filmmakers went a more serious route, instead filming as if it was a documentary about military forces and not a TV show. The first chapter is approximately forty-one minutes, the second is twenty-one, and the third has yet to be released. With original music, special effects, and characters, I.M.P.S. is one of the most impressive fan films to date. Watch the first episode here.
Star Wars Retold
In a very different form of fan film, Star Wars Retold is the story of Star Wars . . . as told by someone that hasn’t seen the movies. Joe Nicolosi recorded his friend Amanda trying to tell the Star Wars story, having only seen bits, of all three original trilogy movies. Aided by hilarious photoshop magic and a little bit of banter, this film will have any fan laughing out loud. Watch it here.
This is just a tiny sample of some of the fan films that have risen to fame. Let us know which one is your favorite!