Star Wars: The Force Awakens Everything is a Remix Video Essay

In 2010, Kirby Ferguson created a video essay called Everything is a Remix, about how it’s not just Quentin Tarantino, but every single artist (authors, musicians or filmmakers) who borrows something old to make something new. The video essay spawned a series of essays, which was later combined into an almost 40 minute long documentary (which you can watch here).

Ferguson has returned once again with a new Everything is a Remix video essay, this time focusing not just on Star Wars: The Force Awakens but also the overall storytelling career of JJ Abrams. The video isn’t just a visualization of all the complaints we’ve heard about Force Awakens being a rehash of A New Hope (we’ve already seen that before), but a serious look into the screenwriter, director and producer’s filmography, as well as an examination of how Abrams copies, transforms and combines his stories to create his art. But it also asks: is the remix method growing stale and have we hit the limits of remixing?

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Star Wars: A New Hope

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is almost upon us and you know what that means… it’s time to revisit the rest of the Star Wars saga for the thousandth time (give or take a few viewings). To get through the final days leading up the biggest movie geek event of the past decade, we’re dedicating each day this week to one of the other six Star Wars movies. It’s time to chat about what we love about each movie and what we don’t love. It’s time to bring up the common nitpicks and the most beloved scenes, the tiny little details we love and the the concepts that don’t get enough attention.

Consider this your invitation to use the comments section below as a catch-all for any kind of Star Wars conversation you desire. This week is for you. The fan. Enjoy it.

Sunday we took a look back at The Phantom Menace, Monday we looked back at Attack of the Clones., Tuesday we looked at Revenge of the Sith. Today’s subject: Star Wars: A New Hope.

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Star Wars posters

With the debut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens just two and a half weeks away (!!!), now seems like as good a time as any to look back at the films that got us here. Our friends at Fandango have commissioned a series of posters inspired by each of the Star Wars films, by various artists from all over the web. We’re excited to help premiere Episode IV: A New Hope by Chito ArellanoEpisode V: The Empire Strikes Back by Ale Giorgini, and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi by Brian Miller, topped off by Episode VII: The Force Awakens by Jeff Delgado. Check ’em all out after the jump.  Read More »

Star Wars Behind the Scenes

Star Wars is one of those franchises where almost nothing you discover about it is new. Whether it be a cool inside fact, image, or whatever, odds are it’s been out there years, possibly decades. Maybe it’s new to you but the franchise has been so closely followed for so many years, it would be very rare to find something genuinely new in relation to the original or prequel trilogies.

That’s a preamble to say the following video is not necessarily a new discovery. It was recently uploaded, and I’ve never seen it before. But Star Wars fans are so crazy, maybe some of you have. The video is about six minutes of B-roll footage from the set of the original 1977 Star Wars. That means the footage is almost 40 years old. And it’s incredible. It’s George Lucas, Mark Hamill and Garrick Hagon (who played Luke’s best friend Biggs) shooting a scene that’s not in the movie. It’s just raw footage of people walking around the set. Check out the Star Wars behind the scenes footage below. Read More »

Eric Tan Star Wars Trilogy

These three Star Wars posters are so beautiful, we figured they needed to be featured twice.

Eric Tan is one of our favorite artists here at /Film but, unlike others, he doesn’t release a lot of prints. That’s because his day job is a designer at Disney. That’s cool on its own, but in the past few years, it means he gets to play in the coolest sandbox of all: Star Wars. Over the past few months, Disney has been sporadically releasing Tan’s posters for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and this week, he revealed Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

Unfortunately, Disney chose to only release these Eric Tan Star Wars posters framed and that makes them quite expensive. But you should check them out below and read more about the beautiful posters. Read More »

Matt Ferguson Star Wars trilogy prints

Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY is doing a timed release for Matt Ferguson’s Star Wars “Trilogy” prints series, which means you have a chance to buy them and they won’t sell out in minutes. More details on the Matt Ferguson Star Wars print series and a close-up of each of these prints, after the jump.
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Star Wars musical parody

J.J. Abrams is being careful not to give too much away about the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII, but there are a few things we can assume just by virtue of the fact that it’s a Star Wars movie. For example, it’s safe to say it won’t look anything like this delightful Star Wars musical parody.

Which is a real shame, because Star Wars: The Musical demonstrates that Disney tunes and lightsaber battles actually go together like peanut butter and bananas: They may not be the most intuitive combination, but they’re a damn good one. After the jump, watch Luke, Han, Leia, Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and more sing their way through the plot of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

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Empire Strikes Back Voted Greatest Movie

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back has been voted the greatest movie of all time in a poll conducted by the British film publication Empire Magazine. More than 250,000 film fans voted in this latest poll, resulting in a list of the 301 greatest movies of all time. When the poll was last conducted six years ago in 2008 with 10,200 voters, The Godfather took the top honors. This year the Star Wars sequel displaced the Francis Ford Coppola adaptation for the top spot. Who else did Empire Strikes Back beat for the top slot? How has the list changed in the last six years? Find out after the jump.

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Coronet Star Wars marquee

It should come as a surprise to no one that Damon Lindelof adored George Lucas from a young age, but now he also has the photo to prove it. Also after the jump:

  • Star Wars Episode VII might shoot in Ireland
  • Daniel Radcliffe and John Noble want to join Star Wars
  • Watch a book trailer for The Making of The Empire Strikes Back
  • Star Wars prequel storyboards offer a peek at what could have been
  • Hasbro announces Angry Birds Star Wars action figures
  • Read an oral history of Star Wars at the Coronet Theatre

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Star Wars Speedrun

1A4 Studio is back at it again, and this time they’re going to a galaxy, far, far away. The black and white animation team who’ve made “Speedruns” of The Matrix and Back to the Future have now tackled one of, if not the most beloved films of all time: George Lucas’ Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. They’ve animated the entire 1977 classic in 60 seconds. It’s fantastic. Check it out below. Read More »