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May The Fourth Be With You All – Star Wars Fanfilms May 4, 2015

Posted by Maniac in Site News.
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Okay, we’re going to step a little bit outside of the Star Wars video game franchise for this one, but I felt like this needed to be discussed.  Star Wars has inspired so much creativity in its fans for the past forty years and until Disney obtained the rights to the franchise, George Lucas had mostly allowed his fans to produce all the Star Wars inspired fanfilms they wanted.  In fact there was even an epic fanfilm contest on Atomfilms where filmmakers could get their short films featured online.

There were just two rules that George Lucas had for anyone who wanted to make a Star Wars fanfilm, and the fanfilms I’ve posted here follow them.  The first is that serious films could not include any of the existing Star Wars characters, filmmakers would need to create their own new characters if they wanted to make something serious.  However, if the filmmakers wanted to make a Star Wars parody film, they could use any of the existing Star Wars characters they wanted.  Today, I’m going to show some of my favorite parodies.

First up I want to show an animation that many people wish was based on a true story, Jar Jar’s Walking Papers.  This short was actually a winner on Atomfilms for the best Star Wars fanfilm (animation).  Jar Jar hate trumps all.

Next up didn’t win any awards, but it was a runner-up on the Atomfilms Star Wars fanfilm contest for best Documentary, Wan-Abi: The Making of A Fanfilm.  It details the story of some filmmakers in Salt Lake City who want to make the ultimate fanfilm, and features the first appearance I have ever seen of a triple-bladed lightsaber.

This next film details The Battle of Hoth from The Empire Strikes Back in a way that only Ken Burns would deliver.

Next up, an important PSA on how to properly use your lightsaber.

Next up, Four More Years of Vader, where Darth Vader makes an appearance on the No Spin Zone just before The Battle of Endor.  The short was directed by Hank Braxton, who you might remember produced the epic Ghostbusters fanfilms Freddy Vs Ghostbusters and Return of the Ghostbusters.

Not enough for you?  Okay, here’s Trooper Clerks, an animated parody of the cult classic film Clerks using Star Wars characters.

Hope you enjoyed these short films!  I know this is only the tip of the iceburg when it comes to Star Wars fanfilms but sadly after the fall of Atomfilms I’m afraid a lot of my other favorites have been lost to time.  If you have your own favorite Star Wars fanfilms that haven’t been posted here, mention them in the comments section.

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