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Two of the most popular film franchises have collided, and the result is a mind-blowing opening for The Empire Strikes Back done in the fashion of a James Bond title sequence.
The video, posted to Vimeo over the weekend, was designed, directed and produced by Kurt Rauffer for his senior thesis at the School of Visual Arts.
“After re-watching The Empire Strikes Back, I decided to use this as a chance to create a homage in the form of a title sequence,” Rauffer wrote with the video post. “I really wanted to play on the concept of Luke trying to find himself and true purpose, so the music and inspiration felt fitting.”
The music is the unused Radiohead song from the recent Bond film Spectre.
The video already has more than 347,000 views.
“Growing up in the ‘90s where Star Wars was released on VHS, the franchise really sparked my imagination as a child,” Rauffer wrote. “It not only let me exercise my imagination but also supplied me with some of the happiest memories as I watched it with my family.”
At the end of the post, Rauffer makes clear the video is a personal project that he is not making money off of, but from the feedback, it certainly seems he’s earned an A+.
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