Industrial Light & Garage?

January 2, 2008

Hardcore Star Wars fans and DIY filmmakers who founded Backyard Productions create their own versions of the saga with budgets that would send serious shivers down most directors’ backs. Using household objects, toys, a computer and a garage as the studio, the team remakes the films for under $6,000.

In an interview with BBC, Backyard Productions co-founder Darren Scales described what they had used to recreate the opening scene of Star Wars.

“We have got bubble wrap on the ceiling, we’ve got bottle tops and yogurt pots on the walls along with tubes from the center of rolls of carpets. The blasters are water pistols, we just stuck a few bits of lids on, add a bit of spray paint and then you have a blaster. You take a hard hat, put an Imperial sticker on it and suddenly its an Imperial work helmet for someone building the Death Star – it’s not rocket science. It’s the same with the lightsabers. Up close they look awful but you put a stick in it, you hold it and on screen you can’t tell the difference.”

Read more about their films here:
Star Wars remade in garage studio


November 7, 2007

Now there’s a whole new way to gain fandom fame: Mash up your own fan footage with — ready for this? — actual scenes and music from Star Wars!! Totally serious.

Check out this inspired mash-up “How to Speak Wookie” and then show off your creative genius by making your own at


Make a mash up and enter the AtomFilms Fan Movie Challenge.
Use actual Star Wars clips and fan movies to create an entry in the latest AtomFilms Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge For full contest rules, visit

Nerd Alert: Wookiee is spelled with two e’s. 🙂

Star Wars Galaxies Cut Footloose

October 18, 2007

What happens when gamers need a break from fighting in Star Wars Galaxies? They dance! Dance like they’ve never danced before to the musical stylings of Kenny Loggins. That’s what!

Watch your favorite Star Wars: Galaxies characters reenact dance moves from the last scene in the ’80s classic teen flick Footloose!

Check out the fancy digital footwork here:
Footloose (Star Wars Galaxies)

20 Things Star Wars Fans Have to Look Forward To

September 24, 2007

3-yoda recently posted a list of 20 things Star Wars fans have to look forward to in the future, including the CG animated Clone Wars series, the live-action TV series, The Force Unleashed video game, Fanboys, Hasbro’s Star Wars Mighty Muggs, and a whole bunch more to keep your Force-sense tingling. Head on over to to check it out.

Unemployed Palpatine

August 16, 2007


We’ve seen Chad Vader lose his day manager position, but it would seem others in the Imperial executive staff are also between jobs at the moment.

G4 posted “The Emperor Gets a Job” some time ago, but in case you missed it, Palpatine visits a temp agency to find work after the destruction of the second Death Star. Check it out here.

May the Plastic Be With You: Straw Wars

August 15, 2007

Relive (or recycle) all the magical, action-packed moments you love from A New Hope with this fan-made tribute created with drinking straws, pipe cleaners, plastic forks and soda bottles!

From the trash compactor scene to the thrilling Death Star trench run, these filmmakers have thought of every detail. We especially love the X-wing starfighter made from a soda bottle and the fork chairs in the Death Star conference room.

Watch the film here:
Straw Wars