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Star Wars: Uncut may be a useful model for Film Makers

by Scott Hoffman on November 20, 2009

Yesterday I spoke with film maker Hue Rhodes about the role of Social Media on the film making industry. The conversation with Hue was fascinating, you can hear the entire podcast here, and I encourage you to visit his blog and follow him on twitter. His movie, Saint James of Las Vegas is due out in theaters in Feb.

At one point in our conversation I asked Hue if could see any potential uses for Social Media that he would like to try, his response:

I can easily could easily imagine, taking scenes that I am not sure how they are gonna work and putting those on the internet, and saying shot this, everybody out there you all have video cameras, shoot this scene upload it and show me.

Well Hue, you are a sage man, there is a social experiment underway that does almost exactly what you imagine. It is called Star Wars uncut and it gives 473 people the chance to recreate Star Wars: A New Hope. The entire movie split up into 15 second clips. Users click on one of the scenes to claim it, film it, and upload it. When they are all done, it will be stitched together.

Here is the “un” Trailer:

Star Wars Uncut is the brainchild of Casey Pugh who also created Vimeo & Boxee. I had the chance to shake hands with Casey on Monday night at the Ignite 2.0 event in NYC. I just wish I could have put Casey and Hue on the same Podcast….hmmm, now there is an idea!

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6 thoughts on “Star Wars: Uncut may be a useful model for Film Makers”

  1. Huerhodes

    This is an example not only of what we discussed in terms of new tools, but of the underlying truth that we have no idea what “new media” really means. This isn't just a remake – this is a kind of commentary.

    Literary criticism is unique in that people use the same medium (writing) to evaluate the subject (writing) as the subject. In that way, this is a kind of film criticism (as opposed to film grading, which is what most “critics” do.) Each segment will reflect an internalization and transformation of the original.

    F*ckin' great.

  2. scotthoffman

    Hue, thanks for the great comment. I thought you would like the concept of Star Wars uncut.
    Your interview on the podcast last night (which is embedded in this post) was filled with incredible content for any young upstart Film Maker, you have wisdom…you have wisdom.
    Remember me on opening day.

  3. scotthoffman

    Casey, when I was speaking with Hue, I was thinking about your project that you presented on Monday night at ignite 2.0…sometimes timing is everything. Your Star Wars project may in fact prove to be extremely useful in modern film making or story telling. Keep rocking!

  4. scotthoffman

    Casey, when I was speaking with Hue, I was thinking about your project that you presented on Monday night at ignite 2.0…sometimes timing is everything. Your Star Wars project may in fact prove to be extremely useful in modern film making or story telling. Keep rocking!

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