TED Radio Hour
8:55 am
Fri May 18, 2012

How Many People Can You Fit In A Star Wars Remake?

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 9:04 am

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Power Of Crowds.

Everyone loves Star Wars. At least that's what Casey Pugh was banking on when he "asked the Internet" to remake the entire film in 15-second increments. Using a website, StarWarsUncut.com, Pugh created a system where visitors could sign up to make one of 473 moments in George Lucas' 1977 hit film. Contributors were free to remake their scene however they wanted, and they ran the gamut of styles: action hero, animation, film noir, backyard antics and — of course — parody.

Though many elements of the film are not of his invention, Pugh still considers himself the film's "director." The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences agreed; they awarded Pugh an Emmy for Star Wars Uncut in 2011.

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Transcript

ALISON STEWART, HOST:

This is the TED RADIO HOUR from NPR. I'm Alison Stewart.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC "STAR WARS MAIN THEME")

STEWART: On the show today, we're talking about the power of crowds.

You think you know this movie, but are you sure?

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM "STAR WARS UNCUT")

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Remember, the force will be with you, always.

STEWART: It won accolades, and captured the hearts of people across the world. But it's not "Star Wars." It's "Star Wars Uncut."

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CASEY PUGH: My name's Casey Pugh, and I made a project called "Star Wars Uncut." I took the original "Star Wars: A New Hope" and split it into 15-second pieces, and I asked the Internet to re-create each scene however they wanted.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM "STAR WARS UNCUT")

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: Can you hear that?

PUGH: And I stitched it back together to re-create "Star Wars" made by the fans.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM "STAR WARS UNCUT")

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #3: The plans that you refer to will soon be back in our hands.

PUGH: There's 473 scenes total. I think they - literally - cover every type of film style: animation, stop motion, claymation.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM "STAR WARS UNCUT")

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #4: Darth Vader. Only you could be so bold.

PUGH: Backyard scenes...

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM "STAR WARS UNCUT")

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Help me, Obi Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope.

PUGH: ...film noir...

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM "STAR WARS UNCUT")

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #5: The weapon of a Jedi Knight, an elegant weapon for a more civilized age.

PUGH: Someone decided to make a scene as if Michael Bay had.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM "STAR WARS UNCUT")

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #6: There's a droid on the scanner, dead ahead.

PUGH: The list goes on. When you give something to the Internet, it's inherently going to become something completely different.

STEWART: Casey Pugh. He won an Emmy Award in 2010 for his crowd-sourced film, "Star Wars Uncut."

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC "STAR WARS MAIN THEME") Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.