'Star Wars: Origins' is the Fan Film We Needed Before 'The Rise of Skywalker'

Tuesday, 17 December 2019 - 10:26AM
Star Wars
Tuesday, 17 December 2019 - 10:26AM
'Star Wars: Origins' is the Fan Film We Needed Before 'The Rise of Skywalker'
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Star Wars Origins Film/YouTube
When I was a kid, I used to get this certain feeling when I left a really good movie, a kind of buzz that would last maybe a day or two, but that always felt accessible later. Part of it was the enjoyment of the sheer spectacle, yes, but there was another component to it that, as an adult, I find has dwindled with every passing year: the combined sense of awe, wonder, and possibility. Despite that ever-waning feeling, I can still vividly recall it. I remember it when I first saw Star Wars when it was released: likely my first non-animated movie (my parents had previously traumatized me with Dumbo and Pinnochio) and my first brush with awe. I remember it hitting me like a wave when I walked out of Raiders of the Lost Ark and forever wishing that I could look as cool in a fedora as Harrison Ford (for the record, I cannot, nor can most people, so please, just stop). I remember it being the part of movie-going that I looked forward to until one day... it just wasn't.  


That changed this morning when I watched Star Wars: Origins, a highly-unexpected (and apparently high-budget) short film written and directed by Phil Hawkins, a fan who I suspect knows that feeling as well as I do. Shot in Morocco in the Sahara Desert with incredible high-definition VFX and post-production work by Flipbook Studio, Origins doesn't take place in the Star Wars universe... well, not exactly. As the opening credits – and the very first scenes – suggest, it takes place right here on Earth during WWII, drawing its inspiration in both look and feel from Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars: A New Hope. The setting will throw you for a loop, but fans who adapt to it will be in for a treat and will soon understand why it's called Origins. 


I really don't want to give away anything else, but the visual effects really have to be seen to be appreciated. Technology being what it is compared to 1977, the Flipbook artists and technicians, led by co-founder Ben Haworth, took this to the next level. "These folks at Flipbook have honestly blown me away with their work on the film," Hawkins said in a press release. "I'm not one of those filmmakers that do VFX themselves so handing over some of the most important and ambitious sequences to someone else makes me a little sick thinking about it. It's the lack of control that I find difficult. But, these talented artists have created ILM level effects for this film. They've done it purely for the love, passion for Star Wars and challenge of creating full-scale, ambitious sequences... and all in 4K!"


Ok, that's all we're saying. Watch it for yourself. Even if The Rise of Skywalker sucks – and let's hope it doesn't – at least we have this.






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