Star Wars Fan Film Wins Emmy

Congratulations to the makers of Star Wars Uncut who last week won an Emmy for “outstanding creative achievement in interactive media” for their collaboratively made, “crowd-sourced” fan film.

The group divided the original Star Wars film into 15 second chunks, and then invited fans to claim a segment and remake it in whatever creative way they wanted. The pieces were then edited back together to make a new version of the film–or, more accurately, many versions of a new film, since each segment has been remade more than once. (A computer program lets you move between them.)

The group is currently “working through the legal issues” with Lucasfilm to produce a full version of the film with official Star Wars soundtrack; Lucasfilm is apparently supportive of the project.