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Film Student and Super Fan of Star Wars Makes Bond Inspired Intro to Empire Strikes Back

Film Student and Super Fan of Star Wars Makes Bond Inspired Intro to Empire Strikes Back


Yesterday we shared this beautiful student film project from 2014, and now this morning we wake up to this! Fantastic.

Kurt Rauffer, as part of his student thesis at New York’s School for Visual Arts, released this crazy homage to both the Bond opening themes and the Star Wars universe a few days ago on Vimeo. When I first read headlines for it I thought there was no way that would work, I mean you can’t replace the Star Wars Crawl can you? Oh baby, you can. This is really cool:


Obviously something like this is not intended to replace the Star Wars Crawl in the real SW universe, it’s just a student project showing what a Star Wars opening might look like in another dimension, one that smashed into a Bond film. But I do really like it. I’m not even much of a Radiohead fan, but the rejected song for Spectre really works here. Everything really works here.

Here’s his description of why he did it and what he plans to do next from the video page, expect a making of coming soon for all you wondering what he used and how he did it:

“Star Wars is one of Hollywood’s biggest franchises to date, containing one of the most unique universes in sci-fi fiction. Not only is the universe incredibly iconic, so is it’s title sequence (the famous title crawl). Designed by Dan Perri, the title sequence is one of the most recognizable introductions in the history of film.

Growing up in the 90s where Star Wars was released on VHS, the franchise really sparked my imagination as a child. It not only let me exercise my imagination but also supplied me with some of the happiest memories as I watched it with my family. After re-watching “The Empire Strikes Back,” I decided to use this as a chance to create a homage in the form of a title sequence. This would also serve as my senior “thesis” at SVA and took me the whole semester to complete.

The style and tone of the animation was inspired by the James Bond title sequences. The music was a rejected song from the newest Bond film, Spectre, sung by Radiohead. I really wanted to play on the concept of Luke trying to find himself and true purpose, so the music and inspiration felt fitting.

Making of coming soon…


Designed, directed, and produced by Kurt Rauffer
Instructor: Daniel Oeffinger
Music: Spectre by Radiohead

Special thanks to the Facepunch community for helping me with the Snowspeeder model and Ash Thorp’s “Main Title” class on Learnsquared.

As a declaimer, I would like to say this is a completely fan made personal project and in no way am I profiting off of it.”


Tim Makoid 1/2 of the Tech/UX team duo, General Tim. As a kid Tim struggled with attention issues and always had that “doesn’t pay attention in class” bullshit on his report cards, despite good grades. It’s mostly because he was too busy reading comic books, trade mags, or playing game boy under his desk. He’s never been too good at sticking with one thing either. Despite his certain obsessions, he’s always been interested in all realms of geekhood: video games, comic books, comedy, movies, books, computers, user experience, development and music across all genres and types. “I’ve dabbled in everything. Hence why EchoBa.se is such a great home for me. I don’t often frequent just one corner of the internet because I’m always looking for different points of view, and this place has that!”
  • Wiizzy Wiig

    So fucking brilliant. The unused Radiohead “SPECTRE” theme (Which is so much better than that sappy shit Sam Smith dished out) was a nice touch. Kid’s going places.