When George Lucas commissioned the 1997 Special Edition updates to the original Star Wars trilogy (which opened in theatres 15 years ago today), he did so to improve the special effects of the film using modern technology so it looked closer to his original vision. When former Vimeo developer Casey Plugh commissioned his Star Wars project, he wanted to bring together Star Wars’ most die-hard fans to crowd source a tribute to the great original version of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope in Star Wars Uncut.
The concept behind Star Wars Uncut was an experiment in crowdsourcing. The 1997 version of the film was cut into 15-second clips for fans to recreate any way they wanted to. The original script was used as the basis for dialogue and action. After the fan clips were created, they were put back together into a complete two-hour movie.
This project made waves around the world. It was featured in various news stories and documentaries. It even won a Primetime Emmy in 2010 for Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media – Fiction.