The Empire Strikes Back opening redone James Bond style

A student at SVA in New York City decided to redo the opening to The Empire Strikes Back for his thesis project. He used a theme sone from the latest James Bond film Spectre, sung by Radiohead. I think it’s just brilliant motion design, plus the song is dope.

Check out the project below, along with a statement from motion designer Kurt Rauffer.

Update: Unfortunately, The Empire Strikes Back homage by Kurt Rauffer has been taken down. However, you can still read the artist’s statement on the work, below.

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.

Designer, Director and Producer: Kurt Rauffer
Instructor: Daniel Oeffinger
Music: Spectre by Radiohead

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