You already know by now, but the final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted last night and I’M NOT CRYING YOU’RE CRYING. Here it is again, in the wild chance you haven’t seen it:
With the hype train once again leaving the station at lightspeed, and December cinema seats filling up faster than a Death Star escape pod, we thought it’d be a good time to visit some of the home-grown Star Wars-inspired content across YouTube. From epic amateur lightsaber battles to cantina bar parodies to the Boba Fett spinoff you never knew you needed, we’ve picked out just a handful of our favourite tributes to one of the greatest sci-fi franchises in the world.
1. Corey Vidal – Clash At the Cantina
Nobody can deny it – there’s probably no bigger Star Wars fan on YouTube than Corey Vidal. So what happens when you give him free run of the original set, costumes and props from the Cantina Bar in A New Hope? Spoiler alert: He goes full-on fanboy. Watch out for his pal WheezyWaiter who gets a little too enthusiastic about his own character…
2. Oliver Thompson – Star Wars: Beyond The Dune Sea
We know what you’re thinking: There’s no way Boba Fett actually died in the jaws of the Sarlacc Pit in Return Of The Jedi, right? Maybe!* Oliver Thompson’s short film imagines if sci-fi’s coolest bounty hunter had found a way out of the desert beastie’s stomach – starting by giving it some serious indigestion.
*Sshhh, Expanded Universe isn’t canon.
3. Force Storm Entertainment – The Betrayal
Sometimes, all you want from a Star Wars fan movie is a good old-fashioned lightsaber battle: and this 5min epic from Force Storm Entertainment promises nothing but that. A quick bit of exposition on a Jedi succumbing to the Dark Side, and then it’s into the action. Three Jedi, four Sith, dual lightsaber blades and all the Force action you can shake a severed arm at.
4. Olan Rogers – Star Wars: The Scarlet Lance
A year ago, before we had any news about Episode VII, the future of the Star Wars universe was completely up in the air. And that allowed YouTube filmmaking extraordinaire Olan Rogers to play with his own vision of the Sith’s return. Premiering at last year’s Buffer Festival in Toronto, this 5min short set the bar pretty high for the upcoming sequel…
5. Timtimfed – Star Wars: Episode VII Trailer (George Lucas’ Special Edition)
Ever since the first trailer for The Force Awakens premiered, we’ve all dreaded the idea of George “Special Edition” Lucas ever getting mixed up in it. But one VFX specialist took one for the team and visualised a world where the movie – and the first trailer – received the Lucas edit treatment. When the movie finally comes out, you’ll be grateful it looks nothing like this.