Premaking Empire Strikes Back


whoiseyevan’s YouTube Channel has some great mock film trailers for contemporary genre films like Star Wars and Indiana Jones told in a 1950’s way. As whoiseyevan says for his Empire Strikes Back premake “What if Star Wars was a 50s 3-D Movie? Let’s turn back the clock, shall we? Back to a distant time in an alternate universe far, far away… The 50s! It was a simpler age of 3-D movies, and robots named Robby, Gort, and Tobor.”
What I really like about the idea of premaking well known genre films is how they show us so much about the challenging skills required in appropriation. There are three things these clips do particularly well:
Clearly there’s a close analysis of the existing structures that went into make Star Wars etc, with specific moments referenced.
There’s a real appreciation of the originals here (both from the 50s and the current movie).
And there’s some really interesting juxtapositions here, particularly with premakes such as “Gone with the Wind with Vampires”. A quiet strange mashing up of vampires into the Gone with the Wind text.

Also, many of the films such as Star Wars and Raiders of the lost ark were conscious appropriations of genre films from the 50s themselves. Providing us with a great index to a different types of appropriation. Certainly worth checking out.

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