Student filmmaker Kurt Rauffer has created a beautiful homage to Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in the form of its opening credits reimagined as in the very distinct style of James Bond films. Using a “rejected” song that Radiohead submitted for Spectre, the effect is moody, contemplative and serene, all at the same time.
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.