If you’ve seen Be Kind Rewind, the Mos Def and Jack Black film written and directed by visual genius Michel Gondry, you’re already familiar with “sweding.” In the film, Def’s character is in charge of a video rental store while the owner is away. His dufus friend, played by Black, accidentally erases the tapes. The two then remake the films with a camcorder, handmade sets, single takes, and ingenuity. They tell the customers the films have been “sweded,” that is, remade in Sweden.
The film encourages cinephiles to remake their favorite movies with this DIY method. Now someone has done this with The Force Awakens Teaser.
Much of the joy of the snippets of sweded films shown in Be Kind Rewind and on display in the sweded The Force Awakens Trailer is the creative ways the filmmakers have recreated often high-budget special effects with the kind of materials you’d find at your local hobby store. These fan-made versions also exhibit their personal attachment to the original films and the most memorable aspects.