The newly release fan short “Star Wars: Tie Fighter” is a joy to watch. It exhibits a clear affection and devotion to Star Wars while giving it a completely new style.
Four years in the making, Paul Johnson re-imagines a Rebel Alliance/Empire space battle from the perspective of the Empire’s Tie Fighters in the style of 80’s anime. To place us firmly in the Star Wars Universe we know, Johnson has used sound effects we easily recognize–droid beeps, lazer fire, the hum of the inside of a Star Destroyer and patter of Stormtrooper boots. However the John Williams score has been replaced by a rock score that gives a grin-inducing vitality to the fan film. The animation is superbly done and evocative of an anime style now out of use.
Enjoy it now!