I’ll say it again–the one skill I wish I had, besides being able to snake my own drain, is being able to edit video. Alas, that’ll have to wait a few years. Until then, I’m grateful for the myriad geeks out there who do have this skill and put it towards making awesome recombinatory videos. (Recombinatory culture is the academic phrase for something like a mash-up that combines two or more different cultural elements.)
In “Road Wars: The Imperator Strikes Back,” Krishna Shenoi, a 20-year old movie-maker, poses the question: What if Mad Max: Fury Road took place in the Star Wars Universe? In short, the answer is: It would be an awesome excuse to return to Tatooine.
Not merely a mash-up of the two trailers, Shenoi has actually digitally spliced aspects of Star Wars–sound effects, lightsabers, ships, moons, the Death Star–into scenes from Fury Road. It works surprisingly well.