Film | The Empire Strikes Back Gets a New James Bond-Style Opening Credit Sequence

May 10, 2016  |  Film

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The iconic scrolling text crawl and booming John Williams theme define the Star Wars franchise, but in this postmodern age, one can’t help but wonder what a Star Wars film might look like with some modern cinematic treatments. To that end, Kurt Rauffer of New York’s School of Visual Arts has taken it upon himself to redesign the opening credit sequence for The Empire Strikes Back in the style of the modern James Bond franchise, complete with moody new theme music care of Radiohead. Explains Rauffer of his creative motivation:

“Star Wars is one of Hollywood’s biggest franchises to date, containing one of the most unique universes in sci-fi fiction. Not only is the universe incredibly iconic, so is it’s title sequence (the famous title crawl). Designed by Dan Perri, the title sequence is one of the most recognizable introductions in the history of film. 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.”

Star Wars – Episode V “The Empire Strikes Back” Homage (Title Sequence) from KROFL on Vimeo.


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