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Watch This! ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ Premake!

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It’s not a prequel! It’s not a remake! It’s a “premake” — a re-imaging of a favorite film as the product of a bygone era. In this case it’s Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, rejiggered from footage from old serials, b-movies, and TV shows. has a full list of the source material for the film, remixed by youtube user “Whoiseyevan.”

Creating a video like this is an admirable skill, not unlike DJs that are adept at pop song mash-ups. I certainly couldn’t think of all the individual shots from old films that it would take to create something that recalls a completely different film. While I don’t agree that Leslie Nielsen is the 1950s version of Mark Hamill, their retro Chewbacca is pretty spot on.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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