The Empire Strikes Back melds with Maurice Binder’s classic opening titles in this project. Kurt Rauffer – a design student at the School of Visual Arts in NYC – created this for his BFA thesis. It uses a track by Radiohead that was written for Spectre, but was rejected for being too dark. They went with Sam Smith, instead.
“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.”
So… Rebel with a Golden Gun or The Empire Who Loved Me or Skyfall Strikes Back?