May 13, 2016

What If 'The Empire Strikes Back' Had a 'Bond'-Style Title Sequence?

The Empire Strikes Back Gets Bond Style Title Sequence
The result is as amazing as you think it would be. Search your feelings. You know it to be true!

Sure, the Star Wars opening title crawl is iconic. You don't mess with what works.

But what if you did tempt fate using another iconic title sequence style—from the Bond films?

That's just what Kurt Rauffer did with The Empire Strikes Back for his School of Visual Arts senior thesis. Get ready to have your force awakened.

Beyond creating an homage to The Empire Strikes Back through the lens of a Bond title sequence, Rauffer taps into emotional journey of our hero Luke Skywalker grappling to accept his new role as a Jedi and his inextricable link to Darth Vader. Using Bond title sequence hallmarks of calling back to the previous story and foreshadowing significant events about to unfold, Rauffer gets to the heart of Empire—Luke's search for identity which he can only understand once he sees himself through his father's eyes. Radiohead's rejected Bond song Spectre certainly helps with the feels, too. And now that the Force has awakened, the familial significance of the lightsaber that Rauffer deftly uses to frame the sequence rings with even more resonance (and a nod to 2001: A Space Odyssey to boot!).

Rauffer credits the Facepunch community and Ash Thorp's Main Title Design class on Learn Squared as key resources that helped him finish his senior thesis. In addition to those resources, be sure to check out our previous articles on creating title sequences. And if you just need more Radiohead, we've got you covered there, too.

What do you think about Rauffer's homage to The Empire Strikes Back via the Bond title sequence? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.     

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Holy **** that was soooooo good

May 13, 2016 at 9:55AM

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Clark McCauley
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Right?! This kid is going places...

May 13, 2016 at 12:01PM

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Liz Nord
Documentary Filmmaker/Multi-platform Producer

Wow! That was fantastic. The only thing it's missing is Han Solo shooting a blaster at the lens.

Do Return of the Jedi next!

May 13, 2016 at 1:32PM

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Maury Shessel
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Really enjoyable, though one shot of Chewbacca in a bikini would have sealed it.

May 13, 2016 at 2:59PM

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Saied M.
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Beautiful

May 13, 2016 at 5:45PM

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Bloody brilliant. I think even Lucas would ponder a remake in this style after watching this.

May 14, 2016 at 1:41PM

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Sean Korbitz
Director of Photography
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Simply Brilliant.

May 14, 2016 at 4:17PM, Edited May 14, 4:17PM

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Jerald Roberts II
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I almost cried.

Scratch that. I actually cried.

May 14, 2016 at 4:36PM

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Nicely done, BUT -
How does he get to use the original music? I have recently have had one of my best videos removed from vimeo due to copyright infrigements. My video was using a bootstrapped version of a song found on soundcloud.

May 16, 2016 at 3:28AM

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Joakim
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We want more! We want more! We want more!

May 16, 2016 at 3:53AM

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Joonas Nieminen
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Is no longer available, was removed by some sort of 'sheriff'

May 19, 2016 at 12:35PM, Edited May 19, 12:35PM

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The video is gone!!!! :(

May 20, 2016 at 1:57PM, Edited May 20, 1:57PM

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Miguel Lozano
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