Today’s video harks from 2007. There are truckloads of fan films based on Star Wars, and many of them are very low budget affairs lacking the advanced computer graphics and animation typical of major motion pictures these days. This short reenactment of the Deathstar trench run from Star Wars was made entirely by hand.
Everything in this movie including the hand printed title card (printed on an actual hand) is human hands. Watch for exploding X-Wings and TIE fighters, the Millennium Falcon (cleverly portrayed by a single hand doing a Vulcan salute to form the two prongs on the front of the ship), the turret guns on the Falcon, and the Deathstar itself. It’s all there, and watching it, you won’t be able to keep from laughing out loud.
It might be strange to say this about a short film so comical and whimsical in its basic nature, but Star Wars Hands is fandom in its better aspect: it’s fun, and inventive, and it works because of the attention to detail. Nobody who didn’t know and love the original film could have made this little short subject, and at the same time, it takes a true fan to fully appreciate it for what it is.
As a fannish creation, Star Wars Hands hits the sweet spot. Or maybe it just slaps it. We haven’t decided.