A special fan-made version of Star Wars has clocked up nearly a million and a half views on YouTube in less than a week.
Star Wars Uncut: Director’s Cut, is a crowdsourced compilation of 15-second clips woven together to recreate the entirety of Star Wars IV: A New Hope.
The film is the brainchild of video maker Casey Pugh, who in 2009 asked thousands of fans to remake Star Wars 15 seconds at a time, in whatever style they wanted, and submit their efforts to Starwarsuncut.com.
The resulting clips had previously been available to view online in isolation but have only now been pieced together into a full film, which boasts a diverse mixture of live action, animation and puppetry.
In an online statement, Pugh wrote: “Finally, the crowdsourced project has been stitched together and put online for your streaming pleasure.
“The director’s cut is a feature-length film that contains hand-picked scenes from the entire starwarsuncut.com collection.”
Over 1 million viewers saw the film within 72 hours of its posting on Wednesday 18 January, and the number has continued to rise steadily since, with a further 300,000 views having been generated on video sharing website Vimeo.
Before the project was completed, it won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media in 2010.
Lucasfilm, the production company owned by director George Lucas, which made the Star Wars films is said to be supportive of the fan-made film.