Fan-made Star Wars Episode IV Uses The Force…

A fan-made version of Star Wars has racked up nearly half a million views on YouTube in less than a week.

Star Wars Uncut: Director’s Cut comprises a collection of 15-second clips made by fans of the franchise knitted together to make the entirety of Star Wars IV: A New Hope.

The project was the idea of Casey Pugh, who asked thousands of fans to remake 15 seconds of Star Wars in whatever style they wanted way back in 2009, and send them to his website,   He then assembled the clips, which include a mixture of live action, animation and puppetry.

“Finally, the crowdsourced project has been stitched together and put online for your streaming pleasure,” Pugh said in an online statement. “The director’s cut is a feature-length film that contains hand-picked scenes from the entire collection.”

George Lucas’s company Lucasfilm which owns the rights to Star Wars is said to be supportive of the video.  It’ll probably come in handy when promoting the first 3D rerelease later this year.

If you haven’t seen it yet, here it is: