Watch: Impressive & Ambitious 'Star Wars' Anime Short 'TIE Fighter'
by Ethan Anderton
March 24, 2015
There's a lot of Star Wars fan films out there, so it takes some pretty impressive work in order for people to turn their heads and actually check one out every now and then. Well, it looks like animator Paul Johnson's anime short TIE Fighter is one of those films. Johnson has spent the last four years making this short film that takes a look at a space battle from the point-of-view of the Galactic Empire, making some of the pilots in the iconic ships actual characters as opposed to just faceless soldiers. As someone who's not really a fan of anime (I don't dislike it, just not my thing), this is still an impressive piece of work.
Here's Paul Johnson's Star Wars anime short TIE Fighter (via SlashFilm):
There's been a shorter version available before, but this is the full short. Johnson says, "What if there was an Empire-focussed short Star Wars animation, drawn with the crazy detail and shading of classic 80s anime that’s all but vanished from Japan nowadays? Well, I tried my best. Drawn and animated by yours truly over 4 years’ worth of weekends, with music by the living guitar solo Zak Rahman and sound design by up and coming audio technician Joseph Leyva. Fans of Lucasarts’ seminal 1994 TIE Fighter game may notice a few familiar sights and sounds. That 'incoming missile' noise gives me horrible flashbacks to this day." Like it?