|Black Angel (1980)|
Black Angel (1980)Before Empire Strikes Back audience watched Black Angel, a short medieval film written and directed by Star Wars art director Roger Christian. Made for a mere £25,000 gifted to him by George Lucas he shot the film in Scotland and it was shown before the theatrical release of the second Star Wars film in the United Kingdom, Australia, and Scandinavia. It heavily influenced director John Boorman in the look of Excalibur. It was never shown again because the original negatives were thought to be lost. In 2011 negatives were discovered and a few days ago Christian released it on YouTube.
Dilemma (1981)Before Return of the Jedi audiences watched the computer animated film Dilemma directed by John Halas and Eric Brown and created using the videoCel system by Computer Creations Inc. The music was composed by Richard Arnell and Dave Hewson. Halas was a pioneer in animation and created this award-winning short. It's one of the earliest fully digitised computer-animated films and posed an eternal question Halas had wondered about for years: will man's inevitable progress bring about his destruction? Considering how ground-breaking the special effects were in the Star Wars films it's no wonder that it was chosen to accompany the film.
What do you think of short films? Do you remember watching any of these?
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