The Last Jedi 16-Bit Trailer earns director’s approval
In the past month, the video recreating the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi in a 16-bit video game format has caught the attention of Episode VIII filmmaker Rian Johnson. Watch it below:
Taking a much different and far more unique approach, JoBlo has posted a 16-bit trailer (even though they technically refer to it as 8-bit) for The Last Jedi. Of course, The Last Jedi trailer mostly featured Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) – who did more in the preview than he did in his entire role in The Force Awakens – but in JoBlo’s version, they ingeniously broadened the perspective to some of the events in the trailer without changing the context of the footage.
The 16-bit trailer for The Last Jedi hearkens the classic NES video game format all around, from the retro video game music (set to John Williams’ ominous new variation on the Star Wars theme) to an avatar of Luke and scripts of his dialogue. The 16-bit trailer was so pleasing to Johnson, in fact, that he tweeted a nostalgic response:
There’s no question that the 16-bit trailer for The Last Jedi will instantly send gamers on a trip down memory lane, especially those who were fans of Super Star Wars on SNES. The trailer homage clearly struck a nerve with Johnson, who proved that he is just as much a fan of Star Wars as he is a creative force behind The Last Jedi.
The Last Jedi trailer reimagined as a 1980s computer game
Showing true dedication to the Star Wars universe, an designer painstakingly recreated the trailer for The Last Jedi using nothing but an old Apple computer. The Indonesian designer Wahyu Ichwandardi usernamed Pinot recently posted his trailer remake for The Last Jedi on Twitter, and rather than imitate the computerized style of the ’80s, he went back to the original hardware and software. Using an Apple IIc and the program Dazzle Draw, Pinot redrew nearly every frame from the trailer. It was likely a challenging process, but the results are a lot of fun.
Though some of the action is cut short due to the rendering of the graphics, it’s still quite a feat to see all of the characters, ships, and explosions rendered in the green lines that will be familiar to fans of a certain age. And while the 8-bit trailer remake has become pretty rote at this point, we don’t imagine this style of tribute will be replicated too often. As such, it’s fitting piece of fan art that will likely stand on its own for some time.
Ichwandardi, who is based in New York, painstakingly drew his tribute on a KoalaPad from the ’80s, using a 1984 bitmap paint program, Dazzle Draw. In the ’80s, the setup was deemed the “most complete computer graphics system,” but it’s clear from his process how far we’ve come.
For instance, in order to draw in layers for the animation, the illustrator had to draw each layer by hand, using plastic sheets held over the monitor, to trace each frame from the trailer, for reference.
Click here and just take a look at how he does it:
Over the course of three weeks, he used 48 floppy disks (remember those?), each with 140KB of memory, and produced 288 image files which totalled a whopping 6MB in size. Its pretty darn close to the original: