Empire Bond Title

So this is cool.

Kurt Rauffer, a student at NYC’s School of Visual Arts, has posted his semester-long-in-the-making senior thesis project to Vimeo: an opening title sequence for The Empire Strikes Back, but imagined in the style of a classic James Bond opener rather than the traditional Star Wars “Space Text Crawl”.

The trick to getting this right begins with picking the right song, and Rauffer’s was an inspired choice: a rejected Radiohead submission for the recent 007 thriller Spectre (Sam Smith‘s “Writing’s On The Wall” was chosen instead, and went on to win the Academy Award). Rauffer said, “I really wanted to play on the concept of Luke trying to find himself and true purpose, so the music and inspiration felt fitting.”

Here it is. I’m assuming he passed.

(And with this brilliant Calling Card, Rauffer should have no problem finding post-graduate work, either.)

UPDATE: The video is back up! After having been taken off the internet for a time, it seems whatever legal issues that caused it to be pulled down have now been resolved. Enjoy!

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