After a decade without any new Star Wars movies, the franchise returned in grand fashion at the end of last year with the epic blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which earned over $2 billion at the worldwide box office. The movie has re-awakened the Star Wars fanatic in all of us, with some fans even submitting their own work for the Star Wars Fan Film Awards, handed out at Star Wars Celebration in London this July. Today we have a very special video showing how a group of fans used Star Wars drones to create an epic aerial battle.
The video comes from Corridor Digital, which created quadcopter drones in the shape of iconic Star Wars ships such as the Rebel X-Wing ship, an Imperial TIE Fighter and Darth Vader's own ship, the TIE Advance X-1. This five-minute video shows R2-D2 escaping from two Stormtroopers in his X-Wing, as the droid's enemies give chase. This thrilling footage was shot in Lone Pine, CA, outside of Los Angeles.
The drone pilots used new technology known as The Dominator, an RC vision system that allows the pilot to actually see inside of the drone's cockpit, which the pilots can see through the use of HD goggles. This allows the pilots to pull off all of these impressive maneuvers, which wouldn't be possible if the pilot was just looking up at these ships from the ground. We don't know for sure if this film was submitted to the Star Wars Fan Film Awards, but it certainly is impressive.
The video also features an original soundtrack by an artist named Blakus, and if you want to see how Corridor Digital pulled everything off, we also have a 20 behind-the-scenes video sheds new light on their process. Corridor Digital has previously released videos that offer unique perspectives on first-person shooters, Minecraft, Grand Theft Auto, Nerf Battles. We'll have to wait and see what they tackle in their next video.
The video, dubbed "Drone Wars," debuted on Corridor's YouTube channel on Monday, and it already has over 1 million views so far. Hopefully these drone pilots explore more of the Star Wars universe in their forthcoming releases, but we'll have to wait and see. Until then, take a look at Corridor's Drone Wars video, along with the 20-minute behind-the-scenes featurette.