Blast From The Past: Fan Trailers For The Original Star Wars Trilogy

Star Wars fan trailers screenshots (via Chigawa/YouTube)

Star Wars fan trailers screenshots (via Chigawa/YouTube)

None of what you’ll see here is new, but I re-watched it this week and felt like sharing it on my blog. Who knows? It might be new to you!

There is a seemingly endless string of evidence that the internet has too much time on its hands. But one time-consuming creation that you see on the web is, in my mind, a genuine show of creativity, hard work, and passion.

That’s the fan trailer. Plenty of people make fan trailers for current movies, but for me, the most fun comes from the ones made for classic films. Part of the fun of this is that are usually a really fresh approach to advertising the film. Among the best at this is someone named Cameron Arrigoni, who goes by the username Chigawa on YouTube.

I actually subscribed to the channel and got so excited when I’d get an e-mail from YouTube telling me a new video had been posted. Unfortunately, Arrigoni hasn’t posted a new trailer since 2011.

At any rate, in 2010, he did fan trailers for each episode in the original “Star Wars” trilogy and I loved all three. While there is a mistake in the trailers for Empire and Jedi, as they are referred to as “A George Lucas Film” even though Irvin Kershner and Richard Marquand were the respective directors, they’re still fantastic. So, I’m sharing them here.

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

It’s notable that this trailer quite effectively used the same music as the first trailer for “Star Trek” (2009).

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi

It’s interesting that the title “Return of the Jedi” never appears on screen in this one.

I hope you enjoyed these. Have a great day. May the force be with you.

– Evan Bindelglass

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One Response to Blast From The Past: Fan Trailers For The Original Star Wars Trilogy

  1. Laurie Arrigoni says:

    Dear Evan, my name is Laurie Arrigoni and I am Cameron’s mom. My daughter came across this today and forwarded to me. How wonderful to see his trailers still out there and active. I wanted to let you know that Cameron was killed on the night of June 9, 2013. He suffered from depression and had stopped his treatments. He was suicidal and his girlfriend called 911 requesting help to transport him to the hospital. Instead of helping them, the police charged into the house and shot Cameron dead. Our lives have been shattered. Please know he did not want to die that night – there was one bullet in his gun and it wasn’t in the chamber. He was crying out for help. We will always consider his death a murder but his killer will never be brought to justice on this earth. We have so very very many happy memories of Cameron’s trailer work, with the highlight always being “the world premier” of his newest creation. It was his passion and we are so very grateful we came across your post. Thank you so very very much for your comments. Sincerely, Laurie Arrigoni

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