TIE Fighter – short film

TIE Fighter – short film

What if there was an Empire-focussed short Star Wars animation, drawn with the crazy detail and shading of classic 80s anime that’s all but vanished from Japan nowadays?
Well, I tried my best. Apologies in advance for not living up to Venus Wars standards.
Drawn and animated by yours truly over 4 years’ worth of weekends, with music by the living guitar solo Zak Rahman and sound design by up and coming audio technician Joseph Leyva. Fans of Lucasarts’ seminal 1994 TIE Fighter game may notice a few familiar sights and sounds. That “incoming missile” noise gives me horrible flashbacks to this day…

Official poster art: http://mightyotaking.deviantart.com/art/TIE-Fighter-poster-522202169
“Interdictor,” the music track: https://soundcloud.com/zakrahman/tie-fighter-interdictor
Story/character info pdf file: http://www.mediafire.com/view/cpnc1oj27dkosc4/Tie%20Fighter_project%20materials.pdf

Special thanks to the good folk at Lucasfilm for encouraging people to get creative and make these kind of projects. It’s thanks to their extremely fan-friendly nature that we can enjoy IMPS: The Relentless, TROOPS, etc.

Don’t support me on Patreon, because I don’t have one! And don’t donate to my Kickstarter, because I don’t have one of those either. Instead, if you enjoyed this, give someone at your workplace, uni, school or whatever a random bar of chocolate or can or Coke or something. Seriously, it’ll probably make their day.
That would totally make my day.

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18 Responses

  1. Omar-Fara Norgaisse says:

    TIE Fighter – short film #starwars 

  2. Knightstruth says:

    Cool to see an anime spin to StarWars but is there one that doesn’t
    shamelessly favor the badguys?

  3. Brian Fiedler says:

    Absolutely love the 80s vibe. Everything about this was stellar. Bravo,
    sir.

  4. Ulf Hansen says:

    TIE Fighter – short film
    h/t +Tim Johnson​

  5. Makkon says:

    That was some absolutely phenomenal animation, I experienced frisson
    several times. It’s too bad the sound is kinda botched, might be youtube
    compression or a bad render from the video export.
    No worries, it doesn’t put a damper on the whole experience.

  6. Piotr Gurtowski says:

    Star Wars w stylu anime. 😀 Pewien fan, przez 4 lata sam zrobił
    krótkometrażówkę . 🙂

    Moc jest po stronie Imperium. :P

  7. Greg Squires says:

    This touches on so much of 80s Macross space battles including the music. I
    can feel the nostalgia of Char’s Counter-Attack and of course the rotoscope
    style animation from 80s films like Heavy Metal. This is just great. Thank
    you for giving credit to the guitarist, it is just epic.

  8. Jin TaizenGaming says:

    The force is strong with this one!

  9. Stryker86 says:

    I Fucking cried, and i’m a grown ass man. This was beautiful. I’ve often
    wanted to do my own CG take on something similar, but from the rebels side.
    Looks like the gauntlet has been thrown down.

  10. Hizzad Bin Dinno says:

    Super awesome!

  11. eezaak21 says:

    Clearly better than the last 3 Star Wars movies.

  12. ɛντΩνιτɛ Γαλι says:

    you Sir Need an entire team and Disney to license out a Anime for you. i
    need this in my life

  13. skatedude38 says:

    Better than the new movie?

  14. LepeshkaGoveshka says:

    Прекрасно! Здорово отъебали эту повстанческую мразь! Слава Императору!

  15. Runner says:

    Thank You For This! :-o

  16. ElRook says:

    This is so rad!

  17. Frode Agledal says:

    holy cow, you made me want to enlist in the Galactic Empires army. Made my
    day!

  18. V Guyver says:

    We really love this new update. you’ve been doing fantastically.

    New animation is a great as before if not better. Still love the new
    details and the little fight pilot animations you thew in (just how do they
    see each others others hand signals inside those Imp fighters?) and the
    detail to the source material is just mind blowing. I’m glad I’m not the
    only one who bought some vehicle books.

    I like the new top Gun-esque music, but it does feel out of place in this
    universe setting. I think the previous KATOR music fit better. I’m hoping
    you eventually get help from some VA’s and a fan composer since it looks
    like you’ve thrown plenty of new lip animations.

    Love your work, hope you go farther than a star fighter.