This is a piece I'm quite proud of. Edited by myself and Chuck Michael when we went to the University of Southern California cinema school, "The Empire Strikes Quack" started out as a little exercise in editing practice. It features video from all three original Star Wars films edited to the complete soundtrack of the classic Warner Bros. Cartoon, "Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century". It turned out to be a mammoth undertaking resulting in over 35 hours of editing time in the post production building. We did the first version in the early part of 1986 and were able to screen it at the 10th Anniversary Star Wars Convention in 1987. (we screened it out in the hall, because when it was in one of the dealer's rooms, there were so many people watching it the room filled up and no one as buying anything.) Gary Kurtz and Irvin Kershner were caught watching it and laughing out loud at what had been done with their work.


In 1996, ten years later, I was able to borrow some time on an Avid machine and re-edit the project in widescreen... this became the "Special Edition" version.  In 2011, I finally remastered it in HD utilizing the Blu-Ray Masters.  That is the version you can see below.


There has been another project out on the web called "The Empire Strikes Quack" doing the same thing... using the Duck Dodgers cartoon as a soundtrack for the Star Wars clips... and it's pretty funny... but it was made in 1991... years after ours had been featured in a story in the May, 1988 issue of Starlog. The audience is free to decide which one they like better. But I'm glad to have been the first person to have decided that this was a pretty funny idea.


Thanks to Chuck Michael, Ed Marsh, Van Ling, Casey Cannon and Dave Fein for their friendship and support.



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Daren Dochterman

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