A Fresh And Innovative Take On Star Wars: A New Hope

A Fresh And Innovative Take On Star Wars: A New Hope

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You've never seen Star Wars: A New Hope told quite like this.

Swiss illustrator and graphic novelist Martin Panchaud created an impressive infographic depicting the fourth chapter of the Star Wars saga, A New Hope. The single image is a scrolling play-by-play of the film measuring 403.5 feet in length. Characters are designated colored dots, and details include aircraft blueprints and locations. Even the dialogue is represented here with every banter between Han Solo and Princess Leia, and even Chewbacca's growls. This unique endeavor was a passion project inspired by ancient Chinese scrolls which required rolling and unrolling to be read. Think of the scrolling introductions at the start of each Star Wars films except that it keeps going infinitely with a series of graphs. It was Panchaud's intention to play on the contrast between ancient ways of storytelling and the instant gratification of brief Internet summarizations. So why did he choose episode IV to render this awesome infographic? He explains:
Star Wars’ series has had a heavy impact on pop culture and they continue to influence through generations. It is a modern form of mythology and the IV episode is where it all began. Other than this ‘Star Wars is a childhood memory. Maybe some of you may recall your very own and personal sensations you had when you first saw the film. My visual style leaves more space for the individual imaginary universe.
The long graphic was created using Adobe Illustrator CC 2016 and the exact measurements are 1024 x 465152 px / 27 x 12307 cm / 10.6 x 4845.3-inch. 22 Adobe Illustrator files were used, that according to Panchaud, "...really made my processors sweat." Here is a teaser to give you an idea of this unique project. Fanboys and girls, relish in a visually entertaining telling of Star Wars: A New Hope!

Luke meets Obi-Wan Kenobi after an unfortunate encounter with the Sandpeople.

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The same scene as Obi-Wan takes the group back to his humble abode.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi trying to persuade Luke to go to Alderaan.

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Here's a screen shot from the movie of the scene above.

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Faithful to the original 1977 version of the film, Panchaud demonstrates here that it is clearly Han Solo who shoots first.

(A modified version of later releases of the movie shows Greedo initiating the attack to make Han Solo seem less like "a cold-blooded killer" according to George Lucas, even though Solo is given a direct threat on his life that would warrant a preemptive attack in self-defense.)
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The original shootout. Bye Greedo! Points go to Panchaud for choosing the correct version of the scene for his illustration!

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Han Solo's escape from attacking Imperial Troops as he makes it aboard the Millennium Falcon.

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Here's the same scene from the film:

Blowing up a TIE Fighter after fleeing the Death Star, followed by celebratory shouts of victory.

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You may remember C-3PO's predicament here as depicted above in the lower right corner of the graph.

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For a sense of the sequential flow of storytelling, check out the following snippet from the very beginning of the scroll. The details are mind-blowing.  
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Panchaud even offers a glimpse of the process from behind the scenes. Here is a draft of the image-rendering of Han Solo running aboard the Millennium Falcon as he narrowly escapes the attacking Imperial Troops.

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After 40 years since its release, Star Wars continues to inspire new ways to enjoy the films. Martin Panchaud has created a remarkable and epic tribute. Want to see more? Experience the entire movie in this meticulously crafted infographic. Not one detail is missed. You can enjoy it HERE.   H/T - swanhslashfilm, fastcocreate, sparknotes, comicbookresources, wikipedia, sparknotes

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