Well, this is one way to pay homage to the ’80s influences on the original Star Wars. Indonesian illustrator Wahyu Ichwandardi managed to turn the trailer for The Last Jedi into something that looks like an ’80s video game, green-scale and all — and that’s not even the coolest part about this story.
More than anything, we’re impressed that Ichwandardi has access to a working Apple IIc! One of Apple’s earliest attempts at a portable computer, the IIc didn’t sell particularly well, so for there to be a working one out there is no small feat.
Ichwandardi took his treasure and put it to good use. He had some other treasures at hand, too — the KoalaPad graphics tablet often used with Apple II computers, the Dazzle Draw bitmap program, and lots and lots of floppy disks. He then traced shots from the actual trailer onto clear plastic, using those as references to make the bitmap magic happen. You have to appreciate the commitment to the craft.
Cita-cita waktu masih kecil di th 80an: bikin trailer Star Wars pakai komputer Apple bermonitor monochrome, baru kesampaian sekarang. pic.twitter.com/kUV28VB5pq
— Pinot (@pinotski) June 26, 2017
Working out of New York, Ichwandardi ultimately used 48 floppy disks to put together the trailer, which is made of 288 frames hand-drawn using the KoalaPad. The end result looks like something out of that ancient Star Wars arcade game — so, amazing.
Not going to lie, though, I was really hoping for some chiptuned up John Williams.
This story was originally published at Someone Transformed the Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer into an ’80s Computer Game