Full Star Wars Episode 4 Minecraft Machinima Coming
Minecraft map maker and machinima artist Grahame, aka “Paradise Decay,” is tackling his greatest project yet: recreating the entire first Star Wars film in Minecraft.
After releasing three installments of Star Wars machinima videos based on sets designed for his Minecraft Adventure Maps, he has decided to go all the way. We’ve seen the Battle for Hoth, we’ve seen the Death Star trench run, and we’ve seen the Millennium Falcon’s asteroid chase scene. Once Grahame completes his herculean task, we’ll be able to relive the entire A New Hope experience, Minecraft-style.
When we first interviewed Grahame back in April, he explained that while his initial idea was to reproduce the entire film, he noticed that other machinima artists were already on the project. Instead, he opted to recreate some of the movie’s most memorable scenes. Since then, however, it seems those other artists abandoned the project, so Grahame “decided to go full throttle” with his.
Taking advantage of a six-month period that he currently has off work, Grahame told Game Front that he has been putting in eight hours a day on his Star Wars project for the last three months. While many of us would likely spend that time playing games, Grahame is hard at work on his oeuvre, meticulously piecing together the movie block by block. It’s no simple task — a full day’s filming could result in just a few seconds of usable footage, he said.
For instance, the blaster battle scenes between the rebel and imperial troops in the first few minutes of the film required about 16 hours of filming. Grahame refers to that segment as “one of the most difficult challenges so far.”
Check out the following time-lapse video to see Grahame’s workflow:
Including the sets already built for his previous three videos, Grahame estimates that the entire film will be three years in the making — which means it took less time to produce the actual Star Wars movie, which was in production for around two years. Grahame’s Death Star Trench Run set alone took six months to build, and his Asteroid Chase video required approximately 400 man-hours. Since then, Grahame said that the most difficult sets to construct have been the massive sandcrawler leaving its tread marks all over Tattooine, and the Tantiv IV CR90 corvette — the very first ship you see in the film, being chased by the Imperial Star Destroyer.
Grahame said he looks forward to getting some well-deserved rest and relaxation once the project is complete, but the last thing he wants to do is rush it out the door. The machinima artist hopes to be able to finish his project within the next couple of months; he’s currently 40 minutes into the film and will soon begin constructing the sets for the famous Tatooine bar and spaceport scenes. Han shooting first, Ben lopping off an arm, and the Jedi Master’s memorable line: “Mos Eisley Spaceport – you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy” — soon enough, we’ll be able to watch it all. For the time being, you can watch the first 15 minutes right here.