Four years is how long it took for YouTube user OtaKing77077 to animate the seven minute long film "TIE Fighter." Four years of spending weekends animating for what I presume would've been hours. I'm at a loss for words.
This is the best fan-made project that I've ever seen and as a fan of the Empire, I was always disappointed that we don't get to see more victories for the Imperials against the Rebellion. It always surprised me how a ragtag group of rebels could best a huge, well-trained, better-equipped army. Since we don't see more major engagements in the Galactic Civil War, it makes sense, but this short film was very refreshing.
The creator stated that his inspiration was the 1994 game Star Wars: TIE Fighter, a space combat simulation game where players assume the role of an Imperial pilot. Many of the sound effects, such as the missiles locking, were taken directly from the game and used in the film for a level of authenticity and immersion.
What I love most is the amount of detail that was squeezed into only seven minutes. The scene where the TIE pilot powers up the consoles in his cockpit and tested the pedals gave me chills. We've never seen anything like that! It made the pilot feel human, and that feeling was doubled when we saw the faces beneath the menacing helmets, revealing that they were just normal people serving their Empire.
The inclusion of an Interdictor-class Star Destroyer, which can jam missiles and disable hyperspace travel (thus preventing the Rebellion's retreat), was also a nice touch because it is not seen anywhere except comics or the video game Star Wars: Empire at War, one of the franchise's only strategy games. It briefly showcases the vast arsenal that the Empire has at its disposal.
I wish more projects like this existed. Disney should've hired this guy a long time ago to make more shorts or even a TV/web series. Seeing as how the video has over 4 million views and has been shared all over the Internet, a series would have been incredibly successful. People like this creator are the ones who kept the spirit and love for Star Wars alive during the wait for the next movie.
I've seen this video at least five times already and I'm ready to watch it five more.