Chances are, you’ve already gone to the theater and watched J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, hopefully without ruining it for everyone. Now, you’ve moved on to anticipating whatever Abrams is going to do with the next Star Wars installment, and you’re probably thinking it’ll be another couple of years before you get to see either the USS Enterprise or the Death Star in action. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth, thanks to IGN, who created the above original short.
Like a perfect melding of science fiction and found footage features, “Death Star Destroy Enterprise” blends large scale scope with a small scale point-of-view, delivering big visuals and big action from beginning to end. Not hard to do in less than three minutes, but it’s still worth noting. I usually hate a movie that gives away the ending right there in the title, but given my preference for the Galactic Empire over anything in the Star Trek universe, I’m willing to go with it.
Directed by visual effects artist Mike Hunt – who was also responsible for the editing, VFX, sound and editing – the short sees the Enterprise crew coming back down to Earth with their Whale Probe handy. It’s jarring to see an AT-AT Walker standing next to the starship’s ion drive, and seeing it all happen next to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is an even stranger sight. It then gets increasingly stranger, both in seeing the vehicles used like this, and in seeing Stormtroopers acting casual while on duty on Earth. Fist bump for destruction!
On a smaller, more arguably humorous scale, IGN also has a series of Resident Evil-sponsored shorts titled “Not Another Zombie Apocalypse,” the first episode of which you can watch below.