There just happens to be this little battle scene in Star Wars: A New Hope, called the Battle of Yavin. In it, the rebels come under attack by this big ball in space, known as the Death Star, and must hurriedly use plans, stolen by the sneaky Princess Leia, to try and bring the moon-sized Galactic spaceship down. The plan: little X-Wings would fly into one of the Death Star's trenches, avoid being shot down by turbolasers and then shoot proton torpedoes into an exhaust port 2 meters wide. Right. Luckily, action movies such as this look so much better on the screen, rather than in text.

When the movie came out, all fans could do was gush over the scene, go to conventions, or concoct elaborate geekfest re-creations. These days, with the proliferation of computer technology, fans can re-create this and other favorite scenes with ease. Movie editing software makes any fanatic fantasy come true, and in some cases, using technology more advanced than the original media. But, frankly, it's a large waste of hands.

Why spend the money on that software, and go to all that trouble, when all you need are some willing bodies, black suits and your own limbs? YouTube has a great video up, from an older, but indeterminable time, that recreates the Battle of Yavin with floating, disembodied hands and waving arms. For a minute and a half, hands come together to form Tie-Fighters, X-Wings and everything else within the scene, save for a few missing fighters. The clip just goes to show that a little ingenuity is a much cheaper way to create great homages, and a heck of a lot funnier and more satisfying to boot!
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