Hardware Wars

The first fan film showed us we could enjoy Star Wars and laugh at it, too

For some, Star Wars was never quite a sacred cow. Way back in 1977, the original film (before it was A New Hope) spawned a parody short that I’ve heard argued qualifies as the first fan film. Ernie Fosselius’ Hardware Wars did as much to inspire a generation as it source material did — a generation of film makers who realized they could do this, too. At least, they could do it for fun. The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson clearly saw this short and loved it, as it’s given a visual nod in his film. So if you haven’t seen it (and thanks to Julie Shepard for pointing it out to me on YouTube), here’s Hardware Wars

About Derek McCaw
In addition to running Fanboy Planet, Derek has written for ActionAce, Daily Radar, Once Upon A Dime, and The Wave. He has contributed stories to Arcana Comics (The Greatest American Hero) and Monsterverse Comics (Bela Lugosi's Tales from the Grave). He performs with ComedySportz San Jose and ShakesBEERience, in addition to occasional screenwriting and acting jobs. If you ever played Eric's Ultimate Solitaire on the Macintosh, it was Derek's voice as The Weasel that urged you to play longer. Email him at editor@fanboyplanet.com.