Hardware Wars

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 2010 Articles
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 has performed with ComedySportz and Silicon Valley Shakespeare, though relocated to Hollywood to... work in an office? 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. You can buy his book "I Was Flesh Gordon" on the Amazon link at the right. Email him at editor@fanboyplanet.com.