Perhaps two of the most recognizable ships from the Star Wars franchise (outside of Han Solo's Millennium Falcon) are the Rebel X-Wing Fighter and the Empire's TIE Fighter. Watching those two starships battle it out continues to give audiences some of the best sci-fi thrills from the last forty years. Whether it's with toys, Lego kits, board games or weather balloons (two guys sent an X-Wing toy into space, filmed it and asked J.J. Abrams for tickets to The Force Awakens' premiere - watch it HERE), fans are constantly trying recreate those battles and bring the fun home.
Thanks to the invention of the "quadcopter" (commercially available the last few years), the guys at Corridor Digital have combined their love for Star Wars, digital videos and advanced quadcopters to make this (fittingly epic) dogfight video. The story is simple but effective: R2-D2, in a Rebel X-Wing, is being hunted through a valley (located near Lone Pine, CA just outside of Los Angeles) by two TIE Fighters and R2-D9 flying Darth Vader's ship, the TIE Advance X-1.
Corridor Digital has been producing high quality videos such as this one for years on a variety of different subjects: first person shooter games, Minecraft, Grand Theft Auto, Nerf Battles and many more. Their YouTube channel is definitely worth checking out. While the first-person, stomach flipping, video is clearly awesome, the soundtrack provided by Blakus (listen to it HERE) is just as, if not more, impressive.
Even more amazing is how they actually created this video - you can watch the twenty-minute "Making of" video HERE. While the quadcopters seen at the beginning of the video are indeed an X-Wing and TIE Fighters, those aren't the actual drones used for filming the dogfight, as those toys are nowhere near as maneuverable as the high-end UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) CD uses for endeavors such as this one.
Adding to the impressiveness of it all, the team uses a RC Vision System called the Dominator, which was developed by a company called Fat Shark. It would be near impossible to pull off the tricks and maneuvers present in this video only flying the drones from the ground, so this system allows them to get a first-person view from the drone's "cockpit" via HD goggles. It's all rather fascinating.
What other famous flying battles would you want Corridor Digital to recreate using drones? Let us know in the comment section.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on December 16, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.