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Indonesian artist wows internet with retro Star Wars trailer remake

Asmara Wreksono
Asmara Wreksono

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Fri, June 30, 2017 | 08:59 am
Indonesian artist wows internet with retro Star Wars trailer remake

New York-based Indonesian visual artist Wahyu “Pinot” Ichwandardi has been taking the internet by storm with his Star Wars – The Last Jedi trailer, which he created with an Apple IIc computer. (Pinot's official Twitter/File)

New York-based Indonesian visual artist Wahyu “Pinot” Ichwandardi has been taking the internet by storm with his Star Wars – The Last Jedi trailer, which he created with an Apple IIc computer.

The authentic ‘old-school’ trailer has mesmerized the internet, including the saga's own Luke Skywalker actor, Mark Hammill, who liked the post on Twitter, as well as Rian Johnson, the director of Star Wars – The Last Jedi.

Pinot, a long-time Apple fanboy, is a collector of Apple's new and past products. “For me, it’s about nostalgia and also to teach my children about the history of technology. It's so they know that the iPad that they are holding has a long history behind it and that it was made to be better and better,” Pinot told The Jakarta Post via email.

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A tech-relic hunter, he currently has a total of 170 ‘antique’ electronic devices, 30 of which are from Apple. When he lived in Kuwait, Pinot used to scour the flea markets to find his tech treasures. He says now that he lives in the United States it’s easier to find Apple products.

As he teaches his family about the history of technology through the tech relics he collects, Pinot also learned quite a lot from the old electronic gadgets. “I learn about the experience [with the devices], and I’m curious about how to create something with such limited technology,” he said.

Pinot’s youngest child was wondering what a modern movie might look like if it were made with an old computer. He saw his son’s imagination as a challenge, pulled out his Apple IIc computer and set out to create the trailer. Apparently, this is not a new project for Pinot.

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“Thirty years ago, I tried creating 'Star Wars - A New Hope' trailer using the exact same computer and program. But back then I didn’t continue due to technical reasons, which included lost data and fungus on the floppy disks. I still had an unstable mood then, because I was just a child. Now I promised myself that this project has to be finished into one full trailer,” he said.

To create the movie trailer, Pinot used a program called Dazzle Draw by Broderbund, released in 1983. “I found the original floppy disk at eBay, and it still works,” said Pinot. He also used a Koala Pad, a 1984 release, which he found from a fellow Apple retro-gadget hunter. “Whenever somebody sells things like these for $20 to $50, I buy them immediately,” he added.

The biggest challenge in doing a ‘retro' project in 2017, Pinot said, is how to store the work. “The floppy disks are old, so data can be lost and I would have to re-draw everything. Luckily in this time and age, there are still a lot of Apple II hobbyists and enthusiasts who create modern devices for old computers such as memory card readers, Wi-Fi cards, USB ports and even floppy emulators,” Pinot explained. He said the floppy emulator played a big role in transferring the file onto an SD card, thus making them transferrable to a MacBook Pro to be backed up.

The Star Wars – The Last Jedi trailer is not Pinot’s only work created using the Apple IIc computer. He also used a BASIC program to write several commands and coordinates to draw Steve Job’s face. 

 

Drawing with BASIC program in Apple IIc. Swipe for the timelapse of 1,5 hours typing.

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