Black Angel a short fantasy film directed by Star Wars art director Roger Christian, has been recovered from Universal Studio’s vaults. The film was originally shown before screenings of The Empire Strikes Back in Europe and Australia, but has been lost for for nearly 30 years.
WIRED’s Nathan Mattise reports:
The movie’s gorgeous art design and cinematography influenced many Arthurian myth films that followed, from Excalibur to Legend. Christian slowed and elongated the action scenes with a technique called step-printing, which Lucas then used for a lightsaber battle in Empire. “Fans had rarely seen images like this on the big screen,” Christian says.
Christian may release the film online.