www.bit.ly/TIEanime The new Episode VII trailer might be hogging the limelight, but Paul Johnson’s Empire-focused short is almost as exhilarating. Johnson spent the past four years’ worth of weekends drawing and animating his Star Warsthemed homage to classic ’80s anime, and the result is an unusually potent mix of nostalgia hits, blended with some affection. Anime wasn’t the only inspiration, however – the film is based on the locations, HUD designs and even mechanics of LucasArts’ 1994 space combat game TIE
Fighter. The incoming missile alert here should bring back a few traumatic memories.