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Black Angel - the short film

Who is Roger Christian?

Roger Christian shot to fame when he won an Academy Award for Best Art Direction for his work on Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. By the age of 34, he'd already created R2D2, the lightsaber and an entire arsenal of interstellar weaponry.

The Black Angel short was his directorial debut, as he teamed up with cinematographer Roger Pratt to create a stunning visual spectacle. His retelling of the classical hero's journey, set in a mythical environment, has influenced a great many films, including John Boorman's Excalibur, and Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

He is also known for his work as Art Director on Alien, which earned him another Academy Award nomination.



As viewers sat down to watch ‘Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back’ in 1980, they were shown a short film. It was so mysterious and dark that many never forgot it. Its name was Black Angel.

The project began when Roger Christian, Art Director on ‘Episode IV: A New Hope’, was given the green light by George Lucas to turn his fantasy script into a short film. Having spent years designing droids and space stations, he now set about creating a medieval fantasy world, the likes of which the world had never seen before.

But then it was lost. For decades, it was thought the film had gone the way of Han Solo, frozen in time. But then, in 2011, a negative was discovered by complete chance, and painstakingly restored frame by frame. The legend has been brought back to life, and is well on its way to becoming the epic fantasy feature film it was always meant to be.


Working with a shoestring budget, Christian helped create some of Star Wars' most memorable scenes.

In 1977, the battered look of the rebel spacecraft was a completely new idea, and a radical departure from the shiny perfection of previous sci-fi interiors. In an interview with, he recalled creating the Millennium Falcon: "It's like you own a car... you buy it second-hand and you keep repairing it and fixing things and it gets dented... and in the end that's how it is."

Christian details how he made the very first R2D2, as well as hundreds of Star Wars weapons, in his book Cinema Alchemist, a must-read for Star Wars fans. The book also contains rare insights into his work on Alien and Black Angel.

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Black Angel has been reborn...

In 1980, a short film was released, so mysterious and dark that it disturbed all who saw it. Now Black Angel is returning to the silver screen, as the epic fantasy feature film it was always meant to be.

In the Kingdoms of Serendal...
Fantasy filmmaking is coming home.

Now it’s over to you...


35 years after the release of the Black Angel short, we are returning to the golden age of fantasy film-making. Too many filmmakers now rely on computer generated effects to build a fantasy world – but we remember a better way. Through authentic practical effects, the audience will be immersed in the gritty, dirty, real world that the Black Angel seeks to destroy.

This is a film for people who love fantasy. There are those who for years have hung on to a distant memory of the original short, hoping beyond hope that it might make its way back onto their screens. Now that time has come.

The Black Angel has returned, and fantasy filmmaking has come home.

As well as helping us to create an epic fantasy film, this is your chance to get your hands on unique Black Angel merchandise that can’t be found anywhere else.

We’ll keep every one of our backers in the loop every step of the way, providing exclusive updates straight from the set.

No matter how small your contribution, this is your chance to be part of something very special. 

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We want you to be part of the journey of creating Black Angel – The Feature Film. We’re opening Black Angel up to fantasy film fans around the world through a crowd-funding campaign.