"As viewers sat down to watch ‘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 ‘Star Wars’, 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 it’s available for you to watch on YouTube today
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. By the age of 34, he'd already created R2D2, the lightsaber and an entire arsenal of interstellar weaponry.
Black Angel 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 The Empire Strikes Back.
He is also known for his work as Art Director on Alien, which earned him another Academy Award nomination."
Check out Black Angel below...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5L8pHKP-vv4