Just finished a little project I started over a year ago and got away from. I wanted to test out iPisoft’s mocap system (2 Kinects) and this is the result:
(Funny this thread should be called “A New Hope.” It’s oddly appropriate.)
For those who may not be aware (and I’m not talking about the OP or anyone in particular, just providing some general information…), using John Williams’ music, for example, as well as a derivative of the Star Wars logo in a video may raise some legal and non-legal concerns.
You need to be careful that you don’t violate any copyright and/or trademark laws. I’m not a lawyer, so I can’t advise you. However, it’s generally not a good idea to use copyrighted and/or trademarked material in your videos, even if they are not for profit or you think they are educational, or even if you think it’s just a well-intentioned tribute to the original artists.
But aside from the legal aspects, look at it from the artists’ perspective. Let’s say you produced some music you were very proud of, and you produced it in the context of a certain film, as a way to tell a particular story and add to the visual experience. The intent of the music you produced was to be used only for that one portion of a particular film, because that’s the context of how you wanted your music to be heard, and that’s how it had the desired impact.
And then let’s say that someone took your music and used it in a cat food commercial.
You’d probably be real disappointed, and maybe even offended.
Now, I’m not saying the OP’s video is the equivalent of a cat food commercial, just trying to make a point. The music was designed by the composer for a particular purpose, and by copying it and associating it with something else you are possibly diluting the music for anyone who watches the video. Especially those who have never seen the original. Suddenly the music you worked so hard on and put so much of yourself into becomes nothing more than a jingle for a cat food commercial. Get my point? It has nothing to do with the law, but everything to do with respect for the composer and his work.
Now, even if you were convinced that the video was the artistic equivalent to the original film, what matters is whether the composer would agree and want you to associate his music with your video.
Whether you have good intentions, which I’m sure we all do, is not the point. We all want to show our respects to the Star Wars folks for their great work. But IMO, the way to do that is to respect their work in a way that they want it to be respected.