Black Angel is a 1980 short film that was shown before the theatrical release of The Empire Strikes Back in certain locales. It was the directorial debut of Star Wars art director Roger Christian. The film was thought to be lost until it was rediscovered in December 2011 and was screened at the Mill Valley Film Festival for the first time since its original release on October 13, 2013. These are two short segments from the middle of the film.
The film was recently restored by Athena Studios in Emeryville, CA with the assistance of eFilm, Colorflow and the Bay Area chapter of the Visual Effects Society.
Roger Christian is a set decorator, production designer and feature film director. He won an Academy Award for his work on the original Star Wars and was Oscar-nominated for his work on Alien. Christian directed the second unit on both Return of the Jedi and Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace as well as other feature films including The Sender and Nostradamus.
Christian began his directing career with the shorts Black Angel (1980) and The Dollar Bottom (1981). Black Angel, filmed at locations in Scotland. George Lucas tied the film as a program with The Empire Strikes Back in UK, Australia, and Scandinavia. The short film is a retelling of the hero's journey in classical mythology, and influenced several major directors.