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Something that StarWars.com  brought back last year was the Star Wars fan-film awards. You can check out the details on their page here

http://www.starwars.com/star-wars-fan-film-awards

On February 18th they announced the competition again for this year and started accepting entries up until April 24th. While this isn’t exactly action figure related it does represent a big chunk of the Star Wars fandom and some really awesome stop motion movies made with action figures have been made and even placed in the finals.

I highly suggest at least checking this out for any backyard film maker like my younger self that set up dioramas and used an old VHS cam to make Star Wars movies. Even if you decide not to enter the fun in it alone is great.

While I haven’t watched a ton of Star Wars fan films I was a fan of a few, some more recent. Others from a few years back, here they are in no particular order…

Retribution 2014.

Retribution was filmed at the Georgia Bulldogs stadium in Athens, GA. It features several student athletes as well as former coach Marc Richt  lol. Creator Christian Conley (Khari Vion) who was a player on that Bulldogs team (who went to the SEC championship iirc that year or the year before) Either way … he now plays in the NFL. He got the 501st to help him create a really cheesy and fun film for this senior project. The acting is fan-film awesome but the opening musical score was really well done all together a definite fun watch!

BTWL I loooooove when Atheletics and Nerdism like Star Wars crosses-over it really shows the eclectic mix of the Star Wars  and NFL nations.

(YOUTUBE credits)

Published on Jul 5, 2014

Retribution is a Star Wars fan film written and directed by Georgia football player Chris Conley. Infinite Productions and Spirit World Productions set out to create the epic film in November 2013.

Directed by: Chris Conley
Post Production: Grayson Holt (http://www.graysonholt.com/)
Graphic and Title Design: Frank Martin http://www.vimeo.com/frankrobertmartin/
Music by Davis Harwell (DavisHarwellmusic.com)

Master Kroi: Jeremy Miller
Khari Vion: Chris Conley
Apprentice Killian: David Gridley (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5681274/)
Commander Zarra: Leia Boone


 

I.M.P.S. 2013

 

IMPS holds a special place in my heart as I am an Imperial lover and loved the sheer production value put into the 40+ minute movie. The official site can be found at http://impstherelentless.com/

The CGI to the costumes to even the narration by Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime y0!) Really shine. The acting is pretty dam decent for a fan film to. Then comes the name of the ship the Relentless… later reused as the ISD in Star Wars Rebels by Admiral Konstantine… I kind of hope Filoni used the name as an homage to IMPS.. hehe. credits below!

I.M.P.S. (Imperial Military Personnel Stories) – An Epic Documentary of the Best Damn Job in the Galaxy!
(We pronounce it as a one syllable word: imps)

IMPS The Relentless is a sci-fi mockumentary that released it’s first chapter, titled Davenport Gateway, of a seven chapter feature film.  Members of the fan film TROOPS started work on a sequel but quickly realized that IMPS would take on it’s own direction and theme dissimilar to TROOPS.

Davenport Gateway is the transition piece to separate from TROOPS and in to a guided tour aboard the Heavy Class Carrier The Relentless. Each chapter is to portray the duties and characters that build up the Relentless battle group, promoting them as having “the best damn job in the galaxy.”

Principal photography began in 1999 at 10,000 foot elevation on Mt. Shasta.


 

TIE FIGHTER short film 2015

Otaking took literally years to roto-scope draw and shade render the 7+ minute animated movie. I remember when he did a 2 and a half minute preview back in 2012 and I thought it was awesome-sauce then. No real comedy its all business… Imperial ass-whoopin on dirty rebel business.

When it was completed it made GLOBAL Star Wars news… and rightfully so, it was released shortly before Celebration 7 so it helped hype up the entire Star Wars fandom at the moment.

As an Imperial lover I loved the themes of Tie Fighter pilots being beastly… as a die hard anime lover the entire thing became eye-candy. I won’t say what happened when I saw the finished product but lets say I couldn’t sit down….lol ewww i know.

(YOUTUBE credits)

Official poster art: http://mightyotaking.deviantart.com/a…
“Interdictor,” the music track: https://soundcloud.com/zakrahman/tie-…
Story/character info pdf file: http://www.mediafire.com/view/cpnc1oj…
Twitter: https://twitter.com/OtaKing77077

Podcast interview with GoodGeekery – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gdN0…

Special thanks to the good folk at Lucasfilm for encouraging people to get creative and make these kind of projects. It’s thanks to their extremely fan-friendly nature that we can enjoy IMPS: The Relentless, TROOPS, etc.


 

Rebel Scum 2016

 

I came across this fan film recently and I liked it. It was more dramatic then IMPS but had the same level of quality CGI and costumes. While I prefer a bit less melodramatic themes in a fan film I can say they didn’t dwell on it too much to make it smell bad.

(YOUTUBE credits)

Published on Jan 9, 2016

A Rebellion pilot is hounded by death from the merciless Empire and a frozen grave, after being abandoned during the retreat of the Rebel Alliance from Hoth.

Rebel Scum pays homage to the original Star Wars trilogy; nearly all visual effects were created without the use of CGI, using time honored methods such a stop-motion animation. Shot on location in -30°C (-22°F) at Columbia Icefield in Alberta Canada.

Please visit our website to see behind the scenes and learn more about us!

Website:
http://www.bloodbrothercinema.com/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ng…

Twitter: @BloodBrotherCC


 

Kara 2016

 

Kara was also a recent watched fan flick I liked. While it’s much-much heavier on the dramatic side and has way more force using stuff which I usually don’t like it didn’t over do it. They also had some fan-tastic cheesy effects for a X-wing pilot CGI effects at the beginning but the story picks up afterward was good to see some action in the sand again so I embraced it fully knowing my Imperial brethren took it in the helmet in this one.

(YOUTUBE credits)

A Whitelist Production (www.whitelist.tv). KARA is a short fan film set in the Star Wars universe.

Written and Directed by: Joe Sill
Producer: Westin Ray

Executive Producer: Jerad Anderson
Head of Production: Nick Erickson

STARRING:
Andra Nechita
Peter Arpesella
Daniela Flynn

Head of Accounting: Natasha Seubert
1st Assistant Director: Trevor Stevens
2ndAssistant Director: Daniel Burke
Casting: Joe Sill & Westin Ray

Cinematographer: Nico Aguilar
Gaffer: Matt Blake
1st AC: Danilo Rodriguez & Daniel Demenezes
2nd AC: Brodin Plett
Key Grip: Jordan Kleinman
Still Photographer: Austin Ray

Wire Rigging Team: Nick Goehner, Marvin Francis, Luke Couce
Aerial Footage: Luc Delamare
DJI Ronin Operators: Cire Hensman, Stefan Vleming

Production Designer: Joe Weber
Art Director: Alex Shumate
Costume Designer: Robin Ray
Costume Assistant: Fern Ray
X-Wing Pilot Costume: Lisa Curtis Saunders
Makeup & Hair: Devan Weitzman
Costume Aging & Weathering: Devan Weitzman

Sound Designer: Jackie! Zhou
Production Sound: Kristian Hayden
Composer: Austin Ray

Visual Effects by: Joe Sill & Luc Delamare
Colorist: Andrew Finch

SANDTROOPERS:
Dean Amstutz, Mark Kinsey, Victor Silva, Marcus Holt, Milton Hunt, Rob Csorba
WRANGLERS/PHOTOGRAPHERS:
Stuart Loui, Carrie Ann Caranci,Barry Chan, Mark Edwards


 

And finally…. the old dog itself…

TROOPS 1997

 

Man it’s been almost 20 years… Troops shot on locale somewhere using what seemed to be the state of the art VHS recording cams possible the new-fangled hand-held digital models!

Troops was an homage to the show COPS done in the Star Wars universe. As you could expect the CGI effects are Special Edition quality lol and the comedy is fully embraced… and I loved it… and still do to this day. I may have to even fan-fic some of the characters someday.. its a MUST watch for any lovers of cheesy Star Wars fan-fics.

(YOUTUBE credits)

TROOPS is a fanfilm directed by Kevin Rubio that had its premiere at the Comic Con International convention in San Diego, CA, on July 18, 1997, before becoming more widely available on the Internet later that summer. The film is shot in a documentary (or mockumentary) style, parodying primarily A New Hope and the television series COPS, as well as Fargo and Mystery Science Theater 3000 (by featuring Tom Servo). In the film, stormtroopers from the infamous Black Sheep Squadron on patrol run into some very familiar characters while being filmed for the hit Imperial TV show TROOPS. The running time is approximately 10 minutes. It was filmed at El Mirage, California, in late March of 1997.

Read more: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/TROOPS


 

There you have some of my favorites. Youtube.com is a great source for Star Wars fan films and there are a TON of them and TONS of them with Jedi and Force themes and stories but since I’m an IMP guy I don’t watch them as much so they didn’t make my list. Let me know which ones you guys enjoy yourselves!

-Rez

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