While looking into DARTH MAUL: APPRENTICE, I stumbled onto Three more fan films that have been released this year (it’s only March). I just want to share these because I enjoyed (some of) them a lot. And I’m sure there are dozens of other fan films that are equally as awesome that have come out over the years, but I’m focusing on a post Episode 7 world. So sit back and enjoy!
Rebel Scum is a true homage to the original trilogy. It uses practical effects, stop motion, and even uses the wipes that Lucas couldn’t get enough of. Shot on location in the ice fields of Alberta, Canada, Rebel Scum tells the story of a Rebel pilot who was left behind on Hoth after his snow speeder is shot down and the Rebels retreated. This film comes from Blood Brothers Cinema Co. It’s a great film and has a real Battle Front feel to it, giving a face to the Battle of Hoth.
Here is an interview with the director from Star Wars Reporter.
Kara is as far removed from Rebel Scum is as their settings are from each other. We go from the frigid setting of Hoth to a desert planet that could either be Tattoine or Jakku (I think Jakku with the inclusion of the Star Destroyer). This is another brilliantly shot film that also has undertones of isolation in it’s beginning. This one is also about a pilot that is shot down, but is also about a teenage girl and her father and their struggles with the Empire. It also deals with girl coming to grips with the Force. It was written and directed by Joe Sill and is a Whitelist Production .
The Weight of Forgiveness
The weight of Forgiveness hails from Italy and it drips with enough mood to power every Yanni music video ever made. It is ripe with emotional and religious symbolism but also chock full of lightsaber duels, in fact it is one long duel. It’s the classic Jedi verses Sith affair but starring the cast of a Calvin Klein model shoot. Don’t get me wrong it is a beautiful bit of cinema but it lacks the lived in feel of Star Wars (same problem with the prequels). After watching this I was left with the feeling that this is the constant struggle it is to be a Jedi, incarnated. This is an excerpt from the You Tube write up, “The movie is full of realistic fights, actually more fought than acted -they are not choreographies, but real duels fought according to formalized combat styles-, by two of the major Italian experts of the Lightsaber’s Discipline, Eugenio Di Fraia and Andrea Iannini. They are also the directors, authors and special-effects editors of the movie.” I’m in the wrong line of work, I want to be a “major expert of the lightsaber’s discipline” when I grow up.
We’ve come along way from Troopers …