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I'm falling in love with my camera and taking photos everywhere I go. That, combined with my passions for politics, sports, religion and other things we all agree on, makes this blog persist.

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I'm born in Manhattan and raised in Queens.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Star Wars: Revelations

Recently, a friend of mine told me about an interesting fan movie called Star Wars: Revelations, produced by Panic Struck Promotions.

You may download it or watch it on iFilms for free by clicking on the link to their website. It will be an hour well spent.

The movie, which combines some of regular Star Wars characters with ones we know (basically figures who either aren't human or who wear masks), takes place in between Episodes III and IV, when the Jedi are being hunted down. According to the website:

Our heroine, Taryn Anwar, has broken way from Imperial control and is searching for an ancient Jedi artifact. Said to contain great power, it could be the key to destroying the Empire -- if she can locate it before Zhanna, the Emperor’s Hand, does. It’s a race between good and evil as the fate of the galaxy hangs in the balance.

Revelations tells it's story around it's own unique characters and worlds around the Star Wars universe in which the only original star wars characters you will see from the films are, the Emperor, Vader, stormtroopers, and various aliens that makes Star Wars. "Revelations" is very unique in it own way of look and feel, yet still within the Star Wars galaxy. We wanted to make something that was our own and not a simple retelling of Star Wars, or ideas and looks that have been explored before. We tried to make a film with the things and ideas we always wanted to see.

There are good Jedis and bad (with the bad one being, of course, somewhat goth-like, as seen above). Darth Vader seeks to find the location of some of the missing Jedi, information that one of the protagonists has access to.

The website, which has a number of photos (where I got these) shows just how impressive of a production this was.

Visually, the movie is stunning, and in many ways captures the sights and sounds of the Star Wars world.

In the end, there is an impressive lightsaber duel, which must have been a challenge to produce, but is a lot of fun to watch.

The movie of course has its quirks. Many of the male characters had goatees, which was an interesting way of looking at a world a long time ago, and very far away. There are so many characters introduced in a short amount of time, with odd Star Wars-like names, that it was hard for me to follow at times.

The acting is sub-par at times (the Jedis seemed to have way too much emotion), and the sound quality is bad, but only because I'm judging this against films of much higher production budgets. The actors may not be complete pros, but they are still better than Jar Jar Binks.

The beauty of this movie is that you expect it to be perfect, because of how impressive it all is. It is one of the best non-profit movies I've seen in a long time.

Watch it!

Other Web Stuff

Star Wars fan films on AtomFilms

The Star Wars Fan Film Festival

USA Today on Star Wars: Revelations

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Lucas Jabs At Bush's Empire

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Blogger Unknown said...

This was a really impressive short film. Good stuff.

Tuesday, 17 May, 2005  

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