Trailer – Star Wars – The first trailer for the Star Wars film “The Last Jedi” is out. From what little the 2:34 trailer show, it will be a good movie. I think I need to watch it a few more times though to have a grasp on what is being revealed. The synopsis (from IMDB):
Having taken her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga.
Looking forward, along with a few others, to the release December 15, 2017!
Star Wars – Short Films – “Precious Cargo” is a short (21:10) Star Wars fan film that was published to YouTube in December of 2016 by Dionysus Productions. The synopsis:
It has been eight years since the Jedi were all but wiped out by Order 66. Imperial forces with the help of Inquisitors continue to hunt down and destroy any remaining Jedi, and all force-sensitive children. All except for the most powerful. These beings are brought before the Emperor where they are twisted and reformed, becoming tools of the Dark Side. Jedi sympathizers continue with their efforts to hide these powerful children from the Empire and a fate far worse than death . . .
The story for this film is set during time of the inquisitors. Prophets of the dark side find a young girl, who has been kept hidden for her own safety. Some of the actors in this fan film are better than others, but on the whole I thought it was pretty good. It has better special effects than most fan films.
Star Wars – Short Films – This short (7:46) Star Wars fan film “Fall of the Jedi” was published to YouTube in May of 2016 and was made by 1st year Screenology students. The synopsis of the film:
Years after the Galactic Civil War, Kylo Ren has killed the new generation of Jedi that his mentor and uncle Luke Skywalker was training. Padawan siblings Carena and Donta managed to escape the massacre, but are soon forced to once again fight against the ever growing temptation of the dark side.
This is a descent film with good special effects.
Star Wars – Short films – “Darth Maul: Apprentice” is a short (17:48) Star Wars fan film was published on YouTube in March of 2016 by T7Production. The synopsis:
With his training almost complete, Darth Maul must face six Jedi in order to reach his true potential, and become a Dark Lord of the Sith.
Very well done film with good special effects. It has a 7.7/10 rating on IMDB. Excellent light saber fight scenes.
Star Wars – Short Films – This short (11:54) Star Wars fan film “Dark Legacy” was published on YouTube in July of 2017 by ManifestFilm. The synopsis:
The story is set on a barren planet in a forgotten corner of the Star Wars universe. This is where the Sith Master has made his home, and it is littered with ancient artifacts from a tribe long forgotten by civilized society – most notably giant statues that seem to look down, watching the Sith Master and his generations of apprentices. The planet is home to no one but the Sith Master, his students, and one other unique organism.
If a student is found incapable, the Sith master does not simply allow them to die. Instead, he harvests their essence using a unique parasite. The organism uses the bodies of the dead as a host, and like an oyster, it creates a dense substance at its core from the force energy contained within them. Like many who have fallen before him, the Master has used the parasite to create a living memory of the dead.
Kia, the apprentice, wields a lightsaber that is battle-worn, and carries the reminders of every apprentice who was struck down before her. The most notable quality is when its crystal is exposed. The source of her weapon comes from the core of one of the parasites, and it is suggested that she fights with the essence of her dead brother.
I thought that this was a very well done film. One of the best fan films I have come across so far.
Star Wars – Short films – This very short (4:41) award winning (ranked 6.4 on IMDB) Star Wars fan film was published to YouTube in May of 2016 by Star Wars Relics. Synopsis of the film:
A relic hunter finds himself en route to a desolate planet in search of an amulet rumored to hold the power of an ancient force user. The legend tells this ancient being had mastery and control over space itself…
The film is well done with good special effects. I only wish that it had been a little longer.
Star Wars – Short Films – This very short (4:03) Star Wars fan film was published to YouTube in December of 2016 and was produced by Cinemage. Synopsis of the film:
A young female Jedi clashes repeatedly with a Sith Inquisitor.
I thought that this was a well done film. The light saber fights were well choreographed with relatively good special effects. I would have liked more explanation as to what brought these two together. As short as the film is I think that could easily have been added.
Star Wars – Short Films – This short (10:16, really much shorted if you exclude the beginning and ending credits) Star Wars fan film was published on YouTube in March of 2017 and was produced by HDH Pictures. The synopsis:
“Scout: A Star Wars Story” tells the tale of Dax Orrell, a soldier on The Forest Moon of Endor, during Return of the Jedi. Dax wakes up in a daze, unaware of where he is or where his battalion has gone. He radios for assistance but is greeted by ghastly silence, so, he decides to make his way toward the sounds of distant blaster fire. Along this path Dax encounters his nemisis, an Imperial Biker Scout, dead-set on stopping Dax in his tracks. The two square off in an epic, gritty, dirt and bark filled conflict, and… well you’re gonna have to wait and see how it ends.
This is a well done fan file, though I think it is too short. Beginning credits ran a very long time (1:30) over a black screen with just sound effects. Personally I thought this was too long.
Star Wars – Short Film – This short (15:54) Star Wars fan film was published to YouTube in March of 2017 and was produced by YoYoDudeManGuy Studios. The synopsis:
As two brothers embark on the beginning of their struggle against the universe, they find themselves stumbling into a never ending conflict long since lost to legend. The Force.
The cast did a fair job of acting and the light saber fight scenes were well done.
Short Film – Star Wars – “Star Wars Downunder” is an unusual Star Wars Fan film as it has a definite tongue-in-cheek Australian twist – boomerang light sabers, hopping Imperial Walkers and a quest for beer. It is a full 30:57 film that was uploaded to YouTube in November 2013. The synopsis:
Star Wars Downunder is a 30 minute Star Wars fan film which finally answers the age-old question that has confounded many a film buff before: What would happen if you crossed Star Wars with an Australian beer commercial. Answer? Star Wars Downunder: an epic tale of the good, the bad and the thirsty. Directed by Michael Cox and written by Bryan Meakin and Michael Cox, Star Wars Downunder is half an hour of action, special effects and lovable Aussie larakins.
While kind of goofy and a little hard to understand because of the thick Australian accent, this is a pretty good film. It has amazingly good special effects.