Star Wars Smuggler's Run is a 22 minute fan film, that has been filmed on location at the original sets in Tunisia. The story is set between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back.
Director Oliver Thompson has written an original story set within the Star Wars Universe.
They used guerilla filmmaking techniques to make this movie and edited (video and SPFX) the project on a single Mac Book Pro.
The music was composed by Gary Gibbons of World Worm Studios.
The short film stars Warren Laker, Rodney Wong, James Gitsham and Kim Haslam, it features the voice talents of Russell Wait, Phil Bagshaw and James Gitsham.
Star Wars Smuggler's Run was made over 14 months, they filmed in six countries with a cast and crew from all over the world.
We filmed with a Scarlet (provided by Marc Oberdorfer of Young Indie Films) and a Sony A77 camera.
The whole project was completed within a budget of just 10,000 USD and could not have been made with out the passion and support of the whole Smuggler's Run team!
We have really enjoyed making this fan film and we hope all Star Wars fans love what we have produced.
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Star Wars is the property of Lucasfilm Ltd. and Disney.
The Star Wars theme song was created by John Williams.
Writer, Director, Producer, Oliver Thompson
Executive Producer, Nicola Culican
Associate Producer Gary Gibbons
Associate Producer Marc Oberdorfer
Smuggler's Run Music Composed by Gary Gibbons at
ADR and dubbing recorded at Red Angel Studios
ADR Director Russell Wait
Sound Design Phil Bagshaw
Mixed by Gary Gibbons and Phil Bagshaw
Filmed by Marc Oberdorfer, Oliver Thompson, John Curran
Warren Laker, Rodney Wong, Kim Haslam, James Gitsham, Russell Wait, Bowman Quock, Nicole Russo, Oliver Thompson, Nicola Culican, Tsang Yu Hong, Billy Wong, Nick Dearman, Paul Ducommun-Dit-Veron, Arthur Wu, Juno Wong, Hamish Campbell, Eve Messervy, Felix Messervy, Mahluf Sehoode, Lui Ka Ho, Au Wai Kin, Edmund Tong, Hoi Kwan Yu, Oliver Lun, Carmen Chang, Marc Obderdorfer, Ken Wong, Chris Chan, Dolly Lam, Alfon Lam, Corn Kit, Hannah Thompson, Robert Goddard, Mark Thompson, Mahmed Nefte.
Star Wars Smuggler's Run has been made with the support of...
Young Indie Films youngindiefilms.com
Enoteca (Quarry Bay) Hong Kong
Special design project, 2012.
Software is Maya, Mental Ray, and Shake. Minimal lighting with final gather. The goal was to create something that looks miniature, which I tried to carry through the design and animation of the characters.
It's animated at 12fps.
The depth of field is done mainly in single pass renders. Shake was used for secondary image effects (extra blur) and for adding all of that lens smudge. Dirt images were lifted (stolen) off the internet... along with the opening STAR WARS footage (obviously). The original footage was then chopped down to 12fps and given the same Shake treatment.
C3PO is an original re-design, while R2D2's re-design is kind of borrowed from a sculpture I saw (sorry!). The sand is all texture and displacement maps... I took a photo of the sand in my daughter's sandbox and used that for color, spec, and displacement mapping.
The original SW sequence is something like 4-6 minutes long... I re-edited the opening to play at 2 minutes, which was tricky. Tricky to have it play and feel seamless while editing out so much. Tricky to get the soundtrack music to sync up throughout.
In the end credits you see orange and blue ramps over black... those orange and black swatches were added to the desert shots for added continuity.
Two years ago we released Star Wars Shadows of the Past. Some claimed that it was the best fanfilm they have ever seen. Now we return to show you our vision of the sequel. Support us to make this reality.
"The circle is complete." - Master
Plot: Several years have passed since the end of Shadows of the Past. War has been raging ever since. Fallen's revolution changed the whole Empire, it turned the Master's realm to shreds. Fallen's armies, though weak and unorganized at the beginning, were forged into a deadly and unstoppable weapon. Now all that's left is to strike a final blow and confront Master directly.
Created by: Martin Klekner
Music by: Tomas Zemler
Voiceover by: Austin McComb
Well, I guess we're bragging. But John and Jarin did totally fight it out to get to see who wears the new sweatshirt. Please comment and let us know what you think!
Honestly we wanted to do more light saber effects ever since we made "Gnar Wars." Hope you like this fight.
This is part one of a two part Star Wars fan film.
A young boy watches as the Jedi who saved his people is killed by the very clones who once fought by his side.
Years later, as a member of a small insurgency against the empire he and his team hatch a new plan to take back their planet by drawing the attention of the newly formed rebel alliance.
Armed with the fallen Jedi’s light saber, he and his team battle to strike fear into the local imperial garrison, and overthrow their despotic governor. Their silent attacks give birth to a legend, and the people speak of a phantom Jedi whose spirit has returned.
As the story spreads they manage to draw attention to their forgotten corner of the galaxy, but who will arrive first, the rebel alliance or the empire?
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