On this morning’s podcast (which you can listen to here) we had the privilege of interviewing two very awesome bastards. The creators of the highly acclaimed fan film Star Wars: A Light in the Darkness Fed Weatherbee and P.J. Tamayo came on to talk about their film and prove how fan films and other Star Wars parodies are becoming more anticipated than any of George Lucas‘s actual films. It was an amazing interview, we implore you to check it out.
Now, their film exploded onto the net a few weeks ago, but being we had the creatives on our show and being that we’re big fans of the film we thought it fitting to re-post the video. Particularly for those of you who may have missed it the first time around.
For the people that are in the latter group. Star Wars: A Light in the Darkness– Part One is a low budget ‘Star Wars’ fan film. Unlike other SW fan films, which are primarily just another excuse to see another lightsaber fight, SW:ALITD is actually a unique and compelling story that fits into the cannon of the ‘Star Wars’ saga.
A Light in the Darkness’ main action takes place approx. 1 year BBY on a small planet in the Outer Rim. A young boy watches the Jedi who saved his people be 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.
An awesome story is just the beginning. What really sells this film, and puts it far above other fan films is it’s top capita costumes, computer generated special effects, action-stunt work and compositing. Minus some shoddy acting from a few key actors, you would, at first glance think this was actually the premier episode of the highly anticipated Star Wars live-action Television series. OK, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but regardless it really has the look and feel of a high budgeted television show. If anything, it looks like Star Wars and Firefly made sweet, sweet love and ‘A light in the Darkness’ was their love child. Funny enough though, this wasn’t made with a million dollar budget. It was actually done for only a few thousand dollars, next to nothing. That speaks volumes to the talent of both Fed Weatherbee (Director/ co-writer) and P.J. Tamayo (Writer/Set Designer).
Now, interestingly enough, George Lucas made a statement a few weeks back on the status of the teased Star Wars T.V. series. He said it was indefinitely postponed, because they don’t know how to do it. Apparently it’s too big to accomplish on the small screen.Star Wars: A Light in the Dark is a prime example of how a Star Wars live-action series could work.
Check out Part 1 of the 2 Part short below:
Part 2 is currently being worked on now. Fed and P.J. hope to have it released before the end of the year.
For updates and more info on the film check out alightinthedarknessfilm.com