Long before Robot Chicken Star Wars specials or Family Guy re-imaginings there have been Star Wars fan films. Dozens are available on TheForce.net and Atom Films with more being created everyday. But what makes a great fan film? Should it be comedic? A spoof? Should it be an epic, complete with authentic costumes and effects? Of course, phenomenal fan films come in all shapes and sizes, funny, serious, or seriously funny. The classics we’ve listed here are ten of the best Star Wars fan films. Agree with our selections? If not you better have some damn good suggestions, we nerdy bastards only like the best.
Kevin Smith’s classic, Clerks is given a Death Star make-over with this animated short, Trooper Clerks. Foul-mouthed and hilarious, you’ll love Darth Jay and Silent Palpatine (or Darth Bob), the in-jokes like Aunt Beru’s Blue Milk and a missing persons ad for Greedo. It even has little dirty nods you’ll have to be quick to catch, like the Dianoga claiming to have popped Leia’s cherry in the garbage chute, eww. There’s also a sequel and live-action short, which received praise from Smith himself. Maybe a full length Trooper Clerks feature would be enough to keep Smith in the movie business?
Ask any nerd what the greatest lightsaber fight of all time is and they will tell you to check out the “Ryan Vs. Dorkman” fan films. Nerds. Master choregraphers.
There are three videos here Ryan vs. Dorkman, Ryan vs. Dorkman 2, and the most recent film is Ryan vs. Brandon. The first two became pretty popular and received attention for there intensity. Ryan vs. Dorkman 2 was actually named #2 in Time magazines top 10 best fan films of all time. Ryan vs. Brandon ended up winning theforce.net’s third Lightsaber Choreography Competition.
LucasFilm thought these fan films were so awesome that Wieber was offered a job. Doing what? I dunno. I was just told he got a job with LucasFilm. How cool is that? Makes you think the same can happen to you. Only probably is, you are so not as talented as these guys. Watch the three lightsaber battles below and tell me otherwise.
I’ve actually met these guys, they’re pretty awesome. They say the #1 tip in staging your own lighsaber battle is to “Look eye. Always look eye”. Yes, they pulled a Mr. Miyagi quote on me. They say the worst thing in fan lighsaber battles is when the moves are telegraphed by persons eyes looking in the direction of the next move that is coming up. The eyes and hands are going into move ‘B’ when move ‘A’ hasn’t been finished yet. Lock eyes and let the moves flow smoothly. Just something to think about next time you and your friends play make believe.