"HILARIOUS! I don't think I've laughed so hard at something Star Wars related since the Star Wars Robot Chicken episode, or possibly ever! Great job! Really cool commentary with the actors as well. The interaction you had with fans was amazing and paints an accurate portrayal of us as fun loving people sharing a passion.
This movie really made my day."
Emmanuel Hernandez - Star Wars Fan










Yes the rumors are true! Matt Sloan and Aaron Yonda, creators of Chad Vader, are part of the cast of SWMMTW.

Matt is the voice of Stormtrooper #1 at 4:47 and at 9:43.

Aaron lends his voice to Scout Trooper #1 and delivers the key line, "What are you, some kind of pervert?", at 4:12. He is also the voice of Stormtrooper #2 at 4:50.

What do the guys think of the film?
"Nice job Erik! Really well done. Thanks for including us."


The enthusiasm and passion for Star Wars was clearly present. The camera work and special effects were excellent. The movie was well stitched together and clearly showed untold hours of hard work before, during, and after Celebration IV. Your fan actors handled themselves nicely.
SWMMTW was a fun attempt to document the hardcore fan experience in a docu-comedy format, but in the end didn't fully work for me in either respect. For one thing--and this is my main problem with the vast majority of movies submitted--it was far too long and repetitive, and thus had the air of being somewhat self-indulgent. The kernel of what story there was--foreshadowed in the opening crawl--didn't pay off until at least half-way into the movie; perhaps it should have started there. I kept waiting to figure out what it meant, and even when it came it wasn’t clear; I had to rethink the movie at the end to figure out for sure whether the crawl had been explained. Also, the title of the film led me into a totally different direction from what I saw.  

I realize that editing oneself and one's creations is the toughest thing in the world; I face that as a writer all the time. I think it's even harder as a filmmaker because of the time and effort invested, the friends and colleagues who gave their time to take part, etc. But, from the viewpoint of an outsider viewing the work for the first time, it is essential. That’s why it is always helpful to have people who were in no way involved in a work—people whose opinions you value—give you feedback at a draft stage.
You put your movie--yourself really--out there to be judged. I truly admire your energy, passion, and stick-to-itiveness.

Best, Steve Sansweet
Director of Content Management & Head of Fan Relations




Thank you TheForce.Net for helping me launch Star Wars Made Me This Way on the internet!


Umm, one of the more interesting sites to mention Star Wars Made Me This Way.

Come to think of it, my film would be funnier if you were watching it stoned.




Below is the e-mail on how I learned that SWMMTW was not a finalist.

Erik:  I was wondering when you plan to notify the finalists who are in this year's 2009 Challenge?  We have already been in touch with all of the finalists for this year's Fan Film Awards. Thank you for checking in.

No reason why. No thank you for submitting. What happened? This is what I found out.

It was not rejected because of content. The Legal Department at rejected it because, “…all of the people who appear in it (even in the background), the signage, the booths...everything...would have needed clearance.”  

Let me get this straight:  You need to clear everything in your Star Wars fan film, so you can enter it into the Star Wars Fan Film Challenge, so that you can win a Star Wars Fan Film Award?  

I did not make this film for commercial use or for profit. I made this film for the fans, my love for Star Wars, and for a chance to win a really cool award.  

It’s interesting to point out that had my film since September 2008. Why didn’t they inform me of the problem a long time ago? Sorry for the pun. I could have put SWMMTW on the internet last year instead of waiting to give them the exclusive!  I have just posted it on for the world to enjoy.

Even though I am very disappointed, I am thinking of new ideas for the 2010 Challenge. I will keep you posted!



A big thank you goes out to the 501stLegion for the TWEET! Yes, I'm on  Twitter. Look for me under FilmsInFocus.





Still no word from  I guess I will find out on June 1st.

From the website:  "Hey there, Star Wars fans. Thank you for all of your submissions! An expert panel of Yoda-like judges are carefully examining each and every one to determine this year's champions.

But WAIT. Your work isn't over yet. Check back on June 1 when voting begins for the coveted Audience Choice award which will be presented in a lavish ceremony at Comic-Con 2009!"

6-2-09 UP-DATE: June 1st has come and gone and has not set-up a page to vote for the Audience Choice Award. They still don't have their wamp rat shit together again this year! Maybe they meant July 1st?

6-4-09 UP-DATE: They changed June 1st to July 1st. 
I called it!




Here is a great video blog from Novastar He talks about my short Star Wars Made Me This Way.
The VFX look really cool slowed down. Thank you Novastar!

5-22-09 UPDATED 11-19-09


Thanks to Cathy and her great website There has been an overwhelming demand for the SWMMTW Promo Card. For the first 100 fans who send me a SASE, you will receive a signed and numbered card. Please send a toploader or other protection if you want your card to arrive in perfect condition.

Once you receive your card. Take a picture with it, e-mail it to me and I will post it on my blog.

David Polis got his. Who will be next!







Thank you Adam at JEDI NEWS for posting the SWMMTW trailers.  




Thank you Stephen G. for posting the SWMMTW trailers on




A fan e-mailed me this picture. How did he know that out of all the Star Wars movies this is my favorite scene.



SWMMTW has two new fans. Joanna Cassidy and Joe Turkel. Stars from another Sci-Fi film "Blade Runner".



Today I heard from Rachel McNevin - Content Assistant at regarding the 2009 Star Wars Fan Film Challenge.

"Hi Erik, thanks for checking in. The video is still being reviewed. We'll be in touch with you if it makes it into Challenge."

What! "...if it makes it into the Challenge!" When will the torture end!


Back in September of 2008, I gave Peter Ignacio from a DVD to submit to the 2009 Star Wars Fan Film Challenge. Today I heard from Rachel McNevin - Content Assistant at She is reviewing the short and will let us know if we get into the Challenge. SWMMTW is close to its launch on the internet. Stay tuned.


Thank you cast member "Scootch" for the great Christmas Card.


Having fun in the cutting room!

Actress/Singer Caitlin Crosby (House Broken) got a SWMMTW good luck charm for her musical tour.  See her tour dates at myspace.


Cast member "Scootch" dances his way across the universe in a SWMMTW sweat shirt. Get yours at


We had a great time at the Echo Park Film Center. About 50 people filled the cool screening room. Peter Ignacio from attended the screening. Eric Kurland gave him a DVD to submit to the 2009 Star Wars Fan Film Challenge. I hope we get in soon so that SWMMTW can make its launch on the internet. Stay tuned.

From the left Eric, Peter,  Erik, & Doug.




I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is SWMMTW will be screening at the Echo Park Film Center, Monday, September 22, 2008; 7:30pm to 10:30pm. 1200 North Alvarado Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026. For more info go to: EPFC

The bad news. One of my hard drives got a virus and died. SWMMTW looks like it will be ok but some of the other SW videos have been lost. I am evaluating the damage. It's bad!



Wow, what a night.  Vision Fest '08 was a big hit. Over 1000 people attended the event. During the after party Doug, Matthew and I ran around handing out our promo card. A reproduction of the Star Wars bubble gum cards from the 1970s. Then after a quick drink we ran into the Video Theater for the SWMMTW debut.  It was cool seeing it on the big screen.
Didn't see the representative from Too bad. :(

Thank you Patty, Doug, Matthew, Keith, Larry and Linda for coming out and supporting me and the film. 


Erik and Doug hang out by the Video Theater Schedule




The coolest part of the evening was meeting Kevin Smith and slipping him one of the SWMMTW cards. If you would like one of the promo cards, e-mail me with your name and address.

Thanks goes out to my friend Todd Thomas and ABS Presort, Inc. for printing the above card with only 3 day's notice. Call him if you need something printed at (209) 545-6090. Tell him I sent you!

  Kevin made one of the coolest Star Wars homages in 2001 called "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back"


"Star Wars Made Me This Way" will make its world premiere at VisionFest on August 20, 2008. It will be screened at The Director's Guild in Hollywood in the Video Theater Program, Screening Room 3. Rumor has it that a representative from will be there.  Keep your fingers crossed that we get discovered! Almost forgot Kevin Smith will be there to receive the 2008 Vision Award.



JULY 20, 2008

The Star Wars Made Me This Way T-shirts are done! Get yours today!


JULY 1, 2008    

Are you ready for this!!!  The 2008 Atom Films Star Wars Fan Film Challenge started today. The bad news is "Star Wars Made Me This Way" is not a finalist. Frak! This is the short explanation of what happened.


On May 26 I uploaded the video. On June 4 I got an email from Atom Films.  Thinking it was a confirmation that we were accepted, it turned out to be an e-mail thanking me for having an account.  What??? So I signed onto my profile page to check the "videos uploaded" icon. It read zero.  My heart sank! "Did they get my video?"

Notice: FilmsInFocus your upload is complete!

After many e-mails and phone calls, they finally told me it was too late to be considered. They went on to say that I could enter it into the 2009 Challenge. As Luke said to Uncle Owen, "...But that's a whole 'nother season!" or something like that. As you can see we got Fraked!.  This does give me time to fix some of the visual effects that are in the film (over 30). I am still thinking about where and when to release my short. Will keep you updated.

UP-DATE! Apparently MTV purchased Atom Films and was switching over the website as they were asking for SW submissions. I've heard that a lot of entries where never received.

JUNE 3, 2008





If you are in this video then congratulations - you are in my fan film. Please e-mail at

Please include your name and what character you are dressed as. If you see someone you know, please also include their name, too. 

MAY 27, 2008

Here is a first look at some scenes from "STAR WARS Made Me This Way"

Refresh this page if you can't see the picture.

MAY 25-28 2007

Celebration IV kicked off this weekend! Below are some of my video blogs.










Erik C. Andersen – Director/Producer


One could say that the film "Star Wars" is responsible for Erik's career choice. As an 11-year-old boy, he made up his mind that he, too, would someday create a world that exists only on film. Erik's introduction to directing began in 1985 at Los Angeles Valley College's film school program. He quickly noticed that most of the other students liked directing their own projects but didn't care much about cutting them. To him, editing the film was every bit as important as directing it, so he volunteered to cut everyone else's projects. Editing those projects as well as some very low-budget films helped him gain experience as a film editor. To be continued...

Eric Kurland – Producer/ Visual Effects

Originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Eric has been an active filmmaker since childhood. Inspired in 1977 by a little movie called Star Wars, he shot my first narrative film at the age of nine. He was editing professional videos by the age of thirteen, and produced and directed a weekly local television show at seventeen.

In 1992, Eric earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Production from
Ithaca College, where he student films garnered several accolades, including the 1990 "Doorknob Award." In 1994, he relocated to Los Angeles, and specialized in digital color, compositing and effects for animated feature films. Credits include Warner Bros.' "Quest for Camelot" and "Osmosis Jones," and Dreamworks' "Prince of Egypt."

Since 2001, Eric have been writing and directing live-action productions and working on numerous independent projects. His award winning short films have played at many film festivals around the world. His production company, Workprint Films, operates out of a Secret Underground Lair, where he am currently developing several feature films to be shot in stereoscopic 3-D. 

Eric lives in Toluca Woods, CA, with his wife Jodi, and their three dogs. Sometimes Eric wears a space helmet and gorilla suit.

Doug “Sideshow” Allen - Writer

Doug “Sideshow” Allen is a comedy writer residing in Sherman Oaks, California.  He has a BS in Film Production from Montana State, a certificate from the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting, and is a graduate of The Second City Training Center’s Conservatory Program in Improvisation.  SideshowDoug has performed standup, sketch comedy and improv at many theaters and comedy clubs across Southern California.  He has written short films, several TV pilots, and has punched up jokes for screenwriters.  He blogs regularly and is known for his humorous, clever, and occasionally appalling “Fake Word Of the Day” at  For more, visit his website


JASON GRAVES – Original Score

Jason was given the rare opportunity to study under film composers Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, Christopher Young and orchestrator Will Schaefer while earning a degree from the University of Southern California's prestigious film scoring program. He has scored more than 150 commercials, television shows, movie trailers, and feature films, conducting orchestras at Capitol Records, Paramount Pictures, Skywalker Sound, Seattle and Salt Lake City.

Since 2003, Jason has been bringing his Hollywood expertise and passion for music to more than 50 games through his immersive, cinematic, award-winning scores. Recent AAA titles include DEAD SPACE (Electronic Arts), BLACKSITE: AREA 51 (Midway), TRANSFORMERS (Activision), the BLAZING ANGELS franchise (Ubisoft) and the STAR TREK franchise (Paramount).

When composing original music for film-based games, Jason's Los Angeles ties have allowed personal connections with top Hollywood film composers, including relationships with Elmer Bernstein (WILD WILD WEST), Hans Zimmer (KING ARTHUR), John Debney (ZATHURA) and Harry Gregson-Williams (FLUSHED AWAY).

His game awards include five 2008 "Best Original Score" nominations for DEAD SPACE, including BAFTA, AIAS and the Game Developer's Choice Awards, "Best Original Theme" nominations for STAR TREK: LEGACY and BLAZING Angels 2, "Music of the Year" nomination for KING ARTHUR and winner of "Soundtrack of the Year" for THE HOBBIT. Jason also won 2nd Prize in Turner Classic Movies' Young Film Composer Competition, of which there were more than 500 entries.

Electronic Music and Remixes


SHOTGUN RADIO is a band whose manifestation grew from the seeds of their influences. Beat-driven electronic artists coupled with the stable of hip-hop pioneers are to blame.  Based in Hollywood, California, Shotgun Radio with their high-octane sound and stage shows have graced such establishments as The Viper Room, Avalon Hollywood, Vanguard Hollywood, The Gig, The Derby, The Knitting Factory, The Mint and several others, not to mention having been selected as one of six bands (out of over 2,000 submitted) to perform at the 2008 Disc Makers Independent Music World Series Finals.  Be it from the thumping kick drums and cracking snares or by way of the patrons’ overzealous consumption of liquid happiness, the result is a hangover minus the headache.

Made up of members Marcel Saxlund (lyrics & vocals) and Greco Rossetti (keyboards & programming), Shotgun Radio sheds unwanted bravado in the vein of ego-less substance and establishes escapism through music.  In a time where a band must molest its sound in order to fight for its place in a specific genre, Shotgun Radio puts their hands where we can see them.  Whether this approach is by design or oblivion, it works nonetheless.  With the current all-too-hackneyed marketing attempts at spawning categorical hybrids, their sound is an innate blend of all things musical, rooted in beats. Simply, yet dryly spoken by an unknown “Turn of the Century” philosopher, “Why put yourself in a box…before you’re dead?”

Most recently, Shotgun Radio boast having scored music for the forthcoming feature film, Hotel California starring Erik Palladino, Tyson Beckford, Simon Rex and Tatyana Ali.  With this accomplishment under their belts, they look forward to designing more soundscapes for feature films.





I'm a graduate from UCR, with a bachelors degree in Creative Writing. I hope that one day I can get a career going as a screen writer. But right now I work at Kaiser Permanente as an X-ray file clerk. I've been into Stars since I was about 5 years old.  Although I like the first two original movies as well, Return of the Jedi was my favorite episode when I was a kid. One of my uncles had the movies.

So ever time I'd go and visit him, I'd ask him to play it for me. The third one had lots of action in it, and as a kid at the time, that appealed to me more than the first two movies. Luke's battle with the Rancor, Leia in the Slave outfit, and the fight above the Great Pit of Carkoon, were some of my favorite scenes in stars wars, period.  Plus, as a kid, I did like the Ewokes. 

As for my Jedi cosplay, I started doing that around the time Episode 3 was released.  My friends wanted to dress like Jedi's for the movie's premier.   It sounded like fun, so I put together a costume real fast, and had lots of fun doing it.  Since then, I've made allot of improvements to the costume. Adding details to it that I didn't originally have.  I made a black tunic to wear over the crème-like colored top.  I got a better, more authentic looking belt for the costume, rather than the cheaply made one I wore for the premier of Episode 3.  Also, I got a nice pair of black boots for the costume, that I didn't originally have. Also I got a hold of the FX lightsaber, which really completes the look.  Originally I had the cheap plastic toy lightsaber  for my costume.  So yeah, my costume went through a bit of a evolution. 

I was 20 years old when A New Hope came out and I immediately fell in love with the story, but it was Empire that hooked me. At the time I was hitchhiking my way through various countries visiting temples etc. and Yoda blew my mind! I couldn’tbelieve that a popular movie was offering such wonderful teachings and entertainment. Plus the love child of Kermit and Miss Piggy to boot! It was Dharma bum heaven!

As my sons came of age I played them the VCR tapes of the Original Trilogy and they loved them. For Episode One we spent 16 hours on the streets of Santa Cruz to buy the tickets and another day and a half for the first midnight showing; we saw Episode One six times in the first week as I recall. We loved it (other than the casting for young Anakin). At the time I was pastoring a small church in Santa Curch and did a sermon on the movie, its at

For episodes 2 and 3 we also waited in lines, though not for as long and loved them all (and loved Hayden Christensen's Anakin as well).

When I first saw Jar Jar Binks I loved him and still do. It seems to me that a universe with a Yoda and a Palpatine must have Jar Jars as well. He provides the balance needed for the films. I was happy to see the wide appreciation for my Jedi Jar Jar costume at C IV and plan to have better costumes for him to wear for C V and beyond. People can say what they will, but Jar Jar has a lot of fans!

I'd say my favorite characters are Yoda, Obi Wan, Qui-Gon, Jar Jar, Chewbacca, Luke and so on. I'm a Lightsider through and through.

I love all six movies (5,6,3,4,2,1), but my sons leave me in the dust as fans! They can quote almost the entire series word for word and also have a firm hold on the EU, something I haven't delved into much. I've probably seen the the Original Trilogy about 50 times, the prequels around 30. My younger son (18) has seen them all over 100 times, has read most of the books and comics, seen the cartoons etc. We are definitely a Star Wars family.


I guess growing up in George Lucas' home town has a lot to do with our appreciation of just about anything George Lucas does. Even though we are as old as dirt, we are both members of the Modesto Area Squad of the 501st Legion, Central California Garrison. We haveboth attended Celebrations III and IV. My office and my home looks like a Lucas museum. (Actually we are hoping to create a George Lucas museum in Modesto.)


My name is Matthew Carauddo--although the SW community knows me as "Greytale Novastar"... if they know me at all.  I'm the creator of the "Balance of Power" 100% live, SW-style stage shows, and also the sound designer and development assistant for the DIY "LED Saber" prop electronics board known as "Crystal Focus" (made by Erv Plecter of

My background is in sabre fencing, performance & film, and martial arts.  I've always loved martial arts movies, action & adventure video games, music and sound... and all of the challenging work it takes to truly understand and to improve upon or work with these skills.  I think George Lucas' "Star Wars" truly combines many of these things which I love the most.

Although I was simply a "silent SW fan" up until 2004 or so... I'd always been inspired by John Williams' gorgeous music--not only from Star Wars soundtracks, but films like the Indiana Jones series, Hook, Close Encounters, Superman, etc.

One night, sometime in 2004, I was listening very closely to "The Clash of Lightsabers", from the Empire Strikes Back soundtrack, and I started to think about the way the music "told a story" through the changes, tempos, building and the differing instruments & chords.  But it was not telling me the same story we saw in Empire Strikes Back... it was something completely new!  Changes in the music started "speaking" to me about what OTHER drama could be unfolding in lieu of what we were used to from the original movie...

From there, the idea grew from a simple fleeting moment in my mind... to something more!  As time passed, the idea burned brighter, fueled by more plot ideas... then by choreography ideas... then blazed on further by lightsaber research, character names, choices, etc.  Suddenly, I had the momentum for a full-fledged show (albeit a short one), complete with character development, a cast of actors, a soundtrack that I had to design, vocals I had to record, choreography I had to teach my actors... and a ton more.

Thus, "Balance of Power: Into The Lion's Den" was born.  It debuted at BayCon in San Jose, CA in 2006, and was also performed at Santa Clara University on the Louis B. Mayer theatre.  In 2007, episode II: "Ashes of The Phoenix" was performed, and to this day... I hope to see the fully written, fully designed, episode III to happen as well!

Doing these shows have been among the best experiences in my life.  And they have also opened many doors for me, and blessed me with the experience of meeting a TON of different people!

You can find out the current goings-on with me at:



Although the first Star Wars films long outdate my existence on this earth, I believe myself to be as much of a dedicated fan as the next Star Wars-aholic lol. I guess you could say that my interest in Star Wars starts right outta the womb hahaha. My parents are big movie buffs soever since I was little I was hooked on the greats.

Whether it was the old spy flicks, Westerns, Sci-fi's, dramas, I loved them all. But the ones I loved the most were the Star Wars films. As a toddler the special effects and outer space setting of the films hooked me, and as I grew up and was able to understand the films more, I fell in love with the story. Throughout elementary school I was known as "the star wars kid" (not the infamous one posted all over youtube, lol). Practically all my friends back in the day hopped on the band wagon with me and we all had a blast. It continued for us all throughout high school, and still continues for all of us in college. To this very day we are all still star wars-aholics and hopefully we'll all continue to be star wars-aholics 'til the day we all are wrinkled and hunched over lol.    

I first remember seeing Star Wars Episode IV at a local drive-in theater, and even as a small child there was something in me that was touched by the film. A small voice echoed, "This movie has to do with me and my life!" After I returned home that night and found my awesome older brother had put together a Kenner X-Wing toy for me with Luke Skywalker standing next to it, I was hooked.

Like many, as the years passed after Return of The Jedi I began to think that 
the other 6 episodes would never be made. I enjoyed the books, video games, 
and wore out my VCR re-analyzing the movies. In high school, I stumbled upon 
the work of Joseph Campbelland began to appreciate Lucas' new mythology
in a whole new light. However, it was not until the prequels that I really identified 
with Obi-Wan Kenobi.

As a child, I identified with Luke because I wanted to right wrongs and help others. 
In my mid-twenties when The Phantom Menace opened, I was the exact same 
age as Obi-Wan. I also was a padawan in a sense, being a third-year medical student. 
As Obi became a Jedi Knight, I became a resident physician. We both had more 
knowledge and taught younger students, but still had much to learn.

As Obi became a Jedi Master, I became an attending physician. Both of us were more 
cynical and made our share of mistakes in different ways. However, our belief in the 
cause never wavered. When I enter a patient's room, many times I remind myself 
that even though I pretend to be Obi-Wan in costume, many of thevirtues in the 
character can make me a better doctor. Patient, compassionate, trustworthy, and 
hardworking are traits in Obi-Wan I strive to emulate every day. Being able to do charity 
events as Obi-Wan, visitingsick children and bringing a moment of happiness, brings 
out the best in my character.

So, as I grow in my career, I see echoes of Obi-Wan at similar ages. As I mature, I 
plan on making Sir Alec Guinness' version my next costume. Though the fabric is 
donned and doffed, the virtues and ideals remain.

I'm a relatively younger Star Wars fan as I was born when Jedi was released to theaters.  Growing up, I really wasn't much of a fan and didn't really get into it at a young age.  It wasn't like I didn't know about it, it was because I was into other things as a child.  Other than the movies being played occasionally on TV and the THX VHS released, that was really my only exposure to it.  Much later on when I got to 7th or 8th grade, I really got

into Star Wars.  Why, I can't remember.  Something about it just appealed to me and it was probably because I was long over due to become a fan.  It was also at this point in time I was heavy into collecting the new Power of the Force action figure line by Kenner.  This fueled my hardcore love of Star Wars.  I had to have everything Star Wars.  Because of this, I absorbed anything Star Wars related and could tell you meaningless trivia (still can today, although the facts have changed because of the prequels and setting certain things canon).  About 2 years later, the Special Editions of the movies would be released to theaters and I finally go to see and feel what it was like see them on the big screen.  Since 1997 was a huge year for Star Wars, there would be more collecting to do.  All of the Tricon restaurants (Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza-Hut) did promotions for the re-release of Star Wars and had really cool toys.  Later in the year, I would start high school and found out that it wasn't cool to like Star Wars.  This didn't deter me at all.  While my collecting of the action figures kind of fizzled out, I was big into the customizable card game even though there was nobody in my area that played.

In 1999 during the last part of my sophomore year, the long awaited Episode I was released.  Even though allot of older fans of the films didn't like it, I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Even then, I knew that the movie couldn't be judged without having to see it with the other prequel movies.  To me, it had the Star Wars feel even though the budget and technology were much better than the previous three.  Oh, and I'm a Jar Jar fan.  I'm apparently the only person in the universe that doesn't want him dead.

By 2002 when Episode II came out, I was finishing up my freshman year of college at Savannah College of Art and Design.  This one I was psyched for.  Not only was I was able to see the midnight showing, but I did it in costume.  I had a Jedi costume made a couple of years before after the release of The Phantom Menace.

After my first year, I got a job in the summer of 2002 to fill my bank account with cash so I could spend at the local comic shop in Savannah.  After learning that the store closed due to lack of business because all of the college kids were off for summer, my interest shifted.  During the end of my high school career I thought that having a Boba Fett costume would be totally sweet.  After much research, it looked to be a bit expensive.  Plus, there were parts that had to be custom made and it all seemed too difficult to do.  Then, I remembered when I watched the fan film "Troops" that I thought it would be even cooler to have stormtrooper armor.  After doing some research while working, I found were I could buy some.  So by the end of summer of 2002, I had an unassembled kit of armor.  A couple of months later, it was fully assembled and I looked into joining the 501st.  By the time I got back to school to start my sophomore year, I was a full member of the 501st and joined the Georgia Garrison.  Unfortunately, being stuck in Savannah with no car prevented me from doing anything with the Garrison which did most events in the Atlanta area.  Although, I did meet a fellow member in Savannah and marched in the St. Patrick's parade every year since then until my graduation.

When 2005 rolled around, I was finishing up my senior year at SCAD in animation.  As a friend of mine at school put it, we were going to get the best graduation present ever:  Episode III.  Not only did I see it opening night, but in full armor as well.  But the fun didn't stop there.  I helped promote the film's release all weekend at the theater.  By this point I was really burned out from all of the college work and I didn't care about anything other than Star Wars.  My animation work didn't matter.  Star Wars was actually more important than anything at that point.

After graduating college, I was able to become active in my garrison and participate in allot of events.  Probably the biggest to date so far was when I got to march in the Rose Parade in Pasadena on New Year's day in 2007.  So here I am today, still a huge Star Wars fan and stormtrooper.  I'm active in the 501st doing as many charity, promotional events, and conventions as I can.  I don't collect as much as I used to but when I do, it's mainly anything Imperial related or stormtrooper related.  The Empire rocks!  Oh, as does Jar Jar.


Edited & Directed by

Original Star Wars dialog by

Additional dialog by
DOUG “Sideshow” ALLEN

 Produced by

Visual Effects by

 Original Score Composed by

 Electronic Music and Remixes by


(in order of appearance)

                                         Erik C. Andersen      Star Wars Fan
                                                 Andy Dukes     Star Wars Trading Card Expert
                                                   Will Moore      Obi Wan
                                                  Paul Blake      Himself (Greedo)
                                        George Roubicek      Himself (Commander Praji)
                                               Julian Glover      Himself (General Veers)
                                             Shawn Crosby      H-Wing Carfighter Owner
                                          William Deacon      Millennium Falcon Car Owner
                                                      Ben Harr      Princess Leia Organa
                                            Kenneth Colley      Himself (Admiral Piett)
                                                  Rusty Goffe      Himself (Jawa)
                                                    Wes Page      Baron Papanoida
                                             Barbara Page      Admiral Daala
                                          Steve Sansweet      Himself (Writer The SW Vault)
                                     Stephen Campbell      Imperial Officer
                                         John Of All Faith      Jar Jar Binks
                                          Jeremy Sanglay      Jedi Knight
                                            Gabriel Olague      Jedi Knight
                                           George Starkey      George Lucas 


                                       Susanne McClain      “I’ll date him…” Lady
                                                 Gary Durrett      Darth Vader
                                                                           Stormtrooper #6
                                                                           Sandtrooper #2
                                                                           Intercom Voice #4 #7
                                                  Matt Sloan      Stormtrooper #1
                                              Aaron Yonda      Scout Trooper #1
                                                                           Stormtrooper #2
                                                    Joy Bristol      Girl Scout Trooper
                                            Richard Doran      Stormtrooper #3
                                                                           Intercom Red #9
                                                                           Intercom Voice #6
                                                 Mark Covell      Stormtrooper #4 #8
                                                                           Scout Trooper #2
                                                                           Sandtrooper #4
                                                                           Jawa #2
                                                                           Jar Jar Binks
                                           Keith Kaminski      Stormtrooper #5
                                         Erik C. Andersen      Mouse Droid
                                                                           Jawa #1
                                                                           Garindan (Long-Snoot)
                                        Suzanna Massey      Princess Leia Organa
                                                 Jeff Stewart      Stormtrooper #7
                                                                           Intercom Voice #3 #5
                                           Marcel Saxlund      Sandtrooper #1 #3
                                                                           Intercom Red #3
                                             Shawn Crosby      C3P0
                                                                           Intercom Voice #2
                                             Greco Rossetti      Stormtrooper #8
                                                                           Tie Pilot
                                                                           Intercom Red #6
                              Doug “Sideshow” Allen      Stormtrooper #9
                                                                           Intercom Imperil Officer
                                                                           Clone Trooper
                                                    Lisa Conti      Intercom Voice #1
                                                Eric Kurland      Stormtrooper #10
                                                                           Intercom Red #5 & Red Leader
                                               Jerry McClain      Jedi


Convention Cast 

                                            Cathy Kendrick     Star Wars Trading Card Expert
                                               Tony Damata     Star Wars Trading Card Expert
                        Muhammed "OZ" Ozeroglu      Jango Fett BH-734

                                          Adam Davidson      Jango Fett
                                            Summer Wood      Darth Kyttee
                                               Miguel Mejia      Darth Vader
                                               Ken Tarleton      ElvisTrooper
                                              Scott Graham      Stormtrooper “Black Hole” TX-7740
                                         Glen Baillargeon      Tusken Raider
                                             Stephen Niesz      Tie Pilot TI-1883
                                                   Alex Smith      Stormtrooper TK-332
                         Dan Schlund, Rocketman      Boba Fett Flying
                                                  David Petty      Rebel Fleet Trooper
                                                Bill Costigan      Kyle Katarn
                                                Jenny Braun      Jan Ors
                                               Lori Procopio      Endor Commando
                                     Lloyd Mira-Fuentes      Endor Commando
                                 Joseph Branscomb III      Jedi R’theus Ford
                                    Joshua 'CooR' Cook      Stormtrooper TK-0398 & Tkilted-0398
                                    Matthew Carauddo      Jedi
                                      Joshua Paul Miller      Stormtrooper
                                    Matthew Carauddo      Novastar
                                          Phillip Raupach      Cael Nordiun



                                      Camera Operators      Erik C. Andersen
                                                                           Eric Kurland
                                                                           Doug Allen 

                                     Re-recording Mixer       Kilyoung Baek
                                               Sound Editor      Yooyoung Choi   

                                                        Colorist       Terence Curren    
                           Main Title & Graphics by       Sean Williams
                                            Droid POVs by       Russell Frazier

 Darth Vader’s Theme Performed by Alexandre Bérubé

Star Wars Theme Composed by John Williams

 Original Star Wars Sound Effects by Ben Burtt

Land Speeder Built by Daniel Deutsch


R2 Builder Group

 Nikki & Will Miyamoto (HAL-1138)
Wayne Orr (R2D2)
Michael McMaster (C3PO/R2D2 on the Tantive Set)
Max Cervantes (Mouse Droid, RTR2, Gonk Droid)

 George “Chip” Luck (R2D2 with Slave Leias)
Jerry Greene (R2R9)
Andy Schwartz (R7)
Craig Smith (Mustafar Droid, Jedi Star Fighter Droid)
Azman Sugi (Clean R5D4)
Vince Sanchez (Dirty R5)
David Litton (Shop Vac Droid)
Chris Romines (R2A1)
Kelly Krider (R2 Blue/Yellow)
Jeff Barnes (R2D3)
Keith Henry (R2 Black/Purple)


Special Thanks

Patty Andersen
Tim Curran
Jodi Kurland
Dean Clark
Paul Decham

Alpha Dogs

LA Recording

Guy Vardaman
Allen, Marci Hood & Alex Riggs
Joel Webne


Cool sites to visit:

  This film was shot entirely on location at the Los Angeles Convention Center






21-87 (1963) by ARTHUR LIPSETT



A lost interview with George Lucas made in 1971.
Thank you for posting this on the internet.



During the cutting of American Graffiti, Walter Murch had once asked George Lucas for R2, D2 (Reel 2, Dialogue 2) of the film. Lucas had liked the abbreviated sound, thinking it matched perfectly his notion of a 'cute' robot - the original inspiration for which had come from the robot in Douglas Trumbull's Silent Running.

George Lucas Close Up - The Making of His Movies
by Chris Salewicz



“The one thing about Hidden Fortress is it did influence me in doing Star Wars. When I was beginning to write the screenplay and put it together, I remembered Hidden Fortress. The one thing that really struck me about Hidden Fortress and I was really intrigued by, was the fact the story was told from the two lowest characters. I decided that that would be a nice way to tell the Star Wars story – which is to take the two lowest characters, as Kurosawa did, and tell the story from their point of view, which in the Star Wars case is the two droids. That was the strongest influence, actually. The fact that there was a princess trying to get through enemy lines and everything, I think was more of a coincidence than anything else – because in my film the princess is more of a stand-and-fight kind of princess.”

"George Lucas on Kurosawa" - Recorded in January 2001, exclusively for The Criterion Collection’s release of The Hidden Fortress on DVD.


Famous STAR WARS Quotes

"I was obsessed by visual effects, and in the year prior to Star Wars, Logan's Run and the King Kong remake had come out - the world of those films was the one I thought I would have to work in - a world in which your imagination was limited by the technology. Then Star Wars came out in 1977 and blew my mind. Quite apart from being the 16-year-old kid standing and cheering at the end, I knew that if I was ever to achieve my filmmaking aspirations, I no longer had to be limited by technology"

Peter Jackson - Director
Wired Magazine - May, 2005





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