For Eternal Glory
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SDK is a Star Wars fan film that has been in pre-production for several years. Below, you will find photos, sketches, an general information about the film and its progress over the years.

THE HISTORY
THE SCRIPT
THE FILM
PRE-PRODUCTION STUFF
THE ANIMATIC
POST PRODUCTION
FINAL THOUGHTS


THE HISTORY



For those that don't know what a Mandalorian is, here is a brief history...

Boba Fett, Jango Fett, Jodo Cast, Tor Viszla, Pre Viszla, Bo Katan, Death Watch, Sabine Wren.

The longer history is this: in the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special, viewers and fans were introduced to Boba Fett, who at the time of the original writing of the Star Wars scripts, was only referred to as a super soldier who wore Mandalorian armor. Over time - through the films, comics, video games, and books, that armor came to symbolize an entire culture of warriors spanning thousands of years.

In 2004, author Karen Traviss started writing tie-in books to the Republic Commando video game. She wrote 5 in all (Hard Contact, Tripple Zero, True Colors, Order 66, and Imperial Commando: 501st). Sadly, a second Imperial Commando novel was cancelled - but through the five existing books, we have a rich Mandalorian history from which to draw.

In these novels, it is explained that a group of Mandalorians, called the Cuy Val'dar ("Those who no longer exist") was hand picked by Jango Fett to train the clone troopers of the Grand Army of the Republic - specifically the Commandos and Arc Troopers. The novels also explain that while the majority of the rank-and-file clones blindly obeyed Order 66, those who had been specifically trained, and therefore had a special familial connection to the Mandalorian culture, refused to turn on their Jedi generals or abandoned their place in the GAR and formally adopted themselves into the Mandalorian way of life.

Unfortunately, all of this has now been rendered non-canon and part of the new "Legends" line. But there is still hope!

Season 2 of the Clone Wars cartoon introduced a new faction of Mandalorians called the Death Watch. This incarnation was slightly different from the comics in that the CWDW was a more organized army with nearly matching armor and colorization. Season 4 introduced female DW characters, called Night Owls, led by Bo Katan, and Season 5 introduced more variations in the armor markings and colorings - specifically the "Mauldalorians," those loyal to Darth Maul when he defeated Pre Visla and assumed the throne of Mandalor - the leader of all Mandalorians.

Season 1 of REBELS, we are given Sabine Wren, a teenage Mandalorian girl with her own unique (as yet unexplored) history, Season 2 we were given FInn Rau and his pilot Mandos, and now with Season 3, it looks like we are being given even more variety with Mandos working for the Empire.

So, now that you know the "brief" history, on to the concept of the fan film...

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THE SCRIPT



SDK began as an idea between friends at an "armor party," a gathering of costumers working on various parts of their kits, in the Buurenaar Verda Clan (BVC), or Storm Warriors for all you non-Mando speaking folks out there. Someone at the party came up with the "what if" idea that the Mandos would be the ones who sent the plans for the first Death Star to the Rebel Alliance.

Over the past few years, the script has undergone several revisions from the original concept. The original script was written with character names reflecting the members at the time it was first written in 2009, and as the BVC grew, so did our options for characters and conflict (the scripted kind).

The script now is a "coming of age" story for the character Jauri Turrn, a verd'ika (little warrior), who is on his first real mission since becoming recognized as a warrior in the Mando culture. It is also a story of having to make the ultimate self sacrifice - doing what is necessary to save the most people. While there are important elements involving the others in the group, the story focuses on Jauri's on-the-job training by a Jedi-turned-Mando named Cyern Baar, and Cyern's sacrifice for the good of the group.

The script is currently undergoing a rewrite to have certain details fit better with the recent events of The Force Awakens and the upcoming Rogue One.

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THE FILM


In 2011, I really started looking to have this done by Celebration 6 in Orlando in 2012, but things just didn't come together for it. Once it was announced that Celebration 7 was to be in Anaheim, Calofirnia in 2015, I tried promoting a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the film. Sadly, in the 30 day window to raise funds, only a small percentage of the total was raised...and soon after this I found out that using a Kickstarter for a fan film would actually be in violation of the copyright for LFL that they allow fan films to circumvent. In other words, fan films have to be done without profit and crowdfunding is seen as making a profit.

Those that I have brought on to produce this with me are still hopeful that we can make this film in the near future. And one goal we have discussed is for this to be ready in time for a special Mando-centric convention being planned for 2018. We'll see...

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PRE-PRODUCTION STUFF


Reference photos are from various places, including screen grabs from the Star Wars films. Drawn photos are originals based on the reference pics.

This first pic is of the Endor Bunker set built by the Belgin 501st group. I think this picture was taken at Celebration 5 because it was facing the opposite way at Celebration 6.
EPVI bunker front
And here is the concept drawing I did for the entrance to the bunker in the film. It will be similar in design because it is, after all, standard "imperial construction."
TCS bunker front concept drawing

This next pic is from a deleted scene in EPVI. It shows a brief battle that was cut from the film before final effects were rendered.
screen grab bunker hall
And here is my concept drawn from this image. When it is built, there will be a staging area were the actors can go up to the landing and then come down the stairs as if they are entering from outside.
entrance


Here are two screen grabs from EPVI showing the main area of the bunker. This is where one of the Mando's hacks into the Imperial network to do his work.
EPVI main areaEPVI main area 2
And here is the concept drawing of the floor plan. It will be raised up a few inches to allow for under-floor lighting.
TCS main area concept

This next concept is completely original. The idea is that this is the computer core for the bunker where the main action with Jauri, Cyern, and a Shadow Trooper takes place.
TCS halls concept

I am working on another concept drawing as well. After having the BluRay collector's set since the first night it was released, I finally sat down to watch the other deleted scenes and found there was another more narrow hall that led to the doors to the main area above. I'm thinking of creating that set as well for the "escape" scene.

Ever since playing the Shadows of the Empire game, I have always loved the Outrider, a YT-2400, shown here.
Outrider Image copyright LFL.

I did get the Hasbro toy to use as a model in the film. However, the toy rotates like a B-wing and this picture CLEARLY shows it's all one big happy ship...so it's been reassigned as an animatic prop.

ship interior

NEWS FOR 2016!


I am very excited to announce that we have secured a location for filming! As of right now, through the graces of a friend, fellow Christian and businessman in Titusville, we have been given unlimited access and use to a 5 acre piece of forest land for all of our exterior scenes. If things work out as I hope, we may also be able to build a (temporary) setup for all interior shots as well. I'm still looking for a more "studio" setting where the interior sets can be built inside a climate controled location, but for now at least, this is a very huge positive step in the right direction.

OYA!!!



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THE ANIMATIC


What is an animatic, you ask?

Simply put, it is a moving storyboard. When George Lucas was making the first Star Wars, he actually cut together clips of old World War II footage of dogfights to give the model shop (pre-ILM) something to follow to create the iconic space battles on Episode 4. For Episode 5, more cartoonish drawings were done for those battles. And for Episode 6, Dennis Muren utilized 12" dolls and painted paper towel tubes to film and visualize the speeder bike scene.

So, we will be working on that as time permits and I will be cutting the scenes together to make an animatic film of SDK to show, in essence, how the film will progress. Who knows? It may actually be what we use when we go to live-action shooting. And when that film is complete, I will be posting it here.

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POST PRODUCTION


This will be the most challenging. Luckily, there will be limited greenscreen action with the actors, with the exception of maybe the windows outside of the ship showing stars and the receeding planet below. Most of the special effects will be at the beginning and the end of the film with the live action taking place on live locations with actual constructed sets. Don't get me wrong, I love CG effects and there is most definitely a place for it in film making. But lately, especially in mainstream movies, most film makers are relying too heavily on what was meant to only be a tool to be used when necessary. That's why, even though there will be some CG in this film, it will be limited.

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FINAL THOUGHTS


SDK has gone though a lot over the years. There's a lot of interest, but funding is the killer. If you would like to see this film done in live action and you would like to make a financial contribution towards production, send me an email at themandalorianarsenal@gmail.com and we'll talk. I can't promise any return since this film won't be done unless everything is paid for...and that may take a while. In essence, pre-production is done and this project is ready to move into the production phase, which is where most of the funds are needed. As I said above, it could be done on a very limited tight budget of between $10,000 and $20,000, but it would take a while and the only perks I could give would be the satisfaction of knowing that you helped to get a fan film made.

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