3rd June 2021: Give Yourself To The Dark Side
Over the years, but not for a very long time now, I have tried my hand at writing stories.
Only one of these stories is anywhere near good enough to even allow people to read it. As it is a Star Wars one, it makes sense for it to find a resting place here, in my "Goodbye Star Wars" blog entry.
The story has its roots in the early 2000s, when my friends and I looked at making a Star Wars fan film. Due to technical restraints, mostly from our poor quality MiniDV camcorders, we soon decided the project was beyond us, and I instead began writing some stories, expanding the ideas we had come up with for the film.
I only managed to finish one of the stories, being the one directly translated from the original fan film idea. Some moderate work was done on several of the others that I was planning, which were set both before and after this one in the timeline.
The original story that was finished in 2004 got a big re-write in 2011, which I was much happier with. But though it was always my intention to go back and write the others, I struggled to find the time or motivation. Then in late 2018 I finally admitted defeat and decided to abandon the stories for good. I think this decision was spurred on by Disney wiping out the old continuity, which these stories were set in, and how disappointed I was in the new Star Wars films at the time.
Instead, to put the saga to bed, I scoured through the old notes I made in the mid 2000s and created a basic outline of events that led up to and followed the one completed story. As the outline is based on old ideas, the final stories may have been quite different if I had ever finished writing them.
But now I guess we will never know.
The saga is set in the Star Wars Legends continuity, beginning roughly 15 years after "Return Of The Jedi". It follows the adventures of three young Jedi, from the moment they start their training through to Knighthood and beyond...
Note that all three of the following links go to their own pages.
After scouring some old hard drives I've been able to find some of the test footage we shot while trying to figure out whether the fan film was within our capabilities. The first two videos were filmed in late 2002, and were edited using a program called Alam DV. There were several other little test action shots filmed on that night, but I can't find any more footage, which has cheesed me off a bit. I thought maybe I just never added effects to them, but then I stumbled across a tiny little picture that I uploaded to Facebook about 12 years ago from one of the other saber duels that we did that night. So where all that other shit went I have no idea.
There was also some pretty cool CGI animations that my brother did of an X-Wing in a dogfight, but I don't have that either.
The last video was filmed by my brother and I at some point in 2003 or 2004. I think by this time we had already decided not to make the fan film, but we went ahead with this anyway. It was rotoscoped using filmstrip files and Photoshop, which took weeks of free time.
While I was searching my old storage mediums for possible Star Wars fan film content I've also been able to find some very rough sketches of what I was aiming at with the new species called the Garron-Hinn, who were going to be one of the main villainous groups later on in my stories. There's also a very, very bad attempt at a watercolour painting of the Garron-Hinn home world that I did in 2014 when I had my little art spurge. I rightly thought back then that it was not good enough to upload here, and I still think that way now. But I guess I don't care any more.