As of posting this blog, independent filmmaker Ethan Belden has raised nearly $1,000 through Kickstart toward his project of making a feature film adaptation of “Shadows of the Empire.” Belden and his team have 21 days to raise another $9,000 if the project hopes to get off the ground.
They plan to use majority practical effects, not too heavy on CGI – just as the original films had. The image to the right is not computer generated, but their example of what can be done with models and paintings in the background.
“Shadows” was the first Expanded Universe novel I read as a kid. To this day, it’s still one of the most, well-written stories in the Star Wars Universe and fits almost seamlessly in the Original Trilogy era. In the 1990s its success resulted in a smash hit video game for the Nintendo 64.
If you’re not familiar with the story, it takes place between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. One of the reasons I gravitated toward it, was the subplot of Luke, Leia and debut character Dash Rendar’s efforts to retrieving Han Solo after being encased in Carbonite.
The book fleshes out the troubles Boba Fett encountered, between rival bounty hunters and the rebels, in transporting his prisoner to Jabba’s Palace. The novel also introduced Black Sun and motivations that would influence much of what came after it in the Expanded Universe.
I recommend watching the video on the project’s Kickstarter page. This is no amateur project, these guys know what they’re doing and from what I’ve seen of development images – this film is beyond promising and worth the investment from fans. They tease the opening crawl, and prove what they can do with graphics in the video as well. The proposal is well thought out, and they tell you exactly how they plan to accomplish what they say they’re doing.
Also, all the money invested goes 100 percent toward technical and practical needs for the film – not toward actors or payroll. If you like what you see, then donate a few bucks and let’s see this project get off the ground.
Check out the Kickstarter page at: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/392447955/star-wars-shadows-of-the-empire