I'm Eighty X. Fry, a TM fan since before it was released. I'd contributed some to TMO in the day(nothing good- but I kept my old studio name, EightyFilms) and since it's removal, I've pretty much just kept to myself, though I never stopped playing or lurking around here and the many mod sites that are still active.
This past May the 4th(Star Wars "holiday" for any non fanboys out there), I was playing through TM once again(yes, I still do that, a lot), and challenging myself to make fluid shorts using only AMM that wouldn't bankrupt my fake studio while watching the Trilogy(holiday tradition) and The Force Awakens(first time since theaters) and as one could expect- I became inspired to remake Star Wars(1977), in AMM. Needless to say, it was garbage(even by AMM standards), but while downloading mods and trying(with no success) to make a Death Star that blows up Alderaan, I soon got the urge to make a longer version outside of AMM. After searching around for free software to use and writing a basic outline, my project was born.
I call it "Star Wars in 30 minutes...." and it's pretty much just that. It's not a shot for shot remake, I did try to make it feel fresh, yet familiar without changing the story any(other than obvious cuts for a shorter runtime/lack of resources and moving scenes to different settings- sorry, Greedo). I decided against using VOs, mostly because I feel it might be too distracting to hear any of us trying to deliver iconic dialogue, so instead I did my best to make the subtitles attractive and hopefully "fun" to read(whatever that means lol). And coupled with a familiar soundtrack/SFX, recreated(familiar yet fresh) VFX/Special FX, and some AWESOME mods from some of the community greats, I think it will end up being fairly entertaining.
The name is more of a guesstimate/guideline than an actual runtime. After writing out a basic outline for a shortened version of Star Wars and watching my old VHS copy a few more times(pre-Special Edition, of course), I estimated it to be around 20-45 minutes(it's not a very reliable window but I wasn't sure at the time what content I'd be able to find as resources) and so the working title was born. However, I've said and written it so many times, that I think the name will stick as long as the runtime is within that window(especially including the credit crawl which is growing by the day).
I'm hoping to have a first cut finished by this weekend(which isn't just the holiday weekend for me, it's also my wedding anniversary, so a legitimate deadline), which I'll use to make a trailer to release here, on TMU, hopefully the following weekend. The final cut will definitely be complete by the end of the month(July), but exactly when, I can't really be sure. In the meantime, I thought I'd introduce myself(call me Eighty or Fry for short) and shamelessly promote my little project. As well as show off a poster I made for the short. I'm not much of an artist, but I think it looks good.
I'm glad to finally join the community which I've been lurking around for so long. I'm a big fan of you guys and gals and I'll find some time to watch/rewatch/and comment on some of my favorite videos over the next few months. Can't wait to start collaborating with some kick-ass minds.
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