In this episode of The Sci-Fi Maker Show, I talk to Tiffany Keane Schaefer, the curator of the festival.
What is Otherworld? 1:54
Why she decided to create a science fiction and fantasy theater company – 2:19
The Juggernaut Sci-Fi/Fantasy Short Film Festival began as a way to raise funds for the Otherworld theater company – 7:03
What Tiffany’s role as a curator entails -9:52
When and where is the festival? 10:22
Submission rules for the festival – 11:41
Memorable films from previous years’ festivals – 12:54
Length limits for the submitted films – 15:27
The kinds of films the festival organizers are looking for – 16:07
Crowdfunding the short film – 20:26
They are getting more dystopian stories and our relationship with technology stories lately – 21:55
Production values and special effects they are seeing in submissions – 22:58
How’s the acting in these short films? – 24:47
The “sci-fi scene” in Chicago – 25:40
The future of these indie sci-fi short films – 27:40
Highlighted festival films from previous years
World premiere! A Princess of Mars is coming!
When Confederate deserter John Carter is mysteriously transported on the surface of Mars, he is forced into an epic conflict between the planet’s alien races. As Mars is poised on the brink of collapse, war-weary Carter realizes he must choose sides when the planet’s fate rests on his shoulders.
Otherworld Theatre Company is excited to bring this science fantasy to life in this world premiere adaptation.
The full 12-minute director’s cut of TK-436: A Stormtrooper movie is now available for your viewing pleasure.
Check it out! It’s amazing what these two young filmmakers accomplished!
Interview with Star Wars fan film winners Samtubia and Samgoma Edwards
This week on the Sci-Fi Maker Show, I speak with Samtubia and Samgoma Edwards: two young filmmakers who directed TK-436: A Stormtrooper Story. This film was the winning entry in the 2016 Filmmaker Select Star Wars Fan Film Awards.
This is an amazing story. The judges for this contest were Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards (no relation), Rogue One co-producer John Swartz, and John Knoll, the Chief Creative Officer at ILM and the executive producer for Rogue One.
John Knoll also presented the award.
We’re thrilled that Samtubia and Samgoma Edwards were kind enough to share it with us.
Listen closely, there is a lot of great information, and prepare to be inspired!
How and why they started the film – they originally wanted to make a Star Wars Battlefront commercial – 1:15
They worked on the film for about five months – 3:52
The tools they used to make the film – 4:56
Black Magic 4K camera
Lighting: they used the sun for exteriors and inexpensive CFLs for interiors
They shot green screen in their apartment garage
How they recorded location audio – 7:24
How and where they found actors – 7:54
There are two versions of the film (with different music and sound effects) – the 5-minute contest version and the 12-minute version – 11:00
How they edited the film (using Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects) – 13:06
The tools they used to create the special effects
Costumes and props – they watched online tutorials to learn how – 16:06
The contest rules – 18:06
Winning the award – 18:44
More about the longer version of their film – 21:28
How they started their filmmaking journey (with an appearance by Jay Z) – 24:37
Their future plans – 28:16
More to come
Samtubia and Samgoma will be releasing the longer version of their film soon. When they do, we will let you know about it and where you can find it.
I have seen the longer version and I was blown away.
The visual effects are fantastic, but they also really know how to get convincing performances out of their actors. This is rare in low budget indie films.
I promise, you will be hearing more from these two talented filmmakers.