5000 years before the events of Death Stars and Skywalkers, there was the Eternal Empire: a great dominion, led by a fractured family, that conquered both Jedi and Sith alike. Eternal is a Star Wars fan film dedicated to telling the story of that family.
The mythology of the Eternal Empire and the time before what most people know as Star Wars is something we find fascinating. There are so many great fan films out there, but as few of them tackled this source material, we took it upon ourselves to tell the story of the twisted family at the heart of this all-conquering Empire.
Senya Tirall, Knight and Empress of the Eternal Empire, has found her children alienated from her. Her husband’s, the immortal Emperor Valkorion, indifference only pushes them further away and when he locks one child away to contain their immense power, Senya can no longer stand to bear witness to such travesties and transfers to a regiment on the outer fringes of the galaxy. Years later, her children are aged and bitter and they cross paths with their mother once more.
Eternal needs your support
Star Wars is its own community and we rely on one another, sharing in our joint love of all things nerdy. With your help we can bring this awesome world to life in a way that’s never been seen before; we plan on using weapons rarely seen on screen, such as lightsabre pikes and lightsabre daggers, costumes that are unique to the era, choreography specific to each character’s fighting style, and more. So far we have a finished script and a lot of the preliminary work, but the extent of what we can achieve and create is down to the support we receive.
By joining Eternal you can be a part of bringing this film to life.
THE TEAM SO FAR
Henry Fuller - Creator
Hi, I'm Henry, a first year student at Bristol University, studying theatre with innovation. I had directed multiple plays in the past, before deciding to start a Star Wars fan film project at university. I have trained in screen combat with industry professionals, including the stunt director of The Phantom Menace (Andreas Petrides). Although I am heading this project, I'm always keen to include as many perspectives as possible, from my crew and supporters.
Tim Bustin - Writer
Hi I'm Tim, a Bristol University student and writer. I've always loved stories and began writing nearly four years ago with fun short stories. After a year, I wrote and self-published a sci-fi novella and realised writing – in particular screenwriting - was where I wanted to work professionally. I've since written and edited several scripts at university, as well as expanding my writing range with a regular blog, film reviews, editorial work and more. Eternal is my first film script and Star Wars couldn't be a better place to start. At university I play a large role in the Anime and Sci-Fi Society and have always wanted to write science-fiction; and Star Wars has such a rich history to work from. I've tried to bring my knowledge and passion for science fiction into the script, as well as countless hours of research through Wookiepedia, Star Wars video games, fact checking the script with other die-hard fans and more to make this world come to life in the writing.
Alex Harrison - Director
Hi I'm Alex, a Bristol (UK) based cinematographer and director. I’ve been making films for the past seven years, starting off as a small hobby and now I've built it into into my career. I’m currently studying at Screenology Film School, where I have access to essential tools and contacts to build my film making experience further, allowing me to create the equivalent of massive budget productions without spending large sums. I have worked on many various film productions as a Cinematographer, Gaffer and as a 1st AC on various professional productions ranging from short films and music videos to corporate adverts and documentaries.
Nathalie Perthuisot - Assistant Producer
My name is Nat, I'm a second year Theatre and Italian student from the University of Bristol, and a lover of all things Star Wars. Though my foundation lies in theatre, both in performance and production, I have always had a deep interest in films; both when it comes to watching and analysing them, as well as being involved in their creation. Being a massive nerd of Star Wars, and its wonderful world, since the age of nine, I knew I had to be involved in this project no matter what. I was very keen to provide creative input into the story development process as well as casting. Holding the role of Assistant Producer makes the most sense given my recent experience as a Producer and Production Manager for plays, short films and a webseries. I plan to be involved in all creative aspects of the production, as well as, combine passion and skill in order to provide support for all our team members.
Risks and challenges
Recreating the feel of the Eternal Empire era of Star Wars - in the weaponry, costume design, fight choreography and so on - is something rarely attempted before in live-action film format, especially not on such an ambitious scale.
With both the production value and runtime of the film being bigger than most Star Wars fan films, there will need to be efficiency and professionalism on our part in every area of the film-making process.
We are also planning on using various set locations, unlike many Star Wars fan films that stick to forests, which adds to the workload.
Fortunately, we are working heavily with Screenology, a Bristol based film school, whose students study practically with a wide range of film-making techniques and equipment, which will be brought along for this film. There are of course complications with any film and usually more unique ones when made by students. Our Head of Production, Alex, however already has experience making a Star Wars fan film (last year's FALL OF THE JEDI) and is aware of the challenges and is taught by Screenology, along with his crew, how to face new ones head on.
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