Ever wondered what it would be like to see stormtroopers in a film like Saving Private Ryan? This is a close as we can get. Odyssey is a WAR film set in the Star Wars universe. Our goal for this project is to show you the gritty and intense struggle that rebel squads faced in the years before the death star.
“The story follows a young rebel named Quinn on his first recon mission outside of training. When Quinn makes a decision to ignore his orders of not intervening in civilian affairs, the situation goes from bad to worse. The small six man reconnaissance squad must fight for their lives and beliefs as both are threatened in an all out battle with Imperial Forces.”
This short film will showcase the conflicts and struggles that are universal to any war story. It is a matter of what you want to fight for, and what you are willing to risk for the cause. Instead of rebel soldiers being dispensable characters on the screen, we want you to care when these men and women are at risk. We want to show you the humanity and fear in the fight against the empire. This film will be a Star Wars story like no other.
The Star Wars saga has inspired generations of young filmmakers. Our team was no exception. The purpose for this project is to give back to a saga and community of fans that have inspired us to keep creating. We always wondered what a war film would look like in the Star Wars universe. We answered the question by deciding that we would make a short film to show just what we thought it would be like.
These films are based on many principle themes and elements. Our challenge is to merge those classic Star Wars elements with a new and unique take on the classic war genre. To quote Rogue One director Gareth Edwards “If you’re too respectful of it, that you don’t do anything new or take a risk, then what are you bringing to the table?” That mentality is our guideline for the creation of this film. We all love the movies because it’s what we grew up with, but it’s our responsibility to show you something new and a view from a different perspective.
We need your help to bring this film to life. Star Wars movies are expensive ventures. With the two most recent Star Wars films costing between 200-300 million each to make, we see that the franchise has a lot of money to do what they want. As students it is our mission to create the maximum level of content we can with as little funds necessary.
For Odyssey: A Star Wars Story, we want to create something you’ve never seen before. To create this large scale war short, we have structured our budget to be cost effective and maximize the quality of the film.
We are able to borrow, repurpose, and scrounge for many aspects of production, but some, such as production design elements, have to be fabricated from scratch. For this film we are building a full 360º practical set on a sound stage. Also, since we do not have ILM special effects at our disposal, we are choosing to shoot this film as in-camera as possible. This means that we will be using many of the classic practical techniques that brought the original trilogy of films to life.
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We are willing to put it all on the line for our Star Wars story. As a team we believe we might not ever get another chance to make a film like this. We want to create the best possible Star Wars film we can and have an amazing time through the process.
We are a collaborative group of film students from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Georgia. We all come from different backgrounds but our love for the filmmaking process is a constant. In January we set up shop in a storage facility to convert two large units into production offices. This has become our second home as we work to ensure that this film and the content we create are the best they can be. We are filmmakers and Star Wars fans dedicated to bringing you a new and exciting take on the franchise!
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Our team is extremely appreciative of your support. Remember, we can’t do it without you! Thank you so much for checking out our page! Please consider making a donation! Let’s make this film a reality!
Risks and challenges
All films have risks of success involved. This project is no different.
We will face the same challenges that all films face. Things like scheduling difficulty, faulty equipment on set, and building large scales sets are always nerve racking to think about on the logistical side of things.
Our largest challenge is building our full 360º interior ship set on a sound stage. With the right funding, we will be able to bring on the right people to do the job well. We have several very interested carpenters involved, but we need the funds so that they can purchase the materials need.
Luckily, we live in an environment where creative people are everywhere. At SCAD, there is no shortage of talent when it comes to people needing help on a creative endeavor. As our crew continues to grow, we see that we are in a good place to produce this film.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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