You wanted more first-person lightsaber action. Now is your chance to make it happen!
A long time ago in a gymnasium far, far away..
We, The Stunt People, got together with our friends the Golden Gate Knights to produce a fun video to test out our new GoPro Hero3 setup. It started with a simple idea by our fearless leader, Eric Jacobus. He told Alain Bloch, "I've got a GoPro, and I've never seen a GoPro lightsaber battle". A few hours later they were at the gym rehearsing a short choreography sequence and putting on costumes. A half-hour later everything was filmed. We were lucky too because the batteries of the GoPro died pretty quick. A few days later we released the video, totally unsuspecting of what would happen next.
The video went viral.
It hit Kotaku. It landed on io9. It even got on the front page of Reddit. Within a few days our video managed to get half-a-million views on Youtube and a ton of publicity. None of us could've have guessed that a short one minute video that we threw together in a half-hour would succeed in generating more views and subscribes than all of our other videos combined.
But more importantly, you, the viewers, asked for more. We all thought that we could do better. A lot better. For something that we only spent a half-hour on, we knew that if given more time and resources we could create something spectacular and deserving of you, the fans, and the legacy of Star Wars. Recently, we did spend some more time on a follow-up video. We lovingly call it Vader Strikes Back. Check it out here.
Vader Strikes Back
After the unexpected success of Vader Strikes, we wanted to do a follow-up really quick. This time we spent a day filming. We got a better set location, used cooler effects, and have even more awesome lightsaber action. We stuck with the first-person perspective that the GoPro excels at. The first-person perspective really puts you, the viewer, into the action and one reason why the original video did so well. We also did research into lightsaber styles and individualized each character to use a particular style. Heck, we even said a few lines. It was a lot of fun to film and we're proud of the results. Still.. we want to do even more.
What We Want To Do
You've been telling us you want more and we want to do more. What do we want to do specifically? Here's the deal. We want to make an ENTIRE SEASON of these videos. Ten short videos that will tell an amazing story. We want to bring our heroes and villains to Endor, Tattooine, and even the Death Star. We want to have dual lightsaber, and lightsaber staff battles. We want to have space battles. X-wings and Tie-Fighters. And we want to include even more iconic characters like Darth Maul, Emperor Palpatine, Boba Fett, and as many Stormtroopers as we can.
We want to do a lot. And we know thats what you want to. But before we can do any of this, what we need is you. We're trying to raise just a small bit of money so that we can make this happen.
Of course, everything we've done so far has been completely self-funded. No profits are being made. We're doing this because we love what we do and we love Star Wars. Everything that we make from this kickstarter is going into our production.
We Can Do This
We are The Stunt People. We have done this before. In fact, not too long ago we put together a feature-length film called Death Grip starring Eric Jacobus and Johnny Yong Bosch. Eric has also recently appeared in Mortal Kombat Legacy season 2 as Stryker. Suffice to say, we can deliver the goods if we can get the funding. We have an awesome cast & crew waiting in the wings.
Help us. You are our only hope.
$10,000 - This is the bare-minimum to get the series made. Anything over our initial goal gets us better rigging and equipment to do even more awesome choreography and new perspectives like a God's Eye View and Over-The-Shoulder View. It also gets us better set locations, better visual effects.
$50,000 - This much more gets you a Season 2 where we will up the ante even more! If we get close to that goal, we will start filling you in on the details. So stay tuned on our campaign page's updates.
$500,000 - This is a one-in-a-million shot (or half-a-million). But if the Force is strong with us, and we raise this much, we will go all the way: a feature length movie.
If this Kickstarter succeeds, we plan to film and release Season 1 on our Stunt People YouTube channel by Summer 2014. If we raise enough to make a Season 2, or even the feature film, we will share updates with you all regarding our production schedule and goals for those. We are planning to spend a good amount of time on this and make it the best, craziest, funnest FPS Star Wars original series possible! We will be posting our progress on this campaign page, as well as our soon-to-be website and blog.
So watch our video, check out our donation rewards on the right-side there, and help us make this a day long remembered.
You're our only hope!
Risks and challenges
Worried about the risks and challenges we may face? I find your lack of faith disturbing... Alright alright, I suppose we could ease your mind by telling you a bit more about ourselves.
We at The Stunt People have been producing our own original, low or no-budget video content for over a decade. Founded in 2001 by Eric Jacobus and Chelsea Steffensen, The Stunt People has become "the premiere independent action group" (Kung Fu Cinema) made up of over thirty martial artists, stuntmen and women renowned for our distinctive "Hong Kong" style of action and scrappy production skills. Our work includes the no-budget cult classic "Contour" (2006), and our latest indie actioner "Death Grip" (2011), as well as over a hundred other productions where we've demonstrated the ability to work efficiently and cost-effectively, and creatively solve the many problems and challenges that can come with micro-budget filmmaking.
The Vader Strikes Back series, as with other similar film projects, could experience a number of challenges and setbacks, including schedule complications, locations falling through, equipment breakdowns, or problems with post-production. But we are confident in our ability to handle any and all of these possibilities, given our extensive production experience and many tried & tested solutions to overcome these very such problems.
So have no fear! Because The Stunt People, together with our partners the Golden Gate Knights, are on the job and fully prepared for whatever will come our way. The force is strong with us!
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