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WHY WE FIGHT: a Star Wars fan film about the insidiousness of fascism and what drives people to rebel against overwhelming odds.
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**UPDATE** INITIAL GOAL REACHED! Thank you so much! Reaching the initial goal so quickly is really humbling. This will cover the basic expenses of travelling to Iceland and feeding and lodging cast and crew. Anything extra would be an immense help however, as needless to say, making a professional film is an expensive craft and Iceland is an expensive country. The Stretch goals that would be great to meet are as follows:

  • £4000 would allow us more time to shoot in Iceland 
  • £5000 would help towards the creation of sets for the UK portion of the shoot in October 
  • £6000 would greatly help speed up the VFX process and expand the space combat scenes 
  • £7000 would allow for a professional score to be recorded with an actual orchestra.

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"Why we fight" is a 15 minute short film examining what drives people to rebel against seemingly overwhelming odds, set within in the context of the original Star Wars trilogy, but reflecting issues we face today. As such it is a fan film and therefore an entirely non-profit endeavour, but the focus of the film is on the creeping, insidious nature of fascism and how difficult society makes it to take the plunge to act before it's too late.

Bookended by a suicidal run on a star destroyer, the film follows a rebel pilot as she thinks back on the circumstances which drove her to rebel. Joining what is officially regarded as a terrorist organisation, despite growing up on an Imperial world, with parents favourable to the apparent peace and stability the Empire provides. The film was originally intended to be a World War 2 period drama, but we decided it would be better suited (and more fun!) to set it in the Star Wars universe. 

  The advantages of this decision are two-fold: firstly on a stylistic front, the Star Wars universe, specifically the original trilogy, is both sufficiently close to WW2 aesthetics while also allowing us more exotic locales and interesting designs; secondly it allows us to examine issues which are very much at the forefront today, while keeping it entertaining and less on the nose. 

The majority of the film will be shot in studios in London, but this funding campaign is aimed at raising funds for the exterior shoot which will take place in August in Iceland. We've been lucky to find the perfect location: an abandoned radar station from the 1950s in a totally uninhabited part of the country.  We are thus looking to raise some funds for travel, accommodation and catering for the cast and crew. 

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Thank you very much for your interest in this project. As a backer, you'll be receiving frequent updates on the production, and early access to the finished film before it gets officially released. Any help is welcome and we thank you for your generosity. If you have talents to offer and would like to get in touch to work on the project, email us at production@midnightcrow.co.uk

Our £3000 goal is purely to cover the basics of shooting in Iceland. Should we be lucky enough to exceed that goal, any additional funding would allow us to greatly expand the scope of the movie.

Risks and challenges

As a fan film, this project is entirely non-commercial in its nature. The cast and crew are all professionals dedicating their spare time to create a fun project with a story that should hopefully resonate in the tumultuous political times we live in.

Star Wars is of course a Lucasfilm property and although they have always been very tolerant of fan projects, this could change at any time, particularly now that Lucasfilm is a Disney company. Therefore, like all fan films, we would have no choice but to shut down the production should we be asked to do so... or at the very least attempt to adapt the design to make it a generic science fiction film, as opposed to explicitly Star Wars. However, Lucasfilm's position has remained the same for 20 years, and there is little sign of change afoot.

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    A leading role in the movie!

    Star in the movie in a pivotal scene involving an interrogation from a ruthless and sadistic Imperial protocol droid! This will be shot in London, all travel expenses will be covered (within the UK only) and the shoot will take place at a time that would suit you best. This would be a tremendous showreel piece for any thespian and you'll also be invited to a special screening of the movie!

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    Executive Producer

    You get to be executive producer of the movie! Be featured up front in the credits, get continuous updates on the production and offer some creative input. You'll also be invited to a special screening and you get the chance to be involved in a creative capacity on our next production if you desire.

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