Anthony Ferraro runs a popular How-To channel on YouTube where he instructs his viewers in the art of indie sci-fi filmmaking: how to make props, how to craft costumes, how to create proper lighting, etc. When the pandemic hit, he suddenly had a lot more time on his hands….and decided to use his skills to make a fake Star Wars short.
Fan projects of this nature tend to be cheesy, with bad effects and acting, but…not this time. The trailer below shows footage that is very comparable to the real thing. Ferraro knows how to frame his shots, how to create convincing effects, and most importantly, how to create a convincing set of Mandalorian armor to wear.
“Deep into COVID lockdown, it occurred to me I could shoot a Star Wars fan film outdoors with a Mandalorian as a lead character,” explains Ferraro. “The Mando costume by design is full body PPE. I wrote two-person scenes to be filmed safely with a skeleton crew and cast myself as the “Drunken Jedi” to add more stealth to the production. The goal was to make a fan film driven by dramatic performances rather than winks and nods to the franchise. But not to worry, we do some winking and nodding. The project was born out of a need to keep creative during the pandemic but, at the end of the day it’s one of my finest films and I am excited to share it.”
Watch for “Forsaken Mandalorian and the Drunken Jedi Master” on Ferraro’s YouTube channel soon. Follow the channel here.
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