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Behind the Scenes: Producing a STAR WARS Fan Film (Part 3 – Team Building)

Jay offers us peek into his STAR WARS Fan Film

How in the World Are So Many Bad Films Released?

How come production companies and studios spend so much time, energy, effort, and money on terrible films? First, let me start by saying that I haven’t made a bunch of films. I have some writing credits under my belt (as well as some top ten placements in short film screenwriting competitions), and one co-producer credit. I’m no expert. That said, it’s not hard to understand how so many terrible films are made. Why? Because a film is made by a huge team of people, and yet it takes only a few people to ruin one.

To make a truly great film, all of the following things must align:

  1. The story idea must be compelling.
  2. The story must become a well-written script.
  3. The producers must be able to afford hiring the right people to execute the script. (A cast and crew that aligns with the vision).
  4. The producers and the director must share the vision of what could be.
  5. The crew must execute the shoot with efficiency.
  6. The cast must breathe life into the characters.
  7. The director, the cinematographer, the crew, and the cast must capture the story visually, audibly, emotionally, etc., all as one cohesive team.
  8. Post production must piece together the film with excellence.

I’m probably forgetting something, but as you can see, the entire thing has to work. From beginning to end. And that’s why it’s so hard to make a great film.

Co-Producers and a Director

Our (i.e., the Reclamation Society) first goal with Star Wars: Rivals was to find a solid co-producer. I don’t have enough experience putting together the right team (nor does my Reclamation Society co-founder, Nathan Scheck). But, since I do have some experience working with other industry folks, I had someone in mind, which is why I asked Marianne Haaland and Christen Haaland to co-produce the film with me. And I’m glad I chose them, because they’ve been extremely helpful through this entire process. We’re about to hire a team of individuals to fill the spots we need! I’m hoping to announce our cast and crew shortly! Stay tuned!

Please Consider Supporting Our Film!

We would love for you to support our film. We just updated our IndieGoGo campaign with a brand new perk: Star Wars art from an award-winning artist, Wyn Ericson! Please support our film. We think you’re going to love it, and we’re putting together an awesome cast and crew to pull it off really well. Thanks!

About Jay Sherer (19 Articles)
Jay Sherer is the author of Timeslingers, a time travel adventure available now on, and the soon-to-be released comic book, The Standard. He’s also a big Star Wars fan, if you couldn’t tell.
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