UnBoxed Films presents TK-436: A Stormtrooper Story, the gritty tale of a loyal Imperial Stormtrooper who is forced to confront his past in the heat of an epic battle. Directed by Samtubia & Samgoma Edwards, it is imagined from a perspective seldom explored within the Star Wars universe.
It won the 2016 Filmmaker Select Award at Star Wars Celebration Europe, and was chosen by a panel of judges that included Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘s director Gareth Edwards, executive producer John Knoll of Industrial Light & Magic, and co-producer John Swartz.
Here are some fun facts about TK-436: A Stormtrooper Story:
- All of the Stormtrooper costumes were made using EVA foam, athletic mats, and pepakura patterns.
- The stormtrooper costumes were purposely made to be bulkier in order to give the stormtroopers a more intimidating appearance.
- The short film took approximately 7 months to complete.
- There are two versions of the film. The one for the competition was a cut-down version to conform to the Star Wars fan film competition rules on length.
Executive Produced By: Rashaun Smith
Production Company: Unboxed Films
Connor Chase Stewart: Young TK-436
Amanda Devlin: Young Nissa
Denise J. Reed: Adult Nissa
Andrew Pagliara: Adult TK-436
Kenneth Bordes-Hollon: Narrator
Kevin Swann: Imperial Recruiter
Composed by Swan Productions
Special thanks to Al Parchment, Christina G. Peacock, Mike Wills, Daryl Evans, Lindsey W. Edwards, Ola Edwards, Brenda Edwards, Chris Alvarez, and P.J. Rickards.
CAMERA: Blackmagic Production Camera 4K
SOFTWARE: Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Efffects, DaVinci Resolve, Adobe Audition, MAXON Cinema 4D, Houdini FX, and Vue xStream.
SOFTWARE PLUGINS: Magic Bullet Looks, Magic Bullet Film, Primatte Keyer, Solid Angle Arnold, Video Copilot’s Element 3D, Video Copilot’s Saber, Video Copilot’s Heat Distortion, The Foundry 3D CameraTracker and Video Copilot’s Optical Flares
You can also watch Samtubia & Samgoma accept their Filmmaker Select Awards at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 here.
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