Topic: Zarban's lightsaber battle project
Inspired by the VFX reels on this forum, I’m looking for folks who are interested in doing some work on a vanity project to star my 11-year-old niece and nephew. Here’s the best part: I can pay actual human money.
I know enough about writing and photography to shoot a little adventure starring my niece and nephew that might run 2 or 3 minutes. In order to make it awesome, it would need some spaceships and light saber effects and whatnot, so here is where you come in.
The budget for effects wouldn’t be much, of course; we’re talking a few hundred dollars, but at least it's something. To minimize the work, we can build the story around whatever spaceship models and whatnot you already have and whatever effects are easiest. I know next to nothing about visual effects, but I found a number of cool things that seem to be easy/stock effects.
I figure we'd have something like this exterior spaceship flyby
...and a bit of a probe droid like the one half-way thru this
...with a green screen scene composited with something like this spaceship interior
...and a bit of this hologram effect
....leading to slightly more sophisticated version of this lightsaber duel.
My rough idea is:
Sith spaceship flies thru space (CG)
Jedi girl in woods tries to avoid a probe droid (live with CG droid)
Sith boy in his spaceship gets probe droid's report detecting Jedi girl (green screen + hologram effect)
Sith spaceship sets down on planet (CG ship disappears behind trees)
Jedi girl confronts Sith boy with a warning; they duel briefly; Jedi girl wins (lightsaber effects)
Jedi girl reports Sith boy's failure to his master and her intention to go after him (hologram effect)
If that seems too ambitious, the stuff with the droid and some of the ship could be cut. But my hope is that certain effects are pretty easy and we could incorporate them. The limiting factor here might be my skills at shooting video. I have a Canon Rebel and no experience shooting anything but stills.
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