A few months back, Lucasfilm and StarWars.com held a fan film contest to celebrate all things set in a galaxy far, far away, and after going through more than 500 submissions (whoa!), the Star Wars Fan Film Awards were awarded to various entries based on different categories, including the Filmmaker Select Award, which was awarded to TK-436: A Stormtrooper Story.
While the original submission was five minutes long, the movie’s directors, Samtubia & Samgoma Edwards, have released the full director’s cut for the short film which clocks in at 12 minutes. A Stormtrooper Story is, as the title suggests, from the point of view of one of the Galactic Empire’s faceless stormtroopers and chooses to show the flesh-and-blood human being who's underneath the anonymous helmet. Here’s an official description:
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. It is directors Samtubia & Samgoma Edwards. It is imagined from a perspective that is seldom explored within the Star Wars universe.
Winner of the 2016 Filmmaker Select Award at Star Wars Celebration Europe. It was chosen by a panel of judges that included Rouge One: A Star Wars Story's director Gareth Edwards, executive producer John Knoll of Industrial Light & Magic, and co-producer John Swartz.
The short film took about seven months to complete, and we’re told the costumes were “made using EVA foam, athletic mats, and pepakura patterns” and were “purposely made to be bulkier in order to give the stormtroopers a more intimidating appearance.” Check it out:
And here's their five-minute award-winning submission:
(via Comic Book)