As I finally got this uploaded and ready to roll, I had this sudden urge to rewatch part of the video, which in turn delayed the release. Sorry for that. :p
Full-length fan films are rare, because they take a lot of dedicate and most importantly a lot of time. We're truly blessed when we receive legitimate full-length fan films, and I'd say we're definitely doubly blessed to receive this one. The trailers that were released, while good, did not do the final product justice (which is a nice change!). Darkness Unleashed brings us the tale of a dark Jedi who has lost his one true love and is out for revenge. Perhaps it sounds clichéd, but continue to watch. As I mentioned to someone earlier, it's not the basic plot that makes or breaks a film, it's the details. Beat the same storyline to death, but add in the extra something and you'll have yourself a film that's not only enjoyable, but unique.
Now that I've said that, I'll do a complete 180 and claim that the plot of this video is not only not clichéd, but is in fact rather original. If I were to be silly and boil it down to one sentence it sure sounds boring, doesn't it? But when I tell you there's an amazing swoop chase, a hectic space battle, a ridiculously awesome saber and Force duel, and a few severed stormies, it sounds a lot more appealing, doesn't it? This film not only features some great content, but the filming, editing, soundtrack, and effects are all top notch. Both Jedi Academy and Empire at War are used seamlessly to create a full story. The character are all voiced (pretty decently, might I add) and the words "I can't do that" never seemed to cross anyone's mind -- I'm sure you'll all be as stunned, shocked, and pleasantly surprised as I was by some of the effects portrayed here! I'm pretty sure I saw some green screening...
Our hero, or should I say anti-hero, curiously tugged at my heart strings (despite being a vile Sith with his heart set on revenge), which is the sign of a well-written character. There really is very little that's lacking here, with the exception perhaps of the game's engine and animations (but let's not blame the author for that!). I certainly can not emphasize enough how great a film this is, so please just cough up the bandwidth and check it out for yourself. I sincerely doubt you'll be disappointed.
Now that I've spent all evening uploading this thing... I'm going to go watch it again! Enjoy. :)
*********************************** Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy *********************************** TITLE: Star Wars: Darkness Unleashed AUTHOR: Darth Angelus E-MAIL: email@example.com WEBSITE: http://www.bathtub-productions.com/ and http://darkness.bathtub-productions.com/ FILENAME: du_trailer.mov FILESIZE: 226 mb DATE RELEASED: 27th November 2007 CREDITS: Written and Directed by Damien Valentine CAST Worf - Damien Valentine Ry'li - George Hulmes Mara Jade - Ingrid Moon Talon Karrde - Charlie Wallen Lady Verrier - Elizabeth Cameron Darth Voxis - Richard Grove Kira Sain - Michelle Ann Aves - Zander Zambas Agent Karper - Lani Minella Emely - Ingrid Moon Ba-Sil - Mark Harwood Imperial Captain - Charlie Wallen Imperial Commander - Zander Zambas Imperial Officer #1 - Zander Zambas Imperial Officer #2 - Charlie Wallen Digital Puppetry By Damien Valentine Created with STAR WARS: JEDI KNIGHT - JEDI ACADEMY STAR WARS: EMPIRE AT WAR - FORCES OF CORRUPTION JEDI ACADEMY MAPS Korriban Citadel - Insidious Padme's Home - Sith-J-Cull Fearis Incident - mslaf Malachor Duel - KaiStagon 2Rooms - VDJ Karper Mos Eisley Trap - Sith-J-Cull, Several Sided Sid, LivingDeadJedi The Lost Temple - LivingDeadJedi Vader's Meditation Chamber - Desostros Caverns of the Lost Jedi - Torchy Palpatine's Arrest - Sith-J-Cull EMPIRE AT WAR MAPS Delius Surface - Damien Valentine JEDI ACADEMY MODELS Speeder Bike - Duncan_10158 Emperor Palpatine - Toonces Darth Vader - Mars Marshall Biker Scout - Monsoontide Princess Leia - StingRay Worf's Lightsabers - VDJ Karper JEDI ACADEMY SKINS Worf - Damien Valentine Verrier - Damien Valentine Ry'li - Damien Valentine Mara Jade - Lilandra and Edward Peretti Talon Karrde - Rob H. Darth Voxis - Damien Valentine Emely - Damien Valentine Agent Karper - Damien Valentine Ba-Sil - Doc Phil Darth Voxis Sound Design by Richard Grove Star Wars Music by John Williams Additional Music Into the Past, Battle on the Droid Ship, Iziz Cantina from Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords by Mark Griskey Special Thanks Michelle Pettit-Mee James Cross Ingrid Moon Andrew Sanjanwala Very Special Thanks Lucasarts Entertainment Company Raven Software And of course... George Lucas INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS: No installation required, just a copy of Quicktime Player. DESCRIPTION: With the defeat of Grand Admiral Thrawn, the Galactic Empire is left in ruins. The once Allied Imperial Leaders have turned into vicious warlords fighting over distant regions of space. Meanwhile the former apprentice of long dead Imperial traitor, Alderson, has been searching the galaxy for ancient Sith artifacts that will give him enough power to unite the imperial factions and crush the New Republic. Aboard the super star destroyer Executioner, the Dark Jedi has been held captive for two years. In that time he has been plotting revenge for the murder of Verrier and now bides his time to strike... Created with Jedi Academy and Forces of Corruption. For anyone that's interested, the final video will be premiered at Festival Arcadia in Montreal (november 9th-11th), look for the Machinima Roadshow booth. It will be released online a few days later. Details can be found at: http://www.machinimaroadshow.com/ and http://www.festivalarcadia.com/ THIS VIDEO IS NOT MADE, DISTRIBUTED, OR SUPPORTED BY ACTIVISION, RAVEN, OR LUCASARTS ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY LLC. ELEMENTS TM & © LUCASARTS ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY LLC AND/OR ITS LICENSORS.
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