My Star Wars filmmaking story… with cosplayers & action figures, of course πŸ˜„

A long time ago in a small town far, far away…

I was one of the first lucky ones in the world, thanks to my elder brother, to get to watch Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope for the very first time in the cinema when I was just 7 years old back in 1977, the same year the movie was first released.

It became part of my life ever since then till today, like it did for so many others out there across the planet. Almost like a religion, I’d say, and I’m sure many would agree with that too.

I remember, when I was a kid, drawing those starships in battle, getting so excited talking about it with friends at school, gesturing how the ships fought with our hands and making laser and explosion sound effects with our mouths. πŸ˜„

The movie also inspired me in wanting to become a Star Wars filmmaker myself when I grow up. But alas, I didn’t make it that far and had to settle with just making Star Wars photos and videos with cosplayers and action figures. Haha!

BLAST FROM THE PAST!

Republic Commando

Through one of the first cosplay events I attended back in 2012, I was able to create the Republic Commando posing with his DC-17m blaster rifle with the animated firepower demo which you see in the featured photo of this post. I had to shoot the Star Wars cosplayer in action at the Malaysian Games and Comics Convention (MGCCon) at the KDU University College in Petaling Jaya.

Just in case, for those who don’t know, the Republic Commando is a character from the Star Wars: Republic Commando tactical first-person shooter video game, and this cosplayer made a cool replica out of it. I just had to take the shots and make a video out of this.

Darth Nihilus

Another cosplayer was posing as a character known as Darth Nihilus from Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords universe. Darth Nihilus reigned as a Dark Lord in the role-playing video game. Sure wish they made movies on this universe too, as there are plenty of great prequel stories yet to be told through film before Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace came about.

Visas Marr, a female character who was a former Sith Apprentice to Darth Nihilus once said:

“He (Darth Nihilus) is a wound in the Force, more presence than flesh, and in his wake, life dies… sacrificing itself to his hunger.” β€” Star Wars: The Old Republic Wiki

And so I did my very best to bring out that dark expression of the Dark Lord through this photoshoot.

You can get the large images below to fit your computer screen by clicking on it, and then click on the “X” button on the top right to close it and return to the blog view:

You can also watch them all in action in this video:

501st Legion

It was from this event I got to know about the 501st Legion which is an international fan-based organization dedicated to the construction and wearing of screen-accurate replicas of Imperial Stormtrooper armor, Sith Lords, Clone Troopers, bounty hunters, and other villains from the Star Wars universe. The 501st Legion, called by its nickname Vader’s Fist, is made up entirely of volunteers.

During the ‘War Against Hunger’ charity drive event back in 2012, it was super exciting to finally meet some of these film characters in person. I also got to hold and play with a Stormtroopers E-11 laser blaster! 🀩 Pew! Pew! Pew!

Malaysia Garrison

The Malaysia Garrison has 31 active members within this legion and some of them were present at this event as you can see in the photos and video I’ve shared earlier. While checking out other Garrisons in the world, I found this Femtrooper (Female Stormtrooper), Jaquie Supa Fem Graham by accident on Facebook and offered to beautify one of her photos as well…

Cosplay Events

At another cosplay event called Anime Festival Asia Malaysia, I met this really cute cosplay girl who was costume-playing a video game character, Kunoichi from Samurai Warriors 3. I know, I know, it’s not a Star Wars character, but I just had to share it anyway – just imagine she’s holding a lightsaber or something. πŸ˜„

Speeder Bike Scout Trooper

Other than attending cosplay events to get such fun photoshoots, I also have fun making my action figure collections come to life. Here’s one Star Wars Speeder Bike Scout Trooper by Star Warsβ€”The Black Series 6″ going back to base, where I shot it with an Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO macro lens with the Panasonic GH4 4K camera in my DIY mini green screen studio at home.

Action Figure saga continues…

Well, there you have it! My very own Star Wars filmmaking story… haha! What’s your Star Wars filmmaking story? Share it with me if you have one. Would love to have a look!

Will do more of this when I have the time… meanwhile, if you do enjoy looking at photos of Action Figures in action, then you might also enjoy my next post of the shots I did for another of my favorite film, Alien vs. Predator! Coming soon to Nick Karean’s cinema today! πŸ˜„

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