The Last Jedi Parody2017-08-10T12:08:03+00:00

The Last Jedi Parody

 

ORIGINS

As a child of the 70s and 80s, I grew up with “Star Wars”. I remember being taken to the cinema, where what seemed like thousands of people were outside queuing to get in — the atmosphere was electric and left an impression on me.

When I have time to work on a personal project, a “Star Wars” parody is usually at the top of my list. If there’s a chance to animate a lightsaber firing up or create artwork based around the “Star Wars” universe, then I’m pretty much first in line — it all just looks so damn cool.

I have two creative requirements when planning a parody. One is I want to create something fun to watch, throw in some silly ideas and add elements of humour — as you would expect from a parody. Second is I want it to look really, really cool. This often means I have to sacrifice one to feed the other, and throughout production I am torn.

With this particular parody, my main goal was to keep everything timed to the music while still deviating from the official trailer as I felt it was lacking enough cool moments with lightsabers. In my book, you can never have enough lightsabers! I also used this as an opportunity to show how Rey’s lightsaber-wielding powers could look.

Want to know more? Read the blog from Toon Boom here!

POST PRODUCTION, FX & EDITING

An important part of the animation process is the final post production where we give everything a final check. During this stage we would often make changes to colour saturation and add lighting effects and other special effects where needed. This stage defines how the final rendered video will look, and a good example of this you can see in the two sample scenes below where you can see the differences between the original animation and final rendered version.

Boba Fett Post Production Before Shot
Boba Fett Post Production After Shot
Boba Fett Reveal Before
Boba Fett Reveal After

THE FINAL PRODUCTION

When creating most of our internal little projects we are generally working around client work. So, once again hard to say exactly how long we spent on it, but a fair estimation would be in excess of 100 hours work. We used a total of 5 different applications, from Adobe Photoshop, Toon Boom Harmony, Apple Motion and Adobe After Effects with the final video editing done in Final Cut Pro X. The music and voice of course was taken directly from the existing trailer.

EASTER EGGS!

Yes, we’ve added little Easter eggs all over this animation. Some pretty obvious, others not so much! How many can you spot and which are your favourites? Tweet us with your answers! @drawmilltweets