T.O.T.R. Episode 1- Making the Movie......

It was a long and drawn out filming process to complete this film. It started first with the making of a short Light Saber battle in a local hangar. After that we decided to try making a full length movie.....

In early 2004, we gathered to start shooting the "Hangar Fight" in an Air Craft Hangar. Yours truely is in the grey sweatshirt..
Robert and Mike do last minute checks on their gear and props....
Our crew help our actors get ready. Here Jean-Paul gets helped with last minute robe problems by Andrew.
A shot of the actual filming.
Robert pauses to activate the arm light sabers....
Our high angle camera crew...
Low angle camera, with me helping block out some shots.
I don't remember if this was for filming, or for a poster...
Here are the different lightsabers we used. The colored wooden rods come out of the grips. Each one has a differrent color to help rotoscope it seperately.
Robert poses in full costume behind our first "blue screen" creation.
Robert and Glen pose for "Blue Screen" tests....
Here is our first CGI screen. Everyone always talks about "blue screens" for CGI, so that is what we made. It worked out great....except that we didn't remember that our heroes wore blue.
Here the crew makes final lighting changes, and works on the "boom" assembly we fabricated.
Our props storage area.
The director works on last minute script changes...
One of our cast/crew group shots. This is actually less than half of the total crew that worked on this film!
Some of our fearless heroe! Notice how they can disappear in their blue uniforms in front of a blue screen tho....
Our villian and our hero have words...
Another blue screen test...
Last rehersal session before we start real filming the next day.
Placement and reaction...key to conveying a good movie!
Here is our second CGI screen...Green so that our blue suited heroes don't dissapear!
And up goes our second screen...Glen and Brady help hoist it into place.
With proper lighting from the front, it worked out very nicely. I still have both screens fabric. It cost about $50 per screen if I remember correctly.
Another shot of the crew that helped us set up our filming studio. The base was very nice and let us have an abandoned dinining hall. No water or heat, but it had electricity!
Baron Slyth LaPike and his super cool ray gun. He made an awesome weapon, which he sold on EBAY after all this.
Our Jedi heroine with a very small femine lightsaber...but deadly of course!
The two pose for a poster shot...
But they were really good friends in real life...
Here Jennifer works hard on a costume, and Rachel makes sure she gets a good picture taken!
Filming day, and our heroes in blue don masks and black so they can play both sides of the force...
It was a brisk fall day, and even the security forces people were very interested in what a large group of people with "gun" looking items were doing, running around. Thankfully we had cleared it with them in advance...
Our film crew on camera #1
The marshals leave their ship and advance on the enemy occupied hangar...
Of course the bad guys whittle down the number of good guys who live.
Those that live prepare to assault the hangar.
Break time...
Time to warm up, change outfits and get a bit to eat.
Of course Brady was always very warm in his outfit. Notice the really cool cigarette ash tray on his belt. Heh.
Ali takes a stretch between takes...
Our scientists and Jedi Knight...
The Jedi is captured and interrogated. We actually were going to use this footage, but there was a bad feedback in the sound recording. We couldn't use any of it. I learned tho, to always have headphones on while we record to make sure this didn't happen again....
Checking for sound/boom locations. It is tricky to get the boom mike as close as possible, but not in the video frames.
Taking a quick directorial discussion with my star, Brady...
On another day we started our green screen work. Some of our original cast....we lost several due to the length of time it took to finish the project, which meant reshooting alot of footage.
Taking a stretch between takes.
Here are some of the hand held gear that I made for the movie. It is amazing what you can do with computer parts and super glue.
Another shot of the thermal charges that are used to blow up the science facility.
Scanner, communicators and hypo-injector.
Andy had several different theatre contact lenses. We finally decided on these....
But the red ones were cool...
As were the white ones...
Rachel had made some awesome head tentacles for her Twilik character. All the costumes were very well done.
The Pilot Brem, played by Malia. She did the tattoos herself. Temporary of course...
Gordon was a scientist actor and our "fix it" guy...
Our super villian in glasses...
Outdoor shoot. We are filming the landing and deployment of the mercenary forces. It was my first time using the camera without techcians, and I could not get the blue balance to work right. Which shows on that days filming unfortunately.
We used a large metal freezer door as our spaceship gangplank. It worked out very well actually.
Our mercenaries line up to exit the Dracol 6.
The two evil leaders discuss how to destroy the known universe....
Shooting the last scenes of the movie, as Slyth gets trapped under speeder wreckage,...
And Commander Jaffer has to rescue him before the local area is vaporized by their bomb...
Another day of filming. This had some new cast, so we had to refilm the interrogation scenes.
Rachel helps Brady with last minute wardrobe changes.
The cast goes over their lines again....you can't rehearse enough...really!
Cast takes a turn behind the equipment. Shawn and Mark work the boom.
Gordon and Angela (Gordon's daughter) rehearse their lines.
Brady offers a suggestion on delivery.
The scientists ask for guidance from the base administrator, Jedi Alycnine.
What it looks like behind the camera...
Our energetic crew wait for their turn in front of the camera...
Yours truely calling out "Quiet on the Set!"....and...Action!
Rachels head gear is really good....kudos to her!
Andy takes a glance to see what the focal area is...
Andy helps get Rachel ready for a scene.
Gritting my teeth as another F-16 flys by and ruins our sound for a minute.
Another day in front of the green screen....Robert and Nyle. AKA Makim Solo and Jal Lal Solo.
Practicing lines....

"Parlor Trick?".....

"Easy Cousin!"

"Well gentlemen, looks like we have arrived ahead of schedule for our loverboy Jal Lal!"
Discussing the pros and cons of teasing their commander...
A close up shot of Brady's really cool ray gun. He got the parts at a local Japanese hardware store, and a little cutting and super glue...a really nice blaster!