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About two years ago, I was having a conversations with my friend who's a casual Star Wars fan, and I asked him if he'd played KOTOR - which he had not. The Knights of the Old Republic story is, as I'm sure a lot of you know, a great one - some would say it rivals parts of the Prequel Trilogy. Anyway, those who DO know about "the twist" know how epic the game's story truly becomes - and my friend is just simply the type not to spend 40+ hours on a game. And I'm sure some of you fall into that category too.
What I decided to do was take the game, and re-imagine it - as a movie - a trilogy of movies, actually (the story actually works out that way) - but this was not simply a task of editing all the 'cutscenes' together. I found a cheat that freed the in-game camera (only had the xbox version) so I was able to set up shots, and use other tactics to get the 'shots' I needed - anyway, long story short -
The first film (Episode I) is finished... for those not familiar with KOTOR, it takes place 4000 years before the rise of the Empire. The characters in the game were all voiced by professional voice actors, great voice work, by the way, and as well I took the main character and provided his voice myself (have experience in voice over work) - anyway, the first film sets it all up. There are Mandalorians... battling Wookies... a great Pod Race, a speeder bike battle, a rancor encounter, bounty hunters, lightsaber fights, plus a riveting storyline that actually has depth - and will lead to one of the most impressive twists in gaming (and quite possibly Star Wars lore) if you stay unspoiled!
Anyway, check out my 'youtube' channel for clips so you can get an idea of what I've done. I guess the term for using a videogame to make a movie is called "Machinima", but this is more or less an adaption of Knights of the Old Republic, so it could give non-gamer Star Wars fans a chance to enjoy another Star Wars adventure. I used wipes, muaisc from all sorts of sources, some little tricks here and there, color correction, etc, etc to create as close to a Star Wars movie vibe as possible. The first episode clocks in at 1 hour, 58 minutes!
Jedi Council on Dantooine-
DVD Main menu
Someone suggested I post news of the films here, especially once a torrent becomes available... I do enjoy this site and have enjoyed many of the prequel fan edits here - hopefully you guys will find ejoyment out of Knights of the Old Republic via this medium if you haven't played the game already! Take care for now!