Starwars.com chats with California-based filmmaker John Kolesar about his award-winning film.
What is your background in film? Did you study it in college? Did you make films as a youngster/teen?
No film background. I made this Star Wars film back in the ’70s with the help of my younger brother Jim and friend Anthony. I also made a few other stop-frame animated films using clay animation, modified plastic models and other fun stuff.
What prompted you to make a Star Wars fan film? How has George Lucas and his films influenced your work?
We were creative kids, and my parents let us use their video camera. Once the Star Wars figures and ships started appearing in stores, I guess we thought it would be fun to make a film using those things. I read all the sci-fi magazines back then, and found the “making of” and special effects articles fascinating.
What is the backstory regarding your film? Where did you get your idea for your film?
We had quite a collection of figures. Our film is loosely based on a few scenes from Star Wars. We added some characters, modified some scenes, added new ones, etc.