A Word from Scott Layman
Director of "ATTACK DROIDS"
This was one of many tests I did for a Star Wars movie I was planning to make called Star Wars: Jedi Knights. This movie was going to be about an hour long with many special effects. This was, of course, the attack droid test. I did all of my pre-production for the movie but stopped production of it because I couldn't find time to make it.
The Jedi robe was made by my mother for the movie. She also made other costumes. The lightsaber was custom made by combining a lightsaber toy and a wooden dowl. There were no storyboards. The whole sequence was in my head.
I filmed it on a tripod, filming myself. The camera I used was a Digital Sony VX-1000. There was no one else there just me and my camera. It reminded me of my movies I made when I was 12.
I used a Apple Macintosh for all the graphics and rendering. It took me about a week to build the attack droid I called the TS-21. It also took me a week to animate and render the droid. The style I used for the look of the droid was very Darth Vaderish because the time period the movie would take place was about the time Vader got his mask. I did most of the special effects, including the lightsabers, in a CGI program called Infini-D. It's a great program but I'm sorry to say that it was discontinued. It was edited on Adobe Premeire 5.0. Photoshop was only used for the texture maps on the attack droid.
Director, Attack Droids