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a word from the director

[Kristen Maxwell] A Word from Kristen Maxwell
Director of "CRAPISODE I"

Welcome to the world's greatest* Star Wars fan film.

Before I begin my dubiously interesting directoral rant, I'd like to thank you for taking the time to watch this film. It was a labor of love to produce, and I hope that you have as good time watching it as we did creating it. After all, that is the point of making movies, isn't it?

I made Crapisode I in my spare time during the last month of my college career at the University of Tulsa (that's in Oklahoma). With a budget of about $20 and a lot of borrowed equipment, my friends and I hammered together this tale of the world's luckiest Star Wars fan, mostly at night and on weekends. Somehow we managed to find time amidst the turmoil of final exams, graduation, apartment-hunting, and job-searching to play around with toy lightsabers and rubber hands. When it finally came together, we were all pleased to have produced what we feel to be an original, funny, and entertaining (though still thouroughly crappy) fan film.

My goal for this film was to make something that had not been done before. I wanted to give life to all of the funny scenarios and ridiculous fantasies that George Lucas's masterpiece has inspired in the lives of fans, but without simply copying his material. I wanted to create a parody that was not completely derivative; something funny and unpretentious. And, of course, I wanted to make something that would showcase my mad $killz to all the fans in the world, proving my l33t status and bringing me no end of fame, fortune, and women in Slave Girl Leia outfits.

But in all seriousness, I could not have made this movie by myself. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped create this film, including all my friends who fostered the air of geekiness that allowed me to develop the concept, and especially my girlfriend for putting up with all the times that this film took me away from her. I love you, Pookie! I also want to give gratitude to my family for being so supportive, to TheForce.net for graciously hosting my film, and to all the fan-filmmakers out there who inspired me and paved the way for all of us with a desire to make fun movies.


Kristen Maxwell

Writer, Director, Producer, and Moustache Technician, Crapisode I

* as deemed by my mother, who, even if she had seen other fan films (which she hasn't), would still like mine the best, even if it was really crappy (which it is).

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