"As the winner for the Spirit of Fandom Award presented by Lucasfilm and Atom at this yearís Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge at San Diego Comic-Con International, Star Wars: Cinemagic.
Starwars.com chats with Texas-based filmmaker Joseph T. Presswood III."
Q: What prompted you to make a Star Wars fan film? Have you made a fan film before?
A: I made Star Wars: Cinemagic three years ago for the 2007 Fan Movie Challenge but missed the deadline that year. The idea was to have something for the 30th anniversary of A New Hope. I thought it was a cool idea to do a short film that takes the audience on a trip through memory lane of the Star Wars universe.
I made a short called Pinball Wars back in 2004. The main difference is back then I didnít make the short for the competition. I did Pinball Wars after I tried to make a film based on a George Carlin monologue for our class final at HCC. I spent a lot of time on that script and it didnít work. The camera operator and lighting technician didnít show and it was a disaster. So not to be embarrassed, I grabbed my brother and my dadís camera and started filming Dave playing a pinball machine. I was watching a lot of Twilight Zone at the time and thought the man vs. machine angle on a Star Wars pinball machine was cool. My teacher liked it and told me about the competition. Was an amazing experience and I met a lot of talented directors at Comic-Con that year. Had a wonderful time!