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INTERVIEW: Star Wars Fan Filmmakers and Creators of White Armour

Last month GeekGirl World watched and reviewed White Armour, an edgy Star Wars fan film by James Isacsson and Corie Mills, for Fan Film Friday. Recently, Isacsson (one of the producers and directors) talked with us about the project, the future, and all things Star Wars. Enjoy, and May the 4th be with you!

Set of White Armour. Photo courtesy of Isacsson.

Geek Girl World: White Armour already has 19,000 views on YouTube! Congratulations! However, for those who haven’t seen it yet, how would you describe the film?
James Isacsson: Generation Kill meets Starship Troopers meets Star Wars. See the side of the Empires Imperial Troops that no one ever told you about.

GGW: We heard that fans and supporters helped bring White Armour to life via Kickstarter. Can you tell us a little bit about your crowd-funding experience?
JI: We operated our Kickstarter for 2 months and had approx 83 backers help fund the film. We spent a lot of our time spreading the word about our film and we funded it 180% over our goal.

GGW: White Armour had a very modern soundtrack. Why did you choose the music that you did? Any favorite songs from the film?
JI: We could not afford to pay composers to write music for our film so we enlisted the help of artists who offered us to use their music for free. We also wanted to do something different compared to all the other fam films we have watched online lately. 1 fav track would be “Fett’s Vette” by MC Chris.

GGW: One of the greatest things about White Armour was the authentic Star Wars wardrobe. Can you describe your relationship with the 501st?
JI: We are in the 501st legion; however, it is to be noted this film is not officially branded as 501st paraphernalia/material. We wanted to include our friends in our film as they showed great interest in the production so that’s what we did!

GGW: Any challenges or interesting stories occur while filming?
JI: We had some last minute location changes from our permit owners which made filming extremely challenging, half the the film was shot in about 3 hours which included setting up equipment, costumes, practical effects etc. The most challenging part of filming was the locations.

DeathtroopersGGW: White Armour ends with a very horrifying and suspenseful cliffhanger. Without spoilers, can you give us an idea of what’s to come? When can viewers expect to see the sequel?
JI: We are working on a sequel for 2016 which takes heavy inspiration from the book Death Troopers. That’s all we can say at the moment.

GGW: Are you working on any other projects that you’d like to talk about?
JI: We are working on White Armour II – Death Troopers.

GGW: It’s an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan. Anything in particular that you’re geeking out over? (The new trailer? A comic? A show?) Tell us about it!
JI: Currently reading some EU books and loving them. Also collecting the new Marvel series of Star Wars comics which are great! Enjoying the new fan films that are coming out slowly and helping other people out promote their films now ours is done.

GGW: If you had to describe why you love Star Wars in 10 words or less, what would you say?
JI: There hasn’t been a better story told!

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