Ryan vs Dorkman

by alphamonkey on April 18, 2006 · 13 comments

in Short Film,Uncategorized

You know, I really thought we were done with the Star Wars stuff, but I have to admit it:  this fan film is actually pretty damn good.  Call me a sucker for a science lab throwdown, but it’s a hell of a lot more clever than the final saber battle in Revenge of the Sith.

Update:  You can find out more about the production (and the tantalizing rumors of a rematch) at the official site

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  • eurolames

    Wow, I must agree, this is really well done.

  • Boss Robot

    Yes, oh so more creative than what Lucas has done. The youth has the imagination and ambition. I just wish there was a teeny bit of gravity defiance, cuz I like that.

  • http://www.ocremix.org/remixer/dhsu/ Dhsu

    Somehow I doubt that Lucas personally had a hand in choreographing the fight scenes.  I’m betting the script just says *insert fight here*.

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    But it was totally up to Lucas how that fight would be realized, shot, and edited.  In that sense he dropped the ball, big time.  Here’s a good example:  Look at the Darth Maul throwdown at the end of Menace.  That was a beautifully executed fight sequence, from the actual fighting, to the framing, and the editing.  In fact, it’s nearly the only sequence from all three prequels that I actually get the urge to watch now and again.

    While Hayden Christensen is certainly no Ray Parks in terms of ability, a lot of what made the Darth Maul fight so incredible was how the sequence was presented.  Instead of quick edits and jumpy camera work, Lucas just pulled back and let you revel in the artistry of the movement.  It didn’t need a flashy background or crazy stuff happening on top of the duel.  I guess Lucas watched a couple of Kurosawa films prior to plotting that sequence or something, because the long lens/static camera thing is one of Akira’s trademarks.

    Now the Sith duel… The camera is jumping around, there’s a quick edit every couple of seconds, and there’s so much going on (lava, wobbling platforms, robots, etc) that it’s an effort to even focus on the fight itself.  Every one of those decisions was Lucas’s.

    Hell, the framing and editing of this fan-film is better than what Lucas eventually used.  So how is that not George’s fault?

  • that guy

    holy rant alphaman!

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    Oh, that’s not a rant.  My rants have a lot more profanity.

  • Alan

    Nicely done boys.

  • starphat

    See even children can make better movies than Lucas.  One problem, a Jedi with glasses?  I don’t think so.

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    Think of it as an accessory, like a monocle or an eye-patch.

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    Dorkman was kind enough to write and point out the clip’s official site, as you can see in the updated text.  Dig it.

  • daemoneyes

    Note to self:  Never get in a lightsaber duel with a guy called “Dorkman”, even if he does wear glasses.

  • jimbert

    dorkman died

  • daemoneyes

    Only after severely whipping the other guy.  And it was a cheap shot. LOL

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