Sunday, April 06, 2008

Top 10 Questions Answered About "Jedi Baseball"!

1. What program did you use to create the lightsabers?
The visual effects were created by Jason M. George in a program called Adobe After Effects. He learned how to do it because he is a genius (and also combined various online tutorials with his own good senses).

2. What is that thing flying around in the background behind Jason's head and why wasn't it removed from the film?
That object flying around is a kite that someone was flying in the park that day. It wasn't removed because it was not worth the time that would have been involved in doing so, since our purpose in making this film was as a effects test to see if we could create believable enough effects to support a larger production (which became "Office Wars: Escape From North Brand")

3. Where was this film shot?
It was filmed at Central Park in Santa Clarita, California.

4. Are the creators of this film "40 Year Old Virgins" or anti-social Star Wars dorks?
Although that might fit the bill if they were, both men are normal well adjusted people with families, children and social lives paired with a healthy interest in filmmaking.

5. Why did the lightsaber go throug Noka's head in that one shot?
It didn't. It was BEHIND his head. The prop used to create the saber was a toy lightsaber, with the plastic blade removed. In its place a wooden dowel rod was pushed in which had reference markers on it for use in the animation of the sabers in post production. So there was really no way for an error like that to occur. The light saber effect was added exactly where the reference dowel was in the raw footage.

6. Why was field light visible again over Jason's shoulder right after it exploded a moment earlier?
Was that the same light? Maybe it was a different light all together... Ok. Guilty as charged. The reason it wasn't removed is because a) they didn't think it would be recognized as the same light, and b) why bother when the real point of the short was to test the effectiveness of the light saber effects?

7. Where did you get the sound effects?
On the internet... where else?

8. Why wasn't the movie longer?
It was a simple idea, and really didn't need to be any longer. Plus, we wanted to save our time and energy for "Office Wars" which was our true objective all along.

9. Has George Lucas seen this?
Not that we know of, but if he does, we hope he enjoys it.

10. Will there be a sequel?
Definitely. Stay tuned... it is in the works right now!


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