First and foremost, this film project all started with a story that our director wanted to make into a movie with his son. At its core, this was always about capturing the heart of the original films but more importantly sharing that love from one generation to another.
Birth of a Monster is the first episode in a new series of fan-made short films that take place in the iconic Star Wars Universe created by George Lucas. This is a not for profit film project produced by Escape Velocity Content, LLC. Themes, characters, music, etc. found within the project and its visuals are the property of Lucasfilm LTD, LLC & Walt Disney Studios (The Walt Disney Company).
BoaM is an original story from director and master special effects artist / concept designer, sculptor Tim Martin. The original screenplay was written by Ian Eskander and the film was produced by Alec Eskander. Along with Director of Photography Nick Mahar, a massively talented cast and crew have joined the BoaM team donating their time on weekends and days off to bring this incredible story to life. Our post production team includes editor Josh Dennis, Sound Designer Jet Valerio, colorist Matt Osbourne from the Mill as well as composer Aaron James Eckardt who created a completely original score inspired by John Williams.
While we’d like to keep the story of Birth of a Monster a mystery for soon-to-be viewers, it tells a unique tale of discovery featuring a boy (played by Tim’s son, Zander Martin) and his wise and loyal droid, 0-TK (Voiced by the legendary Steve Blum; Star Wars: Rebels, Cowboy Bebop, Box Trolls, Transformers Prime) on the planet of Tatooine. BoaM features original characters as well as familiar ones from the original SWU.
Principal photography for Birth of a Monster wrapped in the fall of 2018. Production utilized locations from the original trilogy as well as created sets which were filmed in Burbank, CA. All props, special effects make-up, designs, costumes, sets and overall art department have been created by Tim Martin and our team (which includes artist/designer Daniel Bohman who provided the performance for 0-TK).
Thank you to all who are involved...We are beyond excited to share this film with you!