Monday, July 7, 2014
Conley's completed 'Star Wars' fan film
By Sam Khan Jr.
This spring, we shared with you the trailer for "Retribution," Georgia receiver Chris Conley's "Star Wars" fan film.
Now, the completed project is here. It's 26 minutes of well-done goodness, beginning in Sanford Stadium and proceeding with plenty of action scenes, lightsabers and several cameos from recognizable Georgia football figures like head coach Mark Richt, running back Todd Gurley and even UGA mascot Hairy Dawg.
The Richt cameo, which appears at about the 15-minute mark, is particularly entertaining as he sits on a bench with headphones on, looking at a tablet, oblivious to the battle going on around him on campus. Clearly, Mark Richt has lost control of ... everything.
The film is written and directed by Conley, who caught 45 passes for 651 yards and four touchdowns last season for Georgia. A self-proclaimed nerd, Conley began this journey in November by soliciting fellow "Star Wars" fans to volunteer for lightsaber battles on the Georgia campus, according to the Athens Banner-Herald. He got a strong initial response, enlisted the services of Georgia football videographer Frank Martin, held a production meeting and things took off from there.
Above is the finished product, which is impressive. Do yourself a favor and give this fun piece a look. Conley clearly has a talent for film-making. And like any good storyteller, Conley offers a tease, via Twitter:
Update: Here are some images from the film’s production and promotion, featuring Georgia students and a cameo from coach Mark Richt.
Richt wasn't the only one to get in on the action, however. Gurley, Georgia's star running back, took a break from evading defenders on the field to show off his acting chops.