The Intern Menace

Spent a fun lunchtime today with our group of a dozen or so summer interns at work, helping Andrew S. show them how to swede a movie. We’re running a short film competition for the interns, with fabulous prizes for the best film. The idea is to get them to use cool Canon equipment and have some fun.

So today we gave them a lesson in how to make a short film. And to do so, we recreated Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. From the collective memory of the interns (without help from Andrew and me, and without any reference to a script or other material). And we shot the whole thing in one lunchtime.

We did a total of 16 scenes. Jar Jar died in the third scene. Palpatine became President of the Galaxy by winning a “Ben Hur” race, when Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan’s ship crashed into R2-D2 just before the finish line. But the people weren’t happy and attacked Palpatine in a mass fight scene. And in the final scene, Jar Jar came back to life, but Qui-Gon and Mace Windu killed him again.

We filmed it on the lawn in front of our building. Several onlookers were eating lunch nearby – I hope we kept them entertained!

3 Responses to “The Intern Menace”

  1. Stephan says:

    That sounds awesome! Will it be shared with the Interwebs?

  2. A condition of convincing the interns to do it was us agreeing not to publish the result. We’ll defnitely try to cajole them into putting the final cut on YouTube, but that’s their decision, not mine.

  3. Stephan says:

    Understood. I wouldn’t dream of forcing someone to publish something they don’t want to.

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