Interview with Angelo Licata

Angelo Licata is the director of one of the best “Star Wars” fan films to date, “Dark Resurrection”. After “Dark Resurrection”, there are plans for a sequel and a prequel as well. The upcoming prequel is called “Dark Resurrection Vol. 0” and it set to premiere on September 8th. Media Mikes had a chance to chat with Angelo about making “Dark Resurrection” and it’s upcoming prequel.

Mike Gencarelli: Tell us about the evolution of “Dark Resurrection”?
Angelo Licata: “Dark Resurrection” was born because of my passion for “Star Wars”. I wanted to shoot a 5 minutes fight with lightsabers in a perfect jedi style, but after seeing the beautiful 3D environments created by my partner Davide, I decided to write a whole 2 hours script that became “Dark Resurrection”.

MG: How did you film get the attention and approval from George Lucas?
AL: We sent the trailer to Steve Sansweet, Director of Content Management and Head of Fan Relations at Lucasfilm; they defined “truly amazing”, giving us the permission to release it worldwide.

MG: What was the budget for the film and how long was the shoot?
AL: About 7000 Euros. The shooting last about 3 years because of the great amount of efx and for we could not do it full-time.

MG: What are you most concerned with when it comes to satisfying the “Star Wars” fanboys with the film?
AL: Our concern is to write and shoot a good story, linked somehow but not necessarily strictly bound to SW. The environment is the same, but our subject and ideas are completely original. People who are fans of George Lucas’ universe can easily spot a good story, full of action, feeling and Force. So we do not have to worry about anything else.

MG: What was the most difficult aspect in creating the film?
AL: The budget influences a lot of aspects of the movie, especially when you shoot with no money at all! So we have to count on people who helped us only for their will of being part of the project. And we discovered wonderful people.

MG: Tell us about the upcoming prequel and its proposed sequel? When will we see these?
AL: The 8th of September 2011, at the Ariston Theatre in Sanremo (Italy) we will present the World Premiere of Vol. 0, the prequel to Vol. 1, that will be then soon available online. After that, we will see what happens and I hope we will be able to proceed with Vol. 2.

MG: Besides these films do you have any other plans to direct?
AL: After some commercials, I finally have a couple of very good scripts, but it’s too soon to say when they will “come to life”. Let’s hope the Force will be with us!


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