Film Courage: Why was it so risky for you to make STAR WARS ORIGINS? Why did you decide to bet on yourself?
Phil Hawkins, Writer/Director: Risky…well there are a few things here. Firstly, when you say fan film there are lots of connotations about fan films and not a lot of them are good, you know? If you want to ask for a first hit of what you think a fan film is they are usually people dressed up copying things they’ve seen from films (especially Star Wars fan films) and this isn’t a slight on other films. I’m just saying in general fan films are like a little bit naff, quite low budget, a little bit amateurish. But what I love about fan film is that they’re a playground for people to learn filmmaking. To copy the things they’ve seen on the screen and figure out how they’re made…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
Phil Hawkins is an award-winning commercials and features director. He’s directed hundreds of television ads globally and made five feature films released by Sony Pictures, Lionsgate and Netflix. Most recently he’s written and directed Star Wars: Origins, a film shot location in the Sahara Desert that’s taken 3 years to make combining his love of Star Wars and Indiana Jones in a unique re-telling of the beginnings of the saga.
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