Reign of the Fallen is an independently
produced film based on the Star Wars
universe created by George Lucas. This
movie is made solely for the love of all things filmmaking
and is not for monetary gain. Everyone involved in the
making of this movie worked completely for free, rewarded
only by the experience and the chance to meet other
people who share the same passions.
The idea for Reign of the Fallen started
as a 10 minute fight scene back in Fall 2003, but later
evolved into a 60 minute epic undertaking. Inspired
by the work of the fan film community, writer/director
David McLeavy and producer Jonathan
Wang set out to make a unique film, one that
paid homage to the Star Wars universe
they knew and loved, but was shown through their own
eyes in their own filmmaking style. It would be a project
that would provide plenty of opportunities to test their
theories of what could be possible in a small production
attempting to tell a mammoth story.
By early 2004, pre-production was well under way, with
props being crafted in Kentucky, location scouting commencing
in New Jersey, and casting calls being placed throughout
the internet world. After a long casting period, several
actors were cast based on their wonderful presence,
talent, experience and training. By August of 2004,
cameras were ready to roll.
Shooting began in the last week of August and continued
through November, largely constrained to weekends and
the participants' availability. On days when no one
else was available David McLeavy and
Jonathan Wang would go out on their
own, picking up "2nd Unit" shots and even
a few entire scenes with no other crew to be found.
By November, much of the film had been shot, including
the crew's biggest challenge: an extended night sequence
featuring a lightsaber fight in a torrential downpour.
Despite frigid weather, equipment malfunctions and an
intimidating shot list, the fight was completed over
five nights that often started at 8pm and lasted until
4 in the morning.
With a chunk of exterior scenes and night sequences
still left to shoot and Winter looming in the near future,
shooting was shut down until spring. During this time,
post-production was put into full gear, with effects
shots and editing taking up most of the filmmaker's
By March of 2005, they felt they were ready for the
final stretch. The actors were brought back for a second
round of shooting, some traveling 2 hours both ways
to make their call times. By June, shooting was deemed
completed and a screening was scheduled at the Thomas
Sweet Outdoor Cinema held every summer. The screening
was a success and the turnout more than the filmmakers
All seemed well... But director David McLeavy
had a few ideas brewing in his head. Based on feedback
from the screening and his own critique of the film,
he decided another round of shooting could make the
film that much more complete. Thanks to the unwavering
dedication of his cast and crew, more scenes were shot,
from grueling action to the smallest inserts, to refine
and polish the film as much as could be done.
Then, finally, four days before its next screening,
Reign of the Fallen was finished and
ready for the world. It has been a long and arduous
task, filled with long nights, dragging equipment to
remote areas, and combating the cold while trying to
keep focused on the task at hand. Thanks to the help
and support of friends, family, and the professionalism
of everyone involved, the project has been a success.
We hope you enjoy the fruits of all this labor, and
wish you happy viewing.