“The Twelve Parsec Stare” is the latest Boba Fett fan film — one of at least 73 fan films that fans have made, complete with costumes, sets, or other production value. This new short film was self-produced by Ruined Films, a Finnish production company. They wanted to make a short film that blended sci-fi and Western genres and shot this in a week. Here’s the synopsis:
Boba Fett, the infamous intergalactic bounty hunter, has tracked his next prey into a dusty saloon in the outskirts of a remote space port. In the shadows of the busy space bar the hunter confronts his target’s three sinister henchmen. Who will blink first?
Today, the “Western” Boba Fett film has its world premiere on YouTube:
We spoke with Teemu Valve, who worked as a producer as well as in the prop and costuming departments of the film.
Tell us about the “The Twelve Parsec Stare” fan film and how it’s unique among other Star Wars and specifically Boba Fett fan films. What drove you all to making a fan film around Fett?
The Twelve Parsec Stare is both a fan film and a technical showcase and something we’ve been planning for a long time. Our first ambition was to make a Western short film with the genre’s usual lingering atmosphere and style of cinematography. Star Wars universe is something the director (and of course us all!) had wanted to recreate from his early childhood, which took the planning towards the genre combination. The idea was to tell an imaginative Star Wars story in a way the classic Western movies would have told it. The rumours about the oncoming Boba Fett spinoff film also initiated our spark into getting there first!
Boba Fett’s costume looks unique to your film, rather than intentionally representing one of the film-accurate or prototype costumes. Did your team build the costume just for the movie or did someone already have something that was then modified? What kind of helmet was procured or built? Who did the paint and/or build, and how long did it take?
Our Boba costume is indeed a “conversion” of the Empire Strikes Back version, which was modified a bit for our needs. It’s actually my personal costume, originally created for the trooping use in the service of the worldwide Star Wars costuming organization The 501st Legion. The fan-made costume was assembled and painted by myself, although the helmet seen in the movie footage was painted by my legion friend BH-11380. We had a total of three helmets in our wardrobe, just in case. The making of the costume was a 14 months journey.
The most visible modification to the costume is the poncho, which drew its inspiration from Clint Eastwood’s attire as the “Man with no name” as well as from Jango Fett production pictures and the Mythos Boba Fett statue created by Sideshow Collectibles. As our film is a crossover between Star Wars and classic Spaghetti Western we felt that it would be an appropriate detail mod for the Fett costume. We also believe that Western influences were something they had in mind when creating Boba’s character in the first place!
How does the costume hold up and move in the fight scenes? Jeremy Bulloch and other actors have always commented on how cumbersome it was; maybe you all agree or disagree. Or maybe you all changed it up to move more. Or did you make a stunt suit?
The costume is certainly quite heavy in the long-time use and the filming days took their toll on the actor. The armor limits the mobility of the person wearing it, so we had to plan the scenes and the choreography accordingly. Where we could (thanks to the camera angles or composition choice) we lightened the suit by removing the kneepads, shoes or the jetpack for a moment to make it a bit easier for the actor. There’s always some wear and tear to the filming process as well and we needed to make some field repairs now and then. Luckily we didn’t experience any major accidents and the costume held up through the action!
Since the project is a portfolio piece for Ruined Films, what’s your favorite part overall about its production that took everything up a notch? Any details specific to producing and/or art departments, like the props or costumes?
This is an interesting question, for we work with a really compact crew. Because of this everyone in the team gets to see and participate actively in different production phases. For example our director is also the visual effects artist and the editor was busy working in the prop and set departments of the film too. I think each film we make is better than the last one as the gathered progress in practical filmmaking process and in team spirit can be put into the use in the following project. Making a movie without an actual budget also pushes the team into creativity and making out of the box solutions, which is actually pretty useful in the end!
This was the first time we had a chance to include a proper extra cast in the production and we feel it really made a difference in how the scene looks. If we’d have to name a favorite part in what made the film and most of its production value, it would have to be the great set, with the props we managed to put together and the magnificent extras who were kind enough to help us during the film’s principal photography.
Announced earlier today on the official Topps Star Wars page on Facebook is an exclusive, oversized Boba Fett card. It’s an SDCC 2015 exclusive.
Their announcement revealed it’s part of a set of larger cards:
“Topps will have 10 sets of oversized cards featuring classic Star Wars characters on iconic Topps designs. Find us at Booth 2913-J.”
It’s unclear if this oversized card is part of the same 10″ x 14″ series that Topps recently marketed as wall art. Those prints retail for $99.
(Helmet nod to The Collectors Cantina for the heads up about this announcement.)
Just announced on the official Star Wars website is their second San Diego Comic Con 2015 exclusive, a Boba Fett Prototype Mini Bust.
The Gentle Giant site includes a little more information about the release. The 1:6 scale bust has a limited edition of 750.
If you’re not attending SDCC, you have to be a member of Gentle Giant’s club in order to put in a pre-order. (Premier Guild Collector’s Club costs $80 per year to join.)
From the manufacturer:
In the summer of 1980, The Empire Strikes Back introduced us to one of modern cinemas most recognizable characters, Boba Fett. A man of few words, the gritty bounty hunter quickly made his mark despite having roughly 3 minutes of screen time in his debut film. The character had long been teased by Lucasfilm as far back as 1978, appearing in animated form and as a costumed character in parades and special events across the country.
This is one of many Boba Fett items from Gentle Giant over the years. View them all in our Bounty database.
First announced and shown at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, JAKKS Pacific announced today the price and details for their upcoming Boba Fett figure, exclusively available at the 2015 San Diego Comic Con.
It will retail for $50 at the convention. It’s expected to be a limited edition of 1,000.
Here are two of the photos we took at SWCA:
Here’s the official product description:
Boba Fett, Legendary Mandalorian Bounty Hunter has a long and colorful history. While many fans remember him from The Empire Strikes Back as well as his animate debut in The Star Wars Holiday Special, his true first appearance was as a member of the Star Wars delegation in the San Anselmo County Fair on September 24, 1978! At the time, Lucasfilm was headquartered at 52 Park Way in San Anselmo, about twenty minutes north of San Francisco. As part of harvest parade, Darth Vader and for the first time in public, Boba Fett, marched throughout the street waving to fans of all ages. The armor was worn by assistant film editor Duwayne Dunham and featured several noticeable difference such as the brightly colored blue jump suit, yellow and red armor highlights, as well as the “tribal marks” on his helmet; all altered for his later film appearances. JAKKS Pacific is excited to celebrate this legendary character and offer an articulated action figure of First Appearance Boba Fett or the first time ever! It will cost $50 and will be sold in the Lucasfilm Pavilion in the JAKKS area where you can also come to pick up an amazing Star Wars action figure art card with photography by Stephen Hayford.
This will be the second Boba Fett figure from JAKKS Pacific.
Helmet nod to the unofficial SDCC blog for the heads up.
Just announced on the Gentle Giant website is their San Diego Comic Con 2015 exclusive, a Boba Fett Droids Jumbo Figure.
It will retail for $100 at the convention. Those not attending the convention need to be members of Gentle Giant’s “Premiere Guild” in order to have an opportunity to buy direct.
In 1985, everyone’s favorite protocol droid and astromech droid starred in their own animated TV series. Star Wars: Droids, featured R2-D2 and C-3PO on their early adventures that took place before Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope. The series also featured the appearance of Boba Fett himself!
This will be the third jumbo figure to include Boba Fett. Back in 2013, Gentle Giant released a Boba Fett Rocket Firing Jumbo Kenner Action Figure and also a Jumbo Holiday Yoda, which had a mini Boba Fett in the Christmas bag.
[UPDATED 6/24: The individual Boba Fett figure, without needing to buy a platform-specific game, will be available in January 2016, according to two tweeta from John Vignocchi, VP of Production on Disney Infinity 3.0.]
Moments ago, the official Disney Infinity page on Facebook just confirmed Boba Fett’s role and release in the new game, Disney Infinity 3.0, and its “Rise Against The Empire” play set. He’ll be on Sony Playstation before being available on other gaming systems starting around the end of the year.
[UPDATED 6/17: You can now pre-order the Saga Bundle on Amazon, which includes Boba Fett:
Here’s the official announcement at E3 by Disney Infinity’s VP of Production, Johnny Vignocchi. Jump to around the 3 minute mark for the full effect, complete with “BOBA FETT” on the giant screens at the event:
Here’s an excerpt from the official press release, which also hosted many new screenshots of Boba Fett:
One of the most feared bounty hunters in the galaxy, Boba Fett will use his martial arts skills and blaster rifle to help the Galactic Empire hunt and track down prey. Instantly playable in the updated and enhanced Disney Infinity 3.0 Toy Box, Boba Fett is also unlockable in all of the Star Wars Play Sets.
He also appears in the official trailer, released today to coincide with E3 events this week:
ComicBook.com has some clarity about the release:
[I]f you want to play with him before the Holidays, you can only do that on PlayStation platforms. The character will be part of the Sony-exclusive Special Edition, which will also include the Original Trilogy-era playset a month before it hits shelves for any other platform or the public. … The Special Edition will hit the same day as the general release of the game, which also comes with the Twilight of the Republic Clone Wars-era play set this fall, and is available for pre-order now.
The figure was also at E3 for journalists:
Here’s the publicity photo / render for the figure:
There’s even more within a post-announcement interview with Johnny Vignocchi done on YouTube Live at E3. Jump to around 3 minutes in before they show the additional game footage:
(Helmet nod to BFFC fan Gustavo Perez for giving us the heads up on the initial promotional graphics, and to Twitter user angelos_giorgos for the Vignocchi links.)
We caught up with Josh Powers and his “Return of the Jedi” Boba Fett costume at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim!
Now, we at the Boba Fett Fan Club have had the pleasure of previously interviewing Josh. But seeing his work and hearing him speak in person blew us away. Learn about the favorite part of the costume, his hardest challenge to overcome, and why he prefers the “Jedi” costume over the “Empire.”
“Dark Disciple,” a new novel coming July 7th by Christie Golden, has a Boba Fett cameo. He shows up beginning in the later part of Chapter 22.
The book is “based on unproduced episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” As we saw first-hand at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, Young Boba Fett — voiced by Daniel Logan — already played a role in those un-released episodes. You can see some of the pre-viz work for those episodes on our YouTube channel, here with Cad Bane and here with Count Dooku.
Today, via the official Twitch account for Disney, Boba Fett’s Slave I was featured in a larger announcement of new pieces in the Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars game.
Note how Boba Fett has an unusually blue look. It’s almost reminiscent of his Star Wars Holiday Special colors, which is most definitely non-canon now.
Jump to 1 hour 8 minutes to see for yourself:
Helmet nod to fan site Disney Infinity TV for the heads up!
We also spotted Boba Fett in the background (behind Han Solo) in this promo artwork, also released today.
Our latest video from Star Wars Celebration Anaheim is our interview with John “Bespin Boba” Morton.
Learn about John’s two days as Boba Fett on the Cloud City set for the “he’s no good to me dead” scene, including what Jeremy Bulloch told him to do motivate the character.