Star Wars Revelations

In 2004, I appeared as an extra in a Star Wars® fan film, ‘Star Wars Revelations.’ I’m credited in the movie as a background artist (long for extra) at the 42-minute mark.

Set in a time immediately before ‘Star Wars®, A New Hope’ (Episode IV), Revelations tells the story of how the galaxy transitioned from a Republic to an Empire. My character was an ambassador attending a formal cocktail party between Republic Senators and Galaxy Ambassadors. During this party, something terrible happens.

Darth Vader and Stormtroopers surround us, take us prisoner, and carts us off to a hard-labor prison planet. While that’s happening, Palatine abolishes the Republican Senate and establishes The Empire, putting himself at the top as the Emperor. During the scene, Darth Vader makes his appearance, and using the force, chokes a Senator to death when he complains.

Filming

My first appearance in the movie occurs at the 18-minute mark. My scene, filmed in Washington DC at the Smithsonian Museum of Women, was exciting, tiring, and frankly boring. We reported to the museum at precisely 5 p.m. and spent the entire night filming the scene. I left the shoot at approximately 6 a.m. the following morning. I have clear memories of getting through wardrobe only to sit around for hours before being called to the set.

Star Wars Revelations Party Scene
You can see me in the background. Can you find me?

This routine continued throughout the night, leaving the set, returning to the set, and stepping outside the museum to take in some fresh air. By early morning, the set was hot, and opportunities for fresh air were mandatory.

I remember one time we were all out on the streets for a quick break. Two extras dressed as stormtroopers directed traffic on the streets of Washington DC. It was like the scene in ‘A New Hope’ at the spaceport on the planet of Tatooine. Laughing, we watched the cars go by, some even following their directions. It was hilarious.

If you like Star Wars, I encourage you to watch the movie. It’s available on YouTube in its full-length feature version. There are various links to wiki and IMDB.com all across the net. Learn more. As of 2017, here are the links I found.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0457489/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars:_Revelations
http://starwarsfans.wikia.com/wiki/Star_Wars:_Revelations
http://postproduction.digitalmedianet.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=32218

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