View Full Version : Heart of an Empire - The Fighting 501st

01-24-2005, 08:45 AM
Heart of an Empire - The Life and Times of the Fighting 501st (http://www.heartofanempire.com/index.shtml)

Has anyone else heard of this? I just found this out on my random browsing of TFN. I watched the Trailer (http://www.heartofanempire.com/trailer.shtml) and thought it looked pretty good.

(because I'm lazy, I'm just copy/pasting)

"Heart Of An Empire" is a documentary about the global organization known as the 'Fighting 501st". These people are most likely one of the most misunderstood and stereotyped group in pop culture. In a mere 5 years the 501st has increased in numbers from 2 to 2000 and has managed to carve a name for itself as a staple for many well known charity organizations, and secured themselves in the annals of Star Wars popular lore. More than a mere fan group, they seem to have an uncanny(although sometimes challenged) organizational skill and unparalleled sense of place and purpose in their communities.

My film follows the "501st" group and a select portion of its individual members both in costume and their 'real lives' as they struggle to give the general public something it doesn't expect. My hope is that this film can appeal to the general public for its human element that is so prevalent in the piece, and lets not forget I have quite a few surprises in store for the Star Wars fan as well.

Things won't always work out, they are often ridiculed, and at times chaos reigns supreme. However, through all the politics, drama, and personal hardships, these everyday heros somehow end up touching someone at the end of the day in a special way, and will hopefully touch your heart as well.

Jay Thompson

I can't wait til it's finished. Thoughts?

01-24-2005, 08:46 AM
Yeh, I saw some of the 501st at a local sci-fi convention. :)

01-24-2005, 08:51 AM
Haha, I've known about the 501st for a while and I plan to join when I'm old enough (and can afford the Stormtrooper armor :p ).

01-24-2005, 09:01 AM
Originally posted by TK-8252
Haha, I've known about the 501st for a while and I plan to join when I'm old enough (and can afford the Stormtrooper armor :p ).

I've known about the 501st for a long time as well. I'm talking about the documentry.

01-24-2005, 12:26 PM
This all gets a big "WTF?" from me, 501st what? who? why? and where? why make a film about film fans?

01-24-2005, 01:23 PM
looks cool enough to me.

01-24-2005, 01:56 PM
Good bunch of lads and lasses :) Anyone know when it'll be finished, I can't find a release date on the site. Unless it's on the trailer of course, but I'm downloading that as we speak...

I'd join but I've got no armour :( While we're on the subject though, this is an interesting side-note. (http://www.theforce.net/latestnews/story/Kisses_for_Katie_89031.asp)


01-24-2005, 02:50 PM
Yeah, that's how I found the doc.

In the Star Wars En Direct Interview (http://www.swendirect.com/archives/jaythompson_interview.zip), Jay says by January is his target. We'll see.

03-14-2007, 05:38 PM
So much for Janurary huh?

There's a new trailer out: Large .mov - 50MB (http://www.heartofanempire.com/downloads/HOAE2007Final_FullScreen.mov)

I can't wait for them to get around to releasing it.

03-14-2007, 05:55 PM
It would be cool the join the 501st.

Only problem is, a 5'5 Stormtrooper/Clonetrooper Phase-II would look pretty ****ing stupid. :D and the outfit costs way too much.

And I think I saw three members of the 501st at the Scandinavian SCI-FI Game and Film convention last year.

Mike Windu
03-14-2007, 11:03 PM
5'6 clone trooper for me.

I heart clonetroopers. Stormies aren't my thing. But that's cool. Documentaries like that are cool. I look forward to it.

And @ jon_hill: it's about exploring life behind the fans who dedicate themselves to suiting up. If you're a 501st, then it's good to see your set being represented, and if you're not, it might show you how life is for a 501st.