Wow. I just realized that it has been almost an entire month since we wrote anything on here. Oops. There’s been too much exciting stuff going on. Filming for the Enumclaw movie is TOMORROW (YAY!)and the deadline for LCC is rapidly descending on us. There’s too much to write about! Aahhhhhh!

I’ll just skip to the most exciting thing happening right now.

Those of you who are Facebook friends with Rachel, Max, or Micah probably already are aware of what has been happening, but for those of you who don’t know, we are very happy to announce that filming for LCC XI has begun!

31089_115919201774186_8117639_nLCC stands for Lightsaber Choreography Contest. It’s a yearly, international contest for major Star Wars geeks who like making movies or swinging swords around. Or both. *glances in Max’s direction* Seriously though, there are some really awesome films made every year for for this contest and it’s a great place for any Star Wars fan or someone who wants to study fight choreography. While many of the entries are set up as Star Wars fanfilms, the purpose of the contest is to judge the choreography. The movies don’t have to take place in the Star Wars universe, be especially high quality, or even have to have saber effects. It all comes down to the choreography.

Max (with Micah) has entered LCC for three years in a row now. He won second place with his film The Fight Inside two years ago (LCC IX), and third place last year (LCC X) with Prevail. Also last year, Phillip and Josiah made Round 1 Infinity and got an honorable mention from the judges.

VIOLENCE WARNING: These are fight videos with mortal injuries. There is no blood but they could be slightly disturbing.

This year is LCC XI and we are all super duper stoked to be collaborating on one entry.


Trying on their costumes all together. Phillip and Lizzy weren’t finished with their’s yet.

After several weeks of choreography, screen-writing, costume designing,  prop making, and location scouting, we finally all tromped down to the location and started filming. It’s been going kind of slow. This year, there’s dialogue involved which is something that none of us have really done before. We’re still figuring out everything and learning a whole bunch in the process.

We had all decided that it would be better to work in the morning because in the afternoon, the sun would be shinning directly down on us (making the heat unbearable for our actors in their heavy costumes) and the lighting wouldn’t be as good. During this time of year in Washington, the sun rises at about 4:30 AM. That means that if we want to be out there and filming before it gets too hot, we have to get up real early. Don’t know about all you folks, but I like sleep. I generally get up at about 8:00. Getting up at 5:00 for three days in a row was a totally new experience. We usually actually started filming at about 7:30.


It was pretty slow. We were still trying to figure out exactly what we were doing, this being the first time that we’ve actually all done production together (unless you count the short test videos for Evasion). We made some good progress though and started to get more  of a feel of what the final film should look like. We wrapped up at about 11:00 cause the sun started coming out above the trees, ruining the lighting.

Josiah, the sound guy. Micah, the camera guy. And Annie, the do-whatever-needed-to-be-done-gal

Josiah, the sound guy. Micah, the camera guy. And Annie, the Assistant Director

The cast with finished costumes carrying stuff down to the location.

The cast with finished costumes carrying stuff down to the location.


– wake up at 5:00 AM.

– Eat breakfast

– Lizzy and Phillip get their hair done by Rachel

– load the car

– get everyone in the car

– drive and meet Swets at trailhead

– Walk down trailhead to location

– Set up shop, getting camera and mic ready

– start filming

– keep filming

– take a quick snack break

– more filming

– filming

– Have your actors act while you capture their performance with a camera and microphone.

– filming

– hurriedly filming the last shots because the sun is steadily encroaching on your location space.

– wrap up

– walk back to the car

– yack with friends about all things you were trying really hard not to waste time on set with

– say good bye

– go home


      See Wednesday 🙂

As droll as I make it sound, I had tons and tons of fun. Being with my siblings and friends as we work hard to create something cool together is probably my favorite part of making movies. It wouldn’t be nearly as much fun without all of us together, giving ideas, being silly, being willing to do it over and over and over and over again until we get it right, and just being ourselves.

Phillip and Max getting into 'character'.

Phillip and Max getting into ‘character’.

We won’t be filming for LCC again for at least another week. We’re all gonna be super busy on set of the Enumclaw movie, and then we’re all gonna be exhausted for a few days after that. Won’t have too much time to recover though. The deadline for LCC is Sept. 8th. We really need to get a move on.

A couple last things:

Firstly, I’m gonna ask everybody in our group to write a blogpost about LCC, so be on the look out for cool posts about costumes, props, production, post-production and anything else that we might feel the need to write about.

Secondly, since we have been quite bad about keeping this blog updated recently, I’m gonna hopefully make up for it by allowing you guys to see these two stills from the film. I hope they make you as excited to see the final thing as I am.




And that’s the way the camera rolls,



About Annie Poling

Annie is an aspiring filmmaker with interests in directing, acting, cinematography, producing, screenwriting, and music. Basically, the whole making-a-movie thing. She’s very organized and helps keep us on track as we tend to descend into silliness. She’s directed several short films starring her younger siblings, as well as working as the cinematographer and camera operator for Phillip’s LCCX entry. She’s also into reading, various needle crafts, cooking, and playing the piano very loudly. Oh, and also, she collects weird hats and office supplies. View all posts by Annie Poling

4 responses to “LCC XI

  • Morg

    Argargargarrrrr too awesome!!!!!! 😀 I’m super excited about seeing this thing! It’s going to be epic! Y’all did a great job on the costumes, hair and location. Lizzy’s hair looks fittingly like a padawan, and Phillip’s looks fittingly like a scoundrel Sith 😉

  • Anna Faith

    ^^^what Morgan said 😀 this is too AWESOME!! I’m a fan already and I havent even seen it!! 😀

  • Alina

    I can’t wait to see it! I love Lizzy’s costume the best, although all of them are great!
    I agree with Morg, Lizzy’s hair does look like a padawan and Phillip’d like a scoundrel Sith. 🙂

    • MattM

      Oops! That first comment was actually mine, I don’t know why it says Morg, but whatever, Morgan thinks the same thing 😉 LOL 😀

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