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A Novel Way to Experience Loyalty

So this morning, we all woke up to find something AWESOME waiting for us. I’ve been sporadically jumping up and down and squealing all throughout the morning.

This morning, a novelization of our most recent short film, Loyalty was posted on facebook! Go here to read it, because it’s AWESOME.

The author, Antoine Bandele (or SilentBat as he’s known to the lightsaber community) was one of the official judges for the Lightsaber Choreography Competition. He’s entered LCC a couple times himself in Ricky vs. SilentBat and Nemesis: RvSB2. Ever since Loyalty came out, he has been a constant supporter and fan. We can hardly believe how much interest he’s shown Loyalty and our filmmaking in general.

*gushing alert*

Oh. My. GOSH!!!!!! Antoine, thank you so much for writing this. It is Too. Stinkin. Cool. I can’t even imagine how many times you had to watch the movie to be able to catch all the little details and facial expressions. *squeals in delight*

Screen Shot 2013-10-14 at 2.07.34 PMYou captured Alar’s conflict so perfectly and I was just stunned. I loved how you wrote the pivotal moment when she decides not to kill her master:

“Alar gripped her lightsaber tighter. She took a deep breath. Her arms began to shake. She could feel Andreas within her, prying the darkness away. He had to make her see reason.”

This just expresses so perfectly what we tried to get across in the movie. Back when we were building the story, we knew this moment needed to accomplish two things. The most important thing was to portray Alar’s indecision, of course, but in the background, it was also vital that we express Andreas’ selflessness. He’s not trying to convince her not to kill him cause he doesn’t want to die. He’s trying to stop her downward march towards the dark side. The way you wrote that entire section just… wow. It put into words exactly what we were thinking.

Andreas’ sorrow at seeing his apprentice fall to the dark side and his constant concern for her was also perfectly portrayed. I loved how constantly throughout the whole thing, Andreas’ is insistently, stubbornly thinking that Alar is not to blame. Though Andreas’ thought may not have been true (Alar made her own choices), it’s still very true to his character. It’s a little imperfection that makes him feel human, and I love that you put it in your novelization.

And don’t even get me started on Loban! If there is anything that I would go back and change about our film if I could, I would have delved farther into who Loban was and where he came from. Of the three characters in the film, he’s the one that’s the most flat and unmotivated. You gave him dimensionality and more purpose. My favorite moment of the entire story is after Alar makes the decision not to kill Andreas:

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“The siblings locked lightsabers, their beams crackled on one another. Loban’s shock at Alar’s betrayal was for only a moment. She had decided her fate the second she chose to defy him. Without a blink of his eye he swung towards her neck. She ducked just in time but Loban was on her fiercer than he ever was before.”

I feel like this is the moment where we really understand Loban. He did care for his sister and was hurt and betrayed by her defiance. I’m so grateful that you took the time to express Loban’s character more because I felt like it kind of got skipped over in the film.

My other favorite moment was the ending:

“He closed her dead eyes and bowed his head into her shoulder. Be at peace, Alar. I won’t fail you again.”

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You just about made me cry.

The whole thing is just amazing and I can assure you that it will be read many times, over and over again. Thanks so, so much for sharing this with us!

And that’s the way the carrot crunches,

Annie

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Come One, Come All!

My Lords and Ladies of the realm,

I come before you today to announce an occasion worthy of marking on calendars.

You have asked. We have heard.

Ladies and gentlemen, please get out your pens and pencils (or smartphones) to mark the soon coming Friday, the 4th of October at high noon (according to the time of the Pacific Ocean).

You are invited to attend a live moving picture query and answer session with the “Loyalty” production team!

*thunderous applause*

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You are invited to the ‘Loyalty’ Q&A, where you can ask questions and we will answer them live! We will be talking about “Loyalty” (duh) and I’m sure, about filmmaking in general. It will be geared towards our young fans, but we welcome anyone who would like to hear more about the making of our “award-winning” 😉 film.

Sign Up Here! 

http://flamingpixelproductions.com/signup.html

(We are experiencing some technical difficulties with our email system this week.
If you are having issues with the signup process or have not gotten your confirmation email after signing up,
please email rachelannpoling@gmail.com for assistance. Sorry for the inconvenience!)

We do need you to sign up if you want to come, so we can send out an email to you with a link to the live video feed and the Facebook group where you can ask your questions. If you do not sign up, you will not receive this information and will not get the details. This will lead to sadness.

Again, the date and time is THIS FRIDAY, the 4th of October, at Noon, Pacific Time. You can send in your questions before the Q&A starts or at any time during the Q&A. You can even send in your questions even if you can’t make it, as the video will be recorded and available later.

Please share the signup link with any of your family or friends who might be interested!

We are VERY much looking forward to seeing you there!

~ The Swet/Poling team

P.S. Here’s the link to ‘Loyalty’ again, in case you want to refresh your memory.  http://youtu.be/C-oz7b385GY

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Release of our new film ‘Loyalty’

Hello everyone!

I am really excited about this post, just so you know.

THIS IS THE RELEASE OF OUR NEW FILM CALLED ‘LOYALTY’!!!!!!

This was my fourth year entering the Lightsaber Choreography Competition but the first time I did one with the Polings.  Saturday (9/21) was the judging…..and we won!!!!!

In the coming weeks we will be posting more about this, giving you a detailed Behind Our Scenes look at what went into bringing our story to life. 🙂

And that’s the way the lightsabers are rotoed.