“My favorite part was seeing what everyone else was working on and over time to see the project come together,” said Hiller, of Inver Grove Heights, Minn. “It definitely pulled me out of my comfort zone. It helped build up my skills. Based on the character designs I’ve seen and the backgrounds, it’s going to be pretty cool. I think it is going to be something to behold at the end of it all.”
Being part of a wish made the project even more special, Hiller said. “This was his dream. We wanted to put our best foot forward,” she said. “It was really heartwarming to be a part of.”
Other entertainment design animation students who participated included Patrick Brunker of Sun Prairie; Alice O’Brien of Isanti, Minn.; Carly Sutton of Burnsville, Minn.; Charlie Peavey of St. Paul; Justin Barnharst of Franklin; Samantha Behl of Mukwonago; Sam Agard of Green Bay; and Zachary Johnson of Spooner.
Being a part of the film has been amazing, LaFaye said. “It was the hardest project I have ever done in terms of the scope of the project versus the resources we had.”
Making Knutson’s dream come true has been a dream for crew members to work on a Star Wars-themed film, LaFaye said, particularly those who are of the first Star Wars generation of fans.
“I probably won’t get the opportunity to work on a Star Wars movie, so this is the closest I will get,” LaFaye said.
LaFaye said area cosplay groups helped provide costumes for the project, making the film more authentic to the Star Wars fandom.
He was impressed working with the UW-Stout students.
“They did a great job; it was professional and funny. I really enjoyed what they did. I would watch the show if it was on TV. We had the opportunity to give students a lot of creativity with what they wanted to come up with.”