-> Is this the long awaited "TROOPS 2?"
Originally this project was to be the sequel to “Troops” but over the course of writing and production, it evolved into something entirely different. "Troops2" was the working title of the production until the script was completed, and the project assembled. Chapter 1 of IMPS, “The Rail-Runners - Davenport Gateway” acts as a bridge to take us from the ‘COPS’ format to the soldiers of the many branches of the Imperial military. Since the military does actually act as peace officers in many cases, we thought it would be appropriate. As we delve into further Chapters, and the men and women who work as Imperial soldiers, we seek to learn who these characters are, how they came to be here, and what their responsibilities are, etc. This is why we now call it I.M.P.S. - The Relentless.
-> Who made this?
The Primary Responsible Parties are: Eric Hilleary, Dave Max, Caleb Skinner, Nathan Pata, Pete Evans, Dave Marshall, Bill Hay and Andy Garfield. Please see the Credits and About Us pages for a complete list and more information.
-> Do you have jobs?
Most of the Responsible Parties are freelance entertainment industry professionals who combined their talents and their free time to work on this project.
-> "Is this for real?"
Yes. This film is feature length and starting in the Spring of 2005, we will be releasing individual chapters that make up the entire project. These Chapters will be released approximately four to six weeks apart (no guarantees), for many months to come.
-> Do you work for Lucasfilm?
None of the Primary Responsible Parties work or have ever worked for Lucasfilm or its subsidiaries.
-> "Where did you get all that stuff?"
With very few exceptions, all of the costumes, props and sets were constructed by the people you see using them.
-> Why did you do this?
Individually, everyone involved in the production of this Project has his or her own personal reasons for working on it. However, the one unifying theme that brought everyone together was the desire to make a truly heartfelt tribute to the original Star Wars universe. For those closest to the project, such as the Primary Responsible Parties, it can be said that this is also a response to all of those who said that a production of this scale and quality could not be done.
-> Have you done anything else like this?
Eric Hilleary, Dave Max and Caleb Skinner constructed all the armor for and appeared as Troopers in "TROOPS"
-> How long did this take?
Pre Production began almost immediately after "TROOPS." Production finally began on a glacier at the top of Mount Shasta in April of 1999. Post Production began in 2000 and will continue through 2005.
-> How much did it cost?
Honestly, at this point, we're not entirely sure. A lot of people spent a lot of money, that's all we know. It can be said that most of the money was spent on permits, insurance, food, location fees and materials - like any film!
-> "Can I get this on DVD?"
Only if you download it and burn it onto a DVD yourself, FOR YOUR OWN PERSONAL USE. It is illegal to buy or sell copies of "IMPS" or its teaser. Like the disclaimer says, Please don't disrespect our work, or dishonor yourselves by doing so.
-> "How did you make this?
For the most part, everything was shot on a Canon XL-1. Most of the visual effects were created using many PCs running off-the-shelf software. The music and sound was created and produced on a PC primarily with Cakewalk Sonar Producer. Many of the sets were built by us in our garage. Seriously. Time on green and blue screens was generously donated by industry friends and contacts. For more information on how this was done, be sure to check out each Chapter FAQ when it is released.
It is possible there will be a "making of" after the initial project is complete.
-> "When is chapter 'X' going to be finished?"
The short answer: Soon. The long drawn out answer is that most if not all of the chapters are actually about 80% done. It is that last 20% that is difficult and takes a lot of time and care to prepare. All we can say is: "It will be done when it's done."
-> "What can I do to help with your project?"
We appreciate everyones desire to help us with the project. The best way is by spreading the word about "I.M.P.S the Relentless." Share it with everyone you know! Everything is being worked on by those already involved. When and if we need help, we will ask. Thanks!
-> "Would BlackSheep be willing to help me with my project?"
Umm, No. Not while we are working on ours.
-> Could you give us any hints about any of the chapters?
So far, much of what people have told us they would like to see, has been done - and will appear in future Chapters.
-> Do you mind people using your ideas in their own films, models, etc?
Of course we don't mind. You could say it is a form of flattery. However, we ask that, out of respect, people not use our trooper ranks and designations. Those that wear the rank of BlackSheep are made up of a team of individuals that have worked long and hard to earn that title.
-> Do you mind if people screen your film at events?
No, but keep in mind that to us it is not yet finished - we would like to finish it first.
-> Will you be adding subtitles and translations?
No, not at this time, as we are very busy working on completing the production itself. The script is available online, so have at it. (Note: Please do not email us your translation/subtitle files.)
-> "Are you worried George will shut you down?"
Please see our disclaimer page