A film director from Shoreham has become an internet hit after uploading his Star Wars themed short film onto YouTube.
Carlos Boellinger, 37, of Brunswick Road, has raked in almost 10,000 views in just two weeks.
Local actors and locations, including Seaford and Shoreham, were at the heart of the new film, Jedi’s Code.
The film was originally made for the Star Wars fan film awards 2016 but due to restrictions, Carlos and his team decided it was best to make it their own and use their own choice of music, costumes and locations.
“We originally made the video for the film awards but in that we were limited to five minutes running time and had to use their music” said Carlos.
“We wanted to go a bit bigger than that so the running time of our film is eight minutes and it allows us to be more flexible with costumes, music and filming locations.
“We put the video up on YouTube without any advertising and it we are amazed at how well it has done.
“It took us two months to make the film with plenty of sleepless nights, but in the end I think it came out really well.
“It was all totally self-funded and cost about a grand. Everything from transport to costumes was funded by us.”
Many of the scenes were filmed in Burling gap in Seaford and in a few areas across Shoreham.
The 1983 film, Star Wars - Return of the Jedi, was the first film that Carlos watched and led to interest in making his own versions.
The self-proclaimed Star Wars fan has already made a short sci-fi film as part of the Sci-Fi London 48hr film challenge and is currently working on his first feature film but has not lost desire to make this film into a sequel.
He said: “Due to the cost of the first film, we would probably have to consider trying to get funding before we go ahead and make plans.
“I went to go and watch the most recent Star Wars film in the cinema and straight away I thought about making another film.
“We have been so amazed by the feedback we have received for this film. We are constantly getting messages through from people praising our work.
“Star Wars fans are great and so many people wanted to help out. I even had to turn people away at times.
“I’m sure a sequel would be possible.”
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