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George Lucas might not want to make any more Star Wars movies now that Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith is secure in its crown as the top-grossing domestic movie of the year. But that didn't discourage West Virginia-based filmmaker Shane Felux, who this year created a sequel of his own: Star Wars: Revelations, a 47-minute opus with genuine production value, impressive special effects and -- true to the Star Wars template -- wooden dialogue and stilted acting. All Felux needed was about $20,000 to complete his film, which drew quick notice on the Internet when it debuted in April. On iFilm, the short film Web site, his film was downloaded more than 3 million times, and he earned notices in USA Today and an appearance on CNN. But despite the attention, Felux has been disappointed to discover that Revelations hasn't provided him the entrance to Hollywood that other film shorts inspired by Lucas' franchise have brought in the past. "I was hoping that the industry might stand up and go, 'All right, that's pretty good for something a little under 20K, what do you want to do next?' " Felux said. "And I'd go, 'Well, here is the next thing I want to do, here's how much it's going to cost.' And hopefully go on and make another film."


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