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Ryan vs. Dorkman (2003)

Video  -  Short | Action | Sci-Fi  -  1 March 2003 (USA)
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What began as a friendly rivalry between two effects artists explodes off TheForce.Net's FanFilms Forum and into the real world in a lightsaber battle royale. Originally created for the ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Michael Scott ...
Dorkman (as Michael 'Dorkman' Scott)
Ryan Wieber ...


What began as a friendly rivalry between two effects artists explodes off TheForce.Net's FanFilms Forum and into the real world in a lightsaber battle royale. Originally created for the forum's lightsaber choreography competition, this fight to the death will decide once and for all who is truly most skilled with a saber. There can be only one. Written by Anonymous

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Ryan Wieber vs. Michael 'Dorkman' Scott  »

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The film was initially released in 2003, created for TheForce.Net's Lightsaber Choreography Competition. Three years later, it was uploaded to several viral video websites, and became an internet phenomenon. Due to the success, _Ryan Wieber_ was able to secure a job with the effects division of LucasArts Games. See more »

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Followed by Ryan vs. Dorkman 2 (2007) See more »

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Effective, simple and enjoyable fan film
1 October 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In an enclosed facility, Ryan Wieber and Michael "Dorkman" Scott face off against one another in a light-sabre battle to the death.

Having watched the sequel before this one I was wondering what it would deliver that I had not already seen and the answer was, well not a great deal actually. This sounds a little like a criticism but really it is not because I enjoyed the frantic delivery of the second film and this is what this one does as well. It is not as amusing as the second film but it does have a stronger (if unexplained) ending that is punchier than the kick of the sequel.

The special effects are good but it is the direction and choreography of the fight sequences that impressed me more. They were frantic and edited together in such a way that they felt exciting and frantic. The makers may have respectful to George Lucas in their messages and attempts to avoid being sued, but really Lucas should at least have a bit of shame when he sees this and realises that it is not massive budgets and never-ending special effects that make for a good light-sabre battle (Star Wars III really convinced me that he has lost this awareness in all his excess).

Overall then an impacting and enjoyable fan film. It doesn't knock itself out in the story department but it has good effects and is an impressively delivery fight scene that the films proper don't have enough of.

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