Taryn: "I know."
Revelations is a Fan Film set in the Star Wars universe, produced by Panic Struck Studios and directed by Shane Felux.
Set some time after Episode III (but filmed and released prior to it), Revelations follows Taryn Anwar, a former Jedi "Seer" (a Jedi who specializes in visions and prophecies), as she attempts to consolidate any surviving Jedi Knights as well as separate herself from Zhanna, the Emperor's Hand, who was secretly using Taryn to hunt down and kill the Jedi. Taryn, her smuggler friend Declan and reluctant partner Cade are racing against Zhanna and The Empire to recover a long-lost "artifact" which could aid both sides in their respective agendas, with the fate of the Jedi remnant hanging in the balance.
Revelations, as a Fan Film, was much more ambitious than most Star Wars fan films. It runs a full 40 minutes (as opposed to the more common 5-10 minute fan film runtime) and has an actual story rather than an Excuse Plot. It even has some locational shooting (in particular, a rock quarry, a museum and a state park's underground grotto) in addition to the Chroma Key sets more typical of the Star Wars prequels.
The film is free to download and distribute, and can be found right here.
This fanfilm provides examples of:
- The Atoner: Taryn desperately wants to retrieve/protect the Jedi tracking software from Zhanna, to make up for leading her to hidden Jedi (whom Zhanna then killed). It takes Cade, of all people, to talk Taryn down: "You haven't failed."
- Bar Brawl: Taryn and Declan use one to evade arrest by a group of Stormtroopers. It helps that the place they're in (a bar in Coronet, Corellia) is not exactly friendly toward the Empire.
- Cataclysm Climax: Out of nowhere, the Jedi temple which serves as the setting for the film's finale starts caving in.
- Chroma Key: used to create most of the sets; but there were a few practical sets and locations as well.
- Co-Dragons: Vader and Zhanna. Technically, they're rivals, and work together only once.
- Decoy Protagonist: As Zhanna says to Taryn, "It takes a Seer of great ability to activate this chamber... and that's not you."
- Designated Girl Fight: Taryn vs Zhanna. Justified because It's Personal.
- Destination Defenestration: Taryn and Declan escape the Bar Brawl in this manner.
- Disney Death: Raux Anwar sacrifices herself to save Cade, but it turns out she was captured rather than killed.
- Doomed by Canon: Sorry, Taryn, you won't be able to protect all those Jedi; Darth Vader ends up in possession of the Jedi-tracking software.
- Dual Wielding: both Taryn and Zhanna do this during their climactic dual. Taryn uses two standard lightsabers; Zhanna uses one regular and one shoto saber.
- The Emperor: makes a cameo.
- Epic Movie: The entire project was an attempt to create a film with the look of a Hollywood blockbuster but without the budget.
- Evil Orphan: Ssssort of; Zhanna has a group of henchmen who turned to evil after being rejected by the Jedi Order (for whatever reason).
- Evil Overlooker: Zhanna, as seen in the poster above.
- The Corellian city Coronet is clearly modelled after New York City, including a Central Park.
- Zhanna is a prototype Emperor's Hand, right down to the red hairnote .
- Declan is a substitute Han Solo. Hardly surprising, considering how very many Lovable Rogues there are in the Star Wars galaxy.
- False Friend: Zhanna pretended to want to help Taryn rebuild the Jedi Order by tracking down surviving Jedi; in truth, she was murdering them as Taryn found them.
- Heartbroken Badass: Cade seems at first to be just bitter and resentful, but we soon learn he was in love with Raux.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In a flashback, Raux holds off a squad of stormtroopers so that Cade can escape.
- Karma Houdini: Zhanna is disarmed during her duel with Taryn; but before Taryn can exact her vengeance the Cataclysm Climax occurs and Zhanna escapes in the chaos. Subverted when Zhanna brings the tracking software to Darth Vader and he strangles her in gratitude.
- MacGuffin Girl: Raux Anwar is the Jedi seer who can activate the software.
- Omniscient Database: Every Jedi is electronically tagged and can be tracked with a special computer program. The producers freely admit they didn't worry about the practicality of it.
- One-Woman Wail: seems to be Raux's leitmotif.
- Sequel Hook: Taryn mentions looking up an old friend on Tatooine, and Declan tells her he'll wait for her return on Nar Shadaa.
- Stuff Blowing Up: A space Chase Scene winds up wrecking a shipyard. And a Star Destroyer too.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Cade and Taryn. Declan stands between them as the voice of reason.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Cade gives a spectacular verbal smackdown to Taryn for allowing Zhanna to use her to hunt Jedi... or at least it would be, except Taryn already realizes this.
- Unwitting Pawn: Taryn believed Zhanna was helping to rebuild the Jedi Order; instead, Zhanna was killing the Jedi as Taryn tracked them down.