Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I.M.P.S. The Relentless

I.M.P.S.: The Relentless is a fan film that made its debut on the internet in 2005, created by fans of the Star Wars franchise. I.M.P.S. (Imperial Military Personnel Stories) aims to show "the best damn job in the galaxy", that of serving on the Revenge-class Star Destroyer Relentless as it goes on patrols and missions. The series is divided into chapters, with two released to date.

After the popularity of the fan film TROOPS, members of the original cast and crew began work on a sequel. I.M.P.S. took on a more serious tone, similar to documentaries about Naval Aircraft Carriers, their battle groups, crews and missions. While no longer a specific parody like TROOPS, the film does have some humor and homages to a variety of other popular films. I.M.P.S. boasts very high production values, original music and professional visual effects.

Production began in April 1999 on a glacier at the top of Mount Shasta in Siskiyou County, California, while post production has continued through 2005. Most of the sets were built in a 400 square-foot garage in Glendale, California.

The fan-made series was created by Eric Hilleary, Dave Max, Caleb Skinner, Nathan Pata, Pete Evans, Dave Marshall, Bill Hay and Andy Garfield. Hilleary, Max and Skinner constructed all the armor and appeared as Troopers in TROOPS. The first episode of the multi-chapter story was released on May 18, 2005, after being delayed twice for editing and sound remixing.

The Relentless is a Revenge-class Star Destroyer which is on patrol near the Outer Rim with its fleet. It is mentioned in the film that the fleet's duties included forcing peace and restoring order to hundreds of star systems in a sector of the galaxy.

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