Well, much of the stuff I was going to mention in my review of this has already been covered, so I won't go into depth about the costumes and sets etc.
The introduction was an interesting style, though I felt it used a few too many effects and some odd camerawork, which made it look a little too amateurish for my taste.
One of the major problems with this was the lack of continuity in the editing - there were lots and lots of times where you crossed the line
. Though this worked in the context of the room filled with smoke, where it had the effect of disorienting the viewer, in the earlier 'interview' sequence, it was just jarring and distracting. This was also the case for some of the cuts in the forrest sections.
The fighting also looked a little lacklustre - though the coreography was ok, there wasn't enough speed or the impression of any power in a lot of the moves, so it suffered from the fanfilm affliction known as 'banging sticks'. For a great tutorial on how to stage lightsaber fights, check this out : Lightsaber 101
One thing about the saber fighting though - I loved
the look of the sabers. They were bright, colourful, and just looked great against the forest background. They reminded me very much of the look of the sabers from ROTJ. Some people probably didn't like them, but I thought they looked fantastic.
Another thing that I thought was very well done was the 'force jump' - I could tell straight away that it had been reversed, but it looked really cool, a very interesting idea. It could have done with a little tighter edit, just to sell the effect, and maybe a re-take, as it looks like some debris from the branch falls 'upwards', if you know what I mean. But other than that, it really made me smile.
The acting was pretty poor, imho - there was a range of quality, some of it was passable, but some of it was very bad. I think maybe you needed more rehersals and read-throughs to really get into character.
On which note, some of the dialogue could really use some work - "Did you sense that? Good.... keep walking" really stood out as being out of character for a Jedi. It sounded more like something a stormtrooper might say. It just didn't sit right for me. Lines like that should have been tightened up and polished.
Some of the effects were really well done - I really liked the touch of the spark hits on the tree branches, though some of them were integrated a lot better than others. The final head cutting effect also looked a bit fake, I think you'd have been better off with a combination of digital and live action effects for that, as it just didn't work the way I think you wanted it to.
Also, the final minus point was the 'twist' at the end of the film. I felt he killed his fellow jedi/padawan too easily - if that situation had come up in one of the official movies, then not only would he have contronted him and tried to pull him away from the dark side, the other jedi would probably have put up a bit more of a fight than he did.
Overall though, I know how difficult it is to make a full 10 minute fanfilm that keeps the audience's interest, especially a star wars one. So, in all, great work, and I'm looking forward to seeing what else you and your team come up with.
A solid 3/5 from me - well done