The Hunt is on as Star Wars v Predator came to Formby
Star Wars came to Formby beach over the weekend with Stormtroopers and even Predator invading the sand dunes and woods.
Don't worry, it was not real! It was all part of a film shoot! Steve Trevorrow and Lee Craig started a group in October 2015 called Imperial Order 66 UK and they have partnered Darkside Promotions and Klan Strill to make a film called The Hunt which is partly filmed at National Trust Formby.
Steve said: "We had our first days shoot of our story The Hunt. This involved Special-Ops troops and Mando Warriors going head to head with the Predator! We are all huge fans of the Predator movies and wanted to do something a little special and very challenging for starwars and predator lovers across the country, every fan wants to see the predators go head to head with the Empires mercenaries and stormtroopers so why not give them what they want!"
"We had a grueling day that started badly with cameramen, costume and prop malfunctions. and then the rain battered us but we stepped up and managed to pull day one out of the bag and It was awesome! We managed to get enough to start the film and cut a teaser trailer to wet the appetite."
The whole process took Steve and his company, months of planning and also gaining permission from National Trust but it was all worth it when they got the green light to start filming in the Formby pinewoods on Saturday 20th May.
Steve said: "The location is perfect and unique for filming an off-world adventure where sand dunes meet dense forest, amazing backdrops and great woodpecker natural noise and life. On the day of filming, we were supported by the people who were visiting the reserve and taking their own photos, Including the scouts who gave us a big cheer and we were welcomed by the Sefton Rangers."
Steve is from Crosby but the other men in the group are from all over the country from Witness, Crewe, Manchester and Birmingham giving over and above what is expected of them and purely because they love it! Steve said: "It is the happy atmosphere that these costumes create which all the guys have built or modified themselves and they love it when kids come along and get to meet their hero's which is very special for them and us, the feeling is difficult to describe if I'm honest."
On Sunday 28th May, Steve was dressed in his flagship costume as Vader and was
leading an army of stormtroopers through Liverpool city centre, helping the Lyons Childrens Foundation to raise money to help one of their children get a special operation.
Steve said: "I would like to say a special thanks to Daniel Dolman, Martin Roberts and Sean Cluskey who smashed it with tough camera work and wearing the grueling predator costume! Also thanks to Daniel Dolman, Martin Roberts, Sam Trevorrow, Sean mercer, Tim Adams, Mel Johal, kria Mereel and son little big noise mereel, Todd Anthony Nolan and Danny Ruddin Lee the cameraman."
"If there are any Stormtroopers and Bounty Hunters out there that are looking to get involved with what we do, they are welcome and needed. They can contact me through our Facebook page - Imperial Order 66 UK."