Star Wars: Imperial Military Personnel Stories

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 24th, 2014 at 10:00 am,

Star Wars Imperial Military Personnel Stories IMPS Star Wars: Imperial Military Personnel Stories

(This article was written by Screen Rant guest contributor Tim Keyes).

Browsing around my usual list of websites today I was fortunate enough to stumble upon what I can honestly say is the highest quality and most entertaining fan film ever produced for Star Wars. Going by the name of Imperial Military Personnel Stories, or IMPS for short, its tagline reads “The Most Epic Documentary… of the Best Damn Job in the Galaxy.”

A feature length film is being released in chapters and they first started work on it in 1999. Upon seeing this, it immediately called to mind another, shorter fan film, Troops. This short was basically a COPS-based stormtrooper parody that detailed the events of Star Wars: A New Hope on Tatooine from the perspective of the stormtroopers. As it turns out, it’s the same people who were responsible for TROOPS that created IMPS and this was originally set to be a sequel to Troops, with a much larger cast and support of course.

IMPS is a documentary, following the men and women of the Revenge-Class Heavy Carrier “Relentless” and its battlegroup as they traverse Imperial space maintaining law and order. The ships and vehicles are done in CGI and many of them are of original design, but the core of the film is on its live-action Imperial service men and women. The props are top notch, and while the CGI is clearly CGI, it is pretty good quality, especially for an independent fan film. To top it off, the film is narrated by non other than Peter Cullen, aka, Optimus Prime. Cullen provides excellent description of the battlegroup’s role in maintaining peace and order in the Empire, as they chase down rebels and the criminal element intent on tearing it apart.

A teaser for the film can be found here:

Now for the good/bad news: the first chapter was released way back in 2005 and after thought, many thought it was dead. But the second chapter came out only a week ago so, while slow, the project is alive. Given that they have limited people and resources to do the effects, and that it’s done freely in their spare time, they can hardly be blamed for taking so long in getting it out. We can only hope they get extra help so the next chapter can be released sooner rather then later.

You should definitely watch TROOPS, you can watch this video and download it here in higher resolution:

Head to the IMPS siteĀ  at to check it out and share your thoughts here.

Continue to Page 2 to see some Production stills of IMPS…

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IMPS Official Logo

IMPS Storyboard Star Wars: Imperial Military Personnel Stories

IMPS Storyboard

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IMPS Production Still

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IMPS Special Efffects Still

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IMPS Composite Still

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  1. Sounds cool I can’t watch it til I get to a real computer.
    Lucas should open up “Stormtrooper Surplus stores” in select cites,,,
    They could be your one stop shop to get all sizes of Stormtrooper armor, helmets, boots, training manuals, etc. Of course they would also stock the latest in Tie Fighter suits,, At-At Walker Commando outfits,,, I suppose they could also stock the latest in Rebel uniforms,,,
    They should be high quality yet affordable…

    I don’t know just thinking,,?
    I think these Stormtrooper Surplus Outlets would be profitable even in this recession.

    Everyone loves Stormtroopers!
    (That could be the tagline)

  2. This is great news; I had sort of given up on Chapter Two ever being finished. “Troops” was great, and Chapter One was a little less outright funny in it’s approach, but very creative. I’m heading over there now…thanks for the head’s up!

  3. I have not seen that before. Thanks for the links. I enjoyed those. Yeah, the CGI is not ILM, but it was still fun to watch!

  4. “The important thing now is that we find their nephew, uh, Duke, and make sure he’s okay.” Love it. I think you’re onto something there, 790: “For all your Stormtrooper needs…”

  5. Thanks Rob for the article on IMPS!

  6. Having recently broken into computer animation on an individual basis, I can attest to the fact that projects involving CGI for animation or live action film (as opposed to CGI stills) is an insanely protracted, involved, technical and artistic process. That a few of these guys are attempting something approaching feature length (in total) astounds me.

    As John Walker (producer for “The Incredibles”) said once, whoever decided to make motion pictures this way was insane! Adding up the man hours for the best of the best of CGI reaches into many multiple lifetimes for a single project.

    Kudos to these guys for having the cojones to even make the attempt.

  7. Nicely written Rob. Thanks for the IMPS artical. I will have to put Screen Rant on my fav’s and surf around a bit more.