WR Chris Conley organizing a Star Wars lightsaber duels fan film on UGA campus

There is more than one uniform Chris Conley is willing to wear.

Other than his No. 31 jersey he wears for the Georgia football team, the junior receiver has a Star Wars Jedi costume he will break out on special occasions. Like when he wore it to the Gym Dogs’ meet against Alabama on Feb. 2.

“It was pretty epic,” Conley said. “I was dressed as a Jedi and we had two Storm Troopers.”
But he is hoping it’ll come in handy again sometime soon.

Conley is trying to organize lightsaber duels on UGA’s campus with other fellow Star Wars fanatics. His campaign to get production of the fan film going began on Twitter.

The response?

“I’ve actually had a lot of response,” Conley said. “A lot of people really want to do this. It’s something I’m kind of spearheading. It’s been a goal of mine before I graduate. This is just for me, just for fun. All of the people who are involved like that sort of thing and we accept our nerdiness.”

Conley began tapping into all of his possible resources. He recruited a Georgia football videographer — Frank Martin, who has overseen the production of the Bulldogs’ pregame hype videos, such as A Letter for Larry and Awaken The Nation — has been out shopping for props to build lightsabers and has continued to build his production team.

And on Tuesday, he held a production meeting.

Conley said he doesn’t have a timeline for it quite yet, but he is determined to make the video happen sooner rather than later.

“I just spoke with (Frank) recently and he said he would love to work on it,” Conley said. “I see him every day because he’s in the (Butts-Mehre) building and he has unlimited resources back there in the video editing suite.”

There are locations to scout, participants to recruit and other details of the project to finalize.

“I’ve yet to decide how many people are going to be dueling yet,” Conley said. “I definitely want to be one of them. We’ve got to get that together. We’ve got to choreograph the whole thing. It’s going to take a little while to practice and film.”

Conley said he and his brother, sister and parents have all loved the Star Wars franchise since first watching it when Conley and his siblings were kids. So why not make a fan film?

“My brother and I got into the games and into the some of the Star Wars history outside of the movies and I’ve just been a fan of it ever since,” Conley said. “I’ve been a big guy who prides myself on remaining who I am regardless of who I’m around or how old I get. It’s something that I like and regardless of what people tell me, if it’s frowned upon or not. It’s me.”

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