Earlier this year, the Star Wars Fan Film Awards announced their Filmmaker Select Award winner live to the world. It was TK-436: A Stormtrooper Story, created by Samtubia and Samgoma Edwards, two brothers from the Bronx, N.Y.
They first gained notice in the early 2000s with their viral YouTube video series, The Young Hov Project, which caught the attention of Jay Z and director Chris Robinson. Since then, the duo have consistently created innovative videos and developed their brand. Their unique, hands-on approach to creative storytelling and use of special effects sets them apart from the average amateur filmmaker.
With the success of their recent Star Wars tribute, they are now signed to Paradigm, a major agency in the film industry, and developing their first film. We spoke to the Edwards brothers for Color Creatives, our video series highlighting the wave of black innovators in several creative industries. Watch the full interview below, shot at the famous Toy Tokyo in downtown New York City.
P.J. Rickards is an original video creator at The Root.