Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager

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Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager
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Chad Vader Promotional Image
Genre Comedy
Created by Aaron Yonda
Matt Sloan
Developed by Aaron Yonda
Matt Sloan
Directed by Aaron Yonda
Matt Sloan
Presented by Aaron Yonda
Starring Aaron Yonda
Matt Sloan
Brad Knight
Christina LaVicka
Paul Guse
Craig Johnson
Rob Matsushita
Voices of Matt Sloan
Narrated by Matt Sloan
Theme music composer John Williams
Opening theme The Imperial March
Ending theme The Imperial March
Composer(s) Andrew Yonda
John Lee
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 38 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Matt Sloan
Producer(s) Courtney Collins
Location(s) Madison, Wisconsin
Editor(s) Matt Sloan
Aaron Yonda
Camera setup Tona Williams
Running time 4–11 minutes
Production company(s) Blame Society Productions
Release
Original network Channel 101
Blip
YouTube
Ustream
Hulu
Picture format YouTube/Hulu/Ustream video players
Audio format YouTube/Hulu/Ustream video players
First shown in 2006-present
Original release June 25, 2006 (2006-06-25) – December 11, 2012 (2012-12-11)
Chronology
Related shows Star Wars
External links
[blamesociety.net Website]

Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager is an American comedy fan web series created by Aaron Yonda and Matt Sloan, who wrote, directed and appeared in the series, which parodied Star Wars. The show's central character is Chad Vader, the day-shift manager at the fictional supermarket Empire Market, who clashes with his customers and employees. Initially produced for Channel 101, the project was canceled after only two episodes were released. However, Yonda and Sloan decided to continue the story and the project achieved significant popularity following its airing on YouTube. It is largely filmed in Madison, Wisconsin at Willy Street Cooperative.[1] The show has received several awards, including an Official Star Wars Fan Film Award.

Production[edit]

Filming style and locations[edit]

The "Empire Market" scenes were filmed on location at Willy Street Co-op, Madison, Wisconsin.[2]

Series overview[edit]

The first season follows Chad and his interactions with his co-workers. He admires his boss Randy, acquires Jeremy as an apprentice, hazes Lloyd and dates Clarissa. After troubles with Clint, Chad is moved to the night shift, where he meets Weird Jimmy, before quitting his job at Empire Market. After unsuccessfully working briefly at a number of jobs, he returns to Empire Market to re-ally with his coworkers and battle Clint to reclaim the day shift manager position.

In the second season, Empire Market is bought out by Red Leader Foods, a large corporation. Maggie McCall arrives as the corporate liaison for the new owners. After failure on the new laser checkout system, Randy is demoted to night shift manager, where he becomes mentally unstable, and Maggie becomes the acting general manager. The series also introduces another love interest for Chad, Maggie's assistant Libby and a minor antagonist, Sean Banditson. The season focuses on Chad's misuse of Jeremy and Maggie's attempts to ally with Jeremy. Afterward, Jeremy and Chad duel, leading to the accidental death of Weird Jimmy. After the battle, Chad and Jeremy reconcile.

The third season begins with the trial promotion of employees to general manager for a day. After the employees' failures, Maggie trials Clint as manager-for-a-day, where he attempts to turn the store into a "bozo circus" as Chad describes it. New employee Damien Nightshayde joins Chad and Jeremy, whilst Weird Jimmy's ghost tells Jeremy a prophecy. Finally, during the day of Chad's management, Randy attempts to blow up the store, though only Damien is killed. As a result, previous store owner Champion J. Pepper(Clint's father) buys Empire Market back and makes Chad the general manager, demoting Maggie to night shift manager, Champion congratulates Stewart for his bravery Chad says to stewart that he is very brave . Jeremy, still depressed over Damien's death, chooses to take a leave of absence to go on a spiritual journey of discovery. Both Chad And Stewart wish Jeremy good luck in his quest.

The fourth season opens up with Chad as the general manager of Empire Market, Weird Jimmy's brother Johnny enters the store to pick up his brother's stuff. When he reminisces about Jimmy, the latter possesses him, and ultimately becomes the janitor for the store again. Chad also manipulates Jeremy to return with the hope of making "the store fully operational". Distressed over the lack of faith his employees have in him, Chad becomes convinced that he must locate his "dark soul half" to become the manager that they deserve. He descends into madness and forces a tyrannical martial law on the store whilst a generator malfunction threatens its very existence. Stewart Sacrifices himself to neutralizes the generator and save Empire Market. Unfortunately this shocks his heart and lungs, And destroys his DNA cells for good. Stewart then dies apologizing to chad for sacrificing himself, but telling him there was no other way. This act forever heart breaks chad who sobs over the dead 13 year old boy, refusing to let Stewart remain dead, Chad orders that Stewart be revived using the same Vader prototype suit that was stored in Empire Market,s basement. This act works and Stewart is revived. Stewart thanks chad for reviving him. Chad with emotion returns the thanks, and saying to the 13 year old that he is very very brave, but sadly do to his injuries he would have to keep the suit on him for the rest of his live, Stewart understands very clearly. Later on in the store chad tells all of his employees ( including his friend Stewart) that he realizes that he belongs in the day shift position and demotes himself, promoting Jeremy to the position instead.

Cast and characters[edit]

Yonda in character as Chad Vader at YouTube Live in 2008

Chad Vader (Aaron Yonda/voiced by Matt Sloan) is the show's central character. He is the day shift manager of Empire Market. Sometimes using lines lifted from the Star Wars films (the main source of humor being Chad going about day-to-day life while retaining a behavior befitting of a Sith lord), Chad's main goal is to crush Empire Market's competition and help make the store dominate the food retailing industry. However, as Season 2 progresses along and Chad follows Randy's orders to "ditch" the Star Wars attitude and become more normal and the new leader announces that everyone has a chance to be General Manager, his main goal morphs into a great ambition to become General Manager (which he succeeds in the end of Season 3). While he has inappropriate and rocky relationships with most of his co-workers, most notably Clint Shermer, he has better ones with others, such as Jeremy, whom he adopts as his apprentice. Chad implies in the second episode that he is Darth Vader's younger, less successful brother, and that Darth gave Chad a life support suit and helmet similar to his own after Chad accidentally rode his bicycle into a volcano. This fact is mentioned explicitly on the Blame Society website (www.blamesociety.net). Though he uses a red Sith lightsaber as a weapon to threaten opponents and shoplifters, he may not be a Sith; he is never referred to as "Darth", the title given to all members of the Sith order. He is, however, referred to as "Lord Vader" by some characters. Chad had lost touch with his family when they moved to Tatooine without him. LucasArts was impressed by Sloan, and eventually this led to him becoming the new voice actor for Darth Vader. His voice appears in the games Empire at War: Forces of Corruption,[3][4] Soulcalibur IV, and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.[5] It is also noted that in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, if the player kills 12 Stormtroopers as Darth Vader during the introduction sequence, they will receive an achievement entitled "Worst Day Shift Manager Ever".

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Matt Sloan and Aaron Yonda were awarded the George Lucas Selects award for The Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards 2007, presented at Star Wars Celebration IV, for their work on Chad Vader. George Lucas personally selected the short movie as the best fan movie of the year. The annual competition is hosted by AtomFilms.[6]
  • Chad Vader appeared on the cover of Isthmus Magazine, January 25, 2007.[7]
  • Clips from episodes 1 and 4 appeared on the October 11, 2006 episode of ABC's Good Morning America.[8]
  • Matt Sloan was selected to be the voice of Darth Vader in the video games Soul Calibur IV and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and its sequel.

Distribution[edit]

The first episode of Season 2 was released on the internet on February 1, 2009 and subsequent episodes have been periodically released. Season 3 started being released on the internet from early 2010.

It started being broadcast on Blip since April 2010.

The series also has a DVD, which contains all 8 of the first-season episodes, and one for season 2's ten episodes. Released on DVD in Fall 2008, Season 1.5 features the collection of "Chad Vader Training Videos" and other material created after the release of the Season 1 DVD. Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager has been translated into at least 6 languages, including Portuguese, Spanish, French, Chinese, Hebrew and Lingua Franca Nova.

Other media[edit]

The titular character of Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager has appeared outside of the web series.

A spin-off web series, Empire Market Training Videos was produced in 2008. In the webisodes, Chad covers issues of customer satisfaction, custodial duties, the importance of the dress code, the perils of shoplifting and patrolling in a series of in-universe training videos teaching the potential employee of Empire Market. It retained many characters from the main series.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Foley, Ryan J. (February 25, 2007). "Chad Vader's popularity out of this world on Web". The Seattle Times. 
  2. ^ Chad Vader | Willy Street Co-op
  3. ^ Blame Society Productions Bios - Aaron Yonda and Matt Sloan - Creators of Chad Vader Archived 2007-05-20 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager on IMDb
  5. ^ "The Game Has Changed". Vanity Fair. 2008-02-05. Retrieved 2008-02-06. 
  6. ^ Atom: Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-11-20. Retrieved 2009-08-24. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-07-13. Retrieved 2009-08-24. 
  9. ^ RiffTrax RoundTable - Index[dead link]
  10. ^ RiffTrax RoundTable - Index[dead link]
  11. ^ "Chad Vader votes in Dane County". YouTube. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 

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