A few weeks ago, I saw a headline in the New York Times that almost certainly seemed like a mistake:
An Emmy? Star Wars? What sort of Utopian world did I wake up in?
A fan film winning an Emmy is HUGE. No, it’s GINORMOUS. When people think of fan films, they think low-budget, cobbled-together creations that aspire to the original, but fall short.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Sure, there are plenty of “home video” quality fan films (Star Wars Boy, anyone?), but people rarely get to see how the exquisite excitement of fandom and the resulting creative output can remix the original in new and unexpected ways. If you think about it, fan films are the ultimate representative of our current remix culture.
And Kickstarter is a natural home for these kinds of projects. Fan films have always relied on support from within their built-in communities — and not just financially. Creative resources are shared, talent is pooled, and everyone pitches in what they can to help bring something as complex as a film to life. It’s what makes a fan film possible, and it’s what ensures that fan-made art can thrive in a world that is more accustomed to waiting patiently for mainstream sources to deliver our entertainment.
We’ve had an exciting influx of fan films launch on the site recently, and I thought I’d share a handful of them with you:
Batman Reassembled is an animated short-film and homage to both the classic Batman films and the comic book series. This isn’t Christopher Nolan’s Batman — all roles will be played by LEGOs!
I’ve never played the video game Dead Space, and obviously this project is a sign that I should. It’s a first-person shooter involving you in space killing a whole mess of scary aliens! Through the efforts of Eric and his crew, Dead Space is about to get an awesomely terrifying, fan-made cinematic trailer on a minimal budget.
After being turned down by Sega for an official release, Richard Kuta decided he’d finish his animated Sonic the Hedgehog fan film on his own. He’s mixing together stories and background from the comic books, the animated series, and the video games to create his own unique tale of the iconic blue blur.
Star Wars might be the most remixed franchise in fan history (I have no statistics to back this up, just a hunch —Star Trek fans, don’t hate me!). With “Renegades and Relics,” Jason Hunt hopes his story of a powerful relic that enables its possessor to use the Force will become another memorable addition to the Star Wars canon.
Got a fan project in the works? Tell us about it!