fan film

I wont lie – I cry at the drop of a hat. I cried watching The Force Awakens. I cried watching the Doctor Who season nine finale. I cried during a recent rewatch of Pokémon: The First Movie. And I cried watching this beautiful, masterfully-shot Star Wars fan film called “Kara” written and directed by Joe Sill.

Set on a desert planet, presumably during the 23-or-so years of the Empire’s rein, a young girl and her father witness a dogfight between some Rebel X-Wings and Imperial Tie-Fighters. When an X-Wing crashes, the pair meet a Rebel pilot… and are quickly tracked by a team of Stormtroopers.

There’s a wonderful tempo to this fan film. Between the pacing, the shots, the brief but surprisingly detailed characterization and the top-notch visual effects, this is a seven-minute short that’s well worth your time. Check it out in the player below.

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If this live-action fan short titled, “Dragon Ball Z: The Fall of Men” had an awesomeness level, it would be well over 9,000.

The fan film–produced by Black Smoke Films–boasts some decent cinematography and effects despite being low budget. It also packs a solid story into 29 minutes. Here are the basics on the plot:

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Digital animator and Marvel fan Milton Pool of Miltonius Arts wondered how an epic battle between the new Thor and zombie Hulk would go down. So he let his imagination run wild and created this badass short film that took six months to complete. The animation is fast paced and his artwork super stylized, making this fanfic nothing short of awesome.

Enjoy the animated short film after the break.

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In Callegos-Y’s fantastic short film, Link is in the market for a new shield, but he happens to be lacking in the rupee-monies. So what does he do? He screws over everyone. Broken pots galore.

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Ever wondered how your fair city would handle an Imperial invasion? If you happen to live in Los Angeles, then this video by Kaipo Jones will give you an idea. There are some Easter eggs in there, so pay close attention to the signs. He also made BTS video to show you how it was all done.

See the videos after the break.

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It can’t be easy to live in a world where no one understands you. People interpret Guardians of the Galaxy’s “I am Groot” however they want, Hodor from Game of Thrones gets treated like a pack animal, and Chewbacca from Star Wars is only understood by Han. Aww.

In Brotherhood Workshop’s latest LEGO short, the not-so-well-spoken trio end up together at the Mos Eisley Cantina and swap horror stories about being misunderstood. It’s a little sad but mostly amusing.

Watch the video after the break.

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If you’ve seen The LEGO Movie, you know that Wyldstyle ditches Batman. In this fan-made short by How It Should Have Ended, Batman swings by and says he thinks that Wyldstyle has taken a step down and is settling by dating Emmet. That is, until Emmet shows up. It turns out that he’s transformed into Star-Lord (because, you know…Chris Pratt), and Batman is jealous.

Watch the LEGO antics after the break.

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Well, Paul Feig, it’s awesome that you’re working on a reboot of Ghostbusters with a female team, but these middle schoolers are already way ahead of you. A group of girls has remade the Ghostbusters trailer scene by scene and shot for shot for the Boston International Kids Film Festival, and it’s spectacular. The props and effects are understandably on the low-budget side, but it totally works. These ladies rock.

Watch the recut after the break.

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Casey Pugh put together a fan made version of Star Wars: A New Hope in 2009 which was made up of hundreds of different snippets of individual scenes. They were filmed with people, puppets, and all manner of props with the idea that they’d be spliced together to create the complete film. The finished product was so good that it actually won an Emmy in 2010 for Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media.

Now, to follow-up, The Empire Strikes Back has been fan made in the same format, and with the same incredible results. It runs just over 2 hours and contains footage from 480 different Star Wars fans. Sit back, grab some popcorn, and enjoy the ride.

See the video after the break.

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Browncoats will never give up hope that Firefly will make a triumphant return, but there’s nothing at all on the horizon officially. Instead, we have this fantastic fan film, The Verse, created by the folks at Loot Crate. It’s technically not Firefly, but it’s about as close as we’re gonna get.

You may be familiar with Loot Crate as the monthly subscription service that delivers a box of geeky goodness to doorsteps every month. This month it’s a Galactic box full of Firefly-themed products, making this the shiniest month ever. That’s why they’ve given us this 16-minute film that was written by fans, for fans, and even has props produced by Quantum Mechanix. Clearly, this was a labor of love that took the combined effort of Browncoats from all corners.

The stars of the short talk and look like the cast of the show. Makes you wonder if they’re a bunch of Browncoats, too. That cast includes Ryan Caldwell, Jennifer Wenger, Zack Finfrock, Peter Weidman, Tybee Diskin, Alex Marshall-Brown, Ewan Chung, and Vic Mignogna. They’ll make you want to kick back and watch the show all over again.

See the film after the break.

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