fan film


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.

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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.

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ghostbusters lego

When Homer Simpson’s not busy tossing back a Duff Beer or several, he’s haunting a hotel in New York. MonsieurCaron has made the minifig the ghost that needs to be captured in his The LEGO Ghostbusters Movie. The stop-motion short is an amusing parody of the film and definitely worth taking three and a half minutes to check out. Be sure to keep your eyes open for fun ghost cameos.

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dante's redemption

Tal Peleg is no stranger to animation. He works at Naughty Dog and contributed to The Last of Us and previously worked at Visceral Games. He’s taken his skills and applied them to a fan project focused on the 2010 video game Dante’s Inferno. It was published by Electronic Arts, and Peleg is a fan. His short, titled “Dante’s Redemption,” looks super impressive. It’s a great way to kill some time.

Watch the short fan film after the break.

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doctor who 50th

The 50th anniversary of Doctor Who made a splash last year with “The Day of the Doctor.” The special brought in the War Doctor and put the 11th and 12th Doctors onto the screen to share scenes. It was memorable, and YouTuber bookshelfprodutions captured some of the coolest moments of the show with LEGO. He animated the scenes in stop-motion style.

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transformers stop motion

Homemade Transformers movies might be the best kind of Transformers movies, and YouTuber Harris Loureiro’s short proves it. In his “Attack on Giant” short, he used a giant Optimus Prime to battle a fleet of Constructicons. Loureiro spent a month editing his footage and adding special effects and sound. It may not have the budget of a Hollywood Transformers movie, but the stop motion short makes up for it with heart.

Check out the transforming action in the video after the break.

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space marine

This brief clip is from an upcoming fan-made Warhammer 40K short film titled The Lord Inquisitor by Erasmus Brosdau. It features a Grey Knights Space Marine getting suited up in his impressive armor. The film is being created in CryEngine Cinebox which means it’s all rendered in realtime. According to Brosdau:

During the last months I have switched the render engine. Instead of V-ray I am now using the not yet released CryEngine Cinebox, a realtime solution for the creation of cinematics. I’m excited to announce that this is a world premiere showing this new teaser, rendered in realtime on one single nvidia GTX 780 ti.

And all the images you’ve seen the last weeks have been rendered in realtime as well – but nobody noticed

This is a great success for The Lord Inquisitor to be a pioneer in this area of film making and it will help the project a lot.

It’s nothing short of amazing how good this film looks and how well he’s captured the grim darkness of the far future where there is only war.

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These two monster movies walked the same world, but those worlds never quite overlapped until now. This fan-made trailer takes video and audio clips from Pacific Rim and Godzilla and splices them together into one fabulous movie. Gipsy Danger goes up against Godzilla and the humans are quaking in fear at both sets of footsteps smashing into the ground. The two movies each have sequels in the making so you never know. It could happen, right?

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The Akira Project launched an Indiegogo campaign in 2012 to fund the creation of a fan trailer for a live-action version of Akira. The beloved anime film seems ripe to translate to the live-action medium, and though Hollywood will probably get around to making that happen, these fans decided to get to it sooner.

They crafted a five minute glimpse at what Akira could look like as a live-action film, and man, it’s really good. It features Osric Chau – you know, Kevin on Supernatural - and the production quality is top-notch. I want to see a couple more hours of this imagining.

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tmnt banished

Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may be well underway, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for other versions. TMNT super fan Benjamin Eck wanted to show a more serious take on the group with a darker tone. In his story, Raphael is banished. Eck explains:

In a nutshell, the film will follow Raph after his uncontrollable violence labels him a threat to his family. Master Splinter has no choice but to banish his own son. So, accompanied by Casey Jones he takes refuge in Los Angeles. It’s when his itch for violence sends him out to the streets that he uncovers a high level of organized crime. Getting to the root of it will surely win his place back in his family, but he will quickly discover that he’s not New York City’s only secret hiding on the West Coast.

His 40 second teaser shows a hint of what the film could look like, and I’m hooked. Eck says that if it’s received well, he’s ready to launch a Kickstarter to fund a full fan movie.

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