Monthly Archives: May 2008

5/25/77 Is Back On Track

5/25/77, the indie film based on the true story of a 1970s teenage fan filmmaker whose life was changed when he went behind the scenes on Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, is still alive—and man, am I surprised. This movie must have more spare lives than a cat. function change_color(input, id) [...]

Son of Rambow Review

Son of Rambow—the indie movie about two pre-teen boys making a Rambo fan film in 1980s England—has been covered quite a bit on this blog, and it’s brought in about $524,000 to date, according to Variety. Well, $11.75 of that was my hard-earned money (yes, that’s what it costs to see a movie in New [...]

Star Trek: Of Gods And Men To End

It almost doesn’t qualify as a fan film, since its cast is comprised almost entirely of people who previously appeared in the various Star Trek movies and TV series. Nonetheless, it’s still big news when segments of Star Trek: Of Gods And Men come out, and now the third and final installment will be released [...]

Indiana Jones Templars Fan Film Teaser Hits

So it was a big Indiana Jones weekend. They’re saying that Steven Spielberg and George Lucas’ Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull raked in something like $151 million from Thursday through Monday, despite mixed reviews. Me? I went in with low expectations and had a good time, and would rank it as [...]

"I canna change da laws of fan films, Captain!"

Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that Star Trek is all around us every day, from corny newspaper headlines that say something will “go where no [fill in the blank] has gone before” to Motorola Razr cell phones that bear a striking resemblance to Communicators. As for me, if I stumble across the [...]

Trey Stokes’ Fan Filmmaking Advice

Making a fan film looks easy, but it ain’t. It takes patience, stamina, time, money, actors, equipment and, oh yeah, talent. (And a tripod—how many fan films have you seen where the cameraman coulda been an alcoholic clown with the shakes? You see my point). Once you get all those goodies together, it still takes [...]

Indiana Jones and the Treasure of the Templars Fan Film Lives!

There’s been plenty of hoopla this week as the world gears up to either be amazed or horrifically disappointed by Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but to be honest, I’ve been looking forward to an entirely different Raiders spin-off. Crystal Skull was shot just last summer, but I’ve been waiting for [...]

Batman: Dead End Director’s New Feature Film

If you follow fan films, you’ve seen the name Sandy Collora; he made a big splash in 2003 with Batman: Dead End, and then followed up the next year with World’s Finest, a faux movie trailer featuring Superman and The Dark Knight. Both flicks were huge online hits, and in their wake, Collora had a [...]

Scud Fan Film Contest

Rob Schrab, the twisted, amusing mind behind Dreamworks’ Monster House and the cult Jack Black TV pilot that never aired, Heat Vision and Jack, got his start writing and drawing Scud: The Disposable Assassin, a comic book about a self-destructing vending-machine robot assassin. After 15 years and 764 pages of art, he finally brought the [...]

Another Raiders: The Adaptation Screening

By all reports, the big screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation at Mann’s Chinese on Wednesday was a big hit, but if you live out in California and couldn’t make it, perhaps you can catch it on Saturday for free (ooh, gotta love free) at Newport Beach. There’ll be a free to [...]

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