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Encyclopedia > Fan film

A fan film is a film or video inspired by a film, television program, comic book or a similar source, created by fans rather than by the source's copyright holders or creators. Fan filmmakers have traditionally been amateurs, but some of the more notable films have actually been produced by professional filmmakers as film school class projects or as demonstration reels. Fan films vary tremendously in length, from short faux-teaser trailers for non-existent motion pictures to rarer full-length motion pictures. Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Video (Latin for I see, first person singular present, indicative of videre, to see) is the technology of electronically capturing, recording, processing, storing, transmitting, and reconstructing a sequence of still images representing scenes in motion. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Fans of Janet Jackson, at Much Music in Toronto The word fan refers to someone who has an intense, occasionally overwhelming liking of a person, group of persons, work of art, idea, or trend. ... Look up amateur in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

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History

The technology required to make fan films was a limiting factor until relatively recently. In the 1960s UCLA film student Don Glut filmed a series of short black and white "underground films", based on adventure and comic book characters from 1940s and 1950s motion picture serials. Around the same time, artist Andy Warhol produced a film called Batman Dracula which could be described as a fan film. But it wasn't until the 1970s that the popularization of science fiction conventions allowed fans to show their films to the wider fan community. Donald F. Glut is an American writer, motion picture director, screenwriter and actor. ... Warhol in 1977 Andy Warhol (August 6, 1928 — February 22, 1987) was an American artist associated with the definition of Pop Art. ... Batman Dracula is a 1964 American film that was produced and directed by Andy Warhol, without the permission of DC Comics. ... Science fiction conventions are gatherings of the community of fans (called science fiction fandom) of various forms of speculative fiction including science fiction and fantasy. ...


Most of the more prominent science fiction films and television shows, such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Buffy and Angel are represented in fan films. Because fan films generally utilize characters and storylines copyrighted and trademarked by the original filmmakers, they are rarely distributed commercially for legal reasons. They are exhibited by various other methods, including showings at comic book and science fiction conventions, and distribution as homemade videos, ranging from VHS videocassettes to CD-ROMs and DVDs. This article deals with fan-made productions using elements of the Star Trek franchise. ... Doctor Who spin-offs refers to material created outside of, but related to, the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. ... Screenshot from Angel parody, Cherub. ... Screenshot from Angel parody, Cherub. ... Copyright symbol Copyright is a set of exclusive rights regulating the use of a particular expression of an idea or information. ... A trademark or trade mark[1] is a distinctive sign of some kind which is used by an individual, business organization or other legal entity to uniquely identify the source of its products and/or services to consumers, and to distinguish its products or services from those of other entities. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Vertical Helical Scan, better known by its abbreviation VHS (and often confused to be Video Home System) is a recording and playing standard for analog video cassette recorders (VCRs), developed by... The CD-ROM (an abbreviation for Compact Disc Read-Only Memory (ROM)) is a non-volatile optical data storage medium using the same physical format as audio compact discs, readable by a computer with a CD-ROM drive. ... DVD (commonly Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ...


Due to the rise of the Internet, more and more fan films are being made available online. Many examples of fan films can be found on websites such as TheForce.net which hosts many Star Wars fan films, as well as BatmanFanFilms.com which hosts dozens of Batman related fan films. Many comic book or "super-hero" related fan films are also listed by such sites as Comics2Film.com, and iFilm. There is also many James Bond fan films scattered around Commanderbond.net, MI6.co.uk, Youtube and others. This article is about the series. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... For the branch of the British Secret Service, see MI6. ... YouTube is a popular free video sharing website which lets users upload, view, and share video clips. ...


Authorized fan films

Until relatively recently, fan films operated under the radar of the commercial operations, but the explosion of fan productions brought about by affordable consumer equipment and animation programs, along with the ease of distribution created by the Internet has prompted several studios to create official policies and programs regarding their existence.


The highest profile of these programs has been Lucasfilm's Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards, which permits only documentary, mockumentary, and parody entries, while prohibiting serious fan fiction. Lucasfilm's limited support and sanction of fan creations is a marked contrast to the attitudes of many other copyright holders. Some owners, such as Paramount Pictures with Star Trek, or DC Comics with Batman and Superman, have been known to actively discourage the creation of such works by fans, or take action to prevent their exhibition. Lucasfilm Ltd. ... Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards Trophy The Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards is an annual contest put forth by Lucasfilm and Atomfilms to showcase and acknowledge the growing genre of fanfilms made by, for and about fans of the Star Wars saga. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Mockumentary, a portmanteau of mock documentary (also fictional documentary or false documentary), is a film and TV genre, or a single work of the genre. ... Parody of Back to the Future In contemporary usage, a parody is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ... Fan fiction (also spelled fanfiction and commonly abbreviated to fanfic) is fiction written by people who enjoy a film, novel, television show or other media work, using the characters and situations developed in it and developing new plots in which to use these characters. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... The current Star Trek franchise logo Star Trek is an epic American science fiction franchise. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... This article is about the character. ...


Unlike many American TV shows, the British series Doctor Who allowed its writers to retain the rights to characters and plot elements that they created - most famously with Terry Nation's Daleks. While the BBC has never licensed the character of the Doctor for use in fan films, a number of the writers have consented to allow the monsters and supporting characters they created to be used in direct-to-video productions (see Doctor Who spin-offs). Doctor Who is a long-running British science fiction television programme (and 1996 television movie) produced by the BBC about the adventures of a mysterious time-traveller known as the Doctor, who explores time and space with his companions, solving problems and righting wrongs. ... Terry Nation (August 8, 1930 – March 9, 1997) was a British television screenwriter and is probably best known for creating the villainous Daleks for the long-running science fiction television series Doctor Who. ... The Daleks (pronounced DAH-lecks; IPA: ) are a fictional extraterrestrial race of mutants from the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. ... Doctor Who spin-offs refers to material created outside of, but related to, the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. ...


The creators of Red Dwarf sponsored a fan film contest of their own in 2005, with a fairly wide remit ranging from fictional stories set in the Red Dwarf universe to documentaries about the show and its fandom. The two winning shorts were a spoof documentary charting attempts to find funding for a Red Dwarf movie, and an animated short "episode" of the show. These two films were featured in their entirety as bonus features on the Series VII DVD release in November 2005, along with a montage of clips from the runner-up entries. This made them among the first fan films to be commercially released by a property's original creators. This article is becoming very long. ...


See also

Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards Trophy The Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards is an annual contest put forth by Lucasfilm and Atomfilms to showcase and acknowledge the growing genre of fanfilms made by, for and about fans of the Star Wars saga. ... This article deals with fan-made productions using elements of the Star Trek franchise. ... Doctor Who spin-offs refers to material created outside of, but related to, the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. ... Screenshot from Angel parody, Cherub. ...

Further reading

Raiders of the Lost Ark, also known as Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, is a 1981 adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. ...

External links

Doctor Who

Indiana Jones

Red Dwarf

Star Wars

Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards Trophy The Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards is an annual contest put forth by Lucasfilm and Atomfilms to showcase and acknowledge the growing genre of fanfilms made by, for and about fans of the Star Wars saga. ...

Superheroes

  • BatmanFanFilms.com - Batman related fan films
  • Comics2Film Cinema - Superhero related fanfilms

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Return of the Ghostbusters - Official Fan Film website (365 words)
Funded entirely by donations from Ghostbusters fans around the world as well as significant contributions from members of BraxtanFILM and friends, this fan film hopes to join the ranks of the greatest fan creations of all time--and may be the most ambitious project of all.
Fan films are productions by fans that use copyrighted and trademarked characters, names, logos, and events to produce a new storyline in a movie that is distributed for free.
This fan film is intended purely to pay homage to something that we have loved since childhood, and provide some entertainment for anyone patient enough to download it.
Fan Film Competition: Terms and Conditions (1416 words)
To enter, the fan must be aged 13 or over, and must not be an employee of the Promoter or any of its subsidiary companies or agents, or be a Promoter's employee's family member, partner, housemate or be anyone else commercially connected with this Competition or the Promoter.
If a fan has worked with any other person in creating their Fan Film, it is the fan's responsibility to ensure that they have the necessary permissions to give the details of any other person and to use their work.
Fans may submit more than one Fan Film but each entry must be submitted separately with a signed copy of these Competition Terms and Conditions, and an Entry/Release Form.
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