A fan film is a short video or feature film which is usually inspired by another piece of media. This can be films, Television shows or even comic books. Fan films can be inspired from a wide range of different media products.
A couple of years ago, I never had a great interest in fan films. I usually just watched the films which the fan films were based on. However, after recognising the fact that some fan films are actually better than the films they’re based on, I decided to watch a couple. This is a short list, of my favourite fan films.
5.) THE SHOT TO SHOT REMAKE OF INDIANA JONES
Now this fan film has been talked about all over town recently. Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos, two best friends decided to make a shot to shot remake of the iconic film, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). It was shot over a seven year period and it was recently just finished. Whilst I’ve never seen the remake, I have seen the documentary which follows the two close friends making this brilliant fan film. Its not the quality of the film which I am impressed with, its more of the creativity and innovative techniques which the friends came up with to make this fan film. It was also amazing to see two teenagers determined to make this film, despite the many issues which they came across.
4.) PAC-MAN: The Movie
When I first saw this fan film, I thought it was going to be some kind of Sci-fi Action film. That is exactly what this short fan film delivered. It had brilliant graphics and stunning special effects. Whilst it was only a six minute short film, the entertaining action will hook you in a matter of seconds. The style in how this short film is shot suits the design of the actual game as well. To be honest I wish they would have made that into a feature film (instead of Adam Sandler’s Pixels).
LINK TO THE FILM: PAC MAN: The Movie
3.) HITMAN: (ROCKETJUMP FILM)
Rocketjump is a production company which produces a slate of fun and entertaining action films. One of their top short films, which I think is one of the best is Hitman which is based on the feature length Hitman movie. Looking back at this fan film I realised it was better compared to the other two. The action and comedic parts which pay homage to the games make this film a short but entertaining production. Thinking about it I wish that the guys who made this would have made the feature version instead.
LINK TO THE FILM: HITMAN: (ROCKETJUMP)
2.) PORTAL: NO ESCAPE
This is one of the many short films that kicked off the career of Dan Trachtenberg. Portal is a very popular puzzle game. Much like other filmmakers who make short films or even feature films based on popular games, Dan Trachtenberg decided to use Portal, for the basis of his short film. This action film uses brilliant special effects, and the Portal gun which is used in the film is amazing as well. Whilst the story is simple, it will keep you watching, making you wish that lead character would escape from her nightmarish prison.
LINK TO THE FILM: PORTAL: NO ESCAPE
1.) DARTH MAUL: APPRENTICE
The first time when I heard about there being a Star Wars Fan Film Awards, I literally jumped out of my seat. This event brings together fans of this wonderful film universe who are put to the task of making a film based around the Star Wars universe. I immediately researched some of the nominees and winners of the festival. There was one film however, which caught my eye immediately. The short film, Darth Maul: Apprentice, is based on the title name, Darth Maul. It looks at his training and documents how he became the ultimate killing machine. For a brief moment in the film, it also indicates that he might be a merciful character as well. His actions however, display that he is still the vicious killer he was born to be. Directed by Shawn Bu, and group of young aspiring filmmakers, this low budget and action packed short film is one not to miss. You may even prefer to watch it instead of the Phantom Menace.
LINK TO THE FILM: DARTH MAUL: APPRENTICE