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There’s nothing like summer to get a kid’s creativity running wild. School’s out, and there’s all that free time to create your own adventures with the official toy releases from your favorite film — plus whatever boxes and other items you can scrounge up to bring your vision to life.
Summer ’78, a new short film directed by J.C. Reifenberg and James Arnold Taylor, features a young boy, played by Hunter Leon, a host of the original Kenner Star Wars action figures and whole lot of imagination. And while there may be a “continuity error” (Kenner’s Millennium Falcon toy didn’t actually debut until 1979), it does capture the feeling of being a Star Wars fan in the late 1970s.
Watch the film below, and be sure to watch the whole thing to see the surprise ending:
Although most fans are still scrubbing memories of 2011’s Green Lantern from their minds, YouTuber Alex Luthor is already looking ahead to the planned 2020 reboot Green Lantern Corps.
Using footage from Green Lantern, TRON: Legacy, Pacific Rim, John Carter and other films, he casts Idris Elba as John Stewart and Garrett Hedlund as (presumably) Hal Jordan. The editing is nowhere as polished as some of Alex’s earlier work — some of the heads appear as if they were literally pasted on bodies — but he continues to demonstrate his skill at weaving together an engaging, cohesive narrative.
In a perfect world, the second standalone Star Wars film, following Rogue One, would star Darth Vader and Boba Fett as a pair of chrome helmet-wearing electronic dance music DJs who set out on their bicycle and skateboard to recruit young Jedi to the Dark Side and conquer the galaxy with killer beats.
But it’s not a perfect world, so instead we’ll simply enjoy “Dark Punk: The Funk Awakens,” which is all that and more. Directed and produced by Brian Curtin, it’s easily the best Star Wars music video/Daft Punk sendup you’ll see, well, probably ever.
The team behind the well-received Judge Dredd fan film Judge Minty is turning its cameras to another long-running 2000AD comic strip, John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s Strontium Dog.
“It was a chance meeting with John at a convention that got the ball rolling,” co-director Steve Green said in a statement. “After seeing Minty, John mentioned that we should do Strontium Dog next. It was only a passing comment, but we took it as a ‘direct commandment’ and began work the next day.”
Before the the first image even materializes on screen, hauntingly familiar piano notes put you in the perfect frame of mind for this stunning tribute to the films of animation legend Hayao Miyazaki.
This is no mere compilation of clips, however. Up-and-coming animator “Dono,” whose work has drawn the attention of Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich, recreated settings from Miyazaki’s films using the 3D-animation software Blender, and then incorporated key scenes into those CG environments using Gimp, Octane and Natron.
If you’re wistful for Samurai Jack, Genndy Tartakovsky’s beloved 2001-2004 animated series, this beautiful fan film may make the years seem not quite as long.
Created by YouTube user Avemagnadude, the loving tribute manages to capture the spirit of the original even as it avoids aping Tartakovsky’s signature style. If there’s any complaint to be lodged, it’s that the film — at 1 minute and 21 seconds — is just too short.
Last week we were teased with a fun fan-made trailer for Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange, and now we treated to a wonderfully imaginative credits sequence that employs animated comic book art.
The song is “The W.A.N.D.” by The Flaming Lips, which seems strangely appropriates — “We’re the enforcers, the sorcerer’s orphans, and we know why we fight” — even if it’s highly unlikely to show up on the movie soundtrack.
If fans are incredibly lucky, they’ll be treated to the briefest of teasers for Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in August at the D23 Expo — perhaps a flickering logo with a voiceover by Benedict Cumberbatch. Until then, they can whet their appetites with this fun fan-made trailer, which not only references Stephen Strange’s origin, but also gives us a bearded Sorcerer Supreme.
Produced by David Johns, the teaser features both Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton (it was produced before news of Chiwetel Ejiofor’s casting as Baron Mordo), and a plinky rendition of “People Are Strange” that made me smile.
While there already have been numerous parodies of the trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, perhaps none is as meticulous as this version by James Strecker. Instead of merely laying the audio track over footage of, say, Christopher Reeve and Adam West in their iconic roles, he recreates the teaser in the style of the DC Animated Universe.
It’s smartly edited, with Strecker pulling dialogue from the animated series and movies to approximate that of Zack Snyder’s trailer.
There have been a lot of Grand Theft Auto fans films, but few that display the level of late-’90s authenticity as this one.
Created by Czech gaming aficionado Vojta Paul with the help of a drone, some friends and clearly understanding neighbors, the video recreates the top-down perspective of 1999’s Grand Theft Auto 2, complete with gameplay, graphics and sound effects.
Virtually everybody wants to forget 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but no one more than Deadpool, who became virtually unrecognizable as an optic blast-firing, teleporting killing machine.
And in this new “Minute Match-Up” from Ismahawk, Wade Wilson is determined to make sure his discount doppelganger doesn’t resurface to mar his upcoming solo film. Weapon XI doesn’t stand a chance.
The explosion of online crafting empowered by sites like Etsy has led to a lot of superhero-themed art projects over the years, but YouTube user Louie’s Loops has taken the practice to a whole new level.
Already a repository for videos and patterns showing how to create mini crocheted characters from pop culture like the Flash, Iron Man and Link from The Legend of Zelda, the channel just launched a series of “Yarnimation” stop motion shorts featuring Batman, Robin and the Joker.
Check out the fan film and a video on the Joker’s creation after the jump.
Not content to wait for Fox’s promotion machine, Alex Luther has unleashed his own frenetic fan trailer for the 2016 Deadpool movie.
Using footage taken from such diverse sources as X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Activision’s Deadpool video game, “Super Power Beat Down” and the trailers for Hitman: Agent 47 and Furious 7, Alex crafts an action-packed (if not exactly work-safe) trailer that’s likely to please even the most devoted fans of Marvel’s Merc With a Mouth.
It’s probably safe to assume that director Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be pretty dark (spoilers!), with the Dark Knight going toe-to-toe with the Man of Steel until they begrudgingly form an alliance, comic book-style, against a common foe. However, it might be a refreshing surprise if the World’s Finest duo were instead depicted more like competitive, immature friends whose annoying rivalry has gotten a little out of hand.
If you didn’t quite buy that LEGO diorama explanation for how Boba Fett escaped the Great Pit of Carkoon (something to do with a Jawa distillery?), perhaps you’ll find the fan film “Star Wars: Beyond the Dune Sea” more convincing.
Written and directed by Oliver Thompson, the nine-minute short is at turns surreal — the talking disembodied head of a protocol droid? — and obviously low-budget, but clearly made with love for the characters and the Star Wars universe.