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  • Elm Street/Ghostbusters crossover fan film to be made.

    A sequel to the Nightmare on Elm Street/Ghostbusters crossover fan film "Freddy VS Ghostbusters" is in the works, according to a news release posted on the film's website.

    The sequel, titled "Return of the Ghostbusters", will feature the cast of the first film in an all new, original storyline.

    "The Ghostbusters will be facing off an ancient God of Egypt, or more accurately, a 21st century madman wielding the powers of the Egyptian God."

    Director Hank Braxtan of BraxtanFILM has encouraged fans of "Freddy" to contribute their talents to the upcoming sequel. Specifically, he is looking for actors (in the Denver, CO area), visual effects artists, props, and musicians.

    Read more about the film and how you can help on the BraxtanFILM website. If you haven't seen "Freddy VS Ghostbusters" yet, hit the link above for a treat.

    http://www.braxtanfilm.com/ghostbusters.html
    This is a fan inspired and funded film. Why can't we do that for JMS?
    "The world is a dangerous place---not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it" --Albert Einstein

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    Wonderful reviews for Star Wars:Revelations

    Revenge of the Amateurs

    Posted By Jeff on June 4, 2005
    LA Times has an interesting article about the fan films and Hollywood.

    "Revelations" also may be the most technically ambitious fan film ever made, a seamless synthetic tapestry of computer-generated star cruisers and howling tie fighters, crystalline cityscapes swimming with spacecraft, impertinent security droids and twirling light sabers.

    And all of it a collaboration among scores of volunteer actors, set builders, semipro animators and technicians. Computer graphics and sound were cobbled together over the Internet. Among their achievements: turning a rock quarry in Virginia into a persuasively unpleasant penal colony on the Outer Rim, and converting Shenandoah Caverns into the deep recesses of a Jedi monastery.

    I wonder: If a handful of overachieving basement dwellers armed with a consumer-quality digital camera and some inexpensive 3D animation and video-editing programs can produce such a finely lacquered bit of sci-fi cinema, what precisely do we need Hollywood for?
    Lets do this for JMS
    "The world is a dangerous place---not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it" --Albert Einstein

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    • #3
      Originally posted by rallytbk
      Lets do this for JMS
      Do this for him? What, make a fan film? I'm afraid that I don't think that it can be done by the fans for legal and other reasons. I'm not trying to be negative, but the realities are that:

      -WB would have to allow a license to use the characters and universe since they own B5, and that's likely to be expensive.
      -JMS holds the movie rights. We'd also have to pay him to option the right to make a movie.
      -Who would write the script? Anybody likely to do a good job would also need to be paid. We certainly couldn't ask JMS to do it for less than his going rate if we wanted him.
      -Who are the actors? Will the story involve the original cast/characters?
      -Where do we find the people to do the CGI and rotoscoping and other effects?
      -Who collects the money? How? How do we know they're trustworthy?
      -What's the business plan? Do we buy props? Make them? What about sets? Buy equipment? Lease it? Where's the headquarters?
      -What about distribution? How many theaters will we be able to show the film in? Or should we try something new like downloading for a fee?

      And now...yes I am trying to be negative...I don't think it's at all likely because the B5 fans couldn't even agree enough to do a successful letter writing campaign last December. Goodness knows we tried, but there were probably the same number of nay-sayers as there were of us writing letters. I'm not saying that their positions weren't valid, not at all. What I'm saying is that trying to get a large group of fans all marching in the same direction is likely to be as much fun as stacking marbles.

      I'm sorry. I think the best thing to do is wait for a real production company to put the right deal together. What we can do, and I plan to, is to write to WB every time there's any genre film that's successful, especially if they don't have big stars (like Serenity coming up). Maybe if we keep whispering in their ears that they have a property with an established fan base, maybe eventually they'll wake up. It may not be much but it's one thing that I know that I can do personally so I'm going to do it.

      Jan
      "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Jan
        Do this for him? What, make a fan film? I'm afraid that I don't think that it can be done by the fans for legal and other reasons. ...
        Yet another reason: Star Wars and Star Trek enjoy from positive feedback loops and media attention that B5 doesn't have.

        No matter how high quality or succesful a B5 fan film was and how spread out on the web it was if all that newspaper and news agencies editors are all gonna say "A film about Babylon WHAT? forget it, better write the N-th feature about YANSWFF (*) that would sell more papers, everyone knows Star Wars. That Babylon-what-ever can't be good enough for a feature if it ain't as popular."

        Seriously, the only way I see currently for a fan film to help B5 get more attention is to ride the wave of the attention that "Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning" may get.

        But, just like Jan, I doubt the B5 community will get behind an organized effort to do that.

        (*) YANSWFF = Yet Another Star Wars Fan Film, seriously, it's bound to become an acronym
        Such... is the respect paid to science that the most absurd opinions may become current, provided they are expressed in language, the sound of which recalls some well-known scientific phrase
        James Clerk Maxwell (1831-79)

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        • #5
          JAN
          Do this for him? What, make a fan film? I'm afraid that I don't think that it can be done by the fans for legal and other reasons. I'm not trying to be negative
          [Wow, I donÆt know Babylon 5 was so elitist that mere mortals couldnÆt grasp the concept of making a fan film for the sake of making something just for the hell of it. Heck, next time I feel like telling anyone to do something positive for the show I have to remember that 1) know my target audience 2) Worry if this not for profit project will be recognized for what it is Just for fun.]

          Who said it had to be an organized full feature fan based production? Star Wars and Star Trek enjoy their popularity more due to skits on popular TV shows like SNL (or any situation comedy and any recent cartoon show) and quick downloadable fan based films done for just for fun. Can anybody deny they havenÆt seen the ôStar Wars Kidö? Or any of the loosely based themed clips from either show? I donÆt think it took them much effort to create these and a lot of them are from film students with a lot of time on their handsà Makes you wonder the real reason Babylon 5 related or themed projects are not being made. Is it a conspiracy?

          Capt.Montoya
          Babylon-what-ever can't be good enough for a feature if it ain't as popular
          Note: I do recall seeing an episode of Drew Carey having one of the characters dressed as a Narn for a holloween episode. Why others have stopped is beyond me.

          Something for Star Trek Fans

          http://www.trektoday.com/news/290505_02.shtml

          Walter Koenig, a member of the original Star Trek cast, has agreed to appear in an Internet fan film that continues the voyages of the starship Enterprise. ~ The actor's appearance in the yet-to-be-made film, titled To Serve All My Days, is a watershed: it marks the first time in the internet age that a regular player from the much-loved show has reprised his role in a fan-produced project.
          Last edited by rallytbk; 08-03-2005, 01:14 PM.
          "The world is a dangerous place---not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it" --Albert Einstein

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          • #6
            Originally posted by rallytbk
            [Wow, I donÆt know Babylon 5 was so elitist that mere mortals couldnÆt grasp the concept of making a fan film for the sake of making something just for the hell of it. Heck, next time I feel like telling anyone to do something positive for the show I have to remember that 1) know my target audience 2) Worry if this not for profit project will be recognized for what it is Just for fun.]

            Who said it had to be an organized full feature fan based production? Star Wars and Star Trek enjoy their popularity more due to skits on popular TV shows like SNL (or any situation comedy and any recent cartoon show) and quick downloadable fan based films done for just for fun. Can anybody deny they havenÆt seen the ôStar Wars Kidö? Or any of the loosely based themed clips from either show? I donÆt think it took them much effort to create these and a lot of them are from film students with a lot of time on their handsà Makes you wonder the real reason Babylon 5 related or themed projects are not being made. Is it a conspiracy?


            Note: I do recall seeing an episode of Drew Carey having one of the characters dressed as a Narn for a holloween episode. Why others have stopped is beyond me.

            Something for Star Trek Fans

            http://www.trektoday.com/news/290505_02.shtml

            Walter Koenig, a member of the original Star Trek cast, has agreed to appear in an Internet fan film that continues the voyages of the starship Enterprise. ~ The actor's appearance in the yet-to-be-made film, titled To Serve All My Days, is a watershed: it marks the first time in the internet age that a regular player from the much-loved show has reprised his role in a fan-produced project.
            You know, disagreeing with you doesn't mean being elitist.
            Please note that what you quote of me is me parodying a news editor, not my opinion.
            If that appearance had been on Friends or another sitcom with higher ratings I'd consider your point.
            As it is... did they even mention that it was a Narn? It may not even have been an homage as you'd like to think, not even an inside joke, but the fact that the costume was available, similar to the 2001 spacesuit appearing in Babylon 5.

            We all saw Star Wars as kids, indeed, how many people have in comparison seen B5?

            Star Wars and Star Trek do not have tightly plotted storylines, so there's a lot of freedom to create fan films.

            Trying to do a B5 fan film is not only a matter of less fans willing to make it, but of less fans available to see it, and of also having to try to be close to canon without delving into any stuff that JMS might decide to take on later (e.g. a fan film dealing with Crusade is bound to lead to legal complications, anything included on that film can't be used by JMS).

            It ain't as easy as you present it, I'm not saying it's impossible, you want to go ahead and try I'll watch and applaud, and in due time I might even support your fan film.
            Do you have any actual ideas to make it work? Please post them. (Just note: don't post any story ideas, I'm referring to ideas of logistics, financing, distributing responsibilities and efforts, etc.)
            I promise not to shoot them down, and if I should criticize your plan it should be constructively.
            Such... is the respect paid to science that the most absurd opinions may become current, provided they are expressed in language, the sound of which recalls some well-known scientific phrase
            James Clerk Maxwell (1831-79)

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