Sunday, August 9, 2009

Independent Films and You

The Hunt for Gollum is an independent online film created by a whole bunch of fanatic Tolkein ...fans... who made this in their spare time for fun and no profit. You can watch the whole film online for free... at least until the money interests find out about it and the cease and desist order shows up.

Disclaimer
The Hunt For Gollum is a non-profit film being made for private use, and is not intended for sales of any sort. No money is being made from this film, and no one was paid to make it. It is in no way affiliated with, or sponsored or approved, by Tolkien Enterprises, the heirs or estate of J.R.R. Tolkien, Peter Jackson, New Line Cinema, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. or any of their repective affiliates or licensees. The content is for the private use of the downloader and should not be sold, rented, or used for any commercial enterprise in any way, shape, or form. We make no claim to any characters, storylines, prop designs, names, logos or situations that are trademarked, copyrighted or otherwise protected by federal, state, international or other intellectual property law. This work is produced solely for the personal, uncompensated enjoyment of ourselves and other Tolkien fans.


Now, I'm a big supporter of online film, and making films just for the pure enjoyment of doing it. But one thing I realized after making the Rocketmen vs Robots series, is that I didn't own the copyright / trademark of the lego style minifig characters that I used in those films. At least the stories were original, and for Archon Defender, it's all 100% original and 100% mine. (or more accurately, I plagiarized from so many sources so as to seem original ;)

The Hunt for Gollum falls under the curious umbrella of the fan film. It's cool to be a fan of something, I like the original star wars trilogy just as much as any other geek who grew up in the 70's But I can't understand the motivation to spend time and money on something that isn't your own. They've done quite a job at this (and even managed to get a live horse on screen at one point, keep in mind this is a bunch of geek amateur filmmakers doing this on zero budget) So why not go all out. Why make half a film, that you don't own the rights to and beg all over your website to not be sued because you're not doing it for money etc... Go the whole way, come up with something original, and if it's epic enough it just might take off. The independent filmmaker revolution can't overtake the money studios if we keep riding on their coattails.

3 comments:

Robukka said...

They are actually quite clever with the fan fiction. I read this is to ensure there is an audience for the film. Then they have an impressed following who will be interested in what the director does next, even if it is some thing all original.

Sans said...

Hey Dave have you seen that pigeon impossible project? This video is kinda funny (www.pigeonimpossible.com/podcast). He was saying it took 5 years or something to do a 6 minute short.

The quality is superb and he'll probably end up working at a pretty good studio or w/e. But He'll just be a tweener, most likely.

Anyways, my point is the people like you and mike belmont are doing what they want to do.

I have no idea if you want a job in the industry but it just seems like this is the future of animation. Where individuals and small groups of people make the films that Pixar makes for 150 mil.

An animation does not have to look like a Pixar film to be good.

nodelete said...

Oh, is pigeon impossible done? I remember seeing an article about that back when Animwatch.com was still running, that was a couple years ago. Took bloody well long enough, so it's like 75 minutes long or something, right?

hmm.. :| didn't think so.