Posts Tagged ‘Fan Films’

Chad Vader – Oscars Edition

Bonnie Burton | February 18, 2009

Chad Vader re-enacts scenes from the lineup of Best Picture nominees for this year’s Academy Awards. Watch as Chad Vader does his impressions of various characters in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Milk, Frost/Nixon, The Reader, and Slumdog Millionaire.

VIDEO: Chad Vader Re-Enacts The Best Picture Nominees
(via Youtube)


Chad Vader After the Dentist Team | February 9, 2009

Chad Vader responds to the viral video of David After Dentist. Here’s hoping Chad Vader does a spoof on the Christian Bale on-set yellfest next.

WATCH VIDEO: Chad Vader After Dentist (via Youtube)


Star Wars Retold From Bits and Pieces Team | January 14, 2009

Everyone has at least one friend who has seen parts of the Star Wars original trilogy but can’t quite tell you every plot point in order. Joe Nicolosi recorded his friend Amanda as she retells the story from the tiny amount she’s seen with hilarious results. chats with Joe about why he decided to illustrate his friend’s retelling of Star Wars.

What made you decide to record your friend Amanda about her ideas of what happened in the Star Wars trilogy and then illustrate it in video form?
Amanda seemed very confident in her knowledge of the Star Wars saga despite never having watched any of the Star Wars films. That was the first good sign. When we sat down to watch them, she started telling me what she thought the plots were going to be, so I told her to hold steady while I went to get my voice recorder. Aside from watching the original trilogy in a single sitting, that was the best decision I made all day.

What was the funniest part of the retold story for you?
The bit where she thought that Chewbacca was a mutated Ewok is the highlight for me. It’s the farthest thing from accurate in the whole video, and it implies that she’s given the subject some real thought. Like she had seen pictures of both and added them up together in her own mind and created this backstory of Chewbacca being ostracized from his own race and then guilted into helping the Ewoks. That’s just good drama.

WATCH VIDEO: Star Wars Retold From Bits and Pieces


Ben Kenobi, Private Jedeye

Bonnie Burton | November 3, 2008

Finally, a Star Wars fan film worthy of Dashiell Hammett. If you like hard-boiled detective movies like the Maltese Falcon, then you’ll appreciate this fan film-noir featuring Ben Kenobi as the Private Ete… er Jedeye actually. Lots of witty fast-talking dialog and one-liners and filmed in black and white, of course.

WATCH VIDEO: Ben Kenobi, Private Jedeye (via


Star Wars A Cappella Tribute

Bonnie Burton | October 29, 2008

Fan Corey Vidal splits his personality into four equal parts fan with this amazing tribute to composer John Williams and his music for Star Wars. He even has a very impressive Wookiee growl.

WATCH VIDEO: Star Wars – an a cappella tribute to John Williams

I Left My Star Destroyer in San Francisco

Bonnie Burton | August 15, 2008

Many resident of San Francisco may have daydreamed of how cool it would be if a Star Destroyer hovered over the Golden Gate Bridge as I was stuck in traffic. Or if AT-AT’s shared Ocean Beach with joggers and dog walkers.

One fan made it happen — at least in video form. Check out this awesome short film by Michael Horn of Star Wars vehicles and ships as they sneak into various video footage around San Francisco all thanks to some creativity and impressive tracking software. Maybe one day tourist snapshots of Coit Tower and cable cars will have the Death Star in the background! We can dream, can’t we?

VIDEO: Death Star over San Francisco (Current TV)

Here’s a few of our favorite screenshots from the film including our interview with Michael about how he made the film and why:


TIE Fighter Battle in the Office

Bonnie Burton | August 12, 2008

We’ve featured Sweded tributes to Star Wars before on this blog, but this might be the first fan film that looks like it was done completely during a lunch break at the office. My personal favorite touches are the low-rent C-3PO and R2-D2 droids, as well as Chewie’s plastic mask with fur! Bravo!

VIDEO: Star Wars TIE Fighter Battle in the Office

The 2008 Fan Movie Challenge Winners Team | July 25, 2008

Atom  and Lucasfilm once again filled a massive ballroom at Comic-Con International with fans eager to see who the champions are in the 7th Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge. The event began with Steve Sansweet, Head of Fan Relations, taking the stage.

“Things change so rapidly in the media and online world that the fact that Atom has been around for a decade is a tribute to its flexibility,” said Sansweet. “Star Wars and its creator has always had a sense of humor and a willingness to let those inspired by Star Wars to play in the galaxy’s biggest sandbox.”

Just before the ceremony started, though, Sansweet screened a “last minute” entry supposedly hand-delivered to him moments before: A crude — yet hilarious — collection of lightsaber battles by Dino DeMilio and, from “Heroes,” Milo Ventimiglia.

“When Star Wars came out 31 years ago, there was no Internet, or even personal computers, but fans wanted — needed — an outlet for their creative juices. Back then, there were fanzines and an almost instant-cult parody film called Hardware Wars, and years later, a not so small professional parody film, Spaceballs… And then came Troops, Kevin Rubio’s breakthrough fan movie, and a whole new generation was inspired to use the digital tools that had been developed by George Lucas and Steve Jobs. Unlike some companies, who shall remain nameless here, who don’t like fans messing around with their properties, Lucasfilm encouraged it. After all, George Lucas is an independent filmmaker like some of you in the audience.”

The following are the winning entries in the 2008 Fan Movie Challenge:

Best Parody: Michael Ramova, for Star Wars Grindhouse, Don’t Go In The Endor Woods. (Award presented by Tina Santamaros, the Acquisition Manager for Atom.)

Best Comedy: Will Carlough, for Paraphrase Theater (Award presented by Mary Franklin, Events Manager for Lucasfilm)

Best Creature / Character Makeup: Lou Klein, for Contract of Evil (Award presented by Josh Kushins, Lucasfilm Publicity Manager)

Best Short Subject: Oliver Jones, for The Empire Strikes Back in 60 Seconds (Award presented by Director of Lucas Online, Bill Gannon)

Best Animation: Jimmy “Mac” McInerney, Kay Minckiewicz, Mark Minckiwewicz, Jason Swank for George Lucas Hip-Hop Awards (Award presented by Dave Filoni, Director of Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Best Visual Effects: Ryan Wieber and Michael Scott for Ryan vs. Dorkman 2 (Award presented by Trey Stokes and Renee O’ Conner)

Audience Choice Award: Jimmy “Mac” McInerney, Kay Minckiewicz, Mark Minckiwewicz, Jason Swank for George Lucas Hip-Hop Awards (Award presented by Fanboys Director Kyle Newman)

George Lucas Selects Award: Robert Reeves for Padmé. (Award introduced by Lucasfilm Vice President of Marketing, Distribution and Online, Doug Yates, and via video, George Lucas)

Boba Fett Flashdance Team | July 3, 2008

Sure that dance sequence with actress Jennifer Beals at the end of Flashdance is awesome, but somehow it seems even more inspiring when a Bob Fett toy shows off the same dance moves. Too bad his jetpack gets in the way of his dance scholarship! Check out this fantastic stop-motion video from Patrick Boivin.

VIDEO: Mandalorian Dance


Duel of the Snowboards Team | June 18, 2008

This fan-made film makes me wish the Jedi had snowboards at Hoth.
Don’t miss Boba Fett’s cameo during the battle as well!

VIDEO: Star Wars Snowboarding (via /Film)

SOURCE: Club Jade