I tend to go pretty hard for DIY media, and there's one space in the DIY Media world that I don't talk about too much, and that's Fan Edits.

I think Fan Edits are super cool! Remixing commercial films in to new and different things, telling new stories with existing source material.

I'm a fan (heh), but if any of this stuff gets too popular, someone might get in some legal trouble.

But it's important to remember what modern copyright enforcement is keeping from us, so, let's talk edits.

There's a whole community of folks out there making fan edits of varying quality.

I tend to talk a lot about the Star Wars ones because it was Star Wars that first got me in to that space.

My favorite Star Wars fan edits are The Man Behind The Mask's War of the Stars. The first of two is here: mountaintown.video/videos/watc

The second War of the Stars (which is better than the first, but is very much a sequel to the first) mountaintown.video/videos/watc

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And, of course, the most infamous of the Star Wars fan edits is Harmy's despecialized editions: archive.org/details/star.-wars

Unfortunately, it's really hard to find a lot of these fan edits today.

Copyright enforcement crackdowns, the DMCA, and other overbroad laws have left us with this situation where most of these things are effectively lost.

The Internet Fan Edit Database at least contains information about many of the edits, so we can know *what* was lost, but that doesn't make it less lost.

For example, I really loved the Doc Savage: Man of Bronze - Detarnished.

Here's a trailer: youtube.com/watch?v=oU6sGrYDtr

I might have a copy of this kicking around somewhere, still, but I doubt it.

If I don't, I'll likely never see it again.

I distinctly remember a battlestar Galactica, space 1999 mashup. I wonder if I can find that.

Here's another one that is effectively lost, as far as I can tell: ifdb.fanedit.org/star-trek-bug

Star Trek: Bugs was a mashup of Star Trek TOS and Starship Troopers. The edit itself was a little clumsy, but it was effective, and I remember enjoying it 12 years ago.

@ajroach42 I do often wonder about some sort of archive that can hold things like this for later generations: things that aren't legal to distribute right now for copyright reasons, but will eventually be distributable. In theory it could be as simple as tagging the copyright owner and creation (and first publication?) date of the source material, plus that of the derivative.

It sucks that that might be the best available option legally, of course, but it's better than losing them forever.

@ajroach42 In related news, tape storage looks mighty interesting. Maybe I should get around to doing this. 🤔

@ajroach42 don’t forget those p good Star Trek ones you showed me a while back.

@ajroach42 yes, vger was one. I think we also watch a cut of the one with the whales.

@ajroach42 we may have just watched the theatrical version. It was a looooong time ago.

@ajroach42 Some of my favorite fan edits are of CW type shows (smallvile, supernatural, flash, w/e) where they just chain together the arc of a season, and discard the "monster of the week" bits.

I also REALLY liked a fan edit that took the first four resident evil movies and turned them into a single film. Kinda fell apart at the end, but was a cool idea.

Another was 50 first dates, but reedited so it wasn't a comedy any more

@ajroach42 OHH, one I have laying around somewhere; but it's Pulp Fiction, but edited to be in chronological order

@dredmorbius sabre rattling, mostly. Lots of DMCA notices, occasional more forceful threats, but no real action that I'm aware of.

Public support was high, visibility was high, Lucas didn't want the heat.

@ajroach42 I meant how did the edit change / transform the movie itself?

@dredmorbius harmys, or war of the stars?

Harmys was an attempt to restore the original films, without the special edition changes, but in HD (and now in 4k)

War of the stars is a substantial transformation.

@ajroach42 Harmys principally.

(I saw the original in theatres on initial release, so I may not be conscious of subsequent revisions to the film.)

@ajroach42 Don't forget about Project 4K77, which has produced truly stunning 4K renditions of the original theatrical releases ANH and ROTJ, and is working on episode 5:

thestarwarstrilogy.com/project

I managed to download both of the completed films, and I highly recommend them. (Sadly my copies are on a slightly broken computer that has i/o problems, so I'm having trouble copying them elsewhere, but if I manage to do so I'd be happy to share.)

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