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: https://mountaintown.video/videos/watch/4b646fc2-6edc-47c2-b7d6-01543ddd6731
The second War of the Stars (which is better than the first, but is very much a sequel to the first) https://mountaintown.video/videos/watch/8e3ebfa3-9b02-4399-a1ef-af741292ea1d
And, of course, the most infamous of the Star Wars fan edits is Harmy's despecialized editions: https://archive.org/details/star.-wars.-1977.-despecialized.-720p.x-264.-ac-3.5.1
Here's another one that is effectively lost, as far as I can tell: https://ifdb.fanedit.org/star-trek-bugs/
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 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
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