This is a comprehensive book about fan films, covering the secret history of the burgeoning movement creating the cinema of tomorrow.Who would risk his life swinging six stories above the ground without a net, just for a homemade Spiderman movie? What would drive a young couple with a newborn baby to spend their life savings on a Star Wars film that has been seen by 4 million people - but from which they can never profit? And why would Steven Spielberg praise three nobodies for a home movie they made as teenagers in the Eighties? They're fan filmmakers, creating the cinema of tomorrow: quick, bite-sized movies, starring world-famous characters from Superman to Captain Kirk to Lara Croft. The flicks are fun, free and totally illegal.Now, thanks to Internet sites like YouTube and file sharing technologies like Bit Torrent, this controversial filmmaking movement is starting to rise to the surface. Likewise, Hollywood is taking notice: However, there is no comprehensive book about fan films. There's no tome devoted to the controversies surrounding this unlawful brand of filmmaking and how they're already changing today's media.
There's no guide that tells you which movies to search out - and which ones to leave hidden under their rocks. "Homemade Hollywood: The Fan Film Phenomenon" can be that book.
Clive Young is an author and lecturer covering the crossroads between high technology and popular culture. He will appear in the upcoming documentary, Star Wars Fans, discussing the cultural consequences of fan productions, and has lectured on the topic at universities, libraries and conventions. More information on Young can be found at his website, www.cliveyoung.com.
Chapter 1: The End of the Beginning; Chapter 2: From Con Men to the Apeman: The Start of Fan Films; Chapter 3: A Movement Light Years in the Making; Chapter 4: With Great Power Comes...Fan Films; Chapter 5: Send in the Troops; Chapter 6: Tremors in the Force; Chapter 7: Icebergs Ahead: The Fan Film as Criticism; Chapter 8: The Darkest Knight; Chapter 9: The Feminine Fanatique; Chapter 10: Fan Films & The Fuzz; Chapter 11: If You Can't Beat 'Em...; Chapter 12: An Epic Years in the Making; Chapter 13: Moving On; Chapter 14: The 30 Most Notable Fan Films; Appendix: Where to Find the Fan Films in this Book.