Jim Carrey - Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, Jim Carrey‘s passion and talent for creating gorgeous paintings is explored in a documentary short. Plus, a Star Wars fan film called Days Past explores some of the time that passed between Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: A New Hope, and a video explores the abandoned plans for a theme park called Disney’s America that was once in development in the 1990s. Read More »

Ghostbusters wish

The future of the Ghostbusters franchise is currently uncertain. Ivan Reitman, who directed the original movie, says there are still multiple movies in development, and he has some big ideas for how to take them worldwide. Meanwhile, Dan Aykroyd, the actor/writer who birthed this whole franchise, doubts that a sequel to Paul Feig’s female-led reboot will ever happen. It doesn’t seem as if things are going according to plan at Ghost Corps right now, and it’ll be interesting to see how they pivot to keep the series alive.

But all of the Hollywood strategy falls away when you see something like this. An eight-year-old boy named Braeden Rios, who suffers from a condition called bronchomalacia, loves the original movie, so an organization called the For The Win Project flew him and his family out to Los Angeles so Braeden could become a real Ghostbuster for the day. And who were they gonna call to help out? Aykroyd, of course.
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harry potter fan film

Fan films have a short shelf life — either they’re forgotten in the netherworld of the Internet, or they’re taken to court by the studios that own the franchises upon which they’re based. Either way, despite the fans’ passion for the subject, they’re often doomed from the beginning.

That was almost the case for a Harry Potter fan film that explored the origins of the immortality-seeking villain Voldemort, Voldemort: Origins of the Heir. A crowdfunded film that got started on Kickstarter, the project caught the attention of Warner Bros., who initially was resistant to the fan film. But a deal was struck, and a surprisingly stunning and well-shot teaser for the fan film was released.

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Live-Action Futurama Fan Film

Last year, right in the heart of summer, we featured a trailer for an ambitious project that was taking the animated world of Futurama and turning it into a live-action short film, complete with make-up and effects that could fuel your nightmares. The project wasn’t yet done, and there was no indication as to when it would be done. But the time has come.

Fan-O-Rama: A Futurama Fan Film is exactly what the title says it is, but they’ve used real actors in place of animated illustrations, complete with some photorealistic visual effects, and some rather unsettling make-up and prosthetics. Clocking in at 18-minutes, this is quite the ambitious piece of work.

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Han Solo Fan Film

We already know that the next installment under the Star Wars Story banner following Rogue One is a movie that will follow a young Han Solo. Disney and Lucasfilm have already brought on Phil Lord & Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie, 21 Jump Street) to direct, and Alden Ehrenreich has been to play the smuggler originated by Harrison Ford in 1977 with Donald Glover as his old buddy Lando Calrissian. But that movie won’t arrive until 2018.

In the meantime, some dedicated Star Wars fans got together to create a rather impressive short film following Han Solo on one of his early adventures. The project is called Han Solo: A Smuggler’s Trade, and while it’s obviously not up to the quality of any of the big screen chapters, but for a production made by fans, it’s one of the better attempts we’ve seen.

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animated indiana jones movie short

Artist Patrick Schoenmaker has spent the last five years creating an animated Indiana Jones movie which was finally released online. The passion project comes in the form of a 1 minute and 40 second short film showing off the incredible possibilities when translating George Lucas‘ and Steven Spielberg‘s creation to the hand-drawn animated medium. Hit the jump to watch it now.

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Star Wars Fan Film Award Winners

There are Star Wars fan films all over the internet. While an overwhelming amount of them aren’t great, you can’t deny the passion of these fans and their dedication to creating a story set within the universe they love. There are so many Star Wars fan films from these dedicated lovers of the sci-fi saga that there are awards given out by Lucasfilm every single year. It’s a high honor for Star Wars fans, and now you can watch all seven of the films that took home awards this year, ranging from impressive live-action to stylish animation.

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Futurama Live-Action Fan Film Trailer

Fans of Futurama were given a glorious gift when the canceled animated comedy returned for all new episodes for a short period of time. That’s about all fans of a canceled television show can hope for outside of seeing it revived as a feature film. However, now they can have both wishes fulfilled thanks to a simultaneously impressive and fairly creepy project from the folks at Cinema Relics.

Fan-O-Rama is a live-action fan film adaptation of Matt Groening‘s animated series Futurama. Fans of the show know that there’s a lot of elements from the show that would surely look strange when brought into the real world, and the Fan-O-Rama trailer that’s just debuted online is evidence of that for sure, especially when you get a look at Leela, Zoidberg and Professor Farnsworth.

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Star Trek Axanar Lawsuit

Recently, there was a bit of an uproar surrounding a Star Trek fan film, Axanar. The producers behind Axanar raised around a million dollars. Shortly after funding was acquired, this labor of love was hit with a lawsuit by CBS and Paramount. J.J. Abrams and Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin urged Paramount to drop the lawsuit, which they haven’t yet, but Abrams insisted the studio will do so soon.

Now, if you’re a Trek fan and want to make your own fan film but you’re not terribly interested in getting sued, then you should probably read CBS and Paramount’s Star Trek fan film rules.

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raiders documentary

I have a soft spot for Drafthouse Films, one of the few film distribution companies whose ongoing mission statement seems to be “Oh, this movie is really good and/or weird, let’s buy it.” How else do you explain their astonishing library of movies, which includes everything from The Look of Silence and Miami Connection to The Overnighters and Dangerous Men? Now, they’ve gone and picked up another winner: Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made.

Raiders! is a documentary chronicling the kids who spent seven years shooting a shot-for-shot remake of Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, only to abandon the project with one sequence left. Then, decades later, they reunite to finish their project. It’s warm, sweet, funny, and surprisingly melancholy. Find additional details, including an early trailer for the film, below.

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