Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Fan-Made More Popular Than The Original?

I thought of this topic when doing my usual surfing on the interwebs this morning. Fan-Made is a term used to describe any artwork that re-uses characters or themes from a previously created fictional universe in an unprofessional setting. Most popular are the fan-made short stories that expand the Star Wars or Star Trek universes. This sub-sub genre of filmmaking has its place in the economy of the movie business thanks to the internet. If you are a professional or a lucky student, you have the ability to create a film or (for the purposes of this post) a title sequence that could be circulated in the blog-o-sphere. This modern day word-of-mouth could potently land you a job!
The most interesting (recent) case of this was the fan-created Walking Dead sequence by Daniel M. Kanemoto (Student Academy Award Winner for Short Animation). When this surfaced, around the time of the AMC series was due to air, several fans of the comic preferred this sequence to the one that AMC commissioned.

Today, I am posting another title sequence for the upcoming X-Men Reboot by fan Joe D (from Vimeo). Here is a quote from his Vimeo page. "Super Punch held a contest redesigning the posters for the film, which played it safe by sticking very close to the correlation to the original trilogy, and winding up rather mundane compared to the slick trailer rife with espionage, red fear, and 60s hair. Several people were quick to make posters in the Mod, Saul Bass, and James Bond style that I had in mind, so it was decided that I'd make a title sequence instead."

X-Men: First Class Title Sequence from Joe D! on Vimeo.

If you are interested in title sequences, I would strongly recommend that you check out the site below.

Enjoy! - Eve.

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