Spock’s Scanner; I’ve Always Wondered the Same Thing

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Mar 10, 2011 in Fandom, Star Trek

Every time Mr.Spock peered at that scanner by his station, I always found myself wondering what he was looking at. Well, this fan-edit by BlackMoonCGI lets us get our peek. It never occured to me that he’d spend all his time on Facebook, but that would probably explain the need for the added privacy. After all, it’s always worksafe if nobody else ever gets to look through your scanner.  The video seems to be the first of what may become an ongoing series, so let’s hope for more of these hilarious edits in the future.

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Star Trek Bridge Buffoonery Never Gets Old

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Jan 27, 2011 in Star Trek

Poor Geordi. This litle edit from Star Trek the Next Generation has been floating around the net for quite some time now, but it never ceases to entertain. I’m not sure what it is about Star Trek that makes it so fun to edit, but I imagine a lot of it has to do with how easy it must be. There’s so much footage that I’m sure someone might be able to create an entirely new episode with little more than a few mouse clicks. On the other hand, every purist out there will look at each of these scenes and be able to tell you which seasons based on Riker’s hair, their uniforms and Troi’s ever-evolving wardrobe selection. Any way, if you’re interested in more edits like these, check out jandrewedits.com — beware, not all of these are work safe.

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The Foot Clan Are Not Fond of Macs

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Jan 25, 2011 in Cinema, Comic Books

This new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan short — I can only hope they’ll be turning this into a full-length film — looks spectacular. A striking brunette, no doubt Apirl O’Niel, sits alone in her apartment having recently photographed members of what appears to be the foot clan. After tracking her down, they attempt to assualt her when she’s saved by Raphael. Read more…

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Urkle Voicing Upcoming Sonic Fan Film

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Jan 18, 2011 in Cinema, Videogames

Urkle and the Sonic Fan Film crew 

Last weekend I attended MAGfest in Alexandria, Virginia. For those of you who aren’t already aware of the festival, it’s a relatively small convention held annually which features videogame-themed concerts, panels, guests, and more. while I was there I noticed a few posters for an upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog fan film. The movie is being produced by Eddie Lebron, the same man responsible for that nifty Mega Man fan film released last year. Read more…

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Yet Another Star Trek Fan Series

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Jan 5, 2011 in Fandom, Star Trek

Star Trek Phoenix

A few years back, Star Trek fans got together to produce a series of new episodes featuring the continued adventures of  the USS Enterprise and their five year mission. Star Trek: New Voyages, as they called it, featured decent production values and less-than-spectacular acting, but I had to hand it to them for trying. Of course, that series took far too long for them to produce in a timely manner. Now, it would seem someone else has taken it upon themselves to produce yet another fan series, Star Trek: Phoenix — this time opting for an original approach. Read more…

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Inside Jokes for Gamers: Warriors of the Unknown

Posted by Michael Pinto on Dec 6, 2010 in Fandom, Videogames

Warriors of the Unknown

The animation isn’t exactly Pixar, but the humor in Warriors of the Unknown will bring a smile to any gamers face. This video (which is available on DVD) was created by the Cosmic Radicals, a team of online gamers who know their subject perhaps a bit too well. Watching the videos I loved the juxtaposition of romantic fantasy elements set against conversations about dog food: Read more…

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Stuff You Should Be Watching: Keeping Up With the Cardassians

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Nov 3, 2010 in Fandom, Star Trek

Filled with terrible acting and Trekkie humor, this web-series follows a family of Trekkers — I’d call them Trekkies, but the seemingly made a point to refer to themselves as Trekkers — who, in an attempt to prevent their Cardassian cosplaying neighbor from “shifting the balance of power in the quadrant,” plan a last minute trip to the annual Star Trek convention in Las Vegas. The series started back in late September and they’re already five episodes in with new episodes being released each week. It can be a little much at times, but they’ve peppered the scripts with enough references to keep you mildly entertained at the very least. It’s not quite as off the wall as Chad Vader, but it’s up there. If you’re interested, check out their YouTube channel or follow them of Facebook.

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Pokémon Gets Its Own Gritty Live-Action Fan Film

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Sep 22, 2010 in Cinema, Videogames

Much like Eddie LeBron with his recent MegaMan film, a fan has taken it upon himself to create  his own live-action adaption of one of their favorite video games having been failed repeatedly by Hollywood. This time, it’s none other than Nintendo’s kid-friendly Pokémon, entitled Pokémon Apokélypse. Natrually, you’d expect the film to share much of that same aesthetic, however this time, that’s not the case. Instead, we’re given a gritty — almost humorously so — realistic depiction of the original story complete with over-the-top villains, torture, violence, and more. Of course, I can only speculate on just how gritty the film is based on the trailer above, but I’m sure you’ll probably agree when I say that it was probably the last thing I would expect from a Pokémon film — fan-made or otherwise. For more information, including an interview with the film’s creators, click here.

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Cthulhu as the Old Spice Dude

Posted by Michael Pinto on Sep 20, 2010 in Animation

DungBeetle Comics is a webcomic collective that put together this wonderful parody of the viral Old Spice campaign on YouTube. Read more…

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Even Geekified, “California Gurls” is a Terrible Song

Posted by Gia Manry on Sep 17, 2010 in Fandom, Videogames

Katy Perry: One of the Nerds? Geek and Gamer Girls Parody

Let the record reflect that I speak not of the Beach Boys tune, nor the David Lee Roth cover of it, because that song is awesome. Read more…

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My Pet AT-AT

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jul 3, 2010 in Fandom, Star Wars

I really got a kick out of this short film titled AT-AT Day Afternoon by Patrick Boivin. Boivin is a French Canadian director and special effects artist who started drawing comic books fifteen years ago and the gradated to video. Read more…

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What If Luke Skywalker Was An Incompetent Moron?

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Jul 1, 2010 in Star Wars

Ever wonder how things would have turned out if Luke Skywalker’s cocky attitude during the mission briefing ended up causing his trench run to fail miserably? Well, now you can see how that would have probably played out in this hilarious short. As you’ve probably guessed, a fan edited together the final moments from Episode IV: A New Hope, re-cut to tell a slightly different storyInstead of saving the day, Luke shows up late to the party, ignores the force, and ends up missing his shot while trying to destroy the Death Star. Han, on the hand, has much better luck having managed to shoot down Vader. In the end, Luke’s a bit of a poor sport, but at least the good guys still prevail.

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The Evolution of MIDI for PC Games

Posted by Michael Pinto on May 25, 2010 in Videogames

This wonderful fan video takes the soundtrack from Secret of Monkey Island and plays it on several PC audio systems that date from 1981 until 1994. It’s amazing to see how in less than 15 years you can see MIDI audio go from a series of beeps to something that sounds like a CD. Read more…

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How To Crochet Anime

Posted by Michael Pinto on May 24, 2010 in Animation, Hobbies and Collections, Videogames

How To Crochet Anime: A series of YouTube videos by GoldenJellyBean

I recently came a across a nice series of fan videos by GoldenJellyBean on YouTube which included a few well done tutorials on creating crochet anime and videogame characters. Here’s a nice one on creating a Totoro: Read more…

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Lost Recreated with Cats

Posted by Michael Pinto on May 21, 2010 in Lost

On Sunday the fun will end for Lost fans, although it’s still not too late to enjoy silly fan videos! I have to say that I’ve been very impressed with this show on a number of levels, but what I find interesting is that it shows that broadcast TV isn’t quite dead yet. I’m also love the fact that a show that isn’t a reality TV show could have made it so big.

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Improv Everywhere Busts Some Ghosts at the New York Public Library

Posted by Tim Sheehy on May 20, 2010 in Cinema, Fandom

I’m not one for flash mobs, but when it comes to paying cinematic homage to a classic like 1984’s Ghostbusters, then I think I can make an exception. The guys over at Improv Everywhere recently decided to cause a bit of a scene in the New York Public Library on 42nd street, near Bryant Park. As some of you may recall, the library itself was used during the opening sequence of the film. Dressed in bed sheets and off-color Ghostbuster uniforms, the actors managed to score plenty of laughs and a decent applause, though you can tell from the video that a few people weren’t too pleased. I, for one, thought it was pretty funny. Read more…

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Premakes: The Empire Strikes Back as a Fifties 3D Flick

Posted by Michael Pinto on May 19, 2010 in Fandom, Star Wars

This fan video stars Luke Starkiller in a faux fifties styled trailer for a 3D version of The Empire Strikes Back. Of course this is very fitting as Lucas owed a great deal of his inspiration to the chapter films of a previous era, although those films were from the 30s and 40s. I like the fact that the editor of this fan video made it a point to go the extra mile and use footage from films from that era instead of just using the Star Wars footage on black and white. Read more…

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Budget-less Star Trek Spoof Is Fantastic, But Needs More Lens Flare

Posted by Tim Sheehy on May 12, 2010 in Fandom, Star Trek

 

This little video might spoil J.J. Abram’s Star Trek for you, but if you haven’t seen the film, you deserve to have it spoiled by now. While I was reading Simon Pegg’s (Scotty) tweets, I stumbled upon a link to this hilarious, albeit short, spoof of the 2009 sci-fi blockbuster. Push It Films, known on YouTube for their various low-budget spoofs, really went all out with this one — though I have to admit I a bit disappointed by the lack of lens flare, because if anything about has yet to be spoofed to death, it’s that. Read more…

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Street Fighter Fan Film Puts Hollywood to Shame

Posted by Tim Sheehy on May 11, 2010 in Fandom, Videogames

How is it that fan films have gotten to be so good? I’m at a loss as to how this trend came about, but I’m not about to complain. Street Fighter: Legacy by Streetlight Films, is one such project. After years of witnessing Hollywood butcher my favorite games, its really refreshing to see fans take matters into their own hands. While it’s not quite feature length, the production is top notch and really worth your time. Read more…

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Babbage and Lovelace: A Space:1999 Tribute to the Pioneers of Computing

Posted by Michael Pinto on May 10, 2010 in Fandom, Tech

As both a tech geek and a Space:1999 fanboy I loved this fan made video tribute to Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace. I also found the entire steampunk look of the video quite pleasing: Read more…

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A Fan Film That Could Make the Kessle Run in Less Than 15 Seconds

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Apr 17, 2010 in Cinema, Fandom, Star Wars

A teaser has been released for the upcoming fan film Star Wars: Uncut. For those of you who haven’t heard about the project, the film consists of 15 second clips by fans in an attempt recreate  Episode IV: A New Hope in its entirety. The trailer highlights the variety of methods used to create each scene with everything from Legos and toys, to pets and food. I about died when I saw the hamburger Millenium Falcon take off, making its escape from a cardboard Death Star. Read more…

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Emoticon Sushi Rolls to Replace Twitter

Posted by Michael Pinto on Feb 11, 2010 in Fandom, Japanese TV, Tech

EmoticonSure everybody is making a fuss over Google Buzz, but the minute I watched this Emoticon Sushi Roll video by vlogger Taro I knew that I was looking at the next big thing in social media. When he’s not reinventing web 2.0 Taro has a YouTube channel which introduces folks to Japanese cooking. Being an artist my favorite dish is his Edvard Munch tribute: Read more…

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It’s Dangerous To Be Green

Posted by Michael Pinto on Dec 10, 2009 in Fandom

This is a very well done video made by a Minnesota Public Radio show called In The Loop. I think the idea of taking a well known icon like Kermit and making him a spokesmodel for the green movement in Iran is culture jamming at its best!

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Ten Doctors: However Some Are Better Than Others

Posted by Michael Pinto on Sep 9, 2009 in Dr. Who

This wonderful fan made video features a scenario which calls all ten incarnations of Dr. Who into action. The funny thing is that for me this video has the unintended consequence of making you compare all the actors who have played the good doctor since the 60s. I hadn’t realized how much I really appreciated Tom Baker or hated Colin Baker until you see them all side-by-side. And of course with Dr. Who the acting and the script are everything because if you hide behind a high special effects budget the show just lacks its unique flavor. Read more…

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