I’ve recently watched a slew of fan films: some really good, some really bad. I decided to compile a list of what I would consider the top five of those that I’ve viewed. Here are the deciding factors that helped me to choose which films would make the cut:
a. Decent acting – I don’t believe that a fan film necessarily needs to have oscar quality acting; that’s unrealistic. I do believe that it is possible, however, to find decent actors who are willing to work for little to no money at all in order to build up a resume.
b. Good story and dialogue – If a fan film is to be taken seriously, it should be written seriously.
c. Good filming and editing – I’m not going to take the production seriously if it looks like it was recorded on a home camera and edited together with a vcr.
d. It makes me want to see it as a full length movie.
Warning: Some of these picks are fairly violent.
Without further ado, here is my top five list in no particular order:
1. Batman: Dead End – created by Sandy Collora in 2003 and based on the popular comic book character, it was originally presented at San Diego Comic Con.
2. Street Fighter: Legacy – created by Joey Ansah in 2010, this fan film pay tribute to one of the great fighting games of all time and has recently been picked up as a television series entitled Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist.
3. World’s Finest – Who wouldn’t want to see a movie bringing together both Superman and Batman. This fan film was created by Sandy Collora in 2004.
4. Mega Man X – This very low-budget short was created by Olan Rogers for only $700 and it makes me want to play all of the Mega Man video games ever created!
5. Soon I Will Be Invincible - Based on Austin Grossman’s novel of the same title, this film was created by Rajneel Singh and is fantastic!