If you’re a Star Trek fan, if you’re an independent film maker, if you’ve simply hear anything outside the drone of politics and food porn, you’ve probably heard about Axanar.
Axanar’s youtube trailer description puts it quite accurately: “the idea of the “fan film” evolves into a new era of Independent Cinema.”
It’s no surprise that the big production houses are scared. No longer is film making equipment exclusive to production lots. No longer are explosions and realistic space ships unobtainable to the layman. No longer does it cost hundreds of thousand of dollars for film and development. The power is in the hands of the passionate.
The fans have taken back their films, crafting it with their hearts and their souls. Cast and crew breath life into it as if it were their own Adam. Plot-driven stories, dynamic characters, and situations that enthrall and engage viewers are again central to movies. The razzle dazzle of smoke and fire are put on the back burner, utilized it only when essential to the story. Is it any wonder why the Big Houses are running so many super hero films now, centralizing on the million dollar effects that the independent film maker doesn’t have the pocket change for?
While Axanar may garner attention for the lawsuits for IP issues, other fan films like ‘A Faithful Companion’ play inside the rules. Set in the world that Joss Whedon has created for ‘Firefly’, the film cracks open a human element. While ‘Serenity’ was meant to wrap up the ‘Firefly’ series due to it’s cancelation, fans have not been sated. Written and director Frank Fradella has ventured into expansive universe about 500 years in the future. Earth has been left to colonize other parts of the galaxy. While central planets are technologically advanced, planets on the rim are still on the frontier. The story is set on one of these planets and follow the life of Jeremiah, a man on the ‘Old West’ planet of Parish and Calliope, a Companion- a woman well educated, smart, and highly sought-after.
The story is an old one and one that doesn’t get any better: Love. But what happens when love battles lifestyle and career? More, what happens when love isn’t altogether blinding, but creates a vision that you weren’t quite prepared for?
‘A Faithful Companion’ is a fan film that’s helping the evolution of Independent Cinema. As a short, it can focus on a high quality production without compromise. With it’s focus on plot, lens on character, and crafted with heart, it explores a world not too dissimilar from our own in both situation and setting.
The film is fan-funded at at Indiegogo here and is a verified nonprofit.
Watch it on YouTube here.
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