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03 May, 2009 – leave a comment

fans: the hunt for gollum

THE HUNT FOR GOLLUM – FULL Trailer 1 from Independent Online Cinema on Vimeo.

Called The Hunt for Gollum, the film is the work of 150 volunteers, says director Chris Bouchard. “We’re essentially a bunch of fans and enthusiast filmmakers,” says Bouchard, who has put two years into the project. He made up the plot, which focuses on a search to find the deranged Gollum. The fear is that the wizened creature might reveal the whereabouts of the magic ring to the powers of darkness.

Fred Von Lohman, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, says it’s not really clear whether Bouchard and his crew of volunteers are in violation of the copyright for Tolkien’s work. Von Lohman says fans have always written their own stories based on TV shows and movies. That’s legal. But a high-quality movie available over the Internet ['The Hunt for Gollum' is set to premiere on DailyMotion this Sunday] could change the game. [via NPR]

And best yet, the full HD film went online today. Go watch The Hunt for Gollum at Dailymotion.

(h/t to Matt for sending this over to me)

The Hunt for Gollum is just one work in a long history of fans creating their own films. Some use their fan work to help them find jobs within the film industry, and all do it for the love of their fellow fans. While I’m happy that NPR covered the film, it’s a bit disappointing they used their air-time to debate whether the fans would get sued or not. There’s so much more to the story, and so many opportunities here besides slapping down your biggest fans.

Give the film a watch and help spread this well produced piece of fandom. Do it for the fans.

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