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    Posted on 02-28-2012 01:36 AM  Number of Views: 2173 
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    Inline Image Our very own Blueyoda has gone viral. His highly regarded Biggest Car Chase Evar clip was discovered by the internets today and in a media cycle hungry for the freshest and most interesting things possible for our ADD culture, it didn't take long for it to start getting reposted like wildfire.

    The big jump seems to have started with Jalopnik finding it and posting, then from there it has started popping up all over, including MSN and has started springing up on various forums and blogs across the intertubes.

    Perhaps the most interesting compliment of them all; "It's the biggest, baddest, most Michael Baygasmic car chase... in the world. Ever." from Jalopnik.

    Congratulations Blueyoda, you've hit the big-time... (until they get fascinated with a video about squirrels riding skis.)

    Re-watch the amazing chase below.

    UPDATE: The video has crossed the 100,000 views mark. Go Blue!

    Posted on 02-21-2012 02:51 PM  Number of Views: 969 
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    Jamie Benning, aka Jambe Davdar to the Fanedit community, has announced his newest Filmumentary, and it's got teeth.

    The follow up to his lauded Filmumentaries on Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark will be devoted to another Summer Blockbuster, the one that started Summer Blockbusters, Jaws.

    From Jambe's website:
    Today marks the first proper day of research, planning and pre-production on my new Jaws Filmumentary. The title is yet to be set, but I quite like “Inside Jaws, A Filmumentary”.

    Tonight I am chatting on Skype with Jaws collector extraordinaire Jim Bellar. There is much to talk about the hugely documented movie. I want to make sure there is something new and exciting that I can do with a Jaws filmumentary. Its all a little daunting at this stage.

    I am simultaneously reading Matt Taylor and Jim Bellar’s book “Memories from Martha’s Vineyard”, Carl Gottlieb’s “The Jaws Log” and three different versions of the script. This morning I logged the 50 minute version of “The Making of Jaws” on the anniversary DVD.

    James B, who did animations on “Raiding the Lost Ark” is back on board too. Hopefully this will come together nicely!
    What would you like to see in a Jambe Filmumentary on Jaws?
    Posted on 02-14-2012 07:53 AM  Number of Views: 529 
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    Inline Image That's right, you can listen to Jambe Davdar talking about his newest "Filmumentary" Raiding the Lost Ark, as well as older Fanedits, on NPR. ADigitalMan was lucky enough to catch it live, but you can still listen to it here.

    And if you still haven't seen it (what the hell is wrong with you?), you can watch Jamie's latest opus, Raiding the Lost Ark right here.

    Join this forum discussion here.

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    Posted on 02-09-2012 10:37 PM  Number of Views: 1132 
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    Inline Image Jamie Benning, better known to our community as Jambe Davdar, has released his new "Filmumentary" about Raiders of the Lost Ark, titled: Raiding the Lost Ark.

    His previous Star Wars Filmumentaries Star Wars Begins, Building Empire and Returning to Jedi were all extremely well made, fun and informative works, so Raiding the Lost Ark promises to be a good watch. You can check out the embedded video below, or watch it on Vimeo.

    Congratulations to Jambe on completing another great Fanedit.

    Posted on 01-29-2012 09:29 PM  Number of Views: 897 
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    Inline Image From ScreenJabber comes news that Lucasfilm has ordered the removal of the Fan Documentary "Returning to Jedi" from Youtube.

    Tim Pelan reports:
    In what seems difficult to see as anything other than a case of sour grapes, Lucasfilm has successfully ordered the removal of Jamie Benning's Star Wars filmumentary tribute, Returning To Jedi, from YouTube.

    Apparently Lucasfilm was asked to look at the filmumentary recently, and then 20th Century Fox ordered the removal on the grounds of copyright infringement. Jamie has also removed his other extremely popular filmumentaries, Star Wars Begins, Building Empire, and preliminary work on his soon to be released Raiding The Lost Ark..."
    "He intends to put these on Vimeo instead; Star Wars Begins has already been successfully transferred to vimeo, and Raiding has specifically been edited for higher quality viewing in this format."
    "Jamie isn't the only fan film maker to feel the heavy hand of Lucas. Adrian Sayce, who has "remastered" Star Wars to correct colour grading, special effects errors, and added subtle effects, has been barred from uploading more videos to facebook of his new edit of The Empire Strikes Back."
    Unfortunately it seems that once again 20th Century Fox/Lucasfilm/George have mistakenly perceived a not-for-profit fan project, that only serves to enhance the legacy of Star Wars, as a threat to their property and its ability to make profits. One would think that the studios would do good to take the very popular fan created materials and release them with, or as a separate companion release to their source material, but it seems that great works like Returning to Jedi and Raiders: The Adaptation will continue to be pushed into the dark corners of the internet.

    Join the discussion about this news here.
    Posted on 01-19-2012 09:35 PM  Number of Views: 692 
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    Inline Image With the protests of SOPA/PIPA still resonating throughout the world wide web, the FBI has shut down one of the largest and most popular filehosting sites, Megaupload.

    Long a hated target of the film and music industries, Megaupload seems to think that they are part of the future of of content distribution, and are open to working with the very industry that despises them (remember Napster?).

    From the Megaupload site (before it was removed) "The fact is that the vast majority of Mega's Internet traffic is legitimate, and we are here to stay. If the content industry would like to take advantage of our popularity, we are happy to enter into a dialogue. We have some good ideas. Please get in touch."

    This will obviously effect the millions of users who depend on MU for their filesharing needs, but will it really fix the root causes of, and in effect reduce internet piracy, or will people just migrate to other sites? Share your thoughts on the Megaupload shutdown and SOPA/PIPA here.

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    Posted on 01-19-2012 09:20 PM  Number of Views: 1316 
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    Inline Image From a New York Times article comes this interesting recognition of fanediting from none other than George Lucas himself.

    "When fanboys wailed, Lucas did not just hear the scream of young Jedis; he heard something like the voice of the studio. The dumb, uncomprehending voice in his Socratic dialogues — a voice telling him how to make a blockbuster. “On the Internet, all those same guys that are complaining I made a change are completely changing the movie,” Lucas says, referring to fans who, like the dreaded studios, have done their own forcible re-edits. “I’m saying: ‘Fine. But my movie, with my name on it, that says I did it, needs to be the way I want it.’ ”

    Lucas seized control of his movies from the studios only to discover that the fanboys could still give him script notes. “Why would I make any more,” Lucas says of the “Star Wars” movies, “when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?”

    Is Lucas really saying he's fine with FanEdits? Has our love of editing Star Wars given Lucas the perfect excuse to not release the original versions? It seems what George has missed and will likely continue to miss is that the fans of Star Wars don't really care what he does with Star Wars and understand it's his to do with as he wishes. Some even enjoy the Special Editions as just that, Special Editions. What the fans really want is the option to own (likely for the 4th or 20th time) the original unaltered films in whatever the latest high-quality format is. And as those movies are of great value in the history of film, one would think that he would want to be a part of their preservation.

    In the meantime, long live Star Wars FanEdits!

    Read the rest of the article here.
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