7. Zelda: The Hero of Time
This unofficial Zelda movie was released in December 2009 by BMB Finishes studios to instant critical acclaim. The feature-length film took over four years to produce and sadly met an untimely end when Nintendo intervened by flexing its muscles and ordering the company to shut down the videos being shown online.
“We understand Nintendo’s right to protect its characters and trademarks and understand how in order to keep their property unspoiled by fan’s interpretation of the franchise, Nintendo needs to protect itself — even from fan-works with good intentions”, the filmmakers explained in a statement.
A sad end for a great project but it reiterates the copyright issues that follow fan-made films.
For more information, visit The Hero of Time Web site.
Also, check out this hilarious promo clip for the movie:
6. Halo movie trailer
The official Halo movie has been tied up in development hell since 2006, so it’s no wonder some fans have decided to take matters into their own hands. This trailer is a clever mash-up of Halo TV spots, in-game footage and CGI cinematics. It gives a compelling indication of what a Halo movie might look like.
Some parts of the trailer are very reminiscent of the science fiction film District 9, which came out over a year later. (Interestingly, the director of District 9 was originally onboard to direct the Halo movie. Spook!)
Click below to see the Halo Movie trailer in full:
5. Halo Bollywood (IGN spoof)
Ah, April Fool's Day. The most annoying day on the Internet as geeks run amok and the pranks begin flowing. This year, popular games website IGN leaked a supposed trailer of a new Halo movie. Made in India. The proceeding dance-and-sing-a-long Bollywood number is pretty much too funny for words. “I need a veapon!”
[Note: yeah, yeah, we realise this clip doesn’t really qualify as ‘fan made’, but it was altogether too funny not to include. Also, if you want to get into tedious semantics, the IGN staff are obviously ‘fans’ of Halo. So ner.]
Witness the hilarity below: