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Biting the Whole Arm

So now you know why we Geeks spend time and money creating fan films. You know that we love nothing more then to take said fan film and show it to all our friends and family. Now, with most Geeks having access to broadband technology, we love nothing better then to post said fan films onto the internet for all the world to see (and flame). Imagine you are the head of a major media conglomerate. You make your money by getting people to fall in love with and obsess over your products. Imagine the joy you must feel when you see hundreds, even thousands of fans using their own money to create free commercials of your product in the form of the fan film. These poor misguided fools aren’t even trying to make any money off the product. They love your product so much that they make movie after movie. They write fiction after fiction. They buy all your licensed merchandise for said movie projects. You’d be ecstatic right? You’d want to support these fans all you could. They’re doing your PR job after all. Well, you’d be wrong. In fact, you would use all of your legal power to sue and shut down these people. That’s right friends. All (with a few exceptions) do their best to shut down these fan sites and movies. They take the people to court, they put pressure on ISP’s to shut down web sites. Does that make any sense to you? Me either…

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The Joy of Fan Films

Ah the fan film. The true sign that someone is a hard-core Geek. How many “normal” people would spend hard earned money, time, and effort on a movie that only the makers and a few folks would watch and enjoy? To say nothing of the fact that said movie maker can never…ever…ever make any money off the movie. Nothing. Zip. Zilch. Nada. In fact, the act of making any money off said fan film would cost the filmmakers money as the copyright owners would sue the pants off the poor misguided Geek. So why the hell do we enjoy making movies centered in our favorite worlds, with our favorite characters knowing that we can’t do anything with it? Simple, were Geeks and we love these characters and worlds. We like it even more when we can mix genres and characters. Take the title above, taken from a great Star Wars / Office Space fan film. Sure the quality isn’t what the typical American movie audience is used to, but it’s damn funnier then most of the crap coming out of Hollywood. The fan film is also a great opportunity for Geeks to poke fun at each other. What? How can we mock and poke fun at ourselves? Aaron, you ask… Aren’t you always bitching about getting some respect from the straights. Let me let you in on a little secret, well…a couple of secrets.

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My Own “Freaks and Geeks” Moment.

There is nothing more sad then a Geek cut off from the world. No cable, no Internet, only the warm glow of my JVC DTS-Dolby sound region-free DVD player to maintain my sanity. Alas, no one (even your friendly neighborhood Geek) can watch that much Star Trek on disc… Even “Best of Both Worlds” (which is, by the way, the best cliffhanger ever on the small screen). It was starting to feel like high school all over again! Huddled in a dark room…The pale blue glow of my TV… Books and dice sprawled out about the floor…My ass growing at an exponential rate. As any openly Geeky person knows, high school is the worst time of our lives. The teasing and taunting. The sneers and snickers. Most would hide and even deny their dorkness, as I did. That is I did until my 15th birthday…

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Feeling Reflective.

Okay, so this one isn’t that Geeky (hell, who am I kdding…EVERYTHING I write is Geeky). Anyway, not so much rambling as it is rememberance… Enjoy or not…

History is ripe with pairings of people who seem destined to be together: Frank and Jesse James, Billy the Kid and Frank Garrett, Bonnie and Clyde, etc. Literature is much the same way; it too loves a good pairing Robin Hood and Little John, Butch and Sundance, Hawkeye and Trapper. Why however, do these pairings of people always appear to be working just a little to the outside of society? Why can’t they fit in with everyone else? I don’t have the answer to that question, all I can really do is add to the ever-growing list of these people.

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The Power of Bruce (aka, The Mawn)

Okay, so it’s been a few days since I added to my little rant fest here. And, this installment won’t be that impressive, nor will it be about D&D (I know, that makes you sad). Give a Geek a break, been moving all week and I can barely get my hands to move let along create anything worth reading. But, sore muscles aside, I am here to give some wisdom to ALL retailers the world over…

Bruce Campbell in a pop culture God!

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