Give this YouTube channel an Oscar.
Losing our heads over these fan films, dudes. (screengrab via Joseph Kahn)
Here on the Internet, the amateur filmmaker is quickly overtaking the professional. Sure, the films on this list were produced by more than the casual fan, but every day, the possibility that you could make a live action version of, I don't know, Gargoyles (YES, PLEASE, YES) becomes more and more real. And with movies at 15 dollars a pop, staying in and firing up the old YouTube sounds like a great alternative.
Director Joseph Kahn has put together an incredible vision of Power Rangers and he is very clear about what it is:
My take on the FAN FILM. Not a pilot, not a series, not for profit, strictly for exhibition. This is a bootleg experiment not affiliated or endorsed by Saban Entertainment or Lionsgate nor is it selling any product. I claim no rights to any of the characters (don't send me any money, not kickstarted, this film is free).
It came out later that he partially made the short as a joke about how all the new remakes of old classic cartoons get the tough, gritty make-over and everyone goes bananas. Kahn wanted to see if he could do that with something as silly as a live action robot fighting show, and the Internet did go bananas! Ha ha?
2. Batman Dead End
This fan film, by Sandy Collora, was made for a reported $30,000. For a fan film.