Hey gang, this month (November) is the one year anniversary of the Fan Film Boyz Podcast. Over the past year we have released over 20 Shows that have covered lots of different fan films, as well as had some awesome interviews with writers, directors, and actors and actresses. Now even if I was to change to doing a podcast a week (and I have thought of trying to go back to that format) I would still not be able to cover every fan film that has been made, or is in the process of being made. So to go along with the podcast, I have decided to start this blog and offer some additional reviews, news, interviews and general information.
Let me start off by saying that I am in no way calling myself a writer, and I am not going to promise that this blog is going to be released on a consistent time or day, but I will try hard to give you some interesting stuff as I find it! So what should I write about first? Should I talk about a fan film that was just released, or what about a fan film that has been out for a while and deserves a second look.
Well since this is the first of hopefully many blog posts I need to make sure that it is a good one to get you all to keep reading. Just this past weekend something big happened and it wasn't fan film related. The Marvel series ‘The Punisher’ was released on Netflix. Why is this important you may ask, well let me tell you about a little fan film called ‘The Punisher: No Mercy’.
The Punisher: No Mercy was first published on YouTube on October 27, 2013 so it is not a new film, and currently it has over 431 thousand views, however, this number in my estimation is very low for the awesomeness of this film! Published by Machinima, a YouTube channel that is a 'purveyor and cultivator of fandom and gamer culture', and with over 12 million subscribers it has many other fan films in its collection.
Staring Shawn Baichoo as the Punisher, Amber Goldfarb, the film was written by Davila LeBlanc and directed by J. Ambrus, the film is a eighteen minute non-stop thrill ride with the Punisher doing what he does best, killing bad guys! This film is very professionally shot, with great graphics and action sequences that are movie quality. Throughout the film you hear the Punisher almost narrating with lines like "he thinks he is above the law, but he is not above punishment" and "the first one is a freebie, the rest I pay full price".
The story is also good for a shoot out all action fan film that is, there isnt much dialogue and story, but what is there like the Punishers narration is very well written with a surprise that I will not ruin for you, but I wasn't expecting it! The dialogue does not feel forced as it sometimes does with fan films, and the acting is also top quality (not the usual best friend doing a favor style of some fan films). The only issue that I had with the film was with the last fight (again no spoilers), the action sequence felt like it was being forced or just way too over practiced.
Now my overall thoughts on the film are that this group of people are VERY talented. I really enjoyed (as you probably already guessed) this film and would really love to see more. Over all I would give this fan film a 4.5 out of 5. I have been thinking about creating a new rating and ranking system for this blog and the podcast, but I have not finalized it yet. If you have any ideas, recommendations, or thoughts shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Well that's my first blog post, until next time, bye for now!