FAN FILM FRIDAY: Handing The Torch To Church

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Today is an momentous day in the annals of Fan Film Friday. Up until now I've been half-assedly handling this feature, but as of now it is officially turned over to our official new Fan Film Reporter, Church Tucker. It's not commonly known, but he was providing around half the content anyway. The only difference really is fewer misspellings(Those were mine) and he gets credit for the good stuff.

Regulars on the site will already recognize Church for his many
contributions, but for those of you who are new, or not particularlyattentive, I thought a little intro might be in order.

First of all, Church, thank you for taking on the job.

CHURCH:
You're welcome. Now stop twisting my arm. It hurts.

REPUBLIBOT 3.0:
So when did you first get interested in Fan Films?

CHURCH:
Seriously, with New Voyages (now Phase II) and Starship Exeter. But I was enamored with "Hardware Wars" from back in the day. (I still use the quote "You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll kiss three bucks goodbye!" to this day--occasionally adjusted for inflation.)

R3:
I think that was my first one, too. Same people: different Fanfilm, I still use the line "I ahm the famous French scientist what come from France" quite a bit. Is there any particular kind of Fan Film that you prefer or dislike more than the others?

CHURCH:
It's not a hard-and-fast rule, but the shorter ones appeal to me more,in general. I suppose because you can highlight your best stuff, and have less room to go off the rails. But that is, of course, fairly variable.

R3:
I hadn't thought of it in those terms, but now that you mention it, a lot of 'em seem rather padded out to get up to 44 minutes. On that note: It's always been our policy here on FFF to avoid reviewing the films we present, as that just seems fundamentally misguided to us: Labors of love (and occasionally delusion) can't really be judged by the same standards as professional or semi-pro productions. Not to put you on the spot or anything, and I suppose I probably should have asked before you took the job, but do you think that's a good policy or a bad one or maybe a case-by-case thing?

CHURCH:
Definitely case-by-case. Calling out a group of semi-pros who
obviously spent a lot of money in costumes and props for a bad script is fair. Calling out a bunch of high-schoolers for the same thing is just being a jerk.

R3:
Glad to hear you say that. So will you be changing the policy? You're the guy in charge here now. Your word is law, so you can do whatever you want with it...

CHURCH:
I think so, but we'll see as I go. It's easy to say what should be
done, it's often a different case when you actually have to do it.

R3:
Are you going to be expanding the format a bit to include some
weboriginals? We've sort of furtively fiddled with that in the past, but never really developed a policy on it. Or are you gonna' stick entirely to fan films? Or, again, is it a case-by-case thing?

CHURCH:
I've got a pretty loose definition of 'fan films.' Fandom of a genre, rather than a particular franchise, is fine (and often necessary, due to current copyright laws.)

R3:
What is one thing you've seen way too much of in fan films?

CHURCH:
Bad acting. I'm pretty forgiving of performances, so when *I* notice it I know that everyone does.

R3:
That's a beef of mine, too, though I seldom mention it openly. I mean, if you're spending a couple years of your life on something, and investing enough money to buy a good used car, why insist on putting your cousin Larry in the lead role? Wouldn't it be better to go to the community theater and try to find someone who can actually act, and probably is willing to do it for free?

Ok, so What's one thing you can't get enough of in fan films?

CHURCH:
That is a tough question. Anything I haven't seen before is
appreciated. Anything done well is a delight.

And really, that applies to professional movies as well.

R3:
Have you ever been involved in the production of one of these dealies yourself?

CHURCH:
Not really, although I've done a few videos that might technically count.

R3:
I have recently discovered that popcorn with salad sprinkles and
buttermilk ranch dressing is insanely delicious and addictive. Where do you stand on this highly contentious political issue?

CHURCH:
Dressing makes the popcorn mushy. I stick with Old Bay (it may sound counter-intuitive, but it works well.)

R3:
That's actually true, but we're mostly of English ancestry in my family, so I think we're genetically disposed to a bit of mushy goopyness in our snacks. But irrespective of that: I think that about sums it up. Again, thank you, Church, fortaking over the job. Welcome to the official staff, and we're really excited to see what you're going to do next.

CHURCH:
Thanks, R3. I am as well.

Church can be reached at church@republibot.com

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