So about a week ago I'm driving down the road, NPR on the radio, and I hear a report on an upcoming fan film called The Hunt for Gollum. I posted a little blip about the upcoming online release of the fan film a few weeks ago here.
Interestingly enough, the story on NPR focused on the high quality of the film's web site and trailer, and whether or not this fan effort was any sort of breach of copyright! The reporter interviewed the filmmaker, who marshaled a volunteer cast and crew of hundreds to complete the 40 minute film and also gathered the thoughts of a lawyer whose professional opinion was that this could be considered a breach of copyright by the Tolkien estate or New Line Cinema(who could then order a cease and desist).
Regardless of the dust up on NPR (though I thought it spectacular that a fan film was getting a bit of national press) the film premiered online on May 3. You can watch it now at their web site.
What do you think? Is the film in breach of copyright, especially if no one got paid to make it, and no one paid money to view it? Also, what do you think of the film itself (if you have 40 minutes to spend on it) Good? Bad? Worth all the effort?
Or click this link to watch The Hunt for Gollum directly.