The young ‘uns of today will never know what it was like to hold an 8mm camera in their hands and shoot horrible homages to their favorite comic characters while wasting hundreds of feet of film that their dad bought in order to capture the family’s vacation to the Grand Canyon (nor will they have to face the consequences of that action).
I’m still not sure that if that’s a good thing or not but judging by this super-fun The Spirit short shot by a teenage Donald Glut (who is best known for writing the novelization Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back), the lost art of making movies on film might be one of those talents that should be resurrected.
Now, Glut not only made this amateur flick, he made 41 of them (all of which have been released on one DVD for your viewing pleasure) and thanks to his skill (which won him a lot of praise) he was able to have a career in children’s television working as a screenwriter on shows like: Shazam!, Land of the Lost, Spider-Man, Transformers, Challenge of the Gobots, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, Duck Tales, Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle, The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians, G.I. Joe and X-Men (not to mention making some pretty spectacular sexploitation films in the oughts, The Erotic Rites of Countess Dracula (2001), The Mummy’s Kiss (2003), Countess Dracula’s Orgy of Blood (2004), The Mummy’s Kiss: 2nd Dynasty (2006) and Blood Scarab (2007).
So check out what fan films looked like before the advent of digital cameras and YouTube after the break.
I still stand by my headline, this is much better than Frank Miller movie.