Sunday, August 31, 2008


Gremlins Fan Film

(via) I'm going to let Sacha Feiner explain this one in his own words:

In the middle of the movie Gremlins 2, there is a sequence where the film seems to break, and where the gremlins invade the projection booth. For the VHS edition in the early 90's, they reshot a special sequence where the VHS tape seemed to be torn apart and in which the gremlins invaded a John Wayne movie. The DVD just kept the original theatrical version.
This is the alternate sequence I made, supposed to replace the theatrical one on the DVD.


The creatures effects are all made with puppets. I made a new mold out of a hard cast of one of the original sculptures from the production. I created a batch of new foam puppets especially for this project. Their performances are enhanced by computer effects, which makes them able to do nearly anything, from running to jumping or facial expressions. The entire shooting takes place in a bluescreen studio, arranged in my basement, in order to superimpose the gremlins in the chosen movies.


Sacha Feiner - I am a movie and animated movie director, special effects creator and sculptor, in Brussels.
I made several short films, documentaries, and cartoons; I also work as a graphist.
In 2007 and 2008, I made an animated series and recut trailers that were played at the BRUSSELS INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL (largest genre festival in Europe), before each screening.

Okay, so now that it's set up, here's the finished short itself.

And if you're curious to learn how it was done, here's Feiner's own "making of" documentary:

Two things strike me. First, this guy loves Gremlins. Second, that it's amazing what one person (with a bit of assistance from family and friends) can do with some off-the-rack equipment, a bit of inventiveness, and enough free time.

I particularly liked the pirate hats and Gizmo masks in the Well of Souls ...
The "wild party in the Well of Souls" is definitely my favorite moment, as well.
"I remember the "breaking of the fourth wall" in the Gremlins 2 movie when I saw it in the theater. I never did see it on VHS, and I had arguments with friends who had seen it on tape and not in the theater on "what happened".
Wow. That is one of the most impressive things I have ever seen on YouTube. There should be a Hugo for fan efforts like these.
Until I saw Feiner's short, I don't know that I was even aware that there was a Gremlins 2...

But technically, Jeremy, I think that this would qualify under the "Best Dramatic Presentation Short Form" category in the Hugos. Things of similar length (like "Golem's acceptance speech") have done before.
Oh, in a lot of ways, Gremlins 2 is better than the first. It's much more of a true Joe Dante movie than the first, which is too influenced by Speilberg.
Brilliant work here. The Exorcist bit is inspired, as is the BEAST footage. Stop motion Gremlins!

I LOVES me some Gremlins 2. It's not so much a sequel as a over-the-top, geeky satire of the first. At the time, Christopher Lee said in a Starlog interview that he loved it because it was the only movie in which he'd actually gotten to play a mad scientist.

I've been persistently trying to land a copy of Terry Jones' original Gremlins 2 script, but that one does not seem to have made it into the wilds.
Fair enough, I'll add Gremlins 2 to my Netflix queue!
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