I spend a lot of time watching these. These are films created by fans and some are good and some are not so good. I enjoy them all. There are even awards given out by Atomfilms and Lucasfilms.
I always like to take into consideration how much time and effort is spent to do these and with very little to no real payback.
Of course, there are guidelines for making these types of films.
StarWars.com announced that for 2007 they will be “expanding their guidelines to take in more types of movies than before.” The contest imposes a time limit on entries—for the inaugural contest, it was 30 minutes, but this was lowered to 15 for the 2003–2005 contests. For 2006, the time limit was lowered again to 10 minutes. Entries must not contain nudity, excessive swearing, explicit sexual themes or graphic violence. In addition, no unlicensed copyrighted material may be used in the entries, with the exception of a small collection of approved sound effects. For 2006, the contest rules were revised to prohibit contributions by union members. In 2008, the contest has expanded to include mashups with footage from the Star Wars films.
Here are some of my favorites so far…
A Clone Apart.
The I.M.P.S Material is absolutely fantastic! This link joins two Chapters together. I do not believe the 3rd Chapter has been released yet. I could be wrong on that.
You could literally spend hours of your life following all of the fan film links in YouTube. These are simply amazing. Check them out.