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I'm surprised this hasn't come here yet(or it might have and i've missed it).
Yup, GW puts a ban the production of Fan Films.
Damnatus - 4 years in the making, thousands of dollars and hours poured into the non-profit project. Initially given the green light, GW withdrew permission when Damnatus was completed!
So, 40k players have created a petition to get GW to come to their senses. (
Here is the link
DAMNATUS - Wh40k Fan Films Forbidden Petition
Gentlemen(and ladies) give em hell! (
What a pity that it has all come down to this... Another bad move by GW, probably right up there with their oversaturation of LOTR material. Fan films can do wonders for getting a company publicity at no cost to the company. I know this because I still find myself singing 'Plastic Tauntauns' from time to time despite hating that film, and that's usually enough to get me to pop in Kotor or consider buying a new flight stick so I can play X-Wing again.
In any case if the petition doesn't work I wouldn't be surprised to see some unscrupulous person put up a torrent.
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As for the fan film issue itself, what I find interesting is that movies are not allowed but animations are. What would happen if I wanted to make an animated movie? SMEF?
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Not even animations are allowed, I just read the legal can and cannots page and they say nothing about allowing animations.
I can see where GW is coming from though. For example lets say someone makes a fan film and its really violent(as any film about 40k or fantasy would probably be) and it catches on and become huge. And then lets say some parents start getting angry at the content and next thing you know its on the news and GW is getting bad press. Just think of the light that D&D was viewed in, everyone thought it was a game about devil worshiping and parents refused to let their kids play. GW does not want that for its games.
*signed*(yeah I still signed thought cause I would really like to see the movie)
First - changed the title. Not sure GW would appreciate being called a fascist organization, and that might reflect poorly on LO.
Second - LO's name is not to be used in any way, shape, or form in the entirety of this petition-signing business.
Third - no anti-GW rants or anything that could make GW think that this is the sort of thing to crack down on. LO is simply your medium, not involved, so do not let this get out of hand.
I'm keeping an eye on this thread, just in case.
Thats pretty sad really. Something that could actually further their market and really, they would gain through profits!
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Meh, Damnatus didn't look that good anyway. I couldn't care less. It says that GW has forbidden it because they couldn't get control over it. The way I choose to interpret this is that GW decided that Damnatus was making a mockery of their creation (which wouldn't be too far from the truth, going by what I've seen) and decided that they didn't want their creative vision diluted by what is essentially, a B movie.
What I'm wondering about is game workshop's motives in this. Could be possible that they're clearing the market and preparing to license a film of their own. That would just be great. I'd like to see an official games workshop 40k movie infinitely more than I'd like to see Damnatus (seeing that I didn't want to see Damnatus at all).
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