GIjOE Fan Activity Evolving
As we’ve discussed in previous articles concerning GIjOE-inspired fan activities, many of today’s “Joeheads” are busy creating their own customized action figures, vehicles and dioramas. Others are producing their own artwork, photo stories, and comic books. There are even a select talented few who enjoy creating animated or live-action GIjOE movies. Projects of these types can take many forms and utilize a wide variety of filmmaking techniques.
“Cosplay” GIjOE Fan Films
This category of fan filmmaking activity, utilizes real, 1:1 scale human actors in place of the various toy-incarnations of GIjOE. This type of production relies heavily on individuals who enjoy dressing up in elaborate, homemade costumes (see cosplay article HERE) and are also able to convincingly act out their heroic (or villainous) character in front of a camera. Such “cosplay” productions require a great deal of time, talent and creativity (and some money) to produce. Though typically shot on shoestring budgets, with actors and production crew members working for free, the costumes, fuel, ammunition and other expenses can quickly add up.
Spoof, Satire or Tribute?
Surprisingly, most amateur fan films are not bad. In fact, many are actually quite entertaining. Yes, some are more professionally made than others, produced with superior acting talent or greater financial support behind them, but as we all know, big budgets don’t always produce quality. Some may seem like little more than home movies of young men playing out on their paintball course, yelling “Go, JOE!” While others are almost good enough to give Hollywood a run for its money. Here are two exciting fan films we think are worth your time:
Bottom Line: By law, GIjOE cosplay fan films can only be made as non-profit ventures. But that obviously matters little to many wannabe filmmakers. And while most films currently feature characters from the 1980s RAH line, there is clearly a growing interest among fans for a live-action (or animated) film utilizing the 1970s Adventure Team characters. As the Commander would say, “I’ve got a tough assignment for you!