This is a weird week to be a fan film creator. With the Paramount/CBS lawsuit against the Axanar fan movie, everyone has to be walking on eggshells hoping your project doesn’t set anyone off. Joel Furtado has to be looking over his shoulder now that he has released X-Men: Danger Room, a trailer for a bi-weekly animated fan film series.
While it is likely Disney, Marvel, and 20th Century Fox will turn a blind eye to this one, a careful look at the YouTube page where this is posted has the creator asking fans to donate money via Patreon to access exclusive content, which seems to be a bit murky in the wording and interpretation. If he is sharing tutorials or production techniques for patrons, he should be okay, but he is clearly asking patrons to pledge money based on the release of each episode, something that seems to be dangerously close to crossing the “no profit” line. Guess we’ll see if a C&D lands on his lap in the coming weeks or not.
In the meantime, what did you think of the trailer? I like the idea, and the animation looks smooth, but the weird hybrid of 3D animation, tweaked to look hand drawn, then degraded into a 16-bit format seems like a really odd choice to make.