UPDATE: The video is back online! Check it out below:
For this week’s Short Film Friday, I was going to post the Power Rangers fan film that made waves this week with its mature take on the kids property. It was a slickly produced short starring Dawson Creek’s James Van Der Beek and Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff and Directed by Joseph Kahn, famous for music videos like Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space”. The action was kinetic and the dialogue was the right amount of schlock for something as remarkably silly as Saban’s television series.
I say I WAS going to post it because as of right now, on thread of legal action from the television series’ creators, the video has been pulled from both Youtube and Vimeo.
The short’s producer, Adi Shankar, responded to the take down on his Facebook, stating:
To all the viewers that enjoyed this film, I consider this an outright infringement on freedom of expression and individualism. I set out to make this film because I am a childhood fan of the Power Rangers. As children our retinas are burned with iconic images and as we grow older these images come to represent crucial moments within the trajectories of our own lives.
This film is a homage to the original creators of the Power Rangers, and a parody of a television series we all grew up loving. Films like my Power/Rangers ‘Bootleg’ are vital expressions of creativity in our troubled world. If we suppress this creativity and become passive participants in the consumption of the culture we live in, we implicitly allow a dangerous precedent to be set for the future of the internet.
As of the time of this being posted, the short is still available on Facebook via Shankar’s page. It is a really cool piece of fan-fiction and although many of you have probably already seen it, in the slight chance that you haven’t, I really hope that you will check it out.
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