Fan Film ‘The Second Quarter Quell’ Tells the Missing Story from “Catching Fire”

Okay, Katniss fans. You’ve done it: last year you fell in love with the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, and this Thanksgiving you went bananas over the sequel, Catching Fire. You’re probably thinking, “Now I have to wait a whole year for the next one? I could just kill something!”

Fortunately, there is something to feed your insatiable desire for more Panem drama. In July 2011, MainStay Productions posted a fan film on YouTube called “The Second Quarter Quell.” At the time, no one knew if the big screen franchise would be successful. No one knew if book 2 would ever be adapted. Yet the passion for the series was intense, and as a result, creative works by amateurs and fans filled the internet. With it passing a landmark 9 million views today and spawning 27,000 page comments, the undisputed winner is “The Second Quarter Quell.”

More than two decades ago, a young and brutal Haymitch Abernathy won the 50th Hunger Games. In the second novel, he relates the story of his victory to Katniss. Instead of 24 kids sent to the Capitol in tribute, there were 48 sent. Twice the contestants, twice the death. As Katniss’s mentor for the second time, he wants her to understand how he discovered a weakness of the arena and exploited it.

Although a fan favorite chapter, it’s no surprise this back story was cut from the big screen Catching Fire. At two and a half hours, there’s no room for extraneous character development that isn’t directly necessary for the plot.  That gap resulted in a happy niche for MainStay Productions. As of right now, their 12 minute short is the most popularly recognized version of Haymitch’s back story on film. It’s unlikely to be reproduced in the Mockingjay adaptations, and no other amateur production has come close in terms of quality of execution. Other creative fans have even cut and edited music videos from it: the true sign of internet success.

As YouTube productions go, it’s intense. Far more blood flows here than the big screen adaptations will allow, and although the actors are older teenagers, this short closely mirrors the horrors in the book. The Hunger Games are a nightmare, and anyone who survives walks out of the arena a little less human for it. If you want to know how Woody Harrelson’s Haymitch became such a bitter, angry soul, just open your laptop, grab a security blanket, and watch.

Young Dumbledore and Grindelwald Face Off In Harry Potter Fan Film “The Greater Good”

“Set almost a hundred years before “The Sorcerer’s Stone”, it is the tragedy and curse of a family. A climactic duel with a dark and dangerous wizard, second only to Voldemort. This is the moment that changed the fate of Albus, Aberforth, and Ariana Dumbledore forever.”

A fan-made film depicting Albus Dumbledore’s (Christopher James Cramer) past with his one time friend and implied love Gellert Grindelwald (Josh Brodis), and the duel that ended that friendship forever, The Greater Good features excellently choreographed fight scenes and special effects. The acting and dialogue can get a little melodramatic at times, but hey, so is a violently deteriorating relationship that would eventually lead to a global Wizarding War, so it’s all good.

The Greater Good is definitely something fans of the Harry Potter universe should check out. You can also find out more information on the short film at their website.

“Fallout: Lanius” Fan Film

While you’re impatiently waiting for a new Fallout game, check out this fan-made short film on the origins of Fallout: New Vegas‘ Legate Lanius:

“On the brink of ruin, the Hidebark people are about to be wiped out by the slaving organisation, Caesar’s Legion. However, their most ruthless warrior would prefer death to dishonour. ‘Fallout: Lanius’ will recount how a single man brings ruin to his people due to his lust for bloodshed and victory.”

“Bee and PuppyCat” Is Wacky, Wonderful

Bee, a reluctant hero, becomes entangled in the adventures of a puppy (…or is he a cat?) as they travel between reality and the void of Fishbowl Space.

Created by Natasha Allegri, character designer and storyboard artist for “Adventure Time.” We can neither confirm nor deny the autobiographical nature of Bee & PuppyCat.

Yes, I am telling you to watch this nonsense.

While I have gone on record in the past about my ambivalence toward Adventure Time, and I expected this to be much of the same (since it’s from some of  the same people), I was pleasantly surprised to find an engaging protagonist, an incredibly strange hero, and an extremely wacky world. I especially enjoyed the snark and down-to-earth attitude of main character Bee.

Okay, maybe this isn’t nonsense after all. It’s still weird as hell, though.

Check out the Cartoon Hangover Youtube channel if you’d like to see more of this show, and some other stuff (that I have not yet vetted for your convenience.)