Growing up, and even through most of my adult life, I’ve never been the biggest fan of rules. I’m not sure why … in a way, non-conformity is one of the things that, in my mind at least, makes us human and separates us from the rest of the animals.
When CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures released their fan-film guidelines last week, that first instinct of rebellion first popped up. Restricted to 15 minutes. Crowdfunding limited to $50,000. You can’t use anyone who’s been employed by CBS or Paramount.
As I was reading through all this, however, I realized one thing — It could’ve been worse. Far worse.
CBS product development vice president John Van Citters appeared on the official Star Trek podcast “Engage” Wednesday, and he made a point that I hope doesn’t get overlooked — CBS and Paramount are the first media companies to ever have wide-ranging guidelines allowing fan-films. And he’s right, it’s never been done before.