'Lord of the Rings' fan creates a Middle Earth family tree
The visage of Gollum greets you at New Zealand's Weta Cave gift shop.
February 7th, 2012
05:02 PM ET

'Lord of the Rings' fan creates a Middle Earth family tree

If you ever want to know the difference between a casual fan and a full-on geek, here's a great example (and we've chronicled oh, so many here on CNN Geek Out's Squee).

As anyone familiar with J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth will tell you, there are a lot of complex relationships involved within this universe. Tolkien dedicated stacks of pages chronicling his characters' lineage.

According to nerd proselytizer Chris Hardwick, one thing nerds love to do is obsessively catalog. A perfect embodiment of this notion is now available online, through Emil Johansson of Gothenburg, Sweden's latest project -  an interactive family tree of "Lord of the Rings" characters.

If you want to know how Feanor relates to Celebrimbor, or just want to know your elves from your hobbits and dwarves, this impressively large document can be a helpful resource. It's probably also a great way to pass the time while waiting for the new "Hobbit" movie and should make collecting the upcoming Lego set easier, as well.

CNN Geek Out spoke to Johansson about the project:
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New 'Amazing Spider-Man' trailer arrives
February 7th, 2012
02:55 PM ET

New 'Amazing Spider-Man' trailer arrives

Between the spots that aired during the Super Bowl and today's fresh clip for "The Amazing Spider-Man," it's beginning to feel a lot like trailer season.

The new clip for Marc Webb's take on the comic book hero begins with Gwen Stacy (a blonde Emma Stone) asking Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker how he got outside of her window. He tells her the fire escape – but "it's 20 stories," she replies. "The doorman's intimidating," he fires back.

We're liking this take on Spidey, which Webb told fans during Sony's roll-out of the clip Monday evening is a "more realistic, more naturalistic Peter Parker," according to Comics Alliance.

READ MORE, WATCH THE TRAILER


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'Archetype' runs with fan video momentum
February 2nd, 2012
07:25 PM ET

'Archetype' runs with fan video momentum

As the phenomenon of fanfiction – fan-written stories based on existing sci-fi/fantasy/horror franchises – became an Internet mainstay, videos of beloved franchises became a natural extension of fan expression.

Massively fan-supported franchises like "Star Wars," "Harry Potter" and "Star Trek" inspire unique video tributes.

"New Voyages: Phase II," for example, got the attention of original "Star Trek" series actors George Takei and Walter Koenig, who reprised their roles as Sulu and Chekov for the fan video.

Comic books and anime also get the fan video treatment. The fan who created the recent "Voltron" short, did so in part to show that he could possibly direct a feature film.

And that seems to be an inspiring concept. Fan conventions like Dragon*Con in Atlanta, Georgia, are increasingly including panels on how to create science fiction and fantasy content, from books to online comics to films.

Aaron Sims, a concept artist,  has taken this notion to heart and created a film based on his own science fiction idea.

"I see (film making) as something even non-professionals will do," Sims said, citing the progress of digital technology and how some visual effects houses are bypassing traditional film making hierarchies by creating their own films. He thinks if you have passion, patience and technology, you can bring to life any science fiction concept.

Sims' film, "Archetype," is about a robot who becomes self-aware. He hopes someone will see his video and decide to fund a feature film based on his original characters.

CNN Geek Out spoke with Sims, to find out more about his movie and the fan-made trend:

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'Game of Thrones' season 2 trailer
January 31st, 2012
01:40 AM ET

'Game of Thrones' season 2 trailer

After whetting fans appetites with a few teasers for the second season of "Game of Thrones," HBO's ready to unleash the real thing.

The network unveiled a more complete trailer for "Game of Thrones" over the weekend, one that includes glimpses of Daenerys, King Joffrey, and Peter Dinklage's Tyrion, who declares before the clip ends, "I understand the way this game is played."

Even though it's just a minute long, no doubt many of you agree with Cinema Blend that the second season is "poised to be even grander than last year."

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January 30th, 2012
03:14 PM ET

Fans re-create a classic with 'Star Wars: Uncut'

Countless fans around the world know the original "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" by heart. And thanks to the efforts of Casey Pugh, they have been able to prove it, in some of the most creative ways possible.

Pugh crowd-sourced the movie, asking fans to take different small portions of the movie and re-create it. Years after he launched the project, "Star Wars: Uncut" is finally available to view online in its entirety.

CNN Geek Out spoke with Pugh about the project:
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