Influence of Fandom
The X-Files fans have had a massive influence on internet fandom- even inventing the whole concept of shipping. It’s well known that Chris Carter used to trawl the web after episodes aired to find out what the fans were talking about and X-Files writers used names of fans as characters. The relationship between the X-Files, its fans and the ‘net is unbreakable. Frank Spotnitz’s blog is so deeply loved by the fans that at the LA Film Festival recently he got a considerably larger cheer when introduced than Chris Carter or even David Duchovny!
The creators of the X-Files have encouraged fan participation since the very beginning. This is why getting hit with a copyright infringement notice from Fox for hosting an X-Files trailer on my YouTube site irked me so very much. There are thousands upon thousands of X-Files fans all over the world who are doing things that can ONLY help promote the film. Everything from fake film posters, to Lego I Want To Believe posters, to diorama’s based on one of the episodes, to the hundreds, thousands of videos on YouTube, to the Gigabytes of fanfic. The internet, creativity and the X-Files go hand in hand.
At the LA Film Festival, there was a very interesting exchange on stage when David Duchovny talked about watching a fan-made video on YouTube which influenced him and made his see Mulder and Scully from ‘the outside’.
Here is the video they watched.
I have told Fox about that video and asked that it not be deleted. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are mentioning that video in loads of the interviews they are doing for the release of the film. I think it would make Fox look incredibly bad were they to get rid of it for ‘copyright infringement’.
I hope they listen to me.