Thank you both for the update. A couple of random thoughts come to mind: there really isn't a "right" or "wrong" choice in this situation. Either way will generate praise and/or criticism. The other thought is that I hope anyone who's dreaming of making a fan film should take this situation as a hard lesson in just how difficult it is get a film completed. I'm glad people are willing to do it, because fan film give me plenty of entertainment and something to write about.
I also recall something a writer said: poems are never really completed. They are just abandoned. I think there's a certain amount of that that applies to fan films as well.