I'm a relative newcomer to this sub-forum of TrekBBS so if this should maybe go elsewhere, I apologize. This came up in my mind based upon reading a conversation regarding two different fan productions and the levels of quality of each. This started me thinking about the basis of critiquing a fan film and comparing two different ones. Is there a difference between critiquing fan productions versus professional or independent film productions? Should fan films be compared together due to the fact that there are so many different factors that are a part of fan productions, from resources, time, availability of actors and staff, etc. Of course, comparison is a legitimate form of criticism as well and I'm not arguging that. I'm more curious as to other perspectives that people use to evaluate fan films and if that differs at all from a professional production. For what it is worth, this is my background. I discovered fan productions through Star Wars and helped out on a couple of (terrible) attempts at some fan films. I also participated on theforce.net's fan film boards and got the opportunity to talk with a lot of other fan film producers and creators and get some insight in to how a fan film is done, and where my friends and I had gone wrong in our efforts (in short, everything). So, I have adapted a point of view on fan films that is to judge them on the merits of that production rather than against other fan films. It may not be the best way of going about it, but I want to try and be fair to fan films. Are there any other points of view of fan film criticism? Do you think it differs at all from evaluating a Hollywood or larger studio production?