Joshua Wille

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Joshua is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Film and Media Studies. He holds a BFA in Film and Television Production from New York University as well as an MA in Communication Studies from Northern Illinois University. Wille is a also filmmaker and fan editor. His award-winning fan edit, Watchmen: Midnight, is an extensive revision of Watchmen (2009) that reshapes the film adaptation to more closely resemble the narrative structure, characterizations, and tone of the original comic book series by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Watchmen: Midnight has screened in the United States, Germany, and the Netherlands.

Academic Interests

Fan edits, film revisionism, remix studies, fan studies, copyright, piracy, and authorship


Wille, Joshua. “Fan Culture.” In Keywords in Remix Studies, eds. Eduardo Navas, Owen Gallagher, and xtine burrough. New York: Routledge (forthcoming).

Wille, Joshua. “Reforging the Rings: Fan Edits and the Cinematic Middle-earth.” In Fan Phenomena: The Lord of the Rings, ed. Lorna Piatti-Farnell, 26-35. Bristol: Intellect, 2015

Wille, Joshua. “James Bond Fan Edits and the Licence to Cut.” In Fan Phenomena: James Bond, ed. Claire Hines, 50-59. Bristol: Intellect, 2015.

Wille, Joshua. 2015. “Dead Links, Vaporcuts, and Creativity in Fan Edit Replication.” Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 20.

Wille, Joshua. 2014. “Fan Edits and the Legacy of The Phantom Edit.” Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 17.

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