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Ten Of The Best Fan Made Video Game Movies
Ten Of The Best Fan Made Video Game Movies
Gaming is getting more cinematic by the day, and the phrase “interactive cinema” is getting slapped on the press releases for more titles than ever in order to capitalise on this fact. That said, whenever Hollywood has had a stab at a movie based on a game, it has almost always ended in tears. As with many things in this industry though (DLC, I’m looking at you), the fans often do a better job than the professionals. Just to demonstrate this fully, here are ten really awesome fan made movies based on games.
Silent Hill: The Confined
Silent Hill isn’t a series for story and narrative as, whilst these elements are always present, it is usually the tone of the series that is the most oppressive and memorable element. Thus why the lionized Hollywood interpretation that mimicked the original Silent Hill’s story whilst offering none of the intense atmosphere of the game was a total joke. Enter the Confined, a fan produced short film that nails the bizarre and uncanny nature of Silent Hill without linking into the core narrative of the series directly.
Fallout: Nuka Break
You know when even the disclaimer at the beginning is in keeping with the subject material that you have a winning film adaptation on your hands. What this fan interpretation of the Fallout universe lacks in subtlety, it makes up for with its impressive locations and spot on humour. It manages to bring out the darkly comical elements of the Fallout universe brilliantly, making it one of the stronger fan films out there.
Even though Apokelypse is but a short trailer, it is one of the most disturbingly comical uses of the Pokemon license ever. The inclusion of classic lines from the series, the expert parody of thriller movie conventions and absurdist interpretations of real life Pokemon make Pokemon Apokelypse a must watch.
Another showcase of how a few guys with a vision can create an atmosphere that Hollywood can barely touch upon. Stalker isn’t the kind of game that could be turned into a big budget motion picture. It works better in this form, as you can see from the brooding and oppressive trailer above.
Half-Life: Beyond Black Mesa
Though the Half-Life series has always been renowned for its narrative intricacy and memorable protagonist, there’s so much more going on in the Half-Life universe than just the adventures of Gordon Freeman. The film is certainly well made for a fan enterprise, and seeing the weapons and creatures of Half-life in this format is interesting enough in itself.
Paperboy: The Movie
Putting anything as abstract and bizzarre as the universe of Paperboy into the mould of a serious action movie will always yield comical results, and this mock trailer for Paperboy: The Movie doesn’t disappoint. It finally gives a back story to our silent protagonist, and they even get that weird guy who lies down on the street spinning his legs in the air in. Classic.
Portal: No Escape
You’d think a sci-fi title like Portal would make for on overly ambitious fan film project, but Dan Trachtenburg really nails it in this short film. It manages to capture the isolated tone of the Portal games and features some quality computer animation and action to boot. Even though the textbook humour of Portal is missing, the film manages to offer a self contained narrative with a great ending, all in a concise five minute package.
Street Fighter: Legacy
Hollywood have tried their hands at the Street Fighter universe on multiple occasions, with each film being even worse than the last. The costumes could do with a bit of work but, for an indie title, Street Fighter: Legacy has some incredible acting and action choreography. The use of classic moves and stances from the games also shows an attention to detail and subtlety that only the fans can inject into a project such as this.
Many great fan film projects have been axed due to copyright disputes with publishers, a fate that this MegaMan movie managed to avoid by squaring things up with Capcom before production. What it may lack in technical proficiency, the film absolutely makes up for with its care and obvious passion. It may be cheesy but, as one of the few examples of a quality feature length fan film, it is just what every MegaMan fan wants.
Metal Gear Solid: Philanthropy
With a game series as cinematic as Metal Gear Solid, a fan film needs to be at the top of its game in order to cut the mustard. It’s a tall order, but one that Hive Division were able to deliver in Metal Gear Solid: Philanthropy. The trailer above shows off the excellent set design and costumes, but the rest of the package all comes together as well.