Top 5 best videogame live action shorts
No Escape – Portal 2 – Dan Trachtenberg
Dan Trachtenberg is known to any as one of the hosts of the now defunct Totally Rad Show. Since directing this cool take on the Portal universe, has been hired to helm the adaptation of Y: The Last Man. If ever there was a reason to make a videogame inspired short, then using it as a show reel for paid gigs is surely the best.
Escape from City 17 – Half Life 2 by The purchase Brothers
Valve games are a constant source of inspiration. The design and setting are a great place for film makers to launch their stories. Here we have an epic tale of the human resistance in City 17, one of the main locations in Half life 2. The most impressive thing her is how the look and feel of the game has been recreated.
Old School vs New School by Freddie Wong
Not based on any game in particular, but rather a city wide battle between some classic game characters (gotta love Centipede) and a few more recent characters. Nathan Drake has clearly let himself go between Uncharted games.
Grand Theft Auto: RISE by Grevorg Karensky
Of all the films listed here this is the one that is most clearly a calling card for the director. The links to GTA are slim– a few mobile phones and a cool locked camera shot at the end. It is however a very well made little urban action film.
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn: Part 1 by Stewart Hendler
A bit of a cheat this one. It’s actually a web series which was then re-edited to make a feature length movie. Unlike the rest of the films on this list, it actually had a decent budget, reportedly $8.5M. Despite backing by Microsoft Forward Unto Dawn isn’t noticeably better than any of the fan made films and some of the acting is…well,let’s just say they put everything they have in to their performances. It is however ambitious and gives us a view into the world of Halo that we haven’t seen before, that of the cannon fodder grunts that we usually fight alongside as Master Chief.