Director of The Road turns hand to video game movie
Thursday 10 June 2010
A computer animated short from the director of 'The Road' and 'The Proposition' and starring characters from Wild West-themed game Red Dead Redemption has been released on the internet after its TV debuts.
John Hillcoat made his name working on music videos for Depeche Mode and Nick Cave, before garnering mainstream praise for 'The Proposition' (an Australian western) and 'The Road'.
'The Man from Blackwater' is a 30 minute animation cut together using scenes and transitions from within Red Dead Redemption, the latest blockbuster game from Rockstar, who also made Grand Theft Auto IV.
It first aired on News Corp's US national TV channel Fox on May 29 and then on Five USA, Saturday June 6 in the UK before its internet release in a deal with IGN Entertainment, a News Corporation subsidiary.
The practise of using of video game content to make short films gained traction in 2001 after Red vs. Blue, a comedy spoof of the system-selling Halo games, found success.
Customization tools for the Half-Life series enabled users to set up their own scenarios, leading to a slew of online comics created using in-game screenshots.
One of the most popular was Concerned: The Half-Life and Death of Gordon Frohman, where Frohman is the cowardly and bungling doppelganger to Half-Life's hunky and heroic scientist Gordon Freeman.
Most recently, YouTube user Michael Barnes uploaded his re-shot and re-cut version of the controversial Modern Warfare 2 mission, 'No Russian', in March 2010. In it, he portrayed the episode in a way that was considered to be more cinematic and more subtle than the big-budget game's original sequence of events.
Life & Style blogs
Why you should never make assumptions about people with autism
People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year, says study
Optical illusion turns blue demon into brunette
What do the emojis on Snapchat mean?
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
- 1 BBC told new political editor must be 'impartial' with Nick Robinson reportedly stepping down
- 2 Humans of New York image of crying gay teen receives best response yet from Ellen DeGeneres
- 3 Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
- 4 Motorists taunt suicidal woman on bridge and tell her to 'get on with it'
- 5 The map showing the most dangerous tourist destinations in Europe, according to the Foreign Office
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the UK's leading web des...
£20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The leading provider of Employee Managem...
£15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This Kent based design consulta...
£25000 - £34000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you looking to work for an ...