Beyond Black Mesa, Fan Shortfilm
#1 Posted 21 January 2011 - 10:46 PM
Taken from the youtube description page:
Beyond Black Mesa is a short Independent fan film Inspired by the Half-Life Video Game series. This is an action packed short film centering around Adrian Shephard and a band of resistance fighters struggling to get out a warning about the impending invasion.
- Independent short film - 2 years in the making - Endless hours of post
- 1 Canon HV20
- 7 Friends
- $1,200 budget for the full short film.
This film is not HL,HL2 or Opposing Forces. It's a short fan film that takes place in the Half-Life world. Also, as a completely independent film, we wanted to have a creative voice in the movie and make it a movie that we would enjoy shooting. We took artistic freedoms and liberties, unfortunately most of those decisions were determined by our limited resources.
Check out: http://BEYONDBLACKMESA.COM
Directed by Brian Curtin
Producer: Matt Hall, Mat Powell
Actors/Grips: Joy Gravel, Walt Thomas, Andrew Gothard
Special Tracks: Nate Quarterman
Narrator: Taylor Robinson
Audio Mastering: Eric Chapman
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#3 Posted 21 January 2011 - 11:36 PM
I only have two slight niggles, one the aperture labs computer, although I guess it's in the realms of possibility they also made desktop computers as a sideline! The other is the fact that the zombies seem more L4D inspired than Half Life...but then I guess having all you zombies having headcrabs would make things even more difficult, so I'll let them off!
Overall I was very impressed.
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#5 Posted 22 January 2011 - 10:57 AM
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#6 Posted 22 January 2011 - 02:01 PM
#8 Posted 23 January 2011 - 10:34 PM
#9 Posted 23 January 2011 - 11:01 PM
Well apparently the other HL short movie that I linked in my post did it on a $500 budget.
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#10 Posted 23 January 2011 - 11:21 PM
$500 budget not including things they already owned. They already had all the camera and computer equipment to do the filming and special effects. I'm not trying to minimize their accomplishment, though. I really enjoyed part 1 of Escape from City 17, just as I really enjoyed Beyond Black Mesa. I do agree with you that Escape from City 17 did have more of a Half-Life feel and atmosphere.
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#11 Posted 23 January 2011 - 11:28 PM
That aside, I was pretty bored with Beyond Back Mesa, but that's mostly because I personally prefer my films light on action and my games light on heavy story.
Also, who cares who had a smaller budget? Is that some sort of e-penis measurement for indie films?
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#13 Posted 24 January 2011 - 03:16 AM
I was just saying that because I think Escape From City 17 used their budget to craft a more Half Life-esque film.