Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

VIDEO: Why Half-Life Doesn't Need Hollywood

By - Source: Infectious Designer | B 33 comments

Because InfectiousDesigner will do it better, and has done so for years. The new short film Half-Life: Origins even proves that point.

There's nothing more depressing than to see an awesome gaming franchise being torn apart by horrible writing, horrible acting and a lack of proper vision in an embarrassing Hollywood translation. It's as if producers, directors, story writers and screenplay writers have absolutely no idea what a gaming console does, and has no desire to do the proper research so that the resulting film is just as genuine as the source material.

That said, what Hollywood needs is writers, directors and producers that actually live and breathe games. A prime example would be InfectiousDesigner who have been creating Half-Life live-action clips for years. They're not half-baked fan-based clips made in the backyard either, but full-blown short films combining live action and CG environments and elements.

The latest short film from InfectiousDesigner is a remake of the original Half-Life's opening sequence. "After 10+ years since it's release, if you ever go back and replay the original Half-Life, it doesn't look anything like you remember," the director explains. "The graphics are horrible compared to present day games, but years ago it blew my mind. This video plays with that contrast. I incorporated a fusion of live action and CG environments that give it a semi-realistic look, but also not realistic at the same time."

Valve, you seriously need to let this team create a full-blown theatrical release...

Half-Life: Origins

Display all 33 comments.
This thread is closed for comments
Top Comments
  • 21 Hide
    tacoslave , November 30, 2011 7:11 AM
    this made my nipples hard
Other Comments
  • 21 Hide
    tacoslave , November 30, 2011 7:11 AM
    this made my nipples hard
  • 4 Hide
    ProDigit10 , November 30, 2011 7:15 AM
    hollywood needs writers that actually know how to write a script, and not have hundreds of Steven Spielberg jack-offs, that know nothing better than to create a story line/ending that's already visible after 10 minutes in the movie!
  • 3 Hide
    cancer2 , November 30, 2011 7:34 AM
    Yeah, I wish they would make a serious(Sam :D ) movie, but I'm afraid they would just tarnish the name: Freeman.
    There were rumors about an MK movie also, and except for a few clips nothing else was heard of.
  • 2 Hide
    secolliyn , November 30, 2011 7:38 AM
    Someone is Hollywood needs to hire the people that made this... and makes good movies that people will go see instead of this crap they shovel out these days and the remake bulls*it the give us over and over again i mean really just have an original idea
  • 6 Hide
    FunSurfer , November 30, 2011 8:36 AM
    Any news about Episode 3?
  • 6 Hide
    alhanelem , November 30, 2011 8:46 AM
    the microwave part of the clip brought back memories
  • -7 Hide
    ohim , November 30, 2011 8:49 AM
    you guys actually liked this movie ? i find it a total crap .. bad acting and bad video effects ... they should let some serious movie producers make a movie about this not randoms.
  • 0 Hide
    alyoshka , November 30, 2011 8:55 AM
    Wasn't there another movie like this and we had the same writeup about not needing Hollywood, or then telling Hollywood to go this way...???
  • 3 Hide
    leandrodafontoura , November 30, 2011 9:55 AM
    This is most certainly unaware to you guys, but Half-life is based on a book, called The Myst, wich has already been adpated to a movie, and its f$@#$# awesome!!! Its with that guy that plays Two-Face Aaron eckhart, hope thats spelled right.

    Check it out
  • 0 Hide
    kristoffe , November 30, 2011 10:22 AM
    great film! awesome referencing the special effects to half life, which in turn is nodding to the novel. +1
  • 2 Hide
    RabidFace , November 30, 2011 10:49 AM
    While the creators of Half-Life may have heavily taken their "creatures from another dimension" queue from "The Mist", the premise of the story is completely different. I know you know this, but it had to be said :) 

    As for this trailer, I am completely speechless.... :D 


    Maybe the writers and directors for this movie can do a proper Max Payne movie? We could only hope.

    For anyone interested, here are two links. One is a fan made short film called "Max Payne: Hero" and the second is for an independent film called "Max Payne: Payne & Redemption"
  • 1 Hide
    Anonymous , November 30, 2011 10:51 AM
    Check out: Aaron Eckhart was never in a movie called "The Myst". However, according to you may be referring to Thomas Jane. All that aside, states that valve said it was the "primary influence" for the game, not that the game was completely based on the book. With that being said, I would like to see a Half-Life live action movie.
  • 0 Hide
    RabidFace , November 30, 2011 10:51 AM

    I want an edit button Toms ;) 
  • 3 Hide
    4745454b , November 30, 2011 10:56 AM
    For those who haven't seen it, go watch "Escape from City 17". I want to see something like that.

    I agree that a halflife movie needs to get made. I would actually prefer to see a Diablo movie. They have so much material to draw from including the Sin War, the discovery of Sanctuary, the chases through the desert (I would love to see the scene where they bind Tal Rasha to the stone.), etc. It could be a great movie.

    Lets not forget however that video game movies suck for a reason. Games are great because YOU get to do things. Why do you think Gordon Freeman doesn't talk? Or see Master Chief's face? When you watch a video game movie YOU aren't doing it anymore. The best video game movies I've seen have to be the Resident Evil movies and perhaps Doom. (they BUTCHERED the Doom story, but it was still a great action flick.) Pure action movies would be fine, pure action movies that follow the story of the game might be good but we've never seen one.
  • 0 Hide
    phishy714 , November 30, 2011 11:23 AM
    Uh.. I could write I better article than this:

    Why Half Life doesn't need Hollywood:

    Cause Hollywood will most likely pick dumbasses to write scripts for a legendary franchise.
  • 0 Hide
    jecastej , November 30, 2011 11:33 AM
    The production doesn't look that good, but it could be a great concept to create a Hollywood class action sequence.
  • 0 Hide
    pewter77 , November 30, 2011 11:51 AM
    Has a very... J.J. Abrams feel to it, with all the lighting and such.
  • 1 Hide
    soccerplayer88 , November 30, 2011 12:14 PM
    It's as if producers, directors, story writers and screenplay writers have absolutely no idea what a gaming console does, and has no desire to do the proper research so that the resulting film is just as genuine as the source material.

    I see what you did there...
  • 0 Hide
    Yuka , November 30, 2011 12:15 PM
    There's a lot of lore inside Half Life and Portal to make a nice trilogy or even more.

    Holy damn, this really gave me a nerdgasm, BTW.

  • 1 Hide
    beardguy , November 30, 2011 12:28 PM

    Well done :)  Best game series ever made ... well this and TES.

    Give us Half Life 3 already!
Display more comments