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Hollywood, This is How You Make a Game-Based Movie

By - Source: Dan Trachtenberg (Twitter) | B 45 comments

This is the way a game-based movie should be done.

Maybe instead of allowing Hollywood studios to take control of game-related IPs, chew them up, and spit them back out in big steaming piles of garbage, perhaps game publishers should turn to actual fans to make movies based on their popular titles. Take the recently-released Portal: No Escape as a good example: it may only be seven minutes long, but those seven minutes are way better than a few agonizing hours some unnamed game-based movies have forced us to endure.

Portal: No Escape stars Danielle Rayne as the female protagonist, and was made by Dan Trachtenberg, a 30-year-old commercial director and co-host of the pop-culture video podcast The Totally Rad Show. According to Trachtenberg, the filming was actually completed long before Portal 2 was even announced: around one and a half years ago. It took this long just to assemble a visual-effects team and finish post-production.

So far the unofficial Portal mini-movie has been viewed 921,646 times since it was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday. Heck, even best-selling author William Gibson called it "brilliant."

Portal: No Escape

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    captainnemojr , August 25, 2011 2:30 AM
    That was awesome. I'm still waiting for a Zelda or Half-Life movie to come out.
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    bustapr , August 25, 2011 2:48 AM
    fk awesome. Really did justice to Portal, needs a bigger movie, with the same actress.
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    sceen311 , August 25, 2011 5:15 AM
    What I don't understand is why the game industry needs hollywood at all, why can't don't they just make a movie themselves, it's just a long ass cutscene.

    Just higher a director, writer and a producer say here are some animators, sound guys, couple of engineers and say "don't suck"
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    memadmax , August 25, 2011 2:29 AM
    NICE vid.
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    captainnemojr , August 25, 2011 2:30 AM
    That was awesome. I'm still waiting for a Zelda or Half-Life movie to come out.
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    bustapr , August 25, 2011 2:48 AM
    fk awesome. Really did justice to Portal, needs a bigger movie, with the same actress.
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    alidan , August 25, 2011 2:51 AM
    cant tell what i want more, between more of this and the zelda trailer.
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    cobra5000 , August 25, 2011 2:53 AM
    Very cool. That was way better than the Resident Evil crap that keeps coming out.
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    phraun , August 25, 2011 3:32 AM
    That was pretty awesome. Also, the video is accumulating views at a mind boggling pace. o.O
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    dkant1n , August 25, 2011 3:39 AM
    Valve can make good movies: Half-Life, Portal, Left4Dead and why not a 3d animated Team Fortress.

    Still waiting for that Warcraft and Zelda movies
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    Nnymrod , August 25, 2011 3:42 AM
    agreed. cool vid. make one 18 times longer?
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    christop , August 25, 2011 4:25 AM
    Kick ass!!!!!
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    fatkid35 , August 25, 2011 4:39 AM
    crazy skilz! that was great.
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    Anonymous , August 25, 2011 4:52 AM
    IMPRESSIVE! I'd sure pay to see a full length Portal film by these people and with that actress!
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    tomfreak , August 25, 2011 5:07 AM
    Starcraft 2 would be awesome replacement for Starwars. i kinda hate George lucas now. Seriously 6 episode only? if he dont feel like making it sell the rights to someone who will I want my starwars movies.
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    sceen311 , August 25, 2011 5:15 AM
    What I don't understand is why the game industry needs hollywood at all, why can't don't they just make a movie themselves, it's just a long ass cutscene.

    Just higher a director, writer and a producer say here are some animators, sound guys, couple of engineers and say "don't suck"
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    Trialsking , August 25, 2011 5:33 AM
    Excellent film! Now if Uwe Boll could just work his magic on it...
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    zszabo , August 25, 2011 5:35 AM
    > Take the recently-released Portal: No Escape as a good example: > it may only
    > be seven minutes long, but those seven minutes are way better than a few
    > agonizing hours some unnamed game-based movies have forced us to endure.

    Could it be because it's a lot easier to fill 5:30 minutes with a non-descript, "ominous" setting and follow up with some whizbang effects, than it is to make a feature length film that ipso facto has to string viewers along with at least some semblance of a coherent plot?

    Conversely, if you extended this to even 30-40 minutes at its current level of plot/character development, people would be far more apt to call it hackneyed and banal in a way that made a Judge Dredd vs. The Expendables cross-over appear profound and intellectually engaging, by comparison.
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    Soma42 , August 25, 2011 5:39 AM
    Valve could make millions off of a Half Life + Portal movie campaign. I would go see them even if they were halfway decent. Good stuff I can only dream of...
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    CaedenV , August 25, 2011 5:40 AM
    holy crap! That was epic! Loved the attention to detail on the flames. Need to tone down the blue on the barrel of the gun when in daylight. Other than that, perfect!
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    Anonymous , August 25, 2011 5:44 AM
    @captainnemojr
    There is a fan made Zelda movie out there, it's ok but not up to the standard one would hope. Nintendo caught wind of it just as it was being released and shut it down about a week after it was released. You can still find it floating around on the net but I doubt it'd be easy to find as it was released a while ago
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    tacoslave , August 25, 2011 6:13 AM
    captainnemojrThat was awesome. I'm still waiting for a Zelda or Half-Life movie to come out that doesn't suck.

    fixed
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    archange , August 25, 2011 6:16 AM
    Love the trailing effect on the portal gun muzzle.
    The film was an unexpected surprise.
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