CGI artist Marco Spitoni recently updated his personal website with a teaser trailer he created based on Half-Life 2. Called I'm The Freeman, the clip depicts a CGI-version of Valve's classic storyline and Gordon Freeman in full action-hero mode. The teaser isn't very long, and should leave Half-Life fans clamoring for the real deal.
Currently Spitoni is employed as the Previsualization Supervisor at Weta Digital, Peter Jackson's visual effects facility located in Wellington, New Zealand. His past experience includes time with developer Milestone in the 90s, and as a special effects artist for commercials in the late 80s. Spitoni said that he's used 3DStudio since its 4th release back when it still required DOS.
However Spitoni's love for games is shown in this latest clip. "I've always been in love with the PC game 'Half-Life' so I've decided to work out a project that would have been a trailer for a hypothetical feature film of Half-Life. Again, is not live action, although I would have love to have the chance and the time to work out something like that."
Spitoni added that there won't be a short movie, however that could change if Valve takes an interest. With Activision talking about combining and selling in-game cutscenes as full-blown movies, Valve could jump on the bandwagon and hire Spitoni on a part-time basis to create a full-length CGI film and compete.
Still, Half-Life vs. StarCraft in the virtual theater? Now that would be an interesting-yet-awesome fight.