Source Engine Being Used To Create Animated Film

Here's an interesting turn for Valve Software: Not only is the Source engine being used to create an animated movie, the film itself may be partially distributed on Steam. What's more, virtual production sets will be converted into playable levels for a videogame version.

Variety reports that Shane Acker, the director responsible for "9" (2009), which was produced by Tim Burton, has teamed up with Ireland's Brown Bag Films to create the post-apocalyptic film "Deep." The team is using Valve's Source engine to cut production costs and to "amp up" the project's overall flexibility.

"Deep" was written by Jack Barton Mitchell and takes place after World War III. The main protagonist, a man named Sullivan who captains a nuclear sub, makes contact with a group of superior scientific intelligence called the Wayfarers. They have the power to save the earth, but it may come with a high price.

The Source-powered movie will be produced by Brown Bag's Darragh O'Connell and Gregory R. Little, who heads Brown Bag's L.A. production office. According to O'Connell, Valve's tools and technologies will provide Acker and Brown Bag real-time rendering and editing, simplified character animation and economical lighting,

Currently the movie is in its pre-production stage, and Mitchell is working on the screenplay. The working budget is a mere €15 million ($18.7 million) which is high-end for Europe but low for the U.S. Brown Bag has begun talks with potential distributors and sales agents, O'Connell said.

Brown Bag's previous work includes Academy Award nominated toon shorts "Give Up Yer Aul Sins" (2002) and "Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty" (2010). Its most recent project is the TV series "Doc MacStuffins" seen on Disney Junior.

  • Man...source gets uglier every time I see it, lol.
  • The_Trutherizer
    Well I like it. If they can introduce cinematic libraries steered by actual directors to a 3D game engine then it may be a win for games.
  • joytech22
    Source isn't so bad, it's definitely one of the longer lasting engines out there.
    It also runs well on virtually any modern system.

    Making a movie out of it will be interesting to say the least.
    I'm going to see the movie when it comes out, just out of curiosity anyway.. :)
  • jalek
    Source? CryEngine would seem a much better choice.
  • elcentral
    roffle it stays the same but the world upgrade the graphics , valve get me HL3. pcs cry engine looks good but is far from excellent, they need to optimize it allot. i am keeping my money on the next unreal engine, they are the only one good enough to compete vs the valve engine. (graphics/performance) anyone can make a insane graphical capable engine few can make it run on low specs and still make it look amazing.
  • darkchazz
    jalekSource? CryEngine would seem a much better choice.true dat.
  • jalekSource? CryEngine would seem a much better choice.
    Now see...that's exactly the kind of thing for which the CryEngine should be used. Not for games, of which they have had only mediocre entries.
  • Lord Captivus
    WOW! If you can watch a movie and the play a game in the exact same area, that would be amazing.
    In fact, companies can make twice the profit, because the game "map" is already made.

  • belardo
    Who else here, did not crap their pants?
  • unionoob
    Well, Idea is cool, but I think move with source engine is going to look very dated... =/