Friday, June 29, 2012

Fantastic Short Film Friday - Video Game High School Ep. 1

And we are back with another installment in our Fantastic Short Film Friday series, as we continue to showcase films released in the "lesser" known form of cinema- the short film.

It's time for another amazing short film for all you short film lovers out there. While short films have recently become the new proving ground for up-and-coming directors, there's also a group of filmmakers that have gone through, supported and created a new form of online television, the web-series. These can run the gamut of anything, but the general milieu of the series appears to be genre filmmaking, which I love. Here's a new series that has recently been posted online. There's 4-episodes to far, and while I'm not sure how long its supposed to run, I'm enjoying every minute of it. Here is the first 11-minute episode of the series Video Game High School from filmmakers Matt Arnold, Brandon Laatsch and Freddie Wong.

Here's the synopsis:

In a world where Video Gaming is the biggest sport, a young student finds himself enrolled in the premiere gaming high school and must use all his skills to survive. There's romance, action and of course head-shots.

Funded through the new social crowd-sourcing website Kickstarter, this one shows what a group of incredibly talented FX guys can do with a little budget and great ideas.When I first watched this I sat in awe on how well it was produced and how good it looked. To think this is a web-series, created to be seen for free blows my mind. This is a great calling card, a look at the skills he posses and hopefully more work will be soon coming for these guys. And who knows, some web-series have gone on to television life, like SyFy's Sanctuary (which I loved before it was cancelled). This is basically the movie Sky High but for video games, where the geeky new student who is trying to win the heart of the Queen of gaming at the school while also trying to survive from the other boys who are looking to take him down. This isn't Shakespeare, but should appeal to anyone who has every played a video game, especially those that like first person shooters. It won't be for everyone, but I know I enjoyed watching the 4 episodes released so far and cannot wait for more.

Check this out if you want to an amazing feature that belongs on dvd, one that is being released as a web-series for free! Check this out if you enjoy the culture of gaming and want to see an amazingly fun concept played out for every geek to enjoy. Enjoy this weeks dose of short film goodness with Video Game High School.

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