This week’s Sunday Spotlight is dedicated to the best and latest in the world of video game fan films and documentaries.
First off, we start with a pitch trailer for Final Fantasy: Terra, a fan film based on the series’ sixth mainline instalment. The teaser depicts a number of characters from the iconic JRPG in all their live action glory, including Locke, Kefka, and – of course – Terra.
The film is still in production and will need funding and approval from before it gets the go-ahead. Recently a team of filmmakers were asked to remove their Final Fantasy VII movie project from Kickstarter at the request of Square Enix, emphasizing the importance of gaining a publisher’s blessing to use their intellectual property.
Next up we have Fallout: Lanius, another fan film but this time it’s based on Bethesda’s best-selling action RPG series. Now, having not played New Vegas myself, I’m hardly much of an authority when it comes to the in-game lore, but Lanius can stand by itself, as a solid, self-contained chapter.
Fallout: Lanius is the product of a successful Indiegogo campaign that launched last year, raising $19,000. This no doubt helped Encryption Films to scout ideal film locations, create authentic costumes/props, and recruit additional aid on the project.
Finally we have “IRL 2.0 in Moderation” from graduate filmmaker Anthony Rosner. It’s a follow-up to last year’s In Real Life, a documentary exploring video game addiction from the perspective of a former World of Warcraft player.
This second instalment is more personal than the first, looking into how Anthony’s addiction impacted his out-of-game life, including his studies and social activity. Warcraft fan or not, it makes for good viewing, using each of Blizzard’s MMO expansions as a small chapter in Anthony’s journey.