Fan vids are an interesting beast. They always spring from a love of the source material and an earnest desire to extend that world beyond what the original creators had the time, budget and even imagination for, but the results can be mixed. Sometimes they're along the lines of doodles in your notebook or that Zidane/Hakan slash fiction entry you have set to private on your LiveJournal account or Alone in the Dark. And sometimes you have "Beyond Black Mesa."
I want this to be a real thing so bad. I would watch this series. The action is good, the story is coming from pedigree and seems to be in capable hands, and the special effects are astounding. One has to wonder why the special effects for a fan project are better than some commercial releases. I'm looking at you, Skyline, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and everything ever produced for the
SciFi Syfy Channel.
The team's hard work has not gone unrecognized as they have received the Best Science Fiction award from the Action on Film Festival for 2010 and the film was an official selection for the 12th Annual Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, also for 2010. I can't even take decent pictures with my digital camera, so I stand appropriately impressed.
Swing by their site to read their list of accolades and activities, check out how many times they drug their star through the gravel before they got the grenade explosion stunt right, and see another neat little video they did called "Concrete Hustle" that's about fighting with fancy laser sword thingies. Then apply what you've learned to your superior version of The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
[via Beyond Black Mesa]