Every now and again, a story falls through the cracks. Usually, one must suck it up and stoically let it go, in the interest of remaining "current." Still, every now and again one happens across a bit of multimedia goodness so lovely as to warrant sharing with readers, regardless of its untimeliness. Such is the case with "Halo: Helljumper," an upcoming series based on Tobias S. Buckell's short story, "Dirt." Last week its creators posted a trailer to YouTube, and the results are, to put it mildly, pretty stunning. I haven't the foggiest idea what the budget is for the project, but the cinematography, acting, writing, and most impressive of all, visuals and special effects, are several notches above what we've come to expect from video game homages.
As for the plot, the Helljumper site has a brief synopsis:
Halo Helljumper is a short series of films that follows the life of one human ODST from his enlistment in the UNSC before the Human-Covenant War to around the Fall of Reach. Unlike a lot of soldiers, he was lucky enough to survive through 27 years of a losing battle against a hostile alien civilization, known as the Covenant. Through his experiences, we're going to expose you to an amazing universe full of devastation, grief, affection, and most importantly, hope.
To allay fear that the creators might get one of those nasty "cease and desist" letters, the folks behind Helljumper would like you to know that the video "was created under Microsoft's 'Game Content Usage Rules' using assets from Halo, © Microsoft Corporation."
So there you go: A well-conceived, visually gorgeous bit of goodness for all you Halo fans - a little diamond in the rough, hidden within the vast p*rnscape that is Planet Internet. The fun begins sometime in January; those wishing to keep current on the project can check both the official site and Helljumper's facebook page.