Recently, I have noticed that there has been a rise in the production of “user generated” independent films of major enterprises. There have been a few really amazing independent films of larger Action franchises. It seems that a lot of the fan base of certain characters has become fed up with the traditional films of the genre. Hollywood, to these film makers, does the characters no justice if they are even made into movies. Here are some really intense and well made independent films of Action sequences.
1.) Street Fighter Legacy
Street Fighter Legacy is a very short film; just breaking the three minute mark. It is however, choreographed and produced very well. It brings two of the most well known characters from the game to life, staying true to the original 1987 game.
This short film was a Streetlight Films production. It was co-directed by Joey Ansah and Owen Trevor, produced by Jacqueline Quella and stars Jon Foo as Ryu and Christian Howard as Ken. Joey Ansah is a British actor, director, and martial artist. He really is good at what he does, and played a really good role as the assassin in the Bourne Ultimatum. This may prove to be his break into the film production side of the movie industry, as opposed to only choreographing fight scenes like his work in Left For Dead.
Ken and Ryu are done really well, with the scene focusing in on a fight between the two, and the directors even managed to capture some of the most memorable moves into the short film, such as the infamous shoryuken.
You should definitely check out this awesome short in high definition, here.
2.) Mortal Kombat Rebirth
This is another short film of similar genre. Mortal Kombat was always one of the most entertaining fighting games, and was made into two terrible films. The characters are unforgettable, with the ever-awesome “fatality” moves. The characters are regular human, and supernatural.
This film is supposedly a preview of what is to come of a full length. I’m not sure yet, but supposedly Warner Bro’s is looking to re-franchise this film, and move forward with a full length movie premier in 2013, but others have speculated that this is an independent film from a fan base. Anyways, here’s the scoop.
The film features traditional characters like Johnny Cage, Sonya, Scorpion, Reptile, and more. The difference, however, is that the characters are portrayed much more realistically. They are put into a much more real life setting, and with more realistic physical features. They aren’t dressed up in demon costumes, just portrayed as serial killers, and psychos. This could be an awesome twist on this idea.
The filming done on this short is really good. The fight scene is awesome, but a tad bit excessive. The characters look pretty scary, too. They make it out to have reptile as having a real life disease, just a psychopath who loves to eat his victim’s heads.
One part that I do love is that Johnny Cage dies! Lets face it; no one liked this character that much anyways.
I’m excited to see what comes out of this really great short. Check it out in high definition here.
3.) Batman: City of Scars
City of Scars is a short film on a different plane than the first two. It is a fan made film on $27,000 dollars. It is also around 30 minutes in length. It features an awesome and original plot and dialogue created by the independent filmmakers. Here’s the synopsis:
“When the Joker escapes from Arkham and murders the parents of a young boy, Batman recalls the pain of losing his own parents as a child. He is pushed past his limits to the point where his focus becomes revenge on all who stand in his way, including many of Gotham’s underworld. Finally, Batman is forced to look at the psychological profile of his own mind and accept the consequences of his life to find resolve.”
Check out the film here.
This is a really well done version of batman, but don’t expect the graphics, costumes, special effects, or acting to be on par with the Dark Night, one of the most expensive movies ever made. Remember that this is a fan based take on the hero. Watch this short keeping that in mind, and you will enjoy it.
It is really great that the directors put in the Jokers girlfriend, and some other villains. They were able to capture a lot of what Batman is within thirty minutes.
This definitely kept me entertained for the thirty minutes that it ran, and it gave me enough of the Batman quality to fulfill my nostalgic teenage desires. Nothing warms me up like a bit of the questionable lawful good of Batman
With more independent filmmakers coming out of the scene, it is possible that newer plots, ideas, and twists on traditional action heroes may come out into the movie industry. Perhaps more large companies will undertake older characters, like the potential Mortal Kombat film. We will just have to wait in excitement!