In the last week, I have come across two examples of what happens when a geek's love for video games is combined with a film project. First is "MegaMan", a fan film made over a year ago by film-maker Eddie Lebron.
"MegaMan" is a decently done fan effort, clocking in at 90 minutes. The plot is somewhat reminiscent of the first game, the costume designs and SFX are decently done (though a little low tech) and the acting was a little stiff, but serviceable. I especially liked the performances of 'Roll' and 'Dr. Wily' a lot. If you have the time, watch the "MegaMan" film on Vimeo.
The other 'diamond in the rough' was a fan film called 'Street Fighter - LEGACY".
Done with the blessing of 'Street Fighter' publisher, CAPCOM, "SF - LEGACY" was put together by Joey Ansah, actor and 'Street Fighter' fan. He got a professional director (TOP GEAR director Owen Trevor), an actual production house for SFX and managed to cast two guys who actually look like Ken and Ryu!! We even get a little cameo by Akuma (the Shao Khan to Ryu's Liu Kang). It is actually much better than what has come before ("Street Fighter" starring Van Damme) and WAY better than what we got last year ("Street Fighter - The Legend of Chun Li"). Seriously, if you are a fan of the games, check out "Street Fighter - LEGACY".
Now, if only someone would do a decent 'Super Mario Bros." movie! Oh well, a geek can dream, can't he?