Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Recreating Movies...in Games

Modern day videogames have their own graphics engines that put the hardware to the test. Recently, some artists started to use those engines to recreate classic (and some not-so-classic) movie scenes. The results? sometimes breathtaking. For instance, The Fifth Element NYC chase scene to the right looks gorgeous.

The only oddity of these recreations is their oddly empty feel. Most are just the venues (the adamantium chamber from X-Men 2; the temple in Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade), and, while incredibly vivid, they lack that spark of life. Even the Clerks faithful rendering.

Still, the Blade Runner scene is simply awe-inspiring.


Sayantan "Satan" Biswas said...

It was an "Game Environment Art" competition. Hence it was part of the rule that Digital Actors may not be needed as they won't be judged. Thus the empty feel is quite obvious. :)

Josh Tretakoff said...

I hear what you are saying, but I don't necessarily agree. You could add humans to the scene, without focusing on the individuals, for instance. An example: blurred figures entering and exiting the Clerks storefront. Something to indicate its not a sterile diorama, but a living, breathing scene.