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Shane Kim talks Halo Movie July 21st, 2008

Kotaku had a chance to quiz head of Microsoft Game Stu­dios Phil Spencer and vice pres­i­dent of Strat­egy and Busi­ness Devel­op­ment Shane Kim at E3, try­ing to draw out of them as much Halo infor­ma­tion as pos­si­ble — touch­ing on the movie in the process.

We con­tinue to be in dis­cus­sions with var­i­ous poten­tial part­ners. We’re so excited about the idea. We don’t have any­thing spe­cific to announce but I can tell you that their con­tin­ues to be tremen­dous inter­est. We wanna make sure, when­ever we trans­late it to the big screen that its going to be a movie wor­thy of the IP. So we’re going to be very care­ful about how we pro­ceed there.

Handling on the real life Warthog October 2nd, 2007

Halo 3 let’s you drive a warthog, but not like this. Here is the Bungie team try­ing out a real life Warthog. If only they cre­ated some of those Covenant vehi­cles, maybe we’ll get to see some if the movie ever pulls itself into gear.

Halo Live Action Short, Part 3 September 25th, 2007

Doesn’t this just make you crave for a Halo Live Action movie? Neill Blomkamp really is some­thing spe­cial, and imag­ine that com­bined with the mas­tery of Peter Jack­son. Why isn’t this being made faster?

Oh, and I hope you are all enjoy­ing Halo 3!

Official Short: Combat Part 1 August 28th, 2007

Neill Blomkamp and Weta are back, this time in true colour:

Still no high res­o­lu­tion HD down­load yet, but at least the colour is fixed. See a slightly higher qual­ity ver­sion here.

Halo Live Action Short Leaked August 23rd, 2007

The sec­ond live action short film cre­ated by Neill Blomkamp and Weta has been leaked by Gamer­Syde. The colour seems a lit­tle off and it’s not great qual­ity, but it’s the real deal. This time we get to see Warthog’s in action, Banshee’s and Covenant.

Down­load a higher res­o­lu­tion ver­sion here.

Doesn’t it just make you ache for a fea­ture film? Rumors are abound what with the forth­com­ing Halo 3 release, these short sequences and the Fox pub­lish­ing deal that the movie is being devel­oped in secret. As far as I am aware this is not true. We can still hope how­ever and I do believe this film will see the light of day.

Shane Kim talks about the short movie July 31st, 2007

Can you explain what that Halo short movie was about? Was it real time?

It was live action. What you saw was a short film that’s not related to any movie. Neill Blomkamp is the direc­tor, with Peter Jack­son as exec­u­tive pro­ducer, and he wanted to work on the Halo movie. The Halo movie is not in pro­duc­tion. The stu­dios that were involved, for what­ever rea­son decided to back out of it, but we’re still very inter­ested in talk­ing to peo­ple in Hol­ly­wood about it.

In the mean­time, we’re going to use these film shorts to help pro­mote the Halo uni­verse and get the world super excited and crazy for Halo 3. Neill did an amaz­ing job on that short film. I’m a huge fan of the Halo uni­verse, and watch­ing that short film sent goose­bumps all over. That’s Halo com­ing to life in a way that I think I lot of peo­ple can really get into it, even if they’re not videogame play­ers. We think Halo can be one of those epic sto­ries like Star Wars. We still have work to do, there’s no ques­tion about that, but we believe that Halo has the potential.

Source: Game­Pro

Halo 3 Arms Race July 21st, 2007

From the offi­cial press release,“A col­lab­o­ra­tion between Bungie Stu­dios, direc­tor Neill Blomkamp, WETA Work­shop and Origami Dig­i­tal LLC, brings the first dig­i­tal short depict­ing humanity’s strug­gle to save Earth.“This is our first offi­cial look at the cre­ative bril­liance that comes about when you com­bine the inno­v­a­tive think­ing of Neill Blomkamp and the artis­tic tal­ent of WETA. Just imag­ine throw­ing Peter Jack­son into the mix. The Halo movie, if it ever gets going again, will be some­thing truly special.

A vision of The Halo Movie…

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And, if you some how missed it, the newest Halo 3 trailer:

Neill Blomkamp to Direct Halo Movie August 9th, 2006

The Halo motion pic­ture will be helmed by Neill Blomkamp, mak­ing his fea­ture film debut. Blomkamp is widely regarded as one of the most inno­v­a­tive and orig­i­nal artists cur­rently work­ing in short films and com­mer­cial adver­tis­ing.Xbox​.com

So who is this Neill Blomkamp I hear you say. Well his IMDB pro­file doesn’t reveal too much (IMDB). But given some fur­ther inspec­tion we can find some truly stun­ning pieces that he is respon­si­ble for:

A native of South Africa, Blomkamp directed the acclaimed 2005 short film, Alive in Joburg, that depicted a future in which extrater­res­tri­als have become refugees. Last year, Blomkamp also received three Clio Awards and a Visual Effects Soci­ety Award for his tele­vi­sion com­mer­cial Citroen-Alive with Tech­nol­ogy. See videos below

It is plain to see this man has an eye for orig­i­nal­ity and has almost per­fect exe­cu­tion. Now all he needs do is trans­fer his tal­ents to the world of motion pic­tures. My only con­cerns are his inex­pe­ri­ence in coax­ing and enthus­ing the best out of actors and a pos­si­ble lack of lead­er­ship skills that a make a good direc­tor leg­endary. Though I am sure he will do just fine and with Peter Jack­son and Weta behind him I can think of no one bet­ter to guide him through this tran­si­tion. If his early work is any­thing to go by the Halo movie WILL be per­fect. Let’s all cross our fin­gers; another great step has been taken.

His per­sonal biog­ra­phy can be found here:
A new breed of direc­tor, Neill Blomkamp has har­nessed the pow­ers of tech­nol­ogy, art and cre­ativ­ity to bring the world imagery never before pos­si­ble. Gar­ner­ing his excep­tional CG skills in an intel­li­gent and spe­cific man­ner, his forte is cre­at­ing pure photo-real visu­al­iza­tions of con­cepts that not only can’t be pho­tographed, but exists only in his imagination.

Rec­og­niz­ing that film­mak­ing is as organic as it is arti­fi­cial; Neill has merged the two seam­lessly, mak­ing a hybrid which feels unex­pect­edly authen­tic. He enjoys cre­at­ing atmos­phere in a spot where the con­cept is not only unique, but slightly bizarre.

From our forums:
I think choos­ing a direc­tor like Blomkamp is an excel­lent deci­sion which has given this film the best pos­si­ble chance of being the first truly worth­while video game adap­ta­tion. After watch­ing those shorts I’m very impressed with his nat­u­ral­is­tic direct­ing style, the way every­thing seems to give off the appear­ance on of an almost documentary-like raw­ness. This rough­ness and mix­ture of the real and the fan­tas­ti­cal I think is nec­es­sary to keep the Halo movie’s story from turn­ing into a bloated Star Wars-esque space opera, much like Halo 2’s did. What made the orig­i­nal Halo’s world so fas­ci­nat­ing to explore was the jux­ta­po­si­tion of the famil­iar within an alien envi­ron­ment, the way that the Halo both felt sim­i­lar to Earth and at the same time com­pletely for­eign, and I’m hop­ing Neill can recap­ture this atmos­phere. With him on board I’m now gen­uinely look­ing for­ward to watch­ing how this film devel­ops. — Legion

Alive in Joburg

An ear­lier piece of work that has made its way around the inter­net is this lit­tle gem:
Tetra Vaal

And for those won­der­ing what the Cit­roen ad looks like, it’s the one that makes us wish Trans­form­ers will be this good. We can only hope.

Cit­roen ad part 2:

Here is another short by him enti­tled “Yellow”.

Edit: Bobby also sends me this link to another of his movies, “Temp­bot”:

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Music Videos

Live on Release “Let’s Go” (accord­ing to IMDB, this song is shit)

Bif Naked “Tango Shoes” (this is like a poor tank girl rip off in a song about Tango Shoes)