It looked cool, but it was basically the trailer for what I was expecting rather than the actual thing. Will this story actually be told? This kind of annoyed me to be honest, because it seemed like it was trying to get me excited for watching something, but then you realize that was the whole thing.
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There was a Codex entry in the demo that may or may not be related to the trailer.
Also, there’s this bit:
The first lancer and leader of the Legion of Dawn, Helena Tarsis is humanity’s most revered and celebrated hero. The Volume of Tarsis claims that she was the lone survivor of an escaped group of slaves, though the General reportedly spoke little about her past.
Tarsis, her husband Garred the Chronicler, and inventor Arden Vassa recruited and trained an army to overthrow the urgoth. At the Dawn Gates, Tarsis fell in battle preventing the urgoth’s final act of vengeance, the attack on the human settlement of Antium. Sometime after her death, she was reportedly spotted near Anshar, prompting the belief that she would rise again and inspiring construction of the Helena’s Walk temple.
Overall, I assume we’ll likely have to piece together bits of lore from all over the place to figure out what really happened, so I wouldn’t expect them to just explicitly give out major plot twists in a short film before the game even launches.
Need to change Title to Trailer not Short Story, was good but not a story.
Is there going to be a story? who knows - the trailer was not a 'short'.
It might be a great trailer for something, but not for the game coming out tomorrow. As a movie trailer I’d give it a 9. As a game trailer, I’d give it “what the heck was that supposed to be?”
I was wondering if this was similar to the short film Blomkamp did for Halo 3, where it was a story that gave parts of what happened around/prior to the main story of the video game, but it would up not telling a story at all. It’s just highlight clips.
Very well made though.
Disclaimer: I am not a film critic or anything remotely related. However, Oats Studios does terrible live action. It must cost a fortune to do it correctly but if the budget is not there, don't do it. The CGI in this super-short was adequate. Passable. No one would think to really complain about the CGI. If the CGI is at adequate levels why screw all that up with the live action? We all realize that Oats Studios is trying to pass themselves off as being tremendously talented and maybe they are in a best-case scenerio of some sort but we're not going to see quality with what they spend on production so it's like the audience has to pay the price for their experimentation, their delusions of grandeur.
Ultimately, Neill Blomkamp is to blame because he's the captain of the ship as he's the founder of the studio. If he's a good writer there is no evidence of this from the output of the studio thus far. I'm not a writer. But I could have come up with a vastly superior story in five minutes for this Anthem thing as well as for all the shorts that can be watched on the Oats Studios website. In regard to an Anthem story, how hard would it be to come up with something that would have gamers jumping out of their seats? Something that would have hooked them instantly?? Not hard at all. And yet look at what we just watched? It's confusing. The opening it ridiculous and just pointless and nonsensical--in other words, bad. Boo!
Obviously, the studio was way out of their league, here... and some editing maverick tried to save the ship from sinking. That's the only reason why all of the scenes would be so disjointed. This level of incoherency is just bad writing and I would conjecture that the project didn't get done so I'm guessing that what we saw was a choppy mess comprising of the first little bit of shooting because the middle and end never happened. Or, they just ultimately stopped caring at some point.
Again, what looked pretty damn good was the bit of CGI. Like the Dominion leader ("The Monitor", at 1:58) looked great, for example, and the Interceptor at 3:00, also. That stuff was actually on par with what all of us would have expected. Is the CGI more expensive than the live-action? Is that why they had to mix it? Neill, hire more CGI animators! Please! None of what we're looking at is feature film quality... it's really, really cheesy sci-fi. Which is okay, but don't hype it up, man. You are not there, yet. Your writing is seriously wonky. To the point of being annoying. Just being honest. I'd love to be a brilliant pianist. That would be really cool. But it's not gonna happen. I don't go around booking concert halls and selling tickets.
I don't want to come across as a * (but I did just watch a horrible, horrible piece of garbage) but if someone's going to try to pass themselves off as being "all that" then at least don't start the project before first coming up with a fairly interesting concept. We have to place a lot of the blame on BioWare because I guess they had no ideas and trusted this studio. Whoops.
I just hope they didn't spend much money, here. If they only paid the studio something like $20,000 CDN, well then whatever... but if it was more than that... wow. Shame on Neill Blomkamp for not delivering the goods. I bet he had lots of time but just never had any real vision for what he was trying to accomplish... which, by the way, was to tell a story. EPIC FAIL, dude. Like really. So now we have a scandal and lots of questions. Time for Chad Robertson to get out his broom and sweep this one under the rug. Good riddance!
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It's SO GOOD. I definitely want this as a full length feature film.