A Short Film Made From Red Dead Redemption isn’t going to win any awards for its creative title, but it just might pick up a few gongs for being a truly brilliant project. We first mentioned it a while ago, but we now have our hands on a copy, fresh from Rockstar Games themselves – and it’s every bit as good as we’d hoped.
To refresh your memory, John Hillcoat (Australian director of The Road and the amazing The Proposition) has turned his hand to something best described as machinima, creating and directing a 30-minute film using the world of Red Dead Redemption as a virtual film studio.
Everything you see on the screen before you has been created entirely with in-game assets and technology, as John Marston tracks down his former friend (and fellow outlaw) Bill Williamson. He’s not alone in this slice-in-time chunk of the story however, encountering a bunch of RDR‘s “eclectic” cast of liars, misfits and dreamers.
1910. The West is dying. The American frontier is undergoing a violent transition from the ways of old to modern times, and Mexico has entered a prolonged period of bloody civil war. Reformed outlaw John Marston is on his way to capture former running buddy Bill Williamson when he comes upon a half dead snake oil merchant named West Dickens.
Marston travels under a bleak and unforgiving sun, teaming up with a violent sheriff and a colorful mentally deranged grave robber and together they discover a bloody massacre of homesteaders left in the wake of Williamson. They hatch a plan to break into an abandoned fort where the Williamson Gang is holed up – and a dark, surprising twist ensues.
Director John Hillcoat, craftsman of the savage western The Proposition and the recent film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road uses the world of Red Dead Redemption to make a short film that is a compelling cinematic triumph.
Intrigued? Want more? If you haven’t yet played Red Dead Redemption, you’re missing out. It’s available now – worldwide – for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and is packed full of bounty hunting, duels, train robberies and a heapin’ helpin’ of violent turmoil. Delicious.