This is a trailer for a fan-made Half-Life movie titled Beyond Black Mesa. It’s fantastically well-made, although I personally feel it could use a bit more crowbar. It took two years for these nerds to make and $1200 — a lot of time, but not a lot of dough, all things considered. But what I want you to do is this: Watch the above fan-made movie trailer, then watch the trailer for the technically professionally made Bloodrayne 3 movie I posted yesterday. Bloodrayne 3 is a movie with a budget of at least seven figures, a full crew with some kind of experience, probably, and professional filmmakers and editors. And yet, in comparing the two, is there actually a single aspect in which the Beyond Black Mesa trailer isn’t totally superior to Bloodrayne 3? Anything? I don’t think so. And yet people are still giving Uwe Boll millions of dollars to make awful films, while these infinitely more gifted amateur filmmakers had to max out a credit card. It’s immensely depressing. But thanks to Tredlow for the tip.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.