The team at POPCulture Online has always had a soft spot for fan made stuff as there is always this special something that connects with the inner fan in all of us. From fan-fictions that continue off where the series left off to even cosplay of your favorite character, the amount of hard work and passion that goes into it never fails to amaze us.
But out of all these, if there is something that we always look forward to, its the fan made films. These requires the most amount of dedication, time, hard work and definitely lots of passion especially for the larger scale ones.
This issue, we check out the latest fan film series to hit the internet, Halo: Helljumper.
The story for Halo: Helljumper is adapted from the fourth short story in Tobias Buckell’s Halo: Evolutions – Essential Tales of the Halo Universe series, Dirt. It follows the life of one human ODST from his enlistment in the UNSC before the war with the hostile alien civilization known as the Covenant to around the Fall of Reach.
Unlike a lot of other soldiers in the war, the main character somehow survived through the 27 years of the war against the Covenant even though the Humans were always on the losing end. Halo: Helljumper will tell th story of this one solder named Gage Yevgenny, as he experiences devastation, grief, affection and hope as the Human-Covenant war rages across the known galaxy to mankind.
Looking at the trailer a while back and now the first episode in the series, the first thing that comes to mind is the scale of the project. While most fan films are done with consumer products or even Canon’s latest range of DSLR that can also shoot Full HD videos, this one is done using some serious looking gear as in the production stills.
If the level of the video gear is not enough to convince you to give it a go, the film’s visual should do the trick. For a fan series, Halo: Helljumper has one of the most accurate and impressive props around that would be the envy of Cosplayers around. Add in a very impressive and if not one of the best visual effects seen so far for a fan film, this is definitely one series that looks to push the benchmarks for other fan films higher.
But don’t just take our word for it and take a look at the trailer below for yourself. We are sure that you will find yourself agreeing with us about the potential that this series has.
Halo: Helljumper is produced by Helena Hilario and Dan Wang with Dan also directing the fan series. The series stars Bradley Rose, Mingyu Chu, Kimberly Carvalho, Tyler Le Marr, and Daniel Benhamu with Visual Effects by Mario Pece and Cinematography by Dominick Sivilli.
Production and Screen stills courtesy of the Halo: Helljumper team.
Halo: Helljumper was created under Microsoft’s “Game Content Usage Rules” using assets from Halo, © Microsoft Corporation.
By Kenneth Wong
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