With the film adaptation of the hit game Dead Island finally back on track (read our report HERE), and slated for next year, we thought we’d also resurrect the emotional, short promotional film made for the game that started it all.
It is, of course, the reverse, Memento-style game trailer called Gut Wrenching, that garnered accolades and awards, including the Golden Lion in Cannes at the International Festival of Creativity. The 3 minute “trailer” was created by UK animation studio Axis Productions and directed by Stuart Aitken for the game’s release in 2011, and has garnered tens of millions of views with its melancholy melody set amid a family vacation that has gone horribly wrong. It both helped sell the game and drew criticisms as it ultimately bore no resemblance to the game itself. But it was likely the seed that was planted in the brains of executives when they decided to greenlight the film by the same name.
If you haven’t seen it, here it is. If you have seen it, here it is again. I get chills every time.
So engaging, it inspired parodies and tributes. One of the most amazing tributes came out last year, and is a shot-for-shot live recreation of the animated short. This one was directed by BJ McDonnell, who is mostly known for his camera work on a ton of films, but has also directed Hatchet III. Taking the animated version to a flesh and blood level makes it feel even more human, and emotional– something that hopefully can be captured in the upcoming feature film. Here it is:
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