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Ed Zwick Makes Uncharted 3 Short Film
Check out 'The Hero's Journey'

21 October 2011  |  Written by Ali Plumb  

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Ed Zwick Makes Uncharted 3 Short Film

Ed Zwick is the man behind The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond, and Defiance. He's also the man behind "The Hero's Journey", a short film released to coincide with the release of Uncharted 3 early next month.

Featuring the likes of certified 27%-er Sam Rockwell, Michelle Rodriguez and Nathan Drake himself, Nolan North, it's a mini-documentary of sorts, with a number of actors (and people behind the game itself) discussing the nature of heroism.

It's not The Siege, sure, but it's interesting for a number of reasons, especially considering the ever-blurring line between games and film recently.

We got the chance to speak to Mr. Zwick about this project of his and he admitted that "he wouldn't call himself a gamer, no" but this concept of defining heroism intrigued him.

"I thought the best way to do it was to create a mosiac, if you will, of different responses, and so I asked a number of people I thought would be an eclectic and sometimes maybe unconventional group, and have a conversation with them."

Asking him whether computer games could ever be art bouncing off Roger Ebert's idea that they never could this was Zwick's response:

"Well before Disney did Fantasia, before Miyazaki did Howl's Moving Castle, people were loathed to think of animation as art, so I would never want to preclude the possibility that games could transcend to art."

"The tools are technological, it's what one does with them that is artful or not I know that the problem with games, like anything, are adhering to any number of commerical influences, and the whole notion of something being interactive is possibly the real injuction stopping games from being art."

And what about possibly directing an Uncharted movie, would there be any chance of that?

"Ha, no, that's not anything I've ever given thought to..."

We'll take your word for it, Ed... Anyway, here's the short film, and once you're done taking a look at it, tell us what you think in the comment box below.

 

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is out on November 2.


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2000+ stage hero's journey!
For Hero's Journey, see Kal Bashir's 2000+ stage hero's journey! over at http://www.clickok.co.uk/index4.html More

Posted by Fignman at 14:49 on 23 October 2011 | Report This Post

Shadow Of The Colossus
Shadow Of The Colossus is art. No doubt. Roger Ebert would say that seeing as he's a silly old fart. Don't get me wrong, games are there first and foremost for entertainment, but denying artistry of any degree is a bit strong. Vice City was actually nominated for various art prizes for crying out loud. If you take a while to llok, there are some real artistic gems out there. More

Posted by evildave69 at 13:50 on 22 October 2011 | Report This Post

Wow
Lionel Richie is directing films!! More

Posted by Andybee76 at 08:35 on 22 October 2011 | Report This Post

Wow
Lionel Richie is directing films!! More

Posted by Andybee76 at 08:34 on 22 October 2011 | Report This Post

LA Noire is a work of art...
Aside from the craftsmanship of the game, the scope and ambition is just breathtaking. The visuals serve the story and the writing and telling of the story, the performances and depth is on par with any movie in its genre. But beyond all this the best games, like LA Noire and Uncharted immerse you into a different time and place, make you experience different sides of your own character in a way that can resonate emotionally and intellectually into your real life and stay with you for long time More

Posted by damokes at 21:04 on 21 October 2011 | Report This Post

pick him, pick him
Bradley Cooper is the perfect person to play drake in the movie. More

Posted by scottbrennan at 18:43 on 21 October 2011 | Report This Post

Art for Arts Sake, Money for God's Sake
Gimme the readys Gimme the cash Gimme a bullet Gimme a smash Gimme a silver gimme a gold Make it a million for when I get old etc... More

Posted by The Watcher at 18:38 on 21 October 2011 | Report This Post

Bit of an overkill though.Don't get me wrong,games are art,and Drake's Fortune is a ton of fun...but It is about a gut beating and shooting bad guys and getting the girl whilst making jokes.It's not aspiring to be anything else other than fun escapism and there is nothing wrong with that.There are other games that pull at the emotional cords and challenge the brain a lot more than Drake's or Gears or Halo More

Posted by rams at 17:08 on 21 October 2011 | Report This Post

Games as art? Shadow of the Colossus springs to mind More

Posted by Jonno007 at 13:53 on 21 October 2011 | Report This Post

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