Joel and Ellie could be the main characters of. be The last of us, but they are by no means the only interesting ones. If you’ve played any of Naughty Dog’s acclaimed mushroom apocalypse games, you know this Some of the richest stories are told in passing. A new fan film explores what it could be like to live in the world of The last of us without appearing on the box art.
Stay, Released earlier this week, is a seven-minute film “inspired by” The last of us. ”It is important for the creators to make it clear that this is a nonprofit, fan-made project that is completely separate from Naughty Dog, Sony, or the upcoming HBO adaptation. In fact, it was inspired by a piece of fan art itself: concept artist Santiago Betancur 2015 Model of two corpses hugging, a clicker (this is a third level mushroom bomb), the other a human. The piece is as beautiful as it is haunting. The same can be said for the film.
“We took inspiration from the side stories in the game. As a player, I had the feeling that there are so many stories to discover that humanity has left behind. ” Stay Writer and director Joshua Toonen who also worked on visual effects Captain Marvel, Godzilla vs. Kong, and other blockbusters Kotaku in an email. “I felt that this was a great opportunity to write your own story and show that every ‘infected’ person has their own story that has gone untold.”
Although Ellie appears in the opening and closing seconds, she only serves as a narrative framework. Stay is truly a love story about two characters: Sean, who has a similar enduring and gritty taste in fashion to Joel, and Emily, who bears no resemblance to Ellie. The couple want to see the Santa Monica Pier to soak up the saltwater air for a touch of normalcy. Yes, in the apocalypse, as in real life, we all give in to unwise desires.
“Romance is an integral part of the story of The last of us“Said Toonen. “Dina and Ellie’s relationship in [The Last of Us] Part 2 showed the importance of compassion and intimacy in the world after the outbreak. Ultimately, we wanted to find out how far someone would go for the person they love. “
It’s clear that the 40-person team behind it Stay holds awe of the source material. In one setting, Ellie is framed as in a promotional screenshot for screenshot The last of us part 2, sitting on a bed, silhouette, bent over a six-string. And the production value is consistently not to be despised. Clickers sound like clickers; The action scenes are as tense as in a zombie movie in the cinema. As for fan projects, it’s certainly on par with that’s great Unexplored
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But fan-made projects exist on shaky ground in the field of video games. As recently as this month, Ubisoft and MGM have a replica of struck GoldenEye 007 made from scratch in Far Cry 5‘s level editor. This situation is of course not a perfect parallel; the Gold eye Remake actually contained proprietary game code produced by Ubisoft and the like while Stay Not. However, when you talk about billion dollar corporations that are tightly control of the message, you can never be sure how long your project will survive in this cold, cruel, capitalist world.
“There is always that risk,” Toonen admitted, “but I hope you can see all the heart and care we have put into bringing your world to life.”