Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Free Short Film: Resident Evil: First Hour Episode 1 (Live Action Fan Film)

I came across a live action fan film/webseries for "Resident Evil 2" called "Resident Evil: First Hour" and it's pretty darn good. It's about Leon Kennedy's first day on the job as a Raccoon City policeman- and what happens to him after he first arrives at the police station, up until the zombie outbreak in the city.

"Resident Evil 2" is a survival horror video game that was originally released for PlayStation in 1998. It takes place after the events in "Resident Evil." Claire Redfield arrives at Raccoon City in search of her missing brother Chris (one of the playable characters in the first game). Leon Kennedy, the poor guy, has just started his new job at one of Raccoon City's finest, and his first day is going to be a killer as the zombie outbreak reaches the city and all hell breaks loose.

The back of the original game box.

I don't know about you, but back in the day, I played the heck out of "Resident Evil 2," trying to get the coveted A rank for beating the game. The idea of being able to play through the story from the point of view of two characters, as opposed to one, was pretty original at the time (Claire and Leon both had their own game discs). The game even had unlockables for beating it with certain ranks, such as different costumes. If you beat the game and reach  "The "4th Survivor" scenario you could play the hidden character Hunk and  then Tofu.

Tofu is exactly what it sounds like, a chunk of white rectangular tofu that fights zombies with a knife. I know, I know. Tofu is a joke character. Deal with it.

Oh Tofu, how I've missed you.

For those of you who have never played "Resident Evil 2," you'll need to know the beginning of the story to understand what "Resident Evil: First Hour" is attempting to do: which is portray the events that lead up to the beginning of the video game.

You can watch the intro to Leon's disc of the game below:

"Stop! Don't Shoot! I'm a human!" Oh man, I never stop giggling at that line.

OK, enough reminiscing and drowning in RE2 nostalgia...

Overall the acting in "Resident Evil: First Hour Episode 1" is pretty decent, and you get the feeling that Leon has walked into a very tense situation in the police station. The dialogue drops a lot of hints that there is something going on that isn't quite right. As Leon travels to the William's farm to investigate a report of an attack, he stumbles across zombie that is busy devouring its victim.

The camera angles of "Resident Evil: First Hour" mimic those of the video game. Some of the shots are directly taken from game play, such as when Leon first walks into the police station office and stands by the door. And check it out, they even got his hair right!

The zombie turning its head back to look at the character is taken from the original "Resident Evil." It is the first zombie that you see in the game and its the first zombie you see in the short film.

Another neat thing they do is use music from the video game. The piano score they use in Episode 1 really fits the mood perfectly.

Here's the trailer for the Webisodes. I just love how they use the music from "Resident Evil 2" as the soundtrack!

Watch Resident Evil: First Hour Episode 1 below.

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