J.J. Abrams & Valve's Gabe Newell's Full Film vs. Video Games Panel
One week ago, Star Wars Episode VII director J.J. Abrams met with Valve founder Gabe Newell at the D.I.C.E. Summit (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) and they announced that Valve and Bad Robot would be collaborating on a video game of their own, as well as attempting to make movies out of games like Portal and Half-Life. But that revelation was just a small section of their full panel, and now Movieline points us to their entire conversation about storytelling in film vs. video games, which has been made available for us to watch in its entirety. It's a must-see for those who love games and movies. Watch!
Here's the full panel discussion between J.J. Abrams and Gabe Newell at D.I.C.E. via Movieline:
As a casual gamer and avid film fan, it's cool to see defenses of both sides being raised by two guys who clearly know what they're talking about. There's a lot of good-natured back-and-forth between these two, but it's exciting to hear people so passionate about the actual act of storytelling and not getting distracted by all the bells and whistles that many filmmakers (and video game developers) fall prey to. After seeing this video, we're even more excited about any creative collaborations between Abrams and Newell in the future, and hopefully they can figure out how to make, not just a good video game movie, but a great one. Cool?