Emotional Gamer Short 'Player Two' Based on a YouTube Comment

May 11, 2016
Source: Vimeo

Player Two Short Film

"Once I started meddling around I found a ghost." Who said YouTube comments weren't worth anything? Player Two is a new short film (running under 2 minutes, impressive!) from filmmaker John Wikstrom that's based entirely on a comment from YouTube. The story is about a boy, Zac Pullam (seen on "Finding Carter"), who used to play video games with his dad on one of those old clunky Xbox consoles, and discovers a way to reconnect with him years later. Wikstrom is the talented filmmaker behind two other shorts we've featured - The Hatchling and Chloe - and should be making features in Hollywood by now. Give this a look.

From Vimeo. The short film is based on a YouTube comment by "00WARTHERAPY00", which can be seen here in full: imgur.com/TH7Pr7c. It's about a young gamer who discovers he can still spend time playing a racing game with his late father. Player Two is directed by John Wikstrom (of the shorts The Hatchling and Chloe previously), starring Zac Pullam (seen on "Finding Carter"), featuring cinematography by Idan Menin. It was edited and produced by John Wikstrom - for more info on his work, visit his official website. To see even more excellent work we've featured, check out this link to see our extensive short film archives.

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  • TheOct8pus
    Really cool
  • David Diaz
    I remember reading that comment. Wow. What a great way to encapsulate a beautiful comment, which are few and far between on YouTube. Amazingly executed. Brought a tear to my eye.
  • VAharleywitch
    *sniff* Excellent movie short, based off a comment most of us could empathize with.
  • I remember reading about this. Using my fathers tools gives me the same feeling. In some ways more and more in the future, the digital ghost for people will be bigger and bigger. Like him, I miss my dad.
    I never thought about this kind of scenario before, but damn is it effective. Social Network ghosts are also quite sad.
  • This why I LOVE short form storytelling!




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